Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 52 - Delta County

The herd is growing, well distributed and hunting is rated as good. Most elk will be at higher elevations during the early seasons above 8,500 feet in thick timber and oak brush. Distribution changes in relation to weather and hunting pressure.

GMU 52 - Delta County

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
10
 
10
Trophy Potential
47
 
47
Public Access
47
 
47
Ease of Terrain
84
 
84
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
48
 
48
Convenience
2
 
2
Ease of Effort
46
 
46
61
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Delta-Mesa County line; on E by Grand Mesa-Gunnison National Forest boundary, Overland Ditch, West Reservoir No. 1, and Jay Creek; on S by N Fork of Gunnison River and County Highway 92; on W by County Highway 65.

Respect motorized closures on public lands. The lower elevations are mainly private.

County

Delta

Size

241 Square Miles (154,370 Acres)

Land Ownership

52% Private, 47% Public, 37% USFS, 10% BLM

Latitude/Longitude

38.9336, -107.8286

Amenities

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

Elk Notes


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The herd is growing, well distributed and hunting is rated as good. Most elk will be at higher elevations during the early seasons above 8,500 feet in thick timber and oak brush. Distribution changes in relation to weather and hunting pressure. So, hunters should be prepared to adapt to conditions.

Elk will generally move into more remote areas in response to pressure. Successful hunters generally stay well away from motorized access areas. This unit is managed for hunting opportunity, so most bulls are young. Hunting pressure is lowest during the limited first season.

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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


The Grand Mesa is heavily forested and offers a wide variety of terrain: from the spruce, fir and aspen forests up to 11,000 feet, to the piñonjuniper woodlands at about 4,800 feet.

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
540
Licenses Drawn
539
Licenses Surplus
1
Resident Quota
420
Nonresident Quota
119
Landowner Quota
83
Youth Quota
83
100%
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
EF052P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
0
EF052O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
0
EF052O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
0
EF052O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
0
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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
1,604
Total Harvest
145
Harvest Male
75
Harvest Female
67
9%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 476 34
25
9
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 1604 145
75
67
0
M
M
N/A 88 7
7
0
0
R
O3
LL
F
114 18
0
15
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 64 14
0
14
0
R
PLO
N/A 84 27
3
24
0
R
O4
LL
F
4 0
0
0
0
R
O4
N/A 39 12
6
6
0
R
O4
LL
M
22 6
6
0
0
R
O2
N/A 475 44
25
19
0
R
O3
N/A 306 27
9
15
0
R
O2
LL
F
159 19
0
19
0
R
O1
LL
F
31 0
0
0
0
R
O1
N/A 156 7
3
4
0
R
O1
LL
M
118 0
0
0
0
R
ALL
N/A 64 14
0
14
0
R
R
N/A 1040 104
43
58
0
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Weather Insights


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Average Temps

Use temperature ranges to plan and prepare for your hunt. Large swings indicate a good layering system should be used. Be sure to make note of the extreme temperatures as these often pose the greatest risk to hunters. If you plan on hunting in higher elevation, as a rule of thumb, expect the tempture to decrease roughly 5° for every 1000' in elevation gain.

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