Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 30 - Garfield and Mesa Counties

GMU 30 - Garfield and Mesa Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
77
 
77
Success
22
 
22
Trophy Potential
53
 
53
Public Access
78
 
78
Ease of Terrain
96
 
96
Room to Breathe
7
 
7
Opportunity
24
 
24
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
48
 
48
66
HuntScore

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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

867 Square Miles (554,932 Acres)

Land Ownership

26% Private, 74% Public, 74% BLM, 4% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

39.3330, -108.7707

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 (2022)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2022)


Total Quota
4,220
Licenses Drawn
3,460
Licenses Surplus
760
Resident Quota
2,204
Nonresident Quota
1,256
Landowner Quota
289
Youth Quota
289
81.3%
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
EF021O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
85 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 21
EE021O1M
E
M
O1
LL
63.2%
72 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 21
EE021P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
78 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 21
EE021P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
78 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 21
EF021O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
78 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 21
EF021O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
78 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 21
EF021O1R
F
R
O1
LL
50.8%
68 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 21
EF021O1R
F
R
O1
LL
50.8%
68 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 21
EM021O1R
M
R
O1
LL
100%
82 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 21
EF021O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
85 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 21
EF021O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
85 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 21
EF021O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
85 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 21
EF021O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
84 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 21
EF021O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
84 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 21
EM021O1R
M
R
O1
LL
100%
82 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 21
EM021O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
81 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 21
EM021O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
81 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 21
EF030L1R
F
R
L1
LL
61.3%
77
EE021O1M
E
M
O1
LL
63.2%
72 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 21
HuntScore Tip: Ninety to ninety-five percent of Colorado's GMUs require no preference points - or just a single preference point - in order to draw a limited license in those units.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2021)


Total Hunters
4,861
Total Harvest
593
Harvest Male
399
Harvest Female
181
15%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
NA
N/A 184 23
14
9
0
ALL
ALL
NA
N/A 3767 372
274
87
0
ALL
ALL
NA
N/A 1094 221
125
94
0
M
M
NA
N/A 89 18
7
11
0
M
M
NA
N/A 39 6
4
2
0
R
O3
LL
F
88 28
0
28
0
R
R
NA
N/A 2159 207
160
45
0
R
O4
LL
M
776 0
0
0
0
R
O4
LL
F
81 21
0
21
0
R
O4
NA
N/A 157 21
0
21
0
R
O3
NA
N/A 660 22
22
0
0
R
O3
NA
N/A 259 63
35
28
0
R
O1
NA
N/A 189 33
33
0
0
R
O2
NA
N/A 227 44
44
0
0
R
O2
LL
F
49 0
0
0
0
R
O1
NA
N/A 147 28
28
0
0
R
O1
LL
M
136 28
28
0
0
R
O1
LL
F
11 0
0
0
0
R
L0
NA
N/A 81 36
0
34
0
R
L0
NA
N/A 81 36
0
34
0
R
R
NA
N/A 871 192
107
83
0
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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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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