Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 9 - Larimer and Weld Counties

Elk summer range generally includes areas between 9,500 and 11,500 feet in elevation. These areas usually become available to elk as snowlines recede in mid to late May. The majority of elk in this area winter at elevations between 7,000 and 9,500 feet.

GMU 9 - Larimer and Weld Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
91
 
91
Success
31
 
31
Trophy Potential
40
 
40
Public Access
60
 
60
Ease of Terrain
35
 
35
Room to Breathe
93
 
93
Opportunity
62
 
62
Convenience
91
 
91
Ease of Effort
45
 
45
81
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Access Notes


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Bounded on N by Wyoming; on E by I-25; on S by County Highway 14; and on W by US Highway 287.

There are many wilderness areas here that can only be reached by foot or horseÓno vehicle access. Hunters must know where they are in this area as there are many public lands locked on all sides by private land. Donftt risk access unless you have received permission well in advance of the hunt. Elk habitat is spread across a wide range of land ownership categories.

The largest single land manager is the United States Forest Service (USFS), followed closely by private landowners. The vast majority of USFS land is National Forest or designated wilderness. There are 4 USFS wilderness areas in the DAU; Cache La Poudre Wilderness (14 sq. mi.), Comanche Peak Wilderness (96 sq.

mi. in E-4), Neota Wilderness (15 sq. mi.) and Rawah Wilderness (113 sq. mi.).

There are some small areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Among state lands, those managed as State Wildlife Areas (C) or State Land Board holdings account for almost all of the total area. Many of these state properties provide elk hunting opportunities. Outside of private land, USFS, BLM and C lands receive almost all elk hunting pressure.

Human occupation is limited, particularly in the western (Laramie River valley) and southwestern portions of the area (upper Poudre, Joe Wright Creek).

County

Larimer, Weld

Size

386 Square Miles (247,256 Acres)

Land Ownership

40% Private, 60% Public, 46% USFS, 2% BLM, 5% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.7895, -105.1595

Amenities

There are 5 hospitals, 20 hotels, 9 campgrounds, and 11 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Elk summer range generally includes areas between 9,500 and 11,500 feet in elevation. These areas usually become available to elk as snowlines recede in mid to late May. The majority of elk in this area winter at elevations between 7,000 and 9,500 feet. A large proportion of the elk herd in the northern GMUs winter along the Colorado/Wyoming state line, and as such are often not in Colorado during the winter months.

Many west and south-facing slopes are typically clear of snow all year, with occasional spring and late winter storms depositing accumulations which quickly melt off. Weather-related winter elk mortality is usually not a factor here. Elk rarely venture east into the shortgrass prairie community, but rather stay in the mixed ponderosa pine/mountain mahogany complexes along the north-central parts of that area.

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


Elevations range from 12,795 feet at the highest point in the southwestern part of the area to 4,921 feet along the eastern edge near Fort Collins. This area covers much of the northern part of the Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forest. The overall climate in this area is relatively dry with low humidity. Climate varies across the area as a function of elevation.

The higher elevation portions in the west experience a harsher climate, with long, cold winters, abundant snowfall, and short, cool summers.

Elk Drawing Stats (2018)


Total Quota
360
Licenses Drawn
130
Licenses Surplus
225
Resident Quota
116
Nonresident Quota
14
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
29
95.5%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EF009L1R
F
R
L1
EF009P5R
F
R
P5
EM009O1R
M
R
O1
EM009O2R
M
R
O2
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 (2017)


Total Hunters
558
Total Harvest
216
Harvest Male
99
Harvest Female
102
43.5%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
Any
176 71
R
L0
9 3
R
P0
103 36
R
O1
16 8
R
O2
24 7
R
O3
14 7
R
O4
10 10
A
O1
12 0
M
O1
18 3
R
O1
16 8
R
O2
24 7
R
O3
14 7
R
O4
10 10
R
EP
103 36
R
L0
9 3
HuntScore Tip: With more than 300,000 hunting licenses sold in Colorado each year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife thinks it's impossible to contact every hunter. So, harvest data is not actual. It's a statistical sample calculation based on license sales data and an estimate of hunter numbers and hunter success. Hunter activity and success is gathered through the hunter survey sent to all Colorado licensed hunters. Response is voluntary and therefore not complete.