Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 57 - Chaffee, Park, and Fremont Counties

Better elk hunting at higher elevations from about Cameron Mountain north to Trout Creek Pass. Be especially cautious around private property in the center of the unit.

GMU 57 - Chaffee, Park, and Fremont Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
41
 
41
Success
33
 
33
Trophy Potential
69
 
69
Public Access
75
 
75
Ease of Terrain
79
 
79
Room to Breathe
4
 
4
Opportunity
42
 
42
Convenience
7
 
7
Ease of Effort
35
 
35
56
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by US Highway 24; on E by Kaufman Ridge and Badger Creek; on S by US Highway 50 and County Highway 291; on W by Arkansas River.

The access for this unit is good to public lands.

County

Chaffee, Park, Fremont

Size

273 Square Miles (174,989 Acres)

Land Ownership

24% Private, 76% Public, 55% USFS, 17% BLM, 4% State, 4% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

38.6764, -105.9504

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 5 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Better elk hunting at higher elevations from about Cameron Mountain north to Trout Creek Pass. Be especially cautious around private property in the center of the unit. Private property is not always contiguous, property ownership maps are highly recommended in this portion of the unit.

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 10,995 feet on Cameron Mountain to 6,890 feet near Swissvale. The terrain is Relatively level to moderately steep, low mountains with steep, rocky areas on the west side above the Arkansas River. The vegetation consists of Grassy meadows with large aspen stands, piñon, junipers, pines, spruce and fir.

Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
1,380
Licenses Drawn
1,380
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
939
Nonresident Quota
188
Landowner Quota
394
Youth Quota
118
37.9%
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
EF057O4R
F
R
O4
LL
86.2%
72 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 57, 58;
EF057O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
73 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 57, 58;
EF057O1R
F
R
O1
LL
61.3%
68 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 57, 58;
EF057O2R
F
R
O2
LL
40.5%
66 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 57, 58;
EF057O3R
F
R
O3
LL
80.5%
67 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 57, 58;
EM057O1R
M
R
O1
LL
17.7%
59 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 57, 58;
EF057P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
76 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 57, 58; private land only
EM057O1M
M
M
O1
LL
33.9%
64 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 57, 58;
EM057O2R
M
R
O2
LL
17%
60 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 57, 58;
EM057O3R
M
R
O3
LL
25.6%
60 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 57, 58;
EM057O4R
M
R
O4
LL
44.9%
63 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 57, 58;
EE057O1A
E
A
O1
LL
33.1%
65 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 57, 58;
HuntScore Tip: Always apply for the unit that is your first choice if your goal is to accumulate points for use toward a future quality hunt. Points needed can change significantly from year to year.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
631
Total Harvest
134
Harvest Male
59
Harvest Female
71
21%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 773 8
8
0
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 631 134
59
71
0
M
M
N/A 87 15
15
0
0
R
O3
LL
M
33 11
11
0
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 66 9
0
9
0
R
PLO
N/A 66 9
0
9
0
R
O4
LL
M
25 3
3
0
0
R
O4
LL
F
59 12
0
12
0
R
O4
N/A 84 15
3
12
0
R
O3
LL
F
77 26
0
26
0
R
O2
LL
F
66 18
0
18
0
R
O3
N/A 110 37
11
26
0
R
O2
LL
M
46 12
12
0
0
R
O2
N/A 112 30
12
18
0
R
O1
LL
M
47 10
10
0
0
R
O1
LL
F
50 8
0
4
0
R
O1
N/A 97 18
10
4
0
R
D
R
N/A 2 2
0
2
0
R
R
N/A 471 111
36
71
0
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.

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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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