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

GMU 21 - Rio Blanco and Garfield Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
81
 
81
Success
27
 
27
Trophy Potential
49
 
49
Public Access
91
 
91
Ease of Terrain
81
 
81
Room to Breathe
4
 
4
Opportunity
26
 
26
Convenience
11
 
11
Ease of Effort
52
 
52
64
HuntScore

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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

888 Square Miles (568,304 Acres)

Land Ownership

12% Private, 88% Public, 87% BLM, 1% State, 3% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

39.8575, -108.8031

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 (2022)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2022)


Total Quota
4,120
Licenses Drawn
3,360
Licenses Surplus
760
Resident Quota
2,112
Nonresident Quota
1,248
Landowner Quota
274
Youth Quota
274
82.7%
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
EF021O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 21
EE021O1M
E
M
O1
LL
63.2%
67 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 21
EE021P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
72 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 21
EE021P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
72 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 21
EF021O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
73 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 21
EF021O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
73 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 21
EF021O1R
F
R
O1
LL
50.8%
64 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 21
EF021O1R
F
R
O1
LL
50.8%
64 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 21
EF021O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
80 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 21
EF021O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 21
EF021O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
80 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 21
EF021O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 21
EF021O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 21
EM021O1R
M
R
O1
LL
100%
77 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 21
EM021O1R
M
R
O1
LL
100%
77 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 21
EM021O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
75 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 21
EM021O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
75 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 21
EE021O1M
E
M
O1
LL
63.2%
67 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 21
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Elk Harvest Stats (2021)


Total Hunters
2,383
Total Harvest
388
Harvest Male
257
Harvest Female
104
16%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
NA
N/A 550 117
103
10
0
ALL
ALL
NA
N/A 2383 388
257
104
0
M
M
NA
N/A 118 19
15
2
0
R
O1
LL
F
28 6
0
6
0
R
O1
LL
M
399 43
43
0
0
R
O1
NA
N/A 459 57
47
10
0
R
O2
LL
F
169 40
0
33
0
R
O2
NA
N/A 655 88
48
33
0
R
O3
LL
F
160 47
0
41
0
R
O3
NA
N/A 384 86
39
41
0
R
O4
LL
M
138 5
5
0
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 32 8
4
4
0
R
R
NA
N/A 1715 252
139
92
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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