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
86
 
86
Success
28
 
28
Trophy Potential
68
 
68
Public Access
69
 
69
Ease of Terrain
87
 
87
Room to Breathe
3
 
3
Opportunity
47
 
47
Convenience
2
 
2
Ease of Effort
41
 
41
64
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

230 Square Miles (146,955 Acres)

Land Ownership

38% Private, 62% Public, 20% USFS, 42% BLM, 7% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

38.8736, -108.0834

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 (2022)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2022)


Total Quota
5,525
Licenses Drawn
5,168
Licenses Surplus
357
Resident Quota
2,787
Nonresident Quota
2,381
Landowner Quota
217
Youth Quota
217
87%
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
EM041O1M
M
M
O1
LL
79.6%
73 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41
EE041P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
74 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41
EE041P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
74 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41
EE041P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
74 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41
EF041O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
76 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 41
EF041O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
76 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 41
EF041O1R
F
R
O1
LL
63.5%
68 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 41
EF041O1R
F
R
O1
LL
63.5%
68 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 41
EF411P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
80 private land only
EM041O1M
M
M
O1
LL
79.6%
73 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41
EM041O1R
M
R
O1
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41
EM041O1R
M
R
O1
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41
EM041O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
75 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41
EM041O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
75 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41
EF411O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
79
EF411O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
79
EF411O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
79
EE041P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
74 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 41
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Elk Harvest Stats (2021)


Total Hunters
740
Total Harvest
81
Harvest Male
34
Harvest Female
47
11%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
NA
N/A 191 14
14
0
0
ALL
ALL
NA
N/A 740 81
34
47
0
M
M
NA
N/A 41 38
38
0
0
R
L0
NA
N/A 76 33
0
33
0
R
O1
LL
F
18 0
0
0
0
R
O1
LL
M
43 0
0
0
0
R
O1
NA
N/A 61 0
0
0
0
R
O2
LL
F
61 4
0
4
0
R
O3
LL
F
45 5
0
5
0
R
O3
NA
N/A 142 9
4
5
0
R
O4
LL
F
8 0
0
0
0
R
O4
LL
M
17 0
0
0
0
R
O4
NA
N/A 30 5
0
5
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 81 38
0
38
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 76 33
0
33
0
R
R
NA
N/A 508 59
12
47
0
HuntScore Tip: With more than 300,000 hunting licenses sold in Colorado each year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife thinks it's impossible to contact every hunter. So, harvest data is not actual. It's a statistical sample calculation based on license sales data and an estimate of hunter numbers and hunter success. Hunter activity and success is gathered through the hunter survey sent to all Colorado licensed hunters. Response is voluntary and therefore not complete.

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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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