Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 17 - Jackson County

Elk are distributed evenly throughout these units. During the day, the bulls will be in dark timber - glass in the early morning and evening.

GMU 17 - Jackson County

Scores


Ease of Drawing
80
 
80
Success
0
N/A
Trophy Potential
25
 
25
Public Access
64
 
64
Ease of Terrain
65
 
65
Room to Breathe
72
 
72
Opportunity
54
 
54
Convenience
37
 
37
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
77
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Access Notes


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Bounded on N and E by County Highway 125; on S by Continental Divide (Jackson-Grand County line); on W and N by County Highway 14.

Over 2/3 of North Park is public land.

County

Jackson

Size

282 Square Miles (180,180 Acres)

Land Ownership

36% Private, 64% Public, 32% USFS, 18% BLM, 12% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.5202, -106.3345

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 12 hotels, 7 campgrounds, and 1 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Elk are distributed evenly throughout these units. During the day, the bulls will be in dark timber - glass in the early morning and evening. The herd tends to stay in the coniferous timbered areas until late in the season, moving to lower elevations with snow and hunting pressure.

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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Photos and Terrain Notes


Elevations in North Park range from 7,800 feet at Northgate to 12,951 feet at Clarkfts Peak. The average elevation of the open, sagebrush-grassland park is 8,000 feet. North Park is a relatively flat, sagebrush grassland with numerous wetlands interspersed with wide, willow dominated drainages. The mountains that surround the park rise rapidly to the alpine zone above timberline.

The montane zone is dominated by lodgepole pine stands and to a lesser extent aspen and spruce-fir stands. Vegetation varies throughout the Park with sagebrush lining the valley floor, a variety of willow species along stream courses, and mountain shrub, lodgepole pine, aspen, and spruce-fir at higher elevations. The dominant vegetation types present are coniferous forest, sagebrush mix, and irrigated grass hay fields The valley floor at 7,880ft supports ag lands and sage. Extensive willow stands line the streams - a favorite moose habitat, so be sure of your target.

The forest surrounding the basin varies from aspen/lodgepole to spruce/fir. The area is generally windy and colder than places in western Colorado. Prepare for snow during your hunt. 4WD is helpful, as are chains.

Elk Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
610
Licenses Drawn
248
Licenses Surplus
362
Resident Quota
216
Nonresident Quota
32
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
83
80%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EE017O4R
E
R
O4
EF017O3R
F
R
O3
EF017O4R
F
R
O4
EF017P3R
F
R
P3
EF017P4R
F
R
P4
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 (2018)


Total Hunters
1,452
Total Harvest
308
Harvest Male
82
Harvest Female
169
22.8%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
P0
107 43
R
O1
350 87
R
O4
174 24
M
M
59 11
R
O1
200 35
R
O2
202 18
R
O4
117 12
R
O1
122 41
R
O4
57 12
R
EP
64 25
HuntScore Tip: Ever hunt a unit with a 100% success rate and not see any deer? If you're nodding your head to any of these scenarios then you're one of the people who knows that statistics are a good guide, but they aren't a guarantee.