Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 49 - Lake, Park, and Chaffee Counties

Most elk are found on the Fairplay side of the mountain range. Herds are increasing near Leadville. Weston Pass is a good area to hunt because it is in between summer and wintering grounds.

GMU 49 - Lake, Park, and Chaffee Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
50
 
50
Success
0
N/A
Trophy Potential
25
 
25
Public Access
74
 
74
Ease of Terrain
25
 
25
Room to Breathe
84
 
84
Opportunity
63
 
63
Convenience
80
 
80
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
70
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Access Notes


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Bounded on N by Continental Divide; on E by County Highway 9 and US Highway 285; on S by US Highway 24; on W by Arkansas River and Tennessee Creek.

The access for this unit is good. Many public roads and trails to and through public lands. No motorized vehicles allowed in the Wilderness portion. Paddock SWA is comprised of several parcels.

Hunters are advised to pick up a detailed property map that shows ranch roads at the Salida CPW office or the Leadville Forest Service Office and scout the property before hunting

County

Lake, Park, Chaffee

Size

538 Square Miles (344,261 Acres)

Land Ownership

26% Private, 74% Public, 62% USFS, 9% BLM, 3% State

Latitude/Longitude

39.0984, -106.1584

Amenities

There are 2 hospitals, 20 hotels, 20 campgrounds, and 7 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Most elk are found on the Fairplay side of the mountain range. Herds are increasing near Leadville. Weston Pass is a good area to hunt because it is in between summer and wintering grounds. The national forest area around Leadville is worth checking out as well.

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


The elevation in this area ranges from From 14,240-foot Mt. Cameron to 7,874 near Johnson Village. The terrain is Broad valley bottoms up to moderately steep hills, climbing to steep mountains. The vegetation consists of piñon and junipers, aspens and pine, spruce and fir, alpine with grassy meadows

Elk Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
1,000
Licenses Drawn
924
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
759
Nonresident Quota
165
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
84
54.9%
Average 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
EF049S3R
F
R
S3
EM049O1R
M
R
O1
EM049O1M
M
M
O1
EF049S4R
F
R
S4
EE049O1A
E
A
O1
EF049S2R
F
R
S2
EF049O4R
F
R
O4
EF049O3R
F
R
O3
EF049O2R
F
R
O2
EF049O1M
F
M
O1
EM049O2R
M
R
O2
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Elk Harvest Stats (2018)


Total Hunters
1,180
Total Harvest
387
Harvest Male
140
Harvest Female
217
34.2%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
O1
74 33
R
O3
178 55
R
O4
160 60
M
M
129 36
R
O1
74 33
R
O2
87 19
R
O3
31 13
R
O4
14 7
R
O2
98 20
R
S2
38 15
R
O3
99 27
R
S3
48 15
R
O4
109 41
R
S4
37 12
R
D
4 1
HuntScore Tip: In some smaller units you may not see any data reported for a season. There are instances where not enough hunters respond to the post-hunt survey inquiries and therefore it isn't possible to report any data.