Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 481 - Chaffee County

Look for elk throughout the unit primarily in the 8,000 to 10,000-foot elevation range. Elk are generally at or above above timberline in the areas around Frenchman Creek, east face of Mt. Princeton and the Heckendorf State Wildlife Area.

GMU 481 - Chaffee County

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
73
 
73
Success
29
 
29
Trophy Potential
71
 
71
Public Access
100
 
100
Ease of Terrain
82
 
82
Room to Breathe
5
 
5
Opportunity
29
 
29
Convenience
12
 
12
Ease of Effort
41
 
41
66
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Bounded on N by South Fork of Clear Creek and Clear Creek; on E by Arkansas River; on S by Chalk Creek and Tincup Pass Road from St. Elmo; on W by Continental Divide.

The access for this unit is fair. Public roads, trails provide limited access to public lands. Considerable wilderness with trails that are foot or horseback only.

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County

Chaffee

Size

283 Square Miles (180,847 Acres)

Land Ownership

20% Private, 80% Public, 75% USFS, 1% BLM, 4% State, 31% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

38.8487, -106.2787

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 4 hotels, 4 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Look for elk throughout the unit primarily in the 8,000 to 10,000-foot elevation range. Elk are generally at or above above timberline in the areas around Frenchman Creek, east face of Mt. Princeto... Create a free account to read the rest of this elk hunting note!

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Photos and Terrain Notes


14,419 on Mt. Harvard to 7,710 near Nathrop; Broad, level valley bottom, changing rapidly to steep, rough mountains. The western border of the area is alpine tundra (above 11,500ft) and is characte... Create a free account to read the rest of this terrain note!

Elk Drawing Stats (2020)


Total Quota
1,175
Licenses Drawn
1,175
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
877
Nonresident Quota
220
Landowner Quota
316
Youth Quota
82
79.4%
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
EF481O4R
F
R
O4
LL
98.7%
82
EF481O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
77
EF481O2R
F
R
O2
LL
98.7%
82
EF481O3R
F
R
O3
LL
98.7%
82
EM481O2R
M
R
O2
LL
88.8%
82
EF481P5R
F
R
P5
LL
61.7%
74
EM481O1M
M
M
O1
LL
64.8%
72
EM481O1R
M
R
O1
LL
54.1%
72
EM481O3R
M
R
O3
LL
88.8%
81
EM481O4R
M
R
O4
LL
88.8%
81
EE481O1A
E
A
O1
LL
52.1%
75
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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
530
Total Harvest
102
Harvest Male
71
Harvest Female
28
19%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 93 16
14
2
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 530 102
71
28
0
M
M
N/A 53 14
12
2
0
R
PLO
N/A 48 12
0
12
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 48 12
0
12
0
R
O4
LL
F
3 0
0
0
0
R
O4
LL
M
5 0
0
0
0
R
O4
N/A 8 0
0
0
0
R
O3
N/A 86 2
2
0
0
R
O3
LL
M
37 2
2
0
0
R
O3
LL
F
49 0
0
0
0
R
O2
N/A 182 41
28
10
0
R
O2
LL
M
101 28
28
0
0
R
O2
LL
F
81 13
0
10
0
R
O1
N/A 55 15
15
0
0
R
O1
LL
M
55 15
15
0
0
R
D
R
N/A 5 2
0
2
0
R
R
N/A 384 72
45
24
0
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Average Temps

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