Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 682 - Saguache County

This area is not traditional elk habitat. Although elk have been able to exploit the irrigated meadows, croplands and river bottom, CPW would like to discourage this use from continuing due to the inherent problems and liabilities.

GMU 682 - Saguache County

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
6
 
6
Success
49
 
49
Trophy Potential
0
 
N/A
Public Access
14
 
14
Ease of Terrain
100
 
100
Room to Breathe
17
 
17
Opportunity
2
 
2
Convenience
0
 
N/A
Ease of Effort
75
 
75
50
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by US Highway 285; on E by County Highway 17; on S by County Road G; on W by US Highway 285.

You must have permission to hunt on private land. Trespassing is a significant issue in the valley. Hunters have expressed concern about landowners denying access to the general public and profiting from trespass fees, at a time when the Colorado Division of Wildlife (CDOW) is saying that these animals have the potential to cause large damage claims and that the herd needs to be reduced. At the same time, landowners are reluctant to open their properties up to elk hunting to give access to strangers.

Others question why CDOW would want to eliminate elk from an area since people enjoy seeing concentrations of bulls out on the floor of the valley, and some landowners appreciate the opportunity to hunt elk on their property

County

Saguache

Size

231 Square Miles (147,827 Acres)

Land Ownership

85% Private, 14% Public, 5% BLM, 9% State

Latitude/Longitude

37.9754, -106.0197

Amenities

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

Elk Notes


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This area is not traditional elk habitat. Although elk have been able to exploit the irrigated meadows, croplands and river bottom, CPW would like to discourage this use from continuing due to the inherent problems and liabilities. The potential for damage claims in the area could exhaust CPW's entire game damage budget in any year. Also, handling landowner complaints about elk and dealing with poaching in this area can consume a significant amount of employee time.

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.

Management Plan

Elk Management Plan

State Agency Website

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Other Species in Unit

Deer, Pronghorn, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey,

Photos and Terrain Notes


Vegetation types range from heavy timber to vast areas of grass and low shrubs. The San Luis Valley is a vast 8,000-square-mile area that provides a wide variety of terrain at elevations that range from 7,500 feet to 14,000 feet. The rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains define the valleyfts east side. The middle of the valley is flat farm land that is privately owned.

The Rio Grande and the Conejos River provide long riparian areas that cut through high-elevation alpine forests to lower elevation cottonwood and willow stands. The west is bordered by the Rio Grande National Forest and the San Juan mountain range.

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
10
Licenses Drawn
10
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
8
Nonresident Quota
0
Landowner Quota
4
Youth Quota
2
9.8%
Overall Unit
1st Choice Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season Type Draw Odds HuntScore Notes
EF682O1M
F
M
O1
LL
24.4%
0
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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
90
Total Harvest
28
Harvest Male
20
Harvest Female
8
31%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 3 0
0
0
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 90 28
20
8
0
M
M
N/A 2 0
0
0
0
R
D
R
N/A 29 11
11
0
0
R
PLO
N/A 56 17
9
8
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 56 17
9
8
0
R
R
N/A 85 28
20
8
0
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Average Temps

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