Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 43 - Garfield, Pitkin, Eagle, and Gunnison Counties

With increased hunting pressure and snow, herds tend to move to remote areas or private lands - away from roads and hunters. The wilderness areas are a good bet for success but hunters must hike or horseback as motorized travel is prohibited.

GMU 43 - Garfield, Pitkin, Eagle, and Gunnison Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
92
 
92
Success
29
 
29
Trophy Potential
6
 
6
Public Access
100
 
100
Ease of Terrain
68
 
68
Room to Breathe
2
 
2
Opportunity
30
 
30
Convenience
46
 
46
Ease of Effort
46
 
46
66
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by Colorado River; on E by Roaring Fork and Castle Creek; on S by divide between Roaring Fork-Crystal River drainages and East River-Muddy Creek drainages and McClure Pass; on W by Muddy Creek-Crystal River divide, divide between Roaring Fork-Crystal River drainages and Divide Creek-Baldy Creek drainages and S Canyon Creek.

About 40% of the area is wilderness (Hunter-Fryingpan, Maroon Bells, Raggeds, Collegiate Peaks) and vehicles are not allowed. These rugged areas offer increased hunting success, but require horseba... Create a free account to read the rest of this access note!

County

Garfield, Pitkin, Eagle, Gunnison

Size

746 Square Miles (477,214 Acres)

Land Ownership

26% Private, 74% Public, 65% USFS, 8% BLM, 37% Wilderness, 1% Other

Latitude/Longitude

39.2260, -107.1373

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 1 hotels, 29 campgrounds, and 1 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Early seasons find elk anywhere from 7500ft to above timberline. With increased hunting pressure and snow, herds tend to move to remote areas or private lands - away from roads and hunters. The wil... Create a free account to read the rest of this elk hunting note!

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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.

Management Plan

Elk Management Plan

State Agency Website

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Photos and Terrain Notes


This area encompasses the Roaring Fork, Frying Pan and Crystal River drainages. The lower elevations (6500ft) are primarily developed or agricultural. Timberline is around 11,500ft and there are 14... Create a free account to read the rest of this terrain note!

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2020)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2020)


Total Quota
3,110
Licenses Drawn
2,318
Licenses Surplus
792
Resident Quota
1,882
Nonresident Quota
436
Landowner Quota
397
Youth Quota
397
96.6%
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
EF043O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
81
EE043O4R
E
R
O4
LL
100%
75
EE043P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
71
EF043O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
74
EF043P5R
F
R
P5
LL
76.7%
72
EF043O1R
F
R
O1
LL
100%
73
EF043O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
81
EF043O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
81
EM043O1M
M
M
O1
LL
100%
77
EE043O1R
E
R
O1
LL
95.3%
76
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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
3,199
Total Harvest
563
Harvest Male
273
Harvest Female
242
18%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 992 57
36
21
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 3199 563
273
242
0
M
M
N/A 191 39
36
0
0
R
O3
N/A 572 176
89
72
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 89 42
0
42
0
R
PLO
N/A 8 49
5
44
0
R
O4
LL
E
772 24
8
14
0
R
O4
LL
F
107 27
0
27
0
R
O4
N/A 179 51
8
41
0
R
O2
N/A 945 135
71
44
0
R
O3
LL
F
197 87
0
72
0
R
O2
LL
F
398 64
0
44
0
R
O1
N/A 230 62
33
21
0
R
O1
LL
F
63 11
0
8
0
R
O1
LL
E
158 44
28
11
0
R
D
R
N/A 1 1
0
1
0
R
R
N/A 2016 467
201
221
0
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Average Temps

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