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
100
 
100
Success
14
 
14
Trophy Potential
40
 
40
Public Access
63
 
63
Ease of Terrain
83
 
83
Room to Breathe
56
 
56
Opportunity
39
 
39
Convenience
0
 
N/A
Ease of Effort
54
 
54
68
HuntScore

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

263 Square Miles (168,152 Acres)

Land Ownership

37% Private, 63% Public, 42% USFS, 19% BLM, 2% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.4685, -106.3171

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 0 campgrounds, and 0 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

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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 (2020)


Total Quota
610
Licenses Drawn
193
Licenses Surplus
417
Resident Quota
182
Nonresident Quota
11
Landowner Quota
83
Youth Quota
83
100%
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
EF017P4R
F
R
P4
LL
100%
71
EF017P3R
F
R
P3
LL
100%
71
EF017O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
79
EF017O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
80
EE017O4R
E
R
O4
LL
100%
76
HuntScore Tip: Over-the-counter with caps licenses are licenses that are sold over-the-counter but limited in number and only available as first-come first-served. You snooze - you loose.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
2,077
Total Harvest
295
Harvest Male
173
Harvest Female
102
14%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A
N/A 550 30
27
0
0
ALL
ALL
N/A
N/A 2077 295
173
102
0
M
M
N/A
N/A 63 0
0
0
0
R
EP
PLO
N/A 52 7
0
7
0
R
O1
LL
E
85 20
20
0
0
R
O1
LL
F
180 11
0
11
0
R
O1
N/A
N/A 285 48
34
14
0
R
O2
LL
F
222 27
0
12
0
R
O3
LL
F
223 53
0
51
0
R
O4
LL
E
58 3
3
0
0
R
O4
LL
F
97 11
0
11
0
R
O4
N/A
N/A 155 14
3
11
0
R
P0
N/A
N/A 82 31
14
17
0
R
R
N/A
N/A 1464 265
146
102
0
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.

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Weather Insights


Weather can vary by elevation. See how weather varies by elevation within a unit by selecting an elevation range. Elevation ranges are based on weather stations in or near the unit. Not all weather elements are available within the unit.

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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