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
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Scores


Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
8
 
8
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
85
 
85
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
43
 
43
Opportunity
51
 
51
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
54
 
54
72
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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

159 Square Miles (101,855 Acres)

Land Ownership

14% Private, 85% Public, 85% USFS

Latitude/Longitude

39.6845, -106.1780

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 (2020)


Total Quota
1,205
Licenses Drawn
364
Licenses Surplus
841
Resident Quota
301
Nonresident Quota
63
Landowner Quota
102
Youth Quota
102
100%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EF371P5R
F
R
P5
EF371O4R
F
R
O4
EF371O3R
F
R
O3
EF371O2R
F
R
O2
EF371O1R
F
R
O1
EF371L1R
F
R
L1
EE371P4R
E
R
P4
EE371P1R
E
R
P1
EE371O1R
E
R
O1
EE371O4R
E
R
O4
HuntScore Tip: Private land only licenses, also called PLO licenses, require the holder to hunt in a specific GMU and are valid only on private land. You must obtain permission from a landowner. It is recommended that you secure permission from a landowner before purchasing the license.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,479
Total Harvest
112
Harvest Male
65
Harvest Female
47
8%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A
N/A 528 27
ALL
ALL
N/A
N/A 1479 112
M
M
N/A
N/A 95 14
R
P0
N/A
N/A 27 17
R
O4
LL
F
53 0
R
O4
LL
E
86 0
R
O4
N/A
N/A 139 0
R
O3
LL
F
133 10
R
O3
N/A
N/A 228 19
R
O2
LL
F
105 0
R
O2
N/A
N/A 212 19
R
O1
LL
E
158 12
R
O1
LL
F
58 2
R
O1
N/A
N/A 219 16
R
L0
N/A
N/A 34 2
R
EP
PLO
N/A 24 15
R
ALL
N/A
N/A 34 2
R
R
N/A
N/A 856 71
HuntScore Tip: Hunters who have GPS units are encouraged to mark the location of their harvest in the field. This is especially important for hunters who harvest a bear or moose. During mandatory inspections, hunters will be asked to give a location of their harvest. Having GPS coordinates makes reporting simple and precise.

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