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


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
64
 
64
Success
13
 
13
Trophy Potential
0
 
N/A
Public Access
89
 
89
Ease of Terrain
63
 
63
Room to Breathe
2
 
2
Opportunity
25
 
25
Convenience
22
 
22
Ease of Effort
48
 
48
62
HuntScore

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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

808 Square Miles (516,804 Acres)

Land Ownership

11% Private, 89% Public, 82% USFS, 7% BLM

Latitude/Longitude

38.8019, -106.7137

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 2 hotels, 3 campgrounds, and 1 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.

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

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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 Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
1,185
Licenses Drawn
1,185
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
863
Nonresident Quota
322
Landowner Quota
93
Youth Quota
93
46.4%
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
EM055O4R
M
R
O4
LL
80%
0
EM055O1R
M
R
O1
LL
39.3%
0
EM055O1M
M
M
O1
LL
27.1%
0
EF055O4R
F
R
O4
LL
11.5%
0
EF055O3R
F
R
O3
LL
28%
0
EF055O2R
F
R
O2
LL
49.3%
0
EF055O1R
F
R
O1
LL
59.1%
0
EF055O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
0
EE055O1A
E
A
O1
LL
55.5%
0
HuntScore Tip: Always apply for the unit that is your first choice if your goal is to accumulate points for use toward a future quality hunt. Points needed can change significantly from year to year.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
2,681
Total Harvest
440
Harvest Male
268
Harvest Female
165
16%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 319 41
24
17
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 2681 440
268
165
0
M
M
N/A 164 26
16
10
0
R
O1
N/A 267 65
26
37
0
R
O1
LL
F
148 39
0
37
0
R
O1
LL
M
119 26
26
0
0
R
O2
N/A 1060 132
97
35
0
R
O2
LL
F
180 35
0
35
0
R
O3
N/A 822 157
96
58
0
R
O3
LL
F
97 61
0
58
0
R
O4
N/A 49 19
9
8
0
R
O4
LL
F
10 10
0
8
0
R
O4
LL
M
39 9
9
0
0
R
R
N/A 2198 373
228
138
0
HuntScore Tip: Also keep in mind that past performance doesn't necessarily guide future success. Warm weather during the previous year may have limited harvest. Cold and snowy weather may have sent hunters home early the previous year, limiting the harvest. You may have better conditions. Look at the 3-5 year trends and not a specific year.

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Weather Insights


Weather can vary by elevation. See how weather varies by elevation within a unit by selecting an elevation range. Elevation ranges are based on weather stations in or near the unit. Not all weather elements are available within the unit.

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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