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


Ease of Drawing
93
 
93
Success
33
 
33
Trophy Potential
25
 
25
Public Access
68
 
68
Ease of Terrain
50
 
50
Room to Breathe
61
 
61
Opportunity
75
 
75
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
68
 
68
84
HuntScore

Access Notes


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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 (172,374 Acres)

Land Ownership

31% Private, 69% Public, 25% USFS, 41% BLM, 2% State, 1% NPS

Latitude/Longitude

38.5857, -107.7384

Amenities

There are 10 hospitals, 20 hotels, 14 campgrounds, and 20 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 ranchesĂ’especially 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 Drawing Stats (2018)


Total Quota
2,185
Licenses Drawn
1,444
Licenses Surplus
741
Resident Quota
849
Nonresident Quota
595
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
208
91.7%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EF064O2R
F
R
O2
EF064P5R
F
R
P5
EF064P2R
F
R
P2
EF064P1R
F
R
P1
EF064O3R
F
R
O3
EE064O1R
E
R
O1
EF064O1R
F
R
O1
EF064O1M
F
M
O1
EE064P4R
E
R
P4
EE064P1R
E
R
P1
EE064O4R
E
R
O4
EM064O1M
M
M
O1
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Elk Harvest Stats (2017)


Total Hunters
2,326
Total Harvest
404
Harvest Male
195
Harvest Female
179
18.9%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
Any
781 127
R
L0
21 8
R
P0
163 56
R
O1
210 38
R
O2
253 42
R
O3
216 17
R
O4
81 22
A
O1
135 27
M
O1
56 12
R
O1
48 3
R
O2
96 17
R
O3
106 7
R
O4
30 6
R
O1
96 14
R
O4
13 0
R
LP
21 8
HuntScore Tip: Ever hunt a unit with a 100% success rate and not see any deer? If you're nodding your head to any of these scenarios then you're one of the people who knows that statistics are a good guide, but they aren't a guarantee.