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
0
N/A
Trophy Potential
0
 
N/A
Public Access
63
 
63
Ease of Terrain
50
 
50
Room to Breathe
19
 
19
Opportunity
100
 
100
Convenience
75
 
75
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
86
HuntScore

Access Notes


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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

541 Square Miles (346,261 Acres)

Land Ownership

37% Private, 63% Public, 43% USFS, 19% BLM

Latitude/Longitude

39.2042, -107.8999

Amenities

There are 1 hospitals, 20 hotels, 20 campgrounds, and 1 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 Drawing Stats (2018)


Total Quota
1,000
Licenses Drawn
883
Licenses Surplus
117
Resident Quota
715
Nonresident Quota
168
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
151
100%
Average Draw Odds
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EF421O2R
F
R
O2
EF421P5R
F
R
P5
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