Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 55 - Gunnison County

Hunters are advised to be in good shape and to hunt well away from roads. Elk will move to difficult terrain when hunting pressure starts; so be prepared to hunt canyons or thick timber.

GMU 55 - Gunnison County

Scores


Ease of Drawing
76
 
76
Success
29
 
29
Trophy Potential
25
 
25
Public Access
88
 
88
Ease of Terrain
30
 
30
Room to Breathe
72
 
72
Opportunity
83
 
83
Convenience
61
 
61
Ease of Effort
62
 
62
81
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Access Notes


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Bounded on N by Gunnison-Pitkin County line; on E by Continental Divide; on S by Taylor River-Tomichi Creek divide and Cumberland Pass, US Forest Service Road 765 (N Quartz Creek Road), Quartz Creek Road, and US Highway 50; on W by County Highway 135, County Road 12 (Kebler Pass Road), Kebler Pass and Ruby Range Summit.

Public land in the area is abundant. Motorized travel is limited to designated routes. Please consult the current Motor Vehicle Use Maps available from the USFS and BLM.

County

Gunnison

Size

886 Square Miles (567,034 Acres)

Land Ownership

12% Private, 88% Public, 75% USFS, 12% BLM, 1% State

Latitude/Longitude

38.7795, -106.7253

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 20 hotels, 14 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Elk populations remain strong throughout the Gunnison Basin, but big game managers continue to dial back the number of limited licenses available. Aggressive herd reduction during the 2012 and 2013 seasons was implemented to address agricultural damage issues. Subsequently, there has been a noticeable decline in the population which has resulted in a decrease in the number of licenses available to hunters for 2015. CPW managers continue to assess objectives in these units and are developing management plans to rebuild the population.

Hunters are advised to be in good shape and to hunt well away from roads. Elk will move to difficult terrain when hunting pressure starts; so be prepared to hunt canyons or thick timber. If the weather is warm, hunt at higher elevations and in heavy timber.

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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

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Photos and Terrain Notes


Terrain is variedÒfrom sage brush hills to alpine tundra. Be prepared for cold and snowy weather during all seasons. The dominant geographical features of this area are the mountains of the continental divide along the east and south side and the Sawatch Mountains on the north and the Ruby Range on the west. Taylor Park and Taylor Reservoir lie in the heart of the area.

Tomichi Creek, Taylor River, East River, Cochetopa Creek, and the Slate river are main drainages of the area and all are tributaries to the Gunnison River. Elevation ranges from over 14,000 feet along the continental divide to 7,700 feet in the city of Gunnison

Elk Drawing Stats (2018)


Total Quota
2,180
Licenses Drawn
2,177
Licenses Surplus
3
Resident Quota
1,456
Nonresident Quota
721
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
162
73.8%
Average 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
EF055O3R
F
R
O3
EM055O1M
M
M
O1
EF055O4R
F
R
O4
EE055O1A
E
A
O1
EF055O2R
F
R
O2
EF055O1R
F
R
O1
EF055O1M
F
M
O1
EE055O4R
E
R
O4
EM055O1R
M
R
O1
HuntScore Tip: Colorado divides the state into distinct hunting areas called Game Management Units or GMUs (see map). To prevent over harvesting, a limited number of licenses by species are assigned to be sold in each GMU. The number of limited licenses available in each GMU is called the quota.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2017)


Total Hunters
7,319
Total Harvest
1,124
Harvest Male
607
Harvest Female
486
16.1%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
Any
2681 390
R
P0
3 0
R
O1
484 137
R
O2
1000 87
R
O3
1068 148
R
O4
129 18
A
O1
607 83
M
O1
260 31
R
O1
256 71
R
O1
225 66
R
O2
213 21
R
O3
264 54
R
O4
96 11
R
O4
33 7
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.