Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 15 - Routt, Grand, and Eagle Counties

Large elk numbers occur on the Routt National Forest. The basic movement is from the higher to lower elevation in response to hunting pressure and weather. Hunt the timber and hunt the Routt National Forest early.

GMU 15 - Routt, Grand, and Eagle Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
9
 
9
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
100
 
100
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
28
 
28
Opportunity
44
 
44
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
47
 
47
73
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by US Highway 40; on E by Muddy Creek-Yampa River divide (Gore Range Divide) and Canyon Creek; on S by Colorado River; on W by County Highway 131.

Most of the land outside of the national forest is private land. Hunting pressure is heavy. Hunters will have better success and enjoy more solitude by walking into remote areas. Sarvis Creek Wilderness Areas access is restricted to non-vehicle methods.

County

Routt, Grand, Eagle

Size

457 Square Miles (292,334 Acres)

Land Ownership

34% Private, 65% Public, 51% USFS, 10% BLM, 4% State, 51% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

40.1422, -106.7344

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 17 hotels, 8 campgrounds, and 1 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Elk are plentiful throughout the Upper Yampa area. Licenses are also readily available, but hunters should not rely on leftover license availability as these herds approach population objective. CPW has been working to minimize crop damage and significantly reduce the number of elk in these units. There are good numbers of bull elk, however, do not expect to see many large adult males.

Large elk numbers occur on the Routt National Forest. The basic movement is from the higher to lower elevation in response to hunting pressure and weather. Hunt the timber and hunt the Routt National Forest early. Private lands access is primarily available on a fee hunting basis.

Domestic sheep grazing typically occurs on parts of the Routt National Forest through the months of August and September. Elk will typically avoid areas actively used by sheep but often are not far away. Hunters can use this knowledge to their advantage. To learn more about sheep management and actively grazed areas, archery and muzzleloader hunters are encouraged to contact the Hahns Peak-Bears Ranger District in Steamboat Springs

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


From a low of 6,300 to 12,000ft along the Continental Divide. The Routt National Forest dominates the eastern 2/3 of the Upper Yampa units with coniferous forests and aspen. Mountain shrub and rolling sage cover the low country. The Gore Range, north of the Colorado River, is a long ridge (10,000 feet elevation) that runs north to Rabbit Ears Pass.

The landscape north of Gore Pass Highway is heavily timbered, primarily with lodgepole pine, aspen, Engelmann spruce and sub-alpine fir. The terrain is not rugged by Colorado standards. South of Gore Pass the elevation drops rapidly into piñon and juniper habitat. There are several major geographical features besides the Gore Range in this area.

They are: Thorpe Mountain, Blacktail Mountain, Green Ridge, Black Mountain, Congor Mesa, and Yarmony Mountain. The main drainages in the Yampa River drainage are Harrison Creek, Green Creek, Sarvis Creek, Silver Creek, and Morrison Creek. The main drainages in the Colorado River drainage are Muddy Creek, Blacktail Creek, Rock Creek, and Egeria Creek. The highest elevation is Red Dirt Peak (10,811ft.) on Gore Divide and the lowest is the Colorado River at State Bridge (6,744 ft.)

Elk Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
2,825
Licenses Drawn
1,735
Licenses Surplus
1,090
Resident Quota
1,304
Nonresident Quota
431
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
260
99.3%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EE015O1M
E
M
O1
EE015O1R
E
R
O1
EE015O4R
E
R
O4
EE015P1R
E
R
P1
EE015P2R
E
R
P2
EE015P3R
E
R
P3
EE015P4R
E
R
P4
EF015O1M
F
M
O1
EF015O1R
F
R
O1
EF015O2R
F
R
O2
EF015P5R
F
R
P5
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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
4,465
Total Harvest
399
Harvest Male
228
Harvest Female
148
9%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
M
M
236 13
R
O4
125 6
R
O1
273 21
R
O4
110 5
R
O3
408 33
R
O2
593 17
R
O1
135 16
R
O3
8438 64
A
A
1254 86
R
O4
256 14
R
O2
1214 85
R
O1
477 79
R
P0
355 120
R
ALL
180 58
R
R
2975 300
ALL
ALL
4465 399
R
LP
180 58
HuntScore Tip: Also keep in mind that past performance doesn't necessarily guide future success. Warm weather during the previous year may have limited harvest. Cold and snowy weather may have sent hunters home early the previous year, limiting the harvest. You may have better conditions. Look at the 3-5 year trends and not a specific year.