Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 30 - Garfield and Mesa Counties

GMU 30 - Garfield and Mesa Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
76
 
76
Success
18
 
18
Trophy Potential
46
 
46
Public Access
74
 
74
Ease of Terrain
95
 
95
Room to Breathe
9
 
9
Opportunity
14
 
14
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
42
 
42
73
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by West Salt Creek-Bitter Creek divide, Evacuation Creek-Salt Creek divide and Douglas Creek-Salt Creek divide; on E by East Salt Creek-Roan Creek divide, Big Salt Wash-Roan Creek and Little Salt Wash-Roan Creek divides, and Bookcliffs; on S by Colorado River; on W by Utah.

Rains bring muddy roads. High elevation snows make roads impassible without chains.

75% of area is BLM land.

There are remote hunting areas accessible by foot, horseback or ATV. Get maps and study BLM access points.

County

Garfield, Mesa

Size

795 Square Miles (508,848 Acres)

Land Ownership

25% Private, 74% Public, 74% BLM

Latitude/Longitude

39.3332, -108.7710

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 3 hotels, 39 campgrounds, and 6 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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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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Other Species in Unit

Deer, Pronghorn, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey,

Photos and Terrain Notes


Pinyon-juniper, with pockets of sagebrush, cover most of area at lower elevations. Higher elevations are characterized by sagebrush interspersed with aspen stands and some dark timber. Terrain varies from rolling sagebrush to steep-sided canyons. Some areas are steep & rugged, especially in southern portion.

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
100
Licenses Drawn
100
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
96
Nonresident Quota
4
Landowner Quota
15
Youth Quota
15
59.5%
Overall Unit
1st Choice Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season Type Draw Odds HuntScore Notes
EF030L1R
F
R
L1
LL
63.3%
0
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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
1,023
Total Harvest
210
Harvest Male
90
Harvest Female
106
21%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 160 23
19
4
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 1023 210
90
106
0
M
M
N/A 33 2
2
0
0
R
ALL
N/A 100 50
0
50
0
R
L0
N/A 100 50
0
50
0
R
O1
N/A 99 11
11
0
0
R
O1
LL
M
99 11
11
0
0
R
O2
N/A 211 45
17
20
0
R
O2
LL
F
56 28
0
20
0
R
O3
N/A 264 38
25
13
0
R
O3
LL
F
76 13
0
13
0
R
O4
N/A 156 41
16
19
0
R
O4
LL
F
73 25
0
19
0
R
O4
LL
M
83 16
16
0
0
R
R
N/A 830 185
69
102
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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Weather Insights


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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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