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
100
 
100
Success
18
 
18
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
62
 
62
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
8
 
8
Opportunity
69
 
69
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
48
 
48
65
HuntScore

Access Notes


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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

39.0267, -108.2881

Amenities

There are 20 hospitals, 20 hotels, 10 campgrounds, and 20 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 Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
3,750
Licenses Drawn
3,258
Licenses Surplus
492
Resident Quota
1,994
Nonresident Quota
1,264
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
233
94%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EE041P1R
E
R
P1
EE041P4R
E
R
P4
EF041O1M
F
M
O1
EF041O1R
F
R
O1
EF041O2R
F
R
O2
EF041P5R
F
R
P5
EM041O1M
M
M
O1
EM041O1R
M
R
O1
EM041O4R
M
R
O4
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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 Hunters Harvest
M
M
139 25
R
O4
55 0
R
O3
119 20
R
O2
175 31
R
O1
104 19
R
O4
773 14
R
O1
177 32
R
O3
321 52
A
A
351 41
R
O4
164 20
R
O2
402 84
R
O1
316 74
R
P0
249 75
R
R
1381 276
ALL
ALL
1871 342
R
EP
178 46
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.