Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 201 - Moffat County

Big, 300 + size bulls are common. The elk tend to stay put over the seasons. Movement is weather dependent. Overall, elk are scattered throughout the unit. Hold out for a good bullÑthe average size is around 305.

GMU 201 - Moffat County

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
6
 
6
Success
48
 
48
Trophy Potential
45
 
45
Public Access
91
 
91
Ease of Terrain
86
 
86
Room to Breathe
12
 
12
Opportunity
17
 
17
Convenience
4
 
4
Ease of Effort
53
 
53
55
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Wyoming; on E by County Road 10N (Irish Canyon Road), County Highway 318 and County Road 10; on S by County Road 34 and the Green River; and on W by Utah.

Public land accounts for more than 90% of this unit. Consult a map and be aware of where you are. An agreement with a private land owner and the State Land Board opens several thousand acres in GMU 201 for public hunting access. See the Craig Chamber of Commerce or the CPW office in Meeker for details.

County

Moffat

Size

240 Square Miles (153,621 Acres)

Land Ownership

6% Private, 94% Public, 71% BLM, 18% State, 10% Wilderness, 5% Other

Latitude/Longitude

40.8819, -108.8845

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 3 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Big, 300 + size bulls are common. The elk tend to stay put over the seasons. Movement is weather dependent. Overall, elk are scattered throughout the unit.

Hold out for a good bullÑthe average size is around 305.

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


This area is a high semi-arid plateau bisected by stream-cut canyons. Cold Springs Mountain, Douglas Mountain, Lone Mountain, Lodore Canyon, Lookout Mountain, Sandwash Basin, and the Vermillion Bluffs are the prominent features in the DAU. The Green River, and especially its tributary, the Yampa River, cut deep canyons in the plateau. Middle Mountain is the highest point in the unit at 9,559 feet.

The lowest point in the DAU occurs on the Green River at the Colorado/Utah state line and is approximately 5,100 feet. Overall, sage and sage-grassland dominate, with the typical vegetation groups as the elevation increases. Vegetation in the area consists of semi-arid types such as sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) steppe communities, piñonjuniper, and desert shrubs. Spruce-fir and aspen (Populus tremuloides) are found on protected north facing slopes at higher elevations.

piñon-juniper woodlands are found mostly on south facing slopes, but also occur in lower regions of north facing slopes. Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) forests also occur on Douglas Mountain in the southern portion of GMU 2. Sagebrush communities are found throughout the area. Desert shrub species include mountain mahogany (Cercocarpus montanus), bitterbrush (Purshia tridentata) and curlleaf mountain mahogany (Cercocarpus ledifolius).

The curlleaf mountain mahogany occurs only in a limited area located on Limestone Ridge. Shadscale (Atriplex confertifolia) occurs in abundance in the northeast part of the area. Spruce/fir stands provide excellent thermal cover during summer months and security areas during the hunting seasons. Aspen stands are usually found in areas with high soil moisture content and are often associated with diverse, productive grass and forb understories.

Aspen stands provide high quality elk forage throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Additionally, aspen habitats provide moderate cover and are commonly used by elk for calving areas. The desert/basin zones are dominated by a mix of sagebrush steppe, piñon-juniper, and desert shrub. This zone is used primarily as winter range by elk although isolated year-around populations exist.

North aspects of high ridges throughout this zone and extending into the mountain-shrub zone contain piñon-juniper woodlands which serve as important winter cover and limited winter forage. In areas where sufficient irrigation water exists, native vegetation has been converted for hay production of alfalfa or native grasses such as timothy (Phleum pretense) or smooth brome (Bromus inermis). Wetland/riparian vegetation types are found along the river bottoms and associated irrigated meadows. Most notable are the Yampa and Green River corridors making up the southern and western unit boundaries.

These corridors are dominated by boxelder (Acer negundo), cottonwood (Populus fremontii), and willows (Salix spp). These areas are extremely valuable as wildlife habitat and support the greatest abundance and diversity of wildlife.Sage and sage-grassland dominate, with the typical vegetation groups as the elevation increases.

Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
233
Licenses Drawn
233
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
169
Nonresident Quota
42
Landowner Quota
72
Youth Quota
30
5.5%
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
EM201O1M
M
M
O1
LL
3.2%
66
EF201O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
86
EF201O3R
F
R
O3
LL
62.5%
81
EF201O2R
F
R
O2
LL
61.1%
79
EF201O1R
F
R
O1
LL
44.8%
76
EF201O1M
F
M
O1
LL
41.7%
68
EE201O1A
E
A
O1
LL
1.7%
65
EE201E1R
E
R
E1
LL
1.3%
68
EF002L1R
F
R
L1
LL
24.5%
66 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 2, 201;
HuntScore Tip: While most Big Game licenses are allocated through the draw, over-the-counter bull elk licenses are available during 2nd and 3rd rifle seasons.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
192
Total Harvest
73
Harvest Male
34
Harvest Female
38
38%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 10 8
8
0
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 192 73
34
38
0
M
M
N/A 14 8
4
4
0
R
ALL
N/A 7 0
0
0
0
R
D
R
N/A 2 1
1
0
0
R
HR
N/A 25 21
21
0
0
R
L0
N/A 7 0
0
0
0
R
O1
N/A 26 5
0
5
0
R
O1
LL
F
26 5
0
5
0
R
O2
N/A 48 10
0
10
0
R
O2
LL
F
48 10
0
10
0
R
O3
N/A 28 5
0
4
0
R
O3
LL
F
28 5
0
4
0
R
O4
N/A 32 15
0
15
0
R
O4
LL
F
32 15
0
15
0
R
R
N/A 168 57
22
34
0
HuntScore Tip: Also keep in mind that past performance doesn't necessarily guide future success. Warm weather during the previous year may have limited harvest. Cold and snowy weather may have sent hunters home early the previous year, limiting the harvest. You may have better conditions. Look at the 3-5 year trends and not a specific year.

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Weather Insights


Weather can vary by elevation. See how weather varies by elevation within a unit by selecting an elevation range. Elevation ranges are based on weather stations in or near the unit. Not all weather elements are available within the unit.

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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