Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 41 - Mesa and Delta Counties

The elk herd is well distributed with good hunting success expected. Elk are scattered throughout the forest and on private lands. Most elk stay at higher elevations (8500- 10,000ft) in thick timber and oakbrush.

GMU 41 - Mesa and Delta Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
89
 
89
Success
16
 
16
Trophy Potential
47
 
47
Public Access
62
 
62
Ease of Terrain
84
 
84
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
66
 
66
Convenience
0
 
N/A
Ease of Effort
47
 
47
64
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Colorado River and County Highway 65; on E by County Highway 65, Lands End Road, Flowing Park Road and Mesa-Delta County line; on W by US Highway 50.

Hunters should be prepared to spend time on foot or horseback. Much of the area is public land. Overall, the hunting pressure is heavy.

County

Mesa, Delta

Size

299 Square Miles (191,538 Acres)

Land Ownership

38% Private, 62% Public, 27% USFS, 35% BLM

Latitude/Longitude

39.0231, -108.2649

Amenities

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

Elk Notes


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The elk herd is well distributed with good hunting success expected. Elk are scattered throughout the forest and on private lands. Most elk stay at higher elevations (8500- 10,000ft) in thick timber and oakbrush. There is no migration during the season, movement to the more remote areas is in response to hunting pressure.

They will seek classic cover - the heavily wooded, north-facing slopes near water. You will need to get away from the roads. There are lots of legal bulls as the area is managed for quantity of bulls rather than trophy status. Hence, trophy bulls are present but relatively rare.

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


Grand Mesa terrain ranges from high elevation (11,000ft) spruce/fir forests to low elevation (4,800ft) piñon-juniper woodlands.

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2020)


Total Quota
3,945
Licenses Drawn
3,431
Licenses Surplus
514
Resident Quota
2,254
Nonresident Quota
1,177
Landowner Quota
285
Youth Quota
285
86.6%
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
EM041O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
80
EM041O1R
M
R
O1
LL
100%
72
EM041O1M
M
M
O1
LL
78.6%
72
EF041P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
79
EF041O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
80
EF041O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
80
EF041O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
80
EF041O1R
F
R
O1
LL
63.3%
78
EF041O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
76
EE041P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
79
EE041P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
79
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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,871
Total Harvest
342
Harvest Male
190
Harvest Female
144
18%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 351 41
28
13
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 1871 342
190
144
0
M
M
N/A 139 25
19
6
0
R
EP
PLO
N/A 178 46
0
46
0
R
O1
N/A 316 74
41
30
0
R
O1
LL
F
104 19
0
16
0
R
O1
LL
M
177 32
32
0
0
R
O2
N/A 402 84
53
31
0
R
O2
LL
F
175 31
0
31
0
R
O3
N/A 321 52
32
15
0
R
O3
LL
F
119 20
0
15
0
R
O4
N/A 164 20
17
3
0
R
O4
LL
F
55 0
0
0
0
R
O4
LL
M
773 14
14
0
0
R
P0
N/A 249 75
12
63
0
R
R
N/A 1381 276
143
125
0
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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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