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


Ease of Drawing
0
 
N/A
Success
0
N/A
Trophy Potential
0
 
N/A
Public Access
68
 
68
Ease of Terrain
50
 
50
Room to Breathe
0
 
N/A
Opportunity
0
 
N/A
Convenience
88
 
88
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
68
HuntScore

Access Notes


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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 (430,004 Acres)

Land Ownership

31% Private, 69% Public, 25% USFS, 41% BLM, 2% State, 1% NPS

Latitude/Longitude

38.1905, -107.6573

Amenities

There are 4 hospitals, 20 hotels, 20 campgrounds, and 3 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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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 Harvest Stats (2018)


Total Hunters
1,221
Total Harvest
368
Harvest Male
84
Harvest Female
263
36.6%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
O4
231 100
M
M
143 23
R
O1
87 13
R
O2
185 42
R
O3
174 18
R
O4
88 38
R
O1
255 106
R
O4
48 18
R
D
10 10
HuntScore Tip: Hunters who have GPS units are encouraged to mark the location of their harvest in the field. This is especially important for hunters who harvest a bear or moose. During mandatory inspections, hunters will be asked to give a location of their harvest. Having GPS coordinates makes reporting simple and precise.