Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 371 - Summit 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 371 - Summit County

Scores


Ease of Drawing
82
 
82
Success
15
 
15
Trophy Potential
25
 
25
Public Access
85
 
85
Ease of Terrain
20
 
20
Room to Breathe
71
 
71
Opportunity
78
 
78
Convenience
90
 
90
Ease of Effort
70
 
70
81
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Access Notes


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Bounded on N by Cataract Creek; on E by Green Mountain Reservoir and the Blue River; on S by I-70; and on W by Gore Range Divide.

County

Summit

Size

172 Square Miles (109,880 Acres)

Land Ownership

15% Private, 85% Public, 85% USFS

Latitude/Longitude

39.6844, -106.2185

Amenities

There are 20 hospitals, 20 hotels, 20 campgrounds, and 20 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.

Management Plan

Elk Management Plan

State Agency Website

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Other Species in Unit

Deer, Shiras Moose, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey,

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.

Elk Drawing Stats (2018)


Total Quota
1,205
Licenses Drawn
389
Licenses Surplus
816
Resident Quota
311
Nonresident Quota
78
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
102
80%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EF371O1R
F
R
O1
EF371O4R
F
R
O4
EF371O3R
F
R
O3
EF371O2R
F
R
O2
EE371O1R
E
R
O1
EF371L1R
F
R
L1
EE371P4R
E
R
P4
EE371P1R
E
R
P1
EE371O4R
E
R
O4
EF371P5R
F
R
P5
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Elk Harvest Stats (2017)


Total Hunters
3,167
Total Harvest
301
Harvest Male
133
Harvest Female
153
17%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
Any
962 93
R
O1
62 6
R
L0
39 4
R
O4
90 12
R
O1
172 25
R
O4
77 9
R
O3
130 7
R
O2
102 5
M
O1
93 11
R
L0
39 4
A
O1
466 31
R
O4
170 21
R
O3
262 16
R
O2
250 16
R
O1
238 33
R
P0
12 5
RR
D
3 3
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.