Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 411 - Mesa and Delta Counties

Most elk will be at higher elevations during the early seasons above 8,500 feet in thick timber and oak brush. Distribution changes in relation to weather and hunting pressure; so hunters should be prepared to adapt to conditions.

GMU 411 - Mesa and Delta Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
16
 
16
Trophy Potential
47
 
47
Public Access
62
 
62
Ease of Terrain
85
 
85
Room to Breathe
3
 
3
Opportunity
37
 
37
Convenience
2
 
2
Ease of Effort
43
 
43
66
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Delta-Mesa County line, Flowing Park Road and Lands End Road; on E by County Highway 65 and 92; on S by US Highway 50.

The lower elevations are mainly private.

County

Mesa, Delta

Size

210 Square Miles (134,326 Acres)

Land Ownership

38% Private, 62% Public, 20% USFS, 42% BLM

Latitude/Longitude

38.8736, -108.0833

Amenities

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

Elk Notes


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Most elk will be at higher elevations during the early seasons above 8,500 feet in thick timber and oak brush. Distribution changes in relation to weather and hunting pressure; so hunters should be prepared to adapt to conditions. Elk will generally move into more remote areas in response to pressure. Successful hunters generally stay well away from motorized access areas.

These units are managed for hunting opportunity, so most bulls are young. Hunting pressure is lowest during the limited first season.

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


The Grand Mesa is heavily forested and offers a wide variety of terrain: from the spruce, fir and aspen forests up to 11,000 feet, to the piñonjuniper woodlands at about 4,800 feet.

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
295
Licenses Drawn
237
Licenses Surplus
58
Resident Quota
211
Nonresident Quota
26
Landowner Quota
45
Youth Quota
45
100%
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
EF411P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
0
EF411O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
0
EF411O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
0
EF411O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
0
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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
871
Total Harvest
148
Harvest Male
63
Harvest Female
80
17%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 222 20
14
6
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 871 148
63
80
0
M
M
N/A 44 5
5
0
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 82 52
0
52
0
R
PLO
N/A 85 55
3
52
0
R
O4
LL
M
25 0
0
0
0
R
O4
LL
F
10 3
0
3
0
R
O4
N/A 35 3
0
3
0
R
O3
LL
F
51 7
0
5
0
R
O2
LL
F
58 15
0
12
0
R
O3
N/A 230 20
13
5
0
R
O2
N/A 192 32
17
12
0
R
O1
LL
M
43 11
11
0
0
R
O1
N/A 61 14
14
0
0
R
O1
LL
F
15 0
0
0
0
R
D
R
N/A 5 2
0
2
0
R
ALL
N/A 82 52
0
52
0
R
R
N/A 605 123
44
74
0
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Weather Insights


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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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