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


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
99
 
99
Success
27
 
27
Trophy Potential
86
 
86
Public Access
79
 
79
Ease of Terrain
76
 
76
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
42
 
42
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
47
 
47
71
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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 Wilde... Create a free account to read the rest of this access note!

County

Routt, Grand, Eagle

Size

492 Square Miles (314,998 Acres)

Land Ownership

34% Private, 66% Public, 51% USFS, 10% BLM, 4% State, 14% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

40.1473, -106.7308

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 92 campgrounds, and 0 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. CP... Create a free account to read the rest of this elk hunting note!

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 roll... Create a free account to read the rest of this terrain note!

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


There are 4 OTC hunts in this unit. Get a free account to view the details!

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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
6,175
Licenses Drawn
3,277
Licenses Surplus
2,898
Resident Quota
2,650
Nonresident Quota
627
Landowner Quota
762
Youth Quota
762
95.8%
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 Notes
EE015P3R
E
R
P3
LL
100%
85
EE015O1R
E
R
O1
LL
79.8%
88
EE015O4R
E
R
O4
LL
100%
87
EE015P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
85
EE015P2R
E
R
P2
LL
100%
85
EF015P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
89
EE015P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
85
EF015O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
84 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 15, 27;
EF015O1R
F
R
O1
LL
100%
88
EF015O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
90
EF015O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
88
EF015O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
88
EE015O1M
E
M
O1
LL
94.6%
88 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 15, 27;
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Elk Harvest Stats (2021)


Total Hunters
4,715
Total Harvest
382
Harvest Male
198
Harvest Female
182
38%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
NA
N/A 1345 44
40
4
0
ALL
ALL
NA
N/A 4715 382
198
182
0
M
M
NA
N/A 263 32
23
9
0
R
O1
LL
E
258 35
20
15
0
R
O1
LL
F
136 13
0
13
0
R
O1
NA
N/A 455 90
53
37
0
R
O2
LL
F
6386 34
0
34
0
R
O2
NA
N/A 1389 101
55
46
0
R
O3
LL
F
428 11
0
9
0
R
O3
NA
N/A 885 35
22
11
0
R
O4
LL
E
131 5
5
0
0
R
O4
LL
F
63 0
0
0
0
R
O4
NA
N/A 205 5
5
0
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 314 142
44
98
0
R
R
NA
N/A 3107 306
135
169
0
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Weather Insights


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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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