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

GMU 21 - Rio Blanco and Garfield Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
82
 
82
Success
16
 
16
Trophy Potential
41
 
41
Public Access
88
 
88
Ease of Terrain
70
 
70
Room to Breathe
4
 
4
Opportunity
33
 
33
Convenience
16
 
16
Ease of Effort
52
 
52
67
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

820 Square Miles (524,932 Acres)

Land Ownership

12% Private, 88% Public, 87% BLM, 1% State

Latitude/Longitude

39.8577, -108.8029

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 1 hotels, 1 campgrounds, and 1 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

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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 Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
2,460
Licenses Drawn
2,097
Licenses Surplus
363
Resident Quota
1,301
Nonresident Quota
796
Landowner Quota
137
Youth Quota
137
75.6%
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
EM021O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
0
EM021O1R
M
R
O1
LL
100%
0
EF021O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
0
EF021O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
0
EF021O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
0
EF021O1R
F
R
O1
LL
41.2%
0
EF021O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
0
EE021P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
0
EE021O1M
E
M
O1
LL
51.5%
0
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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
2,285
Total Harvest
420
Harvest Male
295
Harvest Female
113
18%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 476 62
48
14
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 2285 420
295
113
0
M
M
N/A 116 19
19
0
0
R
O1
N/A 447 118
108
10
0
R
O1
LL
F
36 10
0
10
0
R
O1
LL
M
369 92
92
0
0
R
O2
N/A 618 111
63
48
0
R
O2
LL
F
201 48
0
48
0
R
O3
N/A 412 74
33
35
0
R
O3
LL
F
180 41
0
35
0
R
O4
N/A 216 36
24
6
0
R
O4
LL
F
88 12
0
6
0
R
O4
LL
M
128 24
24
0
0
R
PLO
N/A 42 16
16
0
0
R
R
N/A 1693 339
228
99
0
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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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