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
10
 
10
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
92
 
92
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
29
 
29
Opportunity
36
 
36
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
43
 
43
69
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

178 Square Miles (113,818 Acres)

Land Ownership

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

Latitude/Longitude

39.6653, -107.2500

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 (2019)


Total Quota
150
Licenses Drawn
138
Licenses Surplus
12
Resident Quota
114
Nonresident Quota
24
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
18
91%
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
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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,049
Total Harvest
107
Harvest Male
71
Harvest Female
30
10%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
M
M
55 7
R
O4
10 0
R
O3
41 6
R
O2
43 2
R
O1
32 0
R
O4
25 10
R
O1
93 12
R
O3
184 14
A
A
411 47
R
O4
35 10
R
O2
228 9
R
O1
125 12
R
P0
11 8
R
R
583 53
ALL
ALL
1049 107
R
EP
11 8
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.