Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 34 - Garfield and Eagle Counties

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GMU 34 - Garfield and Eagle Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
87
 
87
Success
26
 
26
Trophy Potential
38
 
38
Public Access
92
 
92
Ease of Terrain
58
 
58
Room to Breathe
2
 
2
Opportunity
79
 
79
Convenience
60
 
60
Ease of Effort
48
 
48
70
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Bounded on N by Deep Creek; on E and S by Colorado River; on W by Canyon Creek.

Expect mild weather with light snow in the 1st season, with roads becoming impassable in the upper half of the area by the 3rd season. The high country in GMU 24 is prone to heavy snowstorms in late seasons. Heavy snowstorms can strand hunters on Flattops after 1st season. While there is a great deal of public land, hunting pressure is heavy especially in northern half of GMUs 23 and 24.

4WD is necessary on all but the few main paved roads. Half of the area is roadless - which makes for very good hunting if you can walk or pack in. You may encounter heavy ATV traffic in GMUs 12, 23 and 33. Hunters in GMU 25 and 26 can gain access using Forest Service Road 610 (Stump Park Rd) or USFS Road 613 (Crescent Lake Rd).

County

Garfield, Eagle

Size

193 Square Miles (123,483 Acres)

Land Ownership

8% Private, 92% Public, 73% USFS, 19% BLM

Latitude/Longitude

39.6527, -107.2848

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 15 hotels, 24 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Successful hunters avoid the main roads and hunt the dark timber and deeper canyons.

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


White River offers variety and extremes. Several peaks in the Flattop Wilderness are 12,200ft in elevation. Elevation drops to 5,300ft near Rifle. The lower elevation vegetation starts out with sage, progressing to oakbrush/mtn brush, aspen, evergreens and alpine tundra.

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
8,770
Licenses Drawn
7,319
Licenses Surplus
1,451
Resident Quota
3,821
Nonresident Quota
3,498
Landowner Quota
435
Youth Quota
435
91.7%
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
EF025O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
76 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 25, 26, 34, 231;
EF011O1R
F
R
O1
LL
100%
70 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 11, 12, 13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 33, 34, 131, 211, 231;
EM011O1R
M
R
O1
LL
100%
67 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 11, 12, 13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 33, 34, 131, 211, 231;
EE025O1M
E
M
O1
LL
50.2%
68 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 25, 26, 34, 231;
EM034O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
80
EF025O1R
F
R
O1
LL
100%
74 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 25, 26, 34;
EF034O2R
F
R
O2
LL
21.7%
76
EF034O3R
F
R
O3
LL
21.7%
66
EF034O4R
F
R
O4
LL
21.7%
66
EF034P5R
F
R
P5
LL
52.6%
75
EE011P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
73 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 11, 12, 13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 33, 34, 131, 211, 231;
HuntScore Tip: Hunters born after 1948 must present a hunter education card when purchasing a license. License agents will accept cards issued by other states but they will not accept a previous year?s license or photocopies of hunter education cards.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
647
Total Harvest
82
Harvest Male
58
Harvest Female
24
13%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 161 11
11
0
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 647 82
58
24
0
M
M
N/A 20 3
3
0
0
R
O1
N/A 126 15
10
5
0
R
O1
LL
F
38 5
0
5
0
R
O1
LL
M
88 10
10
0
0
R
O2
N/A 170 27
17
10
0
R
O2
LL
F
18 10
0
10
0
R
O3
N/A 121 17
17
0
0
R
O3
LL
F
6 0
0
0
0
R
O4
N/A 38 3
0
3
0
R
O4
LL
F
10 3
0
3
0
R
O4
LL
M
28 0
0
0
0
R
PLO
N/A 11 6
0
6
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 11 6
0
6
0
R
R
N/A 466 68
44
24
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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