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


Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
16
 
16
Trophy Potential
0
 
N/A
Public Access
63
 
63
Ease of Terrain
60
 
60
Room to Breathe
59
 
59
Opportunity
91
 
91
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
53
 
53
85
HuntScore

Access Notes


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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

265 Square Miles (169,360 Acres)

Land Ownership

37% Private, 63% Public, 43% USFS, 19% BLM

Latitude/Longitude

38.9207, -107.8446

Amenities

There are 2 hospitals, 20 hotels, 20 campgrounds, and 20 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 Drawing Stats (2018)


Total Quota
525
Licenses Drawn
312
Licenses Surplus
213
Resident Quota
242
Nonresident Quota
70
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
81
100%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EF052O2R
F
R
O2
EF052O3R
F
R
O3
EF052P5R
F
R
P5
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Elk Harvest Stats (2017)


Total Hunters
3,775
Total Harvest
380
Harvest Male
218
Harvest Female
153
12%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
Any
1196 129
R
O1
60 20
R
LP
97 10
R
O4
29 3
R
O3
172 10
R
O2
248 17
R
O1
94 0
R
O4
37 3
M
O1
93 0
R
L0
97 10
A
O1
418 34
R
O4
77 11
R
O3
313 18
R
O2
519 57
R
O1
181 30
R
P0
135 25
RR
D
9 3
HuntScore Tip: In some smaller units you may not see any data reported for a season. There are instances where not enough hunters respond to the post-hunt survey inquiries and therefore it isn't possible to report any data.