Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 67 - Gunnison, Hinsdale, and Saguache Counties

Hunters are advised to be in good shape and to hunt well away from roads. Elk will move to difficult terrain when hunting pressure starts; so be prepared to hunt canyons or thick timber.

GMU 67 - Gunnison, Hinsdale, and Saguache Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
63
 
63
Success
21
 
21
Trophy Potential
35
 
35
Public Access
82
 
82
Ease of Terrain
78
 
78
Room to Breathe
4
 
4
Opportunity
23
 
23
Convenience
22
 
22
Ease of Effort
49
 
49
64
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by US Highway 50; on E by County Highway 114 and North Pass; on E and S by Continental Divide; on W by Cochetopa Creek-Spring Creek divide and Groundhog Park, Cathedral Creek, Spring Creek, Cebolla Creek and County Highway 149.

Public land in the area is abundant. Motorized travel is limited to designated routes; please consult the current Motor Vehicle Use Maps available from the USFS and BLM.

County

Gunnison, Hinsdale, Saguache

Size

610 Square Miles (390,092 Acres)

Land Ownership

18% Private, 82% Public, 39% USFS, 42% BLM, 1% State

Latitude/Longitude

38.2614, -106.8804

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 4 hotels, 1 campgrounds, and 1 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Elk populations remain strong throughout the Gunnison Basin. Aggressive herd reduction during the 2012 and 2013 seasons was implemented to address agricultural damage issues. Subsequently, there has been a noticeable decline in the population which has resulted in a decrease in the number of licenses available to hunters for 2015. CPW managers continue to assess objectives in these units and are developing management plans to rebuild the population.

Hunters are advised to be in good shape and to hunt well away from roads. Elk will move to difficult terrain when hunting pressure starts; so be prepared to hunt canyons or thick timber. If the weather is warm, hunt at higher elevations and in heavy timber.

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.

Photos and Terrain Notes


Terrain is varied from sage brush hills to alpine tundra. Be prepared for cold and snowy weather during all seasons. The Dominant Geological features of this unit are several peaks over 14,000 feet on the San Juan and La Garita mountain ranges. Morrow Point, Blue Mesa and Lake San Cristobal are major lakes that form part of a boundary or are found within this unit.

There are numerous miles of streams and small lakes throughout. this unit. Cochetopa Creek, Lake Fork of the Gunnison River and the Cebolla Creek are the major drainages in the area. Cannibal Plateau-Mesa Seco is one of the larger flat alpine tundra areas in the state.

The only town within this area is Lake City, although Gunnison sits on the north border of the area. The area lies entirely above 7,000 feet in elevation. Vegetation in the Lake Fork area can be categorized into five broad types  cropland, wetland/riparian, rangeland, forested lands and alpine. The variety of vegetation creates a highly desirable mosaic that is very beneficial to wildlife such as mule deer and elk.

However, plant communities at lower elevations have been extensively modified by agriculture and are increasingly being disturbed by intensive human use. Croplands consist of irrigated hay meadows and terraces that have been re-seeded to more desirable forage plants

Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
1,155
Licenses Drawn
1,155
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
751
Nonresident Quota
249
Landowner Quota
305
Youth Quota
77
43.2%
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
EM067O4R
M
R
O4
LL
49.3%
0
EM067O3R
M
R
O3
LL
43.5%
0
EM067O2R
M
R
O2
LL
52.9%
0
EM067O1R
M
R
O1
LL
41.9%
0
EM067O1M
M
M
O1
LL
22.3%
0
EF067O4R
F
R
O4
LL
78.1%
0
EF067O3R
F
R
O3
LL
53.2%
0
EF067O2R
F
R
O2
LL
46.4%
0
EF067O1R
F
R
O1
LL
59.9%
0
EF067O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
0
EE067O1A
E
A
O1
LL
25.8%
0
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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
1,218
Total Harvest
349
Harvest Male
183
Harvest Female
153
29%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 90 24
21
3
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 1218 349
183
153
0
M
M
N/A 64 9
5
2
0
R
O1
N/A 282 59
53
6
0
R
O1
LL
F
778 6
0
6
0
R
O1
LL
M
204 53
53
0
0
R
O2
N/A 328 78
48
28
0
R
O2
LL
F
122 30
0
28
0
R
O2
LL
M
206 48
48
0
0
R
O3
N/A 265 104
50
50
0
R
O3
LL
F
142 54
0
50
0
R
O3
LL
M
123 50
50
0
0
R
O4
N/A 189 75
6
64
0
R
O4
LL
F
135 69
0
64
0
R
O4
LL
M
54 6
6
0
0
R
R
N/A 1064 316
157
148
0
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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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