Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 21 - Rio Blanco and Garfield Counties

GMU 21 - Rio Blanco and Garfield Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
90
 
90
Success
21
 
21
Trophy Potential
37
 
37
Public Access
71
 
71
Ease of Terrain
65
 
65
Room to Breathe
78
 
78
Opportunity
90
 
90
Convenience
0
 
N/A
Ease of Effort
63
 
63
81
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by the White River; on E by Monument Gulch, County Highway 64, Monument Gulch Road, Rio Blanco County Roads 103 and 26; on S by Douglas Creek-Roan Creek divide, the Douglas Creek-Salt CreeKansas divide, the Evacuation Creek-Salt Creeks divide and the Bitter Creek-West Salt Creek divide; and on W by Utah.

Rains bring muddy roads. High elevation snows make roads impassible without chains.

75% of area is BLM land.

There are remote hunting areas accessible by foot, horseback or ATV. Get maps and study BLM access points.

County

Rio Blanco, Garfield

Size

890 Square Miles (569,332 Acres)

Land Ownership

29% Private, 71% Public, 70% BLM, 1% State

Latitude/Longitude

9.8441, -108.7744

Amenities

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

Elk Notes


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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

Visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Other Species in Unit

Deer, Pronghorn, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey,

Photos and Terrain Notes


Pinyon-juniper, with pockets of sagebrush, cover most of area at lower elevations. Higher elevations are characterized by sagebrush interspersed with aspen stands and some dark timber. Terrain varies from rolling sagebrush to steep-sided canyons. Some areas are steep & rugged, especially in southern portion.

Elk Drawing Stats (2018)


Total Quota
2,535
Licenses Drawn
1,854
Licenses Surplus
681
Resident Quota
1,257
Nonresident Quota
597
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
149
90.5%
Average 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
EF021O3R
F
R
O3
EM021O1R
M
R
O1
EF021O4R
F
R
O4
EE021O1M
E
M
O1
EF021O2R
F
R
O2
EF021O1R
F
R
O1
EF021O1M
F
M
O1
EE021P1R
E
R
P1
EM021O4R
M
R
O4
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
5,086
Total Harvest
1,047
Harvest Male
560
Harvest Female
460
22.6%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
Any
1712 354
R
P0
46 30
R
O1
368 133
R
O2
583 96
R
O3
588 112
R
O4
173 13
A
O1
468 62
M
O1
145 9
R
O1
284 89
R
O4
94 0
R
O1
38 14
R
O2
222 39
R
O3
286 83
R
O4
79 13
HuntScore Tip: Hunters who have GPS units are encouraged to mark the location of their harvest in the field. This is especially important for hunters who harvest a bear or moose. During mandatory inspections, hunters will be asked to give a location of their harvest. Having GPS coordinates makes reporting simple and precise.