Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 421 - Mesa and Garfield Counties

You will need to get away from the roads. There are lots of legal bulls as the area is managed for quantity of bulls rather than trophy status. Hence, trophy bulls are present but relatively rare.

GMU 421 - Mesa and Garfield Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
15
 
15
Trophy Potential
46
 
46
Public Access
66
 
66
Ease of Terrain
73
 
73
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
57
 
57
Convenience
0
 
N/A
Ease of Effort
42
 
42
64
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Colorado River-Plateau Creek divide; on E by Divide Creek-Buzzard Creek divide; on S by Mesa-Delta County line; on W by County Highway 65.

Hunters should be prepared to spend time on foot or horseback. Much of the area is public land. Overall, the hunting pressure is heavy.

County

Mesa, Garfield

Size

496 Square Miles (317,125 Acres)

Land Ownership

34% Private, 66% Public, 54% USFS, 11% BLM, 1% State

Latitude/Longitude

39.2011, -107.8745

Amenities

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

Elk Notes


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The elk herd is well distributed with good hunting success expected. Elk are scattered throughout the forest and on private lands. Most elk stay at higher elevations (8500- 10,000ft) in thick timber and oakbrush. There is no migration during the season, movement to the more remote areas is in response to hunting pressure.

They will seek classic cover - the heavily wooded, north-facing slopes near water. You will need to get away from the roads. There are lots of legal bulls as the area is managed for quantity of bulls rather than trophy status. Hence, trophy bulls are present but relatively rare.

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


Grand Mesa terrain ranges from high elevation (11,000ft) spruce/fir forests to low elevation (4,800ft) piñon-juniper woodlands.

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
1,820
Licenses Drawn
1,820
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
1,369
Nonresident Quota
451
Landowner Quota
275
Youth Quota
275
100%
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
EF421P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
0
EF421O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
0
EF421O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
0
EF421O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
0
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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
3,437
Total Harvest
438
Harvest Male
247
Harvest Female
180
13%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 1185 137
84
47
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 3437 438
247
180
0
M
M
N/A 261 32
26
6
0
R
O3
N/A 460 40
24
16
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 266 68
0
65
0
R
PLO
N/A 341 91
9
79
0
R
O4
LL
F
27 3
0
3
0
R
O4
LL
M
22 3
3
0
0
R
O4
N/A 96 16
3
13
0
R
O2
N/A 837 109
80
27
0
R
O3
LL
F
95 16
0
16
0
R
O2
LL
F
277 29
0
27
0
R
O1
N/A 330 34
30
4
0
R
O1
LL
M
202 21
21
0
0
R
O1
LL
F
100 0
0
0
0
R
D
R
N/A 2 2
0
2
0
R
R
N/A 1991 269
137
127
0
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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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