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
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Scores


Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
26
 
26
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
69
 
69
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
12
 
12
Opportunity
65
 
65
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
60
 
60
69
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Access Notes


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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

40.3085, -108.2757

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 Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
8,156
Licenses Drawn
5,222
Licenses Surplus
2,934
Resident Quota
3,307
Nonresident Quota
1,915
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
1,095
71.2%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EF011O2R
F
R
O2
EF011W2R
F
R
W2
EF011W1R
F
R
W1
EF011P5R
F
R
P5
EF011O4R
F
R
O4
EF011O3R
F
R
O3
EE011W1R
E
R
W1
EF011O1R
F
R
O1
EF011O1M
F
M
O1
EF011L1R
F
R
L1
EE011W2R
E
R
W2
EE011P1R
E
R
P1
EE011O1M
E
M
O1
EF011W3R
F
R
W3
HuntScore Tip: Nonresident allocations are determined by the average number of preference points a Colorado resident needs to draw a specific license during a 3-year period. For hunt codes that require six or more points for a Colorado resident to draw an elk or deer license, up to 20 percent of licenses may go to nonresidents. For elk and deer hunt codes that require fewer than six points for a Colorado resident to draw, up to 35 percent may go to nonresidents.

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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
N/A 277 53
ALL
ALL
N/A
N/A 5311 1393
M
M
N/A
N/A 67 12
R
O4
LL
F
796 67
R
O4
N/A
N/A 1106 151
R
O4
LL
M
310 84
R
O3
LL
F
592 176
R
O3
N/A
N/A 1155 282
R
O2
N/A
N/A 636 70
R
O1
LL
M
886 161
R
O2
LL
F
290 40
R
O1
N/A
N/A 1444 405
R
O1
LL
F
393 124
R
L0
N/A
N/A 245 154
R
EP
PLO
N/A 154 75
R
D
R
N/A 1 1
R
ALL
N/A
N/A 245 154
R
P0
N/A
N/A 319 195
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