Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 34 - Garfield and Eagle Counties

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GMU 34 - Garfield and Eagle Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
26
 
26
Trophy Potential
43
 
43
Public Access
92
 
92
Ease of Terrain
30
 
30
Room to Breathe
64
 
64
Opportunity
49
 
49
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
60
 
60
88
HuntScore

Access Notes


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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 (123,502 Acres)

Land Ownership

8% Private, 92% Public, 74% USFS, 19% BLM

Latitude/Longitude

39.6653, -107.2552

Amenities

There are 15 hospitals, 20 hotels, 16 campgrounds, and 7 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 Drawing Stats (2018)


Total Quota
210
Licenses Drawn
182
Licenses Surplus
28
Resident Quota
155
Nonresident Quota
27
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
27
100%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EF034O2R
F
R
O2
EF034P5R
F
R
P5
EM034O4R
M
R
O4
HuntScore Tip: Colorado divides the state into distinct hunting areas called Game Management Units or GMUs (see map). To prevent over harvesting, a limited number of licenses by species are assigned to be sold in each GMU. The number of limited licenses available in each GMU is called the quota.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2017)


Total Hunters
2,727
Total Harvest
278
Harvest Male
182
Harvest Female
72
12.7%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
Any
899 88
R
P0
38 23
R
O1
326 49
R
O2
341 26
R
O3
169 6
R
O4
42 1
A
O1
324 23
M
O1
50 11
R
O1
262 32
R
O4
30 0
R
O1
47 0
R
O2
101 10
R
O3
65 2
R
O4
12 1
R
EP
21 6
HuntScore Tip: In some smaller units you may not see any data reported for a season. There are instances where not enough hunters respond to the post-hunt survey inquiries and therefore it isn't possible to report any data.