Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 77 - Archuleta, Hinsdale, La Plata, and Mineral Counties

Hunters must be prepared to walk into remote and forested areas. Do not expect to see elk from roads or areas open to OHVs. In early seasons stick to cool areas on north-facing slopes in the spruce/fir and aspen forests.

GMU 77 - Archuleta, Hinsdale, La Plata, and Mineral Counties
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Scores


Ease of Drawing
55
 
55
Success
15
 
15
Trophy Potential
35
 
35
Public Access
82
 
82
Ease of Terrain
75
 
75
Room to Breathe
38
 
38
Opportunity
31
 
31
Convenience
40
 
40
Ease of Effort
48
 
48
62
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Access Notes


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Bounded on N by Continental Divide and Piedra River-San Juan River divide; on E by Piedra River-San Juan River divide, Four Mile Creek and San Juan River; on S by US Highway 160; on W by Los Pinos River-Piedra River divide.

Public land and road access is good at mid to high elevations in these units which lie between Durango and Wolf Creek Pass. South of U.S. Highway 160 much of the land is privately owned or part of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. To access pockets of public land within the Southern Ute boundaries you MUST obtain a crossing permit ($25) from the tribe.

Call (970)563-0125 for information. Hunting is not allowed on tribal lands.

County

Archuleta, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mineral

Size

498 Square Miles (318,952 Acres)

Land Ownership

17% Private, 82% Public, 82% USFS

Latitude/Longitude

37.4073, -107.2235

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 3 hotels, 12 campgrounds, and 1 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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The objective is to increase the population. Even though cow licenses were cut the previous few years this herd is not growing. CPW is watching this population closely and working on management strategies. Hunters must be prepared to walk into remote and forested areas.

Do not expect to see elk from roads or areas open to OHVs. In early seasons stick to cool areas on north-facing slopes in the spruce/fir and aspen forests. Elk move to lower elevations when snow accumulation is significant. In late seasons, ponderosa pine forests and oak brush can be productive.

The wilderness area boundary north of Pagosa often holds elk when snow pushes them down. Areas south of Pagosa Springs and east of Highway 84 can provide good hunting as snow begins to accumulate. Access on Mill Creek Rd (FS 302), Rio Blanco Rd (FS 657) and Buckles Lake Rd (FS 663). Hunters who donftt mind working in rough country can be successful in the hills on either side of the Piedra River north of Highway 160.

The Missionary Ridge Road (FS Rd 682) and Beaver Meadows Rd (FS 135) provide access into good elk country in GMUs 75-751 as does the Mosca Road (FS 631) and FS Road 634 in GMU 77.

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, Shiras Moose, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey,

Photos and Terrain Notes


Elevations range from about 6,500 feet to more than 12,000 feet. Weather can change quickly and be severe.

Elk Drawing Stats (2020)


Total Quota
3,915
Licenses Drawn
2,291
Licenses Surplus
1,624
Resident Quota
858
Nonresident Quota
1,433
Landowner Quota
54
Youth Quota
54
59.9%
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
EF077O4R
F
R
O4
LL
6.8%
65
EF077O1A
F
A
O1
LL
100%
75
EF077O1M
F
M
O1
LL
42.3%
77
EF077O1R
F
R
O1
LL
16.7%
65
EF077O3R
F
R
O3
LL
7.2%
63
EF077O2R
F
R
O2
LL
16.4%
69
EF077P1R
F
R
P1
LL
100%
76
EM077O1M
M
M
O1
LL
96.8%
76
EF077P4R
F
R
P4
LL
76.9%
70
EF077P5R
F
R
P5
LL
52.6%
77
EM077O1A
M
A
O1
LL
100%
73
EM077O1R
M
R
O1
LL
100%
75
EM077O4R
M
R
O4
LL
53.3%
72
EM077P4R
M
R
P4
LL
80.6%
74
EM077P1R
M
R
P1
LL
100%
79
EE077P1A
E
A
P1
LL
100%
76
HuntScore Tip: Nonresident allocations are determined by the average number of preference points a Colorado resident needs to draw a specific license during a 3-year period. For hunt codes that require six or more points for a Colorado resident to draw an elk or deer license, up to 20 percent of licenses may go to nonresidents. For elk and deer hunt codes that require fewer than six points for a Colorado resident to draw, up to 35 percent may go to nonresidents.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
3,503
Total Harvest
313
Harvest Male
265
Harvest Female
41
9%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A
N/A 849 47
41
6
0
ALL
ALL
N/A
N/A 3503 313
265
41
0
R
O1
LL
F
37 8
0
8
0
R
O1
LL
M
504 776
776
0
0
R
O1
N/A
N/A 570 95
82
13
0
R
O2
LL
F
66 4
0
0
0
R
O3
LL
F
42 12
0
9
0
R
O3
N/A
N/A 863 66
54
9
0
R
O4
LL
F
29 2
0
2
0
R
O4
LL
M
44 0
0
0
0
R
O4
N/A
N/A 84 4
0
4
0
R
P0
N/A
N/A 55 15
6
9
0
R
R
N/A
N/A 2520 243
208
28
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.

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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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