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


Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
23
 
23
Trophy Potential
0
 
N/A
Public Access
63
 
63
Ease of Terrain
55
 
55
Room to Breathe
78
 
78
Opportunity
72
 
72
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
57
 
57
86
HuntScore

Access Notes


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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 (147,096 Acres)

Land Ownership

37% Private, 63% Public, 43% USFS, 19% BLM

Latitude/Longitude

38.8946, -108.1159

Amenities

There are 6 hospitals, 20 hotels, 20 campgrounds, and 17 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 Drawing Stats (2018)


Total Quota
270
Licenses Drawn
134
Licenses Surplus
136
Resident Quota
119
Nonresident Quota
15
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
41
100%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EF411O2R
F
R
O2
EF411O3R
F
R
O3
EF411P5R
F
R
P5
HuntScore Tip: Private land only licenses, also called PLO licenses, require the holder to hunt in a specific GMU and are valid only on private land. You must obtain permission from a landowner. It is recommended that you secure permission from a landowner before purchasing the license.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2017)


Total Hunters
2,046
Total Harvest
265
Harvest Male
89
Harvest Female
164
14.3%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
Any
662 82
R
L0
94 12
R
P0
105 22
R
O1
109 20
R
O2
235 23
R
O3
190 18
R
O4
34 9
A
O1
183 20
M
O1
47 7
R
O1
60 10
R
O4
9 0
R
O1
38 0
R
O2
95 11
R
O3
66 10
R
O4
25 9
R
LP
94 12
HuntScore Tip: Harvest statistics are only taken at the unit level and include all harvests of a particular species by a particular manner. However it doesn't go to season level detail. For example, all rifle hunts (Season 1, Season 2, etc) are combined to a single total.