Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 65 - Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, and Ouray Counties

Hunting prospects are generally very good. Because of the extent of wilderness area in these units, elk find plenty of lush meadows for summer grazing. The elk will stay high until hunting pressure or weather force them down.

GMU 65 - Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, and Ouray Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
93
 
93
Success
35
 
35
Trophy Potential
51
 
51
Public Access
69
 
69
Ease of Terrain
82
 
82
Room to Breathe
2
 
2
Opportunity
28
 
28
Convenience
72
 
72
Ease of Effort
48
 
48
65
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by US Highway 50; on E by Big Blue Creek-Cimarron Creek divide; on S by Ouray-San Juan County line; on W by Ouray-San Miguel Countyline, County Highway 62 and County Highway 550.

Parts of GMU 65 are easily accessible by road, so hunting pressure near roads is significant. Hunters must be willing to walk well away from roads if they expect to be successful. The Uncompahgre and Mount Sneffels wilderness areas at the south end of GMU 65 offer challenging terrain but good hunting potential.

County

Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray

Size

672 Square Miles (429,777 Acres)

Land Ownership

47% Private, 53% Public, 40% USFS, 10% BLM, 3% State, 16% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

38.2073, -107.6489

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 24 hotels, 6 campgrounds, and 3 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

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The population is slightly above objective and increasing. Hunting prospects are generally very good. Because of the extent of wilderness area in these units, elk find plenty of lush meadows for summer grazing. The elk will stay high until hunting pressure or weather force them down.

If you hunt in the wilderness areas, be aware that they are bordered by numerous private ranchesÑespecially near Ridgway and Dallas Divide. Elk will move to private land quickly, so know your location. Try the Cimarron and Billy Creek state wildlife areas in later seasons or after snow has pushed the elk down.

HuntScore Tip

Public land and private land percentages can sometime be misleading. A unit may have 80% public land, but a particluar species may only occupy 20% on the entire area. And that 20% species distribution may lie 100% within private lands. Does that sound confusing? Just remember that there are always exceptions to the rule, and land ownership is just one piece of the puzzle.

Photos and Terrain Notes


These units include some of the most diverse terrain in Colorado, from 4,700 feet in the dry desert lands near Delta to 14,309-foot Uncompahgre Peak. Warm weather at the low elevations will cause meat to spoil very quickly, so be prepared to pack out fast. Weather is variable and unpredictable at the higher elevations.

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2022)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2022)


Total Quota
6,140
Licenses Drawn
3,612
Licenses Surplus
2,528
Resident Quota
2,170
Nonresident Quota
1,442
Landowner Quota
662
Youth Quota
662
97.9%
Overall Unit
1st Choice Draw Odds
Choose a hunt below to take a deeper dive into quotas, drawing odds, drawing trends, and harvest data.
Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season Type Draw Odds HuntScore Notes
EE064P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
76 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64
EF064O1R
F
R
O1
LL
100%
78 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64
EF064O1R
F
R
O1
LL
100%
78 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64
EF064O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
77 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64
EF064O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
77 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64
EE064P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
77 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64
EE064P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
76 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64
EE064P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
77 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64
EE064O4R
E
R
O4
LL
100%
74 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64
EE064O4R
E
R
O4
LL
100%
74 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64
EE064O1R
E
R
O1
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64
EF064O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64
EF064O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64
EF064P2R
F
R
P2
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 64
EF064O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
80 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64
EF064O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
80 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64
EF064O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
80 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64
EF064O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
80 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64
EF064P1R
F
R
P1
LL
100%
76 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 64
EF064P1R
F
R
P1
LL
100%
76 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 64
EF064P2R
F
R
P2
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 64
EF064P3R
F
R
P3
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 64
EF064P3R
F
R
P3
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 64
EF064P4R
F
R
P4
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 64
EF064P4R
F
R
P4
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 64
EM064O1M
M
M
O1
LL
80.9%
74 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64
EM064O1M
M
M
O1
LL
80.9%
74 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64
EE064O1R
E
R
O1
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64
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Elk Harvest Stats (2021)


Total Hunters
3,308
Total Harvest
586
Harvest Male
304
Harvest Female
265
18%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
NA
N/A 1145 109
99
10
0
ALL
ALL
NA
N/A 3308 586
304
265
0
M
M
NA
N/A 176 19
12
7
0
R
D
R
N/A 21 16
0
16
0
R
O1
LL
E
288 79
26
53
0
R
O1
LL
F
121 19
0
10
0
R
O1
NA
N/A 494 145
58
78
0
R
O2
LL
F
203 18
0
18
0
R
O2
NA
N/A 7782 151
97
50
0
R
O3
LL
F
137 19
0
19
0
R
O4
LL
E
72 28
8
20
0
R
O4
LL
F
59 28
0
24
0
R
O4
NA
N/A 219 78
8
66
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 306 124
32
88
0
R
R
NA
N/A 1987 458
193
248
0
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Average Temps

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