Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 45 - Eagle and Pitkin Counties
As hunting pressure increases, they seek the deeper canyons and dark timber areas way from roads. Concentrating on the large stands of dark timber and the larger wilderness areas will increase your chance of finding a big bull on public lands.
Similar Nearby Elk Units
Large blocks of private land in GMUs 35 and 36 provide refuge areas and can make hunting difficult.
Elk are well distributed in all Middle Park units. Bull to cow ratios are good because the area is fairly steep and heavily timbered. Generally, trophy bulls are rare (a few are taken every year) because bulls are managed for hunter opportunity.