Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 64 - Delta and Montrose Counties

Hunting prospects are good. Because of the extent of wilderness area in these units, elk find plenty of lush meadows for summer grazing. The elk will stay high until hunting pressure or weather force them down.

GMU 64 - Delta and Montrose Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
91
 
91
Success
34
 
34
Trophy Potential
7
 
7
Public Access
37
 
37
Ease of Terrain
90
 
90
Room to Breathe
3
 
3
Opportunity
54
 
54
Convenience
20
 
20
Ease of Effort
53
 
53
61
HuntScore

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Bounded on N and E by County Highway 92 to the Gunnison River and Morrow Point Reservoir; on E by Big Blue Creek; on S and W by US Highway 50.

Most of this unit is on private land or part of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park where hunting is prohibited.

County

Delta, Montrose

Size

269 Square Miles (172,256 Acres)

Land Ownership

57% Private, 43% Public, 37% BLM, 8% Wilderness, 6% NPS

Latitude/Longitude

38.5887, -107.8126

Amenities

There are 1 hospitals, 4 hotels, 3 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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The population is slightly above objective and increasing. Hunting prospects are good. Because of the extent of wilderness area in these units, elk find plenty of lush meadows for summer grazing. The elk will stay high until hunting pressure or weather force them down.

If you hunt in the wilderness areas, be aware that they are bordered by numerous private ranchesÒespecially near Ridgway and Dallas Divide. Elk will move to private land quickly, so know your location. Try the Cimarron and Billy Creek state wildlife areas in later seasons or after snow has pushed the elk down.

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.

State Agency Website

Visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Other Species in Unit

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

Photos and Terrain Notes


These units include some of the most diverse terrain in Colorado, from 4,700 feet in the dry desert lands near Delta to 14,309-foot Uncompahgre Peak. Warm weather at the low elevations will cause meat to spoil very quickly, so be prepared to pack out fast. Weather is variable and unpredictable at the higher elevations.

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
3,145
Licenses Drawn
2,056
Licenses Surplus
1,089
Resident Quota
1,263
Nonresident Quota
793
Landowner Quota
352
Youth Quota
352
85.8%
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
EF064O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
77 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65;
EE064O4R
E
R
O4
LL
67%
68 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65;
EE064P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
74 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65; private land only
EE064P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
73 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65; private land only
EF064O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
74 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65;
EF064O1R
F
R
O1
LL
100%
75 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65;
EF064P3R
F
R
P3
LL
100%
77 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 64, 65; private land only
EF064O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
77 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65;
EF064O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
77 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65;
EF064P1R
F
R
P1
LL
100%
73 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 64, 65; private land only
EF064P2R
F
R
P2
LL
100%
77 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 64, 65; private land only
EF064P4R
F
R
P4
LL
100%
77 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 64, 65; private land only
EF064P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
71 private land only
EM064O1M
M
M
O1
LL
97.3%
71 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65;
EE064O1R
E
R
O1
LL
69.4%
75 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 64, 65;
HuntScore Tip: While most Big Game licenses are allocated through the draw, over-the-counter bull elk licenses are available during 2nd and 3rd rifle seasons.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
1,131
Total Harvest
222
Harvest Male
105
Harvest Female
107
20%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 166 26
22
4
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 1131 222
105
107
0
M
M
N/A 91 8
6
0
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 16 11
0
11
0
R
PLO
N/A 207 56
9
39
0
R
O4
LL
F
37 0
0
0
0
R
O4
LL
E
21 0
0
0
0
R
O4
N/A 123 12
3
6
0
R
O3
LL
F
96 31
0
31
0
R
O2
LL
F
90 14
0
14
0
R
O3
N/A 244 75
24
49
0
R
O2
N/A 300 50
33
14
0
R
O1
LL
F
41 6
0
6
0
R
O1
N/A 187 37
17
20
0
R
O1
LL
E
89 21
11
10
0
R
D
R
N/A 4 3
0
3
0
R
ALL
N/A 16 11
0
11
0
R
R
N/A 874 188
77
103
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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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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