Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 75 - La Plata and San Juan Counties

The wilderness area boundary north of Pagosa often holds elk when snow pushes them down. Areas south of Pagosa Springs and east of Highway 84 can provide good hunting as snow begins to accumulate.

GMU 75 - La Plata and San Juan Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
82
 
82
Success
12
 
12
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
44
 
44
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
45
 
45
Opportunity
25
 
25
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
42
 
42
54
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N and E by Hinsdale-San Juan County line, Continental Divide, Los Pinos River-Florida River divide, La Plata County Road 240 (Pine River-Florida River Road), Bayfield-Vallecito Road and Los Pinos River; on S by New Mexico; on W by Animas River.

Public land and road access is good at mid to high elevations in these units which lie between Durango and Wolf Creek Pass. South of U.S. Highway 160 much of the land is privately owned or part of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. To access pockets of public land within the Southern Ute boundaries you MUST obtain a crossing permit ($25) from the tribe.

Call (970)563-0125 for information. Hunting is not allowed on tribal lands.

County

La Plata, San Juan

Size

578 Square Miles (369,668 Acres)

Land Ownership

42% Private, 44% Public, 35% USFS, 8% BLM, 1% State, 14% Indian

Latitude/Longitude

37.4759, -107.7092

Amenities

There are 1 hospitals, 20 hotels, 20 campgrounds, and 4 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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The objective is to increase the population. Even though cow licenses were cut the previous few years this herd is not growing. CPW is watching this population closely and working on management strategies. Hunters must be prepared to walk into remote and forested areas.

Do not expect to see elk from roads or areas open to OHVs. In early seasons stick to cool areas on north-facing slopes in the spruce/fir and aspen forests. Elk move to lower elevations when snow accumulation is significant. In late seasons, ponderosa pine forests and oak brush can be productive.

The wilderness area boundary north of Pagosa often holds elk when snow pushes them down. Areas south of Pagosa Springs and east of Highway 84 can provide good hunting as snow begins to accumulate. Access on Mill Creek Rd (FS 302), Rio Blanco Rd (FS 657) and Buckles Lake Rd (FS 663). Hunters who don't mind working in rough country can be successful in the hills on either side of the Piedra River north of Highway 160.

The Missionary Ridge Road (FS Rd 682) and Beaver Meadows Rd (FS 135) provide access into good elk country in GMUs 75-751 as does the Mosca Road (FS 631) and FS Road 634 in GMU 77.

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

Visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Other Species in Unit

Deer, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey, Shiras Moose,

Photos and Terrain Notes


Elevations range from about 6,500 feet to more than 12,000 feet. Weather can change quickly and be severe.

Elk Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
900
Licenses Drawn
867
Licenses Surplus
33
Resident Quota
518
Nonresident Quota
349
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
43
86.1%
Average 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
EF075O1M
F
M
O1
EF075O1R
F
R
O1
EF075O2R
F
R
O2
EF075P4R
F
R
P4
EM075O1M
M
M
O1
EM075O1R
M
R
O1
EM075O4R
M
R
O4
EM075P4R
M
R
P4
HuntScore Tip: Private land only licenses, also called PLO licenses, require the holder to hunt in a specific GMU and are valid only on private land. You must obtain permission from a landowner. It is recommended that you secure permission from a landowner before purchasing the license.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,735
Total Harvest
200
Harvest Male
153
Harvest Female
47
12%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
O1
189 30
R
EP
60 7
R
O4
8 5
R
O3
60 9
R
O2
43 3
R
O1
44 6
R
O4
24 4
R
O3
486 64
M
M
85 11
A
A
426 33
R
O4
63 13
R
O2
378 33
R
O1
233 36
R
P0
91 11
R
R
1224 156
ALL
ALL
1735 200
R
D
4 3
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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