Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 11 - Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties

The large elk herd occupies all available habitat. The later seasons are usually better, especially on public land, due to snow and hunting pressure pushing the elk out of the adjacent units. The success rate is very good on late cow elk hunts.

GMU 11 - Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
92
 
92
Success
25
 
25
Trophy Potential
45
 
45
Public Access
69
 
69
Ease of Terrain
81
 
81
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
63
 
63
Convenience
0
 
N/A
Ease of Effort
59
 
59
67
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by County Highway 318 and US Highway 40; on E by Deception Creek-Strawberry Creek Road; on S by White River; on W by Wolf Creek, Coal Creek, Winter Valley Gulch to Drill Hole to Elk Springs Ridge to mile marker 38.3 on US Highway 40, Twelvemile Gulch Road, Yampa River and Little Snake River.

Overall access is easy and 4WD is not necessary in most areas. Hunting pressure is heavy.

County

Moffat, Rio Blanco

Size

567 Square Miles (362,818 Acres)

Land Ownership

32% Private, 69% Public, 62% BLM, 7% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.3012, -108.2265

Amenities

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

Elk Notes


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The large elk herd occupies all available habitat. The later seasons are usually better, especially on public land, due to snow and hunting pressure pushing the elk out of the adjacent units. The success rate is very good on late cow elk hunts. Axial Basin CRM is a hot spot for hunting, but crowding is significant.

The best bull hunting will be on private lands.

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


The lower elevations of 6,000ft consist of sage and sage steepe. piñon and juniper cover the upper elevations up to 8,500ft. Expect zero to light snow cover in 1st and 2nd seasons. The later seasons may bring moderate snow and a potential for near zero temperatures.

If the weather is mild, deer and elk will not be present in high numbers until the later seasons.

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2020)


Total Quota
12,805
Licenses Drawn
7,293
Licenses Surplus
5,512
Resident Quota
4,422
Nonresident Quota
2,871
Landowner Quota
1,095
Youth Quota
1,095
94.2%
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
EF011P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
83
EF011O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
78
EF011O1R
F
R
O1
LL
100%
75
EF011O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
82
EF011O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
83
EF011O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
83
EF011W6R
F
R
W6
LL
18.3%
62
EF011W1R
F
R
W1
LL
25.6%
58
EF011W2R
F
R
W2
LL
32.3%
64
EF011W3R
F
R
W3
LL
23.4%
59
EF011W4R
F
R
W4
LL
100%
65
EM011O1R
M
R
O1
LL
100%
72
EM011O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
82
EF011L1R
F
R
L1
LL
81.3%
73
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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
5,311
Total Harvest
1,393
Harvest Male
617
Harvest Female
730
26%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 277 53
47
6
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 5311 1393
617
730
0
M
M
N/A 67 12
12
0
0
R
O4
LL
F
796 67
0
67
0
R
O4
LL
M
310 84
84
0
0
R
O4
N/A 1106 151
84
67
0
R
O3
N/A 1155 282
106
165
0
R
O3
LL
F
592 176
0
165
0
R
O2
LL
F
290 40
0
40
0
R
O1
LL
F
393 124
0
124
0
R
O2
N/A 636 70
30
40
0
R
O1
N/A 1444 405
259
146
0
R
O1
LL
M
886 161
161
0
0
R
L0
N/A 245 154
0
146
0
R
EP
PLO
N/A 154 75
0
59
0
R
D
R
N/A 1 1
1
0
0
R
ALL
N/A 245 154
0
146
0
R
P0
N/A 319 195
98
81
0
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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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