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
86
 
86
Success
26
 
26
Trophy Potential
68
 
68
Public Access
47
 
47
Ease of Terrain
86
 
86
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
58
 
58
Convenience
1
 
1
Ease of Effort
47
 
47
59
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

264 Square Miles (169,244 Acres)

Land Ownership

52% Private, 48% Public, 37% USFS, 10% BLM

Latitude/Longitude

38.9335, -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.

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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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
3,155
Licenses Drawn
2,988
Licenses Surplus
167
Resident Quota
1,736
Nonresident Quota
1,252
Landowner Quota
169
Youth Quota
169
83.7%
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
EM041O1M
M
M
O1
LL
69.2%
70 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41, 42, 52, 411, 421, 521;
EE041P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
72 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41, 42, 52, 411, 421, 521;
EF041O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
75 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 41, 42, 52, 411, 421;
EF041O1R
F
R
O1
LL
55.1%
66 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 41, 42, 52, 411, 421;
EF052O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
75
EM041O1R
M
R
O1
LL
100%
73 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41, 42, 52, 411, 421, 521;
EM041O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
73 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41, 42, 52, 411, 421, 521;
EF052O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
75
EF052O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
75
EF052P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
74 private land only
EE041P1R
E
R
P1
LL
94.3%
72 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41, 42, 52, 411, 421, 521;
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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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Average Temps

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