Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 86 - Fremont, Custer, and Chaffee Counties

Elk can be found throughout the unit during the regular fall seasons depending on the snow and weather. Elk hunting is best at higher elevations with pine, fir and meadows in the earlier seasons. Elk may move to lower elevations when heavy snows come.

GMU 86 - Fremont, Custer, and Chaffee Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
13
 
13
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
56
 
56
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
32
 
32
Opportunity
38
 
38
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
39
 
39
61
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by US Highway 50; on E by County Highway 69; on S by Huerfano-Custer County line; on W by Sangre De Cristo Divide and US Highway 285.

The access for this unit is fair to good for access for public lands. The access for this unit is fair to poor for on private lands.

County

Fremont, Custer, Chaffee

Size

449 Square Miles (287,653 Acres)

Land Ownership

44% Private, 56% Public, 43% USFS, 12% BLM, 1% State

Latitude/Longitude

38.2070, -105.6385

Amenities

There are 1 hospitals, 20 hotels, 14 campgrounds, and 3 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Elk can be found throughout the unit during the regular fall seasons depending on the snow and weather. Elk hunting is best at higher elevations with pine, fir and meadows in the earlier seasons. Elk may move to lower elevations when heavy snows come.

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

Visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Other Species in Unit

Deer, Pronghorn, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey,

Photos and Terrain Notes


The elevation in this area ranges from 14,064 feet on Humbolt Peak to 5,667 feet near Texas Creek. The terrain is Flat to gently rolling valley bottom climbing quickly to steep, rough mountains. The vegetation consists of Grassland to Grass to pine to spruce, firs and aspens to alpine meadows.

Elk Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
1,010
Licenses Drawn
839
Licenses Surplus
171
Resident Quota
721
Nonresident Quota
118
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
87
96.9%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EE086O1M
E
M
O1
EE086O1R
E
R
O1
EE086O4R
E
R
O4
EE086P1R
E
R
P1
EF086O1M
F
M
O1
EF086O2R
F
R
O2
EF086P5R
F
R
P5
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 (2019)


Total Hunters
1,874
Total Harvest
239
Harvest Male
156
Harvest Female
70
13%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
M
M
123 22
R
EP
161 42
R
O4
44 7
R
O1
112 11
R
O4
10 0
R
O3
46 0
R
O2
86 12
R
O3
290 35
A
A
622 64
R
O4
54 7
R
O2
470 45
R
O1
143 20
R
P0
192 51
R
R
1129 153
ALL
ALL
1874 239
R
D
11 4
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.

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