Elk Hunting in Wyoming Hunt Area 13 - Encampment River

The mid-winter trend count objective for Sierra Madre Elk Herd was unable to be assessed in February 2020 due to the timing of the objective change and flight budget constraints. With consistent harvest data, good bull-cow and calf-cow ratios maintaine...

Hunt Area 13 - Encampment River


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Beginning where the Continental Divide crosses the WyomingColorado state line; northerly along said divide to Wyoming Highway 70; easterly along said highway to Wyoming Highway 230; southeasterly along said highway to the WyomingColorado state line; westerly along said line to the Continental Divide.




286 Square Miles (182,733 Acres)

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26% Private, 74% Public, 60% USFS, 10% BLM, 4% State


41.0934, -106.7149


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

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The mid-winter trend count objective for Sierra Madre Elk Herd was unable to be assessed in February 2020 due to the timing of the objective change and flight budget constraints. Managers only reviewed hunter comments, harvest statistics, and anecdotal information collected through winter to assess seasons for 2020. Bull and cow harvest both declined slightly in 2019, but follow the trend from the last 3 years when a similar season structure was used. Harvest success (36%) dropped from 2018, but trended along with the five- year average (37%).

Effort per harvest increased from 2018 by 2 days (19.6), but is consistent with the five-year average (19.9). Fewer hunters than 2018 explains some of the lower harvest, as does significant snow closing access early to certain areas of general units within the herd, including Battle Pass along Highway 70. Harvest statistics seemed to otherwise suggest a stable to slightly increasing population. With consistent harvest data, good bull-cow and calf-cow ratios maintained as of mid-winter 2018, and no significant mortalities (other than harvest) occurring since then, the population is likely on at least a slight growth track.

Therefore, a modest increase in HA21 Type 6 licenses was proposed, and the general antlered elk only portion of the season in 21 was decreased by three days. Both adjustments were to allow for additional opportunity to harvest cow elk to keep the herd from exceeding objective. Increases to the Area 12,13, 15, 110 Type 7 licenses are proposed to address private land damage and are less likely to impact HAs 13 and 15 than HAs 12 and 110, which are outside of the herd unit boundary. Elk continued to be observed in lower elevation winter ranges at higher densities than in past years.

Specifically, more and larger groups were present along the Highway 789 corridor and immediately adjacent to the town of Rawlins. Higher incidences of vehicle-elk interactions along 789 were noted compared to previous years. These elk (re)distributions were attributed at least partially to higher snow depths in more traditional winter ranges, but could also result in a longer- term behavioral change. A few calf elk mortalities were observed due to failed fence crossings, but were likely insignificant on the population level.

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.

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