Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 18 - Grand County

Elk are well distributed in all Middle Park units. Bull to cow ratios are good because the area is fairly steep and heavily timbered. Generally, trophy bulls are rare (a few are taken every year) because bulls are managed for hunter opportunity.

GMU 18 - Grand County

Scores


Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
10
 
10
Trophy Potential
41
 
41
Public Access
65
 
65
Ease of Terrain
72
 
72
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
50
 
50
Convenience
20
 
20
Ease of Effort
51
 
51
65
HuntScore

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Bounded on N and E by Continental Divide; on S by Arapaho Creek, Lake Granby and Colorado River; on W by the main fork of Troublesome Creek and Poison Creek.

County

Grand

Size

600 Square Miles (384,250 Acres)

Land Ownership

12% Private, 65% Public, 53% USFS, 11% BLM, 1% State, 23% NPS

Latitude/Longitude

40.2302, -105.9761

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 4 hotels, 7 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Elk are well distributed in all Middle Park units. Bull to cow ratios are good because the area is fairly steep and heavily timbered. Generally, trophy bulls are rare (a few are taken every year) because bulls are managed for hunter opportunity. With hunting pressure and snow, elk head for the inaccessible timber and private property.

Hunt the rough terrain and heavy cover away from roads and trails to increase your success.

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.

Photos and Terrain Notes


The Continental Divide and the Gore Range Divide encircle Middle Park. Most of this terrain is steep to very steep. Sagebrush/shrubs are common on southern exposures at lower elevations. The past decadefts mountain pine beetle killed an estimated 80 percent of mature lodgepole pine trees in Grand County, creating numerous hazards along public roadways as these trees begin to fall.

Middle Park is a large basin surrounded by high mountain ranges. As an inter-mountain park it is unique in two respects. It does not have the level interior characteristic of other large mountain parks in Colorado, such as North Park and South Park, and it lies west of the Continental Divide. The Troublesome Creek area has numerous peaks along the Continental Divide reaching altitudes above 13,000 feet.

The highest of these is North Arapaho Peak at 13,502 feet in the southeast corner of the area. All the natural surface drainage for this area funnels through Gore Canyon, downstream from Kremmling. Vegetation in Middle Park can be categorized into five broad types Ò cropland, wetland/riparian, rangeland, forestland and alpine. The variety of vegetation types scattered throughout Middle Park creates a highly desirable mosaic very beneficial to wildlife.

However, plant communities at lower elevations are becoming increasingly disturbed by intensive human use.

Croplands consist of irrigated hay meadows and terraces that have been re-seeded to desirable forage plants. Most hay ground is \native hay

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
5,730
Licenses Drawn
2,443
Licenses Surplus
3,287
Resident Quota
2,055
Nonresident Quota
388
Landowner Quota
428
Youth Quota
428
100%
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
EE018P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
0
EE018O1R
E
R
O1
LL
100%
0
EE018O4R
E
R
O4
LL
100%
0
EE018P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
0
EF018L1R
F
R
L1
LL
100%
0
EF018O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
0
EF018O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
0
EF018O1R
F
R
O1
LL
100%
0
EF018O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
0
EF018O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
0
EF018P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
0
EE018O1M
E
M
O1
LL
100%
0
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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
4,055
Total Harvest
371
Harvest Male
95
Harvest Female
266
9%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 1484 49
28
17
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 4055 371
95
266
0
M
M
N/A 444 21
11
4
0
R
O3
N/A 310 20
9
11
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 198 61
0
61
0
R
PLO
N/A 217 63
0
63
0
R
O4
LL
E
313 94
20
74
0
R
O4
LL
F
119 22
0
22
0
R
O4
N/A 438 116
20
96
0
R
O3
LL
F
147 11
0
11
0
R
O2
N/A 100 9
0
9
0
R
O2
LL
F
20 9
0
9
0
R
ALL
N/A 133 23
0
23
0
R
O1
N/A 940 67
27
40
0
R
O1
LL
E
635 50
27
23
0
R
O1
LL
F
292 15
0
15
0
R
L0
N/A 133 23
0
23
0
R
D
R
N/A 8 5
0
5
0
R
R
N/A 2127 301
56
245
0
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Average Temps

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