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


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
43
 
43
Success
29
 
29
Trophy Potential
37
 
37
Public Access
89
 
89
Ease of Terrain
67
 
67
Room to Breathe
6
 
6
Opportunity
25
 
25
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
45
 
45
65
HuntScore

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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

274 Square Miles (175,679 Acres)

Land Ownership

11% Private, 89% Public, 83% USFS, 5% BLM, 1% State

Latitude/Longitude

39.1310, -106.4305

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 3 hotels, 48 campgrounds, and 1 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 (2021)


Total Quota
515
Licenses Drawn
515
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
392
Nonresident Quota
105
Landowner Quota
134
Youth Quota
34
30.5%
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
EM048O4R
M
R
O4
LL
22.1%
0
EM048O3R
M
R
O3
LL
22.1%
0
EM048O2R
M
R
O2
LL
22.1%
0
EM048O1R
M
R
O1
LL
20.9%
0
EM048O1M
M
M
O1
LL
29.4%
0
EF048O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
0
EF048O3R
F
R
O3
LL
36.1%
0
EF048O2R
F
R
O2
LL
36.1%
0
EF048O1M
F
M
O1
LL
85.7%
0
EE048O1A
E
A
O1
LL
41.2%
0
HuntScore Tip: You are able to receive a refund for your license as long as the season has not started. You would have to fill out the License Refund Application or Preference Point Restoration form and return the license and carcass tag with the application to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Preference Points will be restored to the pre-draw level, and you will not receive a preference point for that year.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
366
Total Harvest
109
Harvest Male
61
Harvest Female
43
30%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 92 13
11
2
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 366 109
61
43
0
M
M
N/A 62 6
6
0
0
R
D
R
N/A 10 10
0
10
0
R
O1
N/A 49 27
27
0
0
R
O1
LL
M
49 27
27
0
0
R
O2
N/A 91 39
13
21
0
R
O2
LL
F
56 26
0
21
0
R
O2
LL
M
35 13
13
0
0
R
O3
N/A 28 8
4
4
0
R
O3
LL
F
16 4
0
4
0
R
O3
LL
M
12 4
4
0
0
R
O4
N/A 34 6
0
6
0
R
O4
LL
F
26 6
0
6
0
R
O4
LL
M
8 0
0
0
0
R
R
N/A 212 90
44
41
0
HuntScore Tip: In some smaller units you may not see any data reported for a season. There are instances where not enough hunters respond to the post-hunt survey inquiries and therefore it isn't possible to report any data.

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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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