Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 3 - Moffat County

The large elk herd occupies all available habitat. The later seasons are usually better, especially on public land, due to snow and hunting pressure pushing the elk out of the adjacent units. The success rate is very good on late cow elk hunts.

GMU 3 - Moffat County

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
65
 
65
Success
38
 
38
Trophy Potential
84
 
84
Public Access
55
 
55
Ease of Terrain
92
 
92
Room to Breathe
2
 
2
Opportunity
37
 
37
Convenience
1
 
1
Ease of Effort
61
 
61
58
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Bounded on N by Wyoming, on E by County Highway 13/789, County Roads 108, 3, 158, 5 and 17; on S by Yampa River, US Highway 40 and County Highway 318; on W by Little Snake River.

Overall access is easy and 4WD is not necessary in most areas. Hunting pressure is heavy

County

Moffat

Size

848 Square Miles (542,834 Acres)

Land Ownership

46% Private, 54% Public, 45% BLM, 10% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.7599, -107.9276

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 1 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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The large elk herd occupies all available habitat. The later seasons are usually better, especially on public land, due to snow and hunting pressure pushing the elk out of the adjacent units. The success rate is very good on late cow elk hunts. Axial Basin CRM is a hot spot for hunting, but crowding is significant.

The best bull hunting will be on private lands.

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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


The lower elevations of 6,000ft consist (approximately 57%) of sage and sage steepe and (30%) saltbrush. piñon and juniper cover the upper elevations up to 8,500ft. Expect zero to light snow cover in 1st and 2nd seasons. The later seasons may bring moderate snow and a potential for near zero temperatures.

If the weather is mild, deer and elk will not be present in high numbers until the later seasons.

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
297
Licenses Drawn
297
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
297
Nonresident Quota
0
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
0
39.1%
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
EE214W2R
E
R
W2
LL
15.5%
51 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 4, 214, 301, 441; BLUE SAGE RANCH
EF004W3R
F
R
W3
LL
35.3%
57 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 4, 301; VISINTAINER RANCH
EF004W4R
F
R
W4
LL
100%
70 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 4; FOUR MILE RANCH
EF004W5R
F
R
W5
LL
42.4%
58 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 4, 301; VISINTAINER RANCH
EF004W6R
F
R
W6
LL
100%
70 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 4; FOUR MILE RANCH
EF301W4R
F
R
W4
LL
50%
57 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 301; LAY CREEK RANCH
EF214W2R
F
R
W2
LL
47.8%
58 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 4, 214, 301, 441; BLUE SAGE RANCH
EF214W4R
F
R
W4
LL
75.3%
63 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 4, 214, 301, 441; BLUE SAGE RANCH
EE301W2R
E
R
W2
LL
7.1%
50 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 301; LAY CREEK RANCH
EF301W2R
F
R
W2
LL
26.9%
55 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 301; LAY CREEK RANCH
EF301W6R
F
R
W6
LL
100%
65 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 301; LAY CREEK RANCH
EF004W2R
F
R
W2
LL
19%
56 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 3, 4; FOUR MILE RANCH
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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
3,842
Total Harvest
731
Harvest Male
248
Harvest Female
453
19%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 134 11
11
0
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 3842 731
248
453
0
M
M
N/A 15 4
4
0
0
R
O3
N/A 1358 80
41
34
0
R
R
N/A 3693 716
233
453
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 204 59
0
59
0
R
PLO
N/A 281 103
44
59
0
R
O4
LL
F
374 76
0
76
0
R
O4
LL
E
476 118
37
61
0
R
O4
N/A 850 194
37
137
0
R
O2
LL
F
211 8
0
8
0
R
O3
LL
F
537 39
0
34
0
R
O2
N/A 489 46
38
8
0
R
O1
LL
E
139 46
9
37
0
R
O1
LL
F
132 60
0
55
0
R
O1
N/A 348 150
53
92
0
R
L0
N/A 102 26
0
26
0
R
ALL
N/A 102 26
0
26
0
R
W0
N/A 332 158
64
94
0
HuntScore Tip: With more than 300,000 hunting licenses sold in Colorado each year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife thinks it's impossible to contact every hunter. So, harvest data is not actual. It's a statistical sample calculation based on license sales data and an estimate of hunter numbers and hunter success. Hunter activity and success is gathered through the hunter survey sent to all Colorado licensed hunters. Response is voluntary and therefore not complete.

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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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