Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 48 - Lake and Chaffee Counties

The southern 30 percent of unit usually holds more elk than rest of unit. Twin Peaks and Lake Creek are a good place to drive through on Hwy. 82 scanning for elk. Keep in mind this is very high country with elevations not going far below 9,000 feet.

GMU 48 - Lake and Chaffee Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
56
 
56
Success
0
N/A
Trophy Potential
25
 
25
Public Access
86
 
86
Ease of Terrain
20
 
20
Room to Breathe
79
 
79
Opportunity
50
 
50
Convenience
79
 
79
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
78
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Access Notes


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Bounded on N by Continental Divide; on E by Tennessee Creek and Arkansas River; on S by Clear Creek and S Fork of Clear Creek; on W by Continental Divide.

The access for this unit is good. Public roads and trails provide access to public lands.

County

Lake, Chaffee

Size

300 Square Miles (191,849 Acres)

Land Ownership

14% Private, 86% Public, 81% USFS, 3% BLM, 1% State

Latitude/Longitude

39.1456, -106.4203

Amenities

There are 3 hospitals, 20 hotels, 20 campgrounds, and 5 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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The southern 30 percent of unit usually holds more elk than rest of unit. Twin Peaks and Lake Creek are a good place to drive through on Hwy. 82 scanning for elk. Keep in mind this is very high country with elevations not going far below 9,000 feet.

This is a good area for early season hunts and there are many high points you can scan from.

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.

Photos and Terrain Notes


From 14, 431-foot Mt. Elbert to 9,023 feet near Clear Creek Reservoir. Broad valley bottoms changing rapidly to steep, rough mountains. The western border of the area is alpine tundra (above 11,500ft) and is characterized by sedges, forbs and stunted willows.

As the elevation drops, the next ecosystem is subalpine forest (9,000ft-11,500ft) dominated by subalpine fir, Engelmann spruce, aspen and bristlecone pine. The montane forest (5,600ft- 9,000), contains primarily ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, lodgepole pine, and aspen. The semidesert shrubland areas (7,000ft-8,000ft), support sagebrush, rabbitbrush, mountain mahogany, grasses and numerous forbs. The piñonjuniper woodlands (6,800ft-8,000ft), contain primarily piñon pine, juniper, mountain mahogany, rabbitbrush, forbs and cactus.

The riparian ecosystems extend along all of the drainages and include narrowleaf cottonwood, willow, cinquefoil, current and forbs and grasses. Agricultural cropland in the area consists mainly of native grass and alfalfa hay fields in the Arkansas River valley bottom and along tributaries

Elk Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
455
Licenses Drawn
439
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
368
Nonresident Quota
71
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
28
58.4%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EE048O1A
E
A
O1
EF048O1M
F
M
O1
EF048O2R
F
R
O2
EF048O4R
F
R
O4
EM048O1M
M
M
O1
EM048O1R
M
R
O1
EM048O2R
M
R
O2
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Elk Harvest Stats (2018)


Total Hunters
740
Total Harvest
229
Harvest Male
156
Harvest Female
59
30.3%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
O1
65 41
R
O2
129 33
R
O3
50 13
R
O4
46 14
A
A
90 9
M
M
59 13
R
O1
65 41
R
O2
64 21
R
O3
21 7
R
O4
3 0
R
O2
65 12
R
O3
29 6
R
O4
43 14
R
D
11 5
HuntScore Tip: Hunters who have GPS units are encouraged to mark the location of their harvest in the field. This is especially important for hunters who harvest a bear or moose. During mandatory inspections, hunters will be asked to give a location of their harvest. Having GPS coordinates makes reporting simple and precise.