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


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
26
 
26
Trophy Potential
77
 
77
Public Access
100
 
100
Ease of Terrain
78
 
78
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
40
 
40
Convenience
15
 
15
Ease of Effort
49
 
49
71
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

646 Square Miles (413,237 Acres)

Land Ownership

12% Private, 88% Public, 53% USFS, 11% BLM, 1% State, 35% Wilderness, 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) b... Create a free account to read the rest of this elk hunting note!

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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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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 d... Create a free account to read the rest of this terrain note!

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2020)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2020)


Total Quota
5,730
Licenses Drawn
2,969
Licenses Surplus
2,761
Resident Quota
2,496
Nonresident Quota
473
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
EF018L1R
F
R
L1
LL
100%
76
EE018O1R
E
R
O1
LL
100%
79
EE018O4R
E
R
O4
LL
100%
79
EE018P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
78
EE018P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
78
EF018P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
77
EF018O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
73
EF018O1R
F
R
O1
LL
100%
79
EF018O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
79
EF018O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
79
EF018O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
79
EE018O1M
E
M
O1
LL
100%
79
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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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