Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 59 - Pueblo, Fremont, El Paso, and Teller Counties

There is better elk hunting in Teller County portion of unit. However, terrain is very steep and heavily forested. Early seasons, archery and muzzleloader, see success above timberline.

GMU 59 - Pueblo, Fremont, El Paso, and Teller Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
88
 
88
Success
0
N/A
Trophy Potential
25
 
25
Public Access
39
 
39
Ease of Terrain
60
 
60
Room to Breathe
83
 
83
Opportunity
70
 
70
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
75
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by US Highway 24; on E by I-25; on S by U.S. 50; on W by County Highway 67 and Phantom Canyon Road, except portions of Pueblo, Fremont and El Paso counties within Fort Carson Military Reservation. (See unit 591.)

The access for this unit is good to public lands and fair to private lands. Access BLM land through Beaver Creek SWA. You can access national forest off Gold Camp Road.

County

Pueblo, Fremont, El Paso, Teller

Size

646 Square Miles (413,706 Acres)

Land Ownership

61% Private, 39% Public, 20% USFS, 10% BLM, 7% State

Latitude/Longitude

38.6510, -104.8920

Amenities

There are 20 hospitals, 20 hotels, 13 campgrounds, and 20 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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There is better elk hunting in Teller County portion of unit. However, terrain is very steep and heavily forested. Early seasons (archery and muzzleloader) see success above timberline.

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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Other Species in Unit

Deer, Pronghorn, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey,

Photos and Terrain Notes


The elevation in this area ranges from From 14,112 feet on Pikes Peak to 4,593 feet near Pueblo. The terrain is Level prairies to moderately steep foothills and plateaus to steep mountains. The vegetation consists of Shortgrass prairies, piñon, junipers, pine, oakbrush, spruce/fir and alpine tundra.

Elk Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
885
Licenses Drawn
761
Licenses Surplus
124
Resident Quota
670
Nonresident Quota
91
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
72
90.4%
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
EE059P1R
E
R
P1
EF059O1M
F
M
O1
EF059O1R
F
R
O1
EF059O2R
F
R
O2
EF059P5R
F
R
P5
EM059O1M
M
M
O1
EM059O1R
M
R
O1
EM059O4R
M
R
O4
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 (2018)


Total Hunters
717
Total Harvest
74
Harvest Male
54
Harvest Female
20
9.3%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
O1
60 13
R
O2
149 14
R
O3
86 20
R
O4
57 0
A
A
153 17
M
M
79 3
R
O1
24 0
R
O4
54 0
R
O1
13 3
R
O2
21 4
R
O3
18 0
R
O4
3 0
HuntScore Tip: Hunters who have GPS units are encouraged to mark the location of their harvest in the field. This is especially important for hunters who harvest a bear or moose. During mandatory inspections, hunters will be asked to give a location of their harvest. Having GPS coordinates makes reporting simple and precise.