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


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
92
 
92
Success
38
 
38
Trophy Potential
78
 
78
Public Access
78
 
78
Ease of Terrain
84
 
84
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
50
 
50
Convenience
0
 
N/A
Ease of Effort
59
 
59
69
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

610 Square Miles (390,321 Acres)

Land Ownership

32% Private, 68% Public, 62% BLM, 6% State, 10% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

40.3009, -108.2263

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 (2022)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
12,805
Licenses Drawn
8,864
Licenses Surplus
3,941
Resident Quota
4,997
Nonresident Quota
3,867
Landowner Quota
1,095
Youth Quota
1,095
94%
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
EF011P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
77 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 11, 12, 13, 23, 24, 211;
EF011O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
69 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 11, 13, 131, 211;
EF011O1R
F
R
O1
LL
100%
73 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 11, 12, 13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 33, 34, 131, 211, 231;
EF011O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
78 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 11, 211;
EF011O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
79 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 11, 211;
EF011O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
78 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 11, 12, 13, 23, 24, 33, 131, 211;
EF011W6R
F
R
W6
LL
35.1%
62 ELK SPRINGS RANCH
EF011W1R
F
R
W1
LL
20%
55 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 11, 211; BUFFALO HORN RANCH
EF011W2R
F
R
W2
LL
58.8%
65 ELK SPRINGS RANCH
EF011W3R
F
R
W3
LL
24.2%
56 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 11, 211; BUFFALO HORN RANCH
EF011W4R
F
R
W4
LL
19%
63 ELK SPRINGS RANCH
EM011O1R
M
R
O1
LL
100%
70 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 11, 12, 13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 33, 34, 131, 211, 231;
EM011O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
78 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 11, 211;
EF011L1R
F
R
L1
LL
71.1%
76
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Elk Harvest Stats (2021)


Total Hunters
5,240
Total Harvest
1,123
Harvest Male
579
Harvest Female
532
21%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
NA
N/A 355 18
14
4
0
ALL
ALL
NA
N/A 5240 1123
579
532
0
R
R
NA
N/A 4831 1093
557
524
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 185 85
0
85
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 344 199
91
108
0
R
O4
LL
M
247 44
44
0
0
R
O4
NA
N/A 875 97
44
53
0
R
O4
LL
F
628 53
0
53
0
R
O3
NA
N/A 1249 212
145
67
0
R
O3
LL
F
524 67
0
67
0
R
O2
NA
N/A 731 132
96
31
0
R
O2
LL
F
212 36
0
31
0
R
O1
NA
N/A 1282 237
184
53
0
R
O1
LL
F
359 30
0
30
0
R
O1
LL
M
764 93
93
0
0
R
L0
NA
N/A 227 123
0
120
0
R
L0
NA
N/A 227 123
0
120
0
R
E0
NA
N/A 12 2
0
2
0
R
D
R
N/A 23 16
1
15
0
R
W0
NA
N/A 247 189
87
98
0
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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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