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
0
N/A
Trophy Potential
25
 
25
Public Access
0
 
N/A
Ease of Terrain
15
 
15
Room to Breathe
63
 
63
Opportunity
94
 
94
Convenience
90
 
90
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
79
HuntScore

Access Notes


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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 (413,703 Acres)

Latitude/Longitude

40.2501, -105.9724

Amenities

There are 14 hospitals, 20 hotels, 20 campgrounds, and 13 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 Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
5,630
Licenses Drawn
3,134
Licenses Surplus
2,496
Resident Quota
2,488
Nonresident Quota
646
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
413
100%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EF018O1M
F
M
O1
EF018O4R
F
R
O4
EF018O3R
F
R
O3
EF018O2R
F
R
O2
EF018O1R
F
R
O1
EE018O1M
E
M
O1
EF018L1R
F
R
L1
EE018P4R
E
R
P4
EE018P1R
E
R
P1
EE018O4R
E
R
O4
EE018O1R
E
R
O1
EF018P5R
F
R
P5
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Elk Harvest Stats (2018)


Total Hunters
796
Total Harvest
337
Harvest Male
7
Harvest Female
330
51.2%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
L0
154 92
R
P0
111 48
R
O4
284 53
R
EP
78 41
R
L0
154 92
R
D
15 11
HuntScore Tip: With more than 300,000 hunting licenses sold in Colorado each year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife thinks it's impossible to contact every hunter. So, harvest data is not actual. It's a statistical sample calculation based on license sales data and an estimate of hunter numbers and hunter success. Hunter activity and success is gathered through the hunter survey sent to all Colorado licensed hunters. Response is voluntary and therefore not complete.