Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 8 - Larimer County

Elk summer range generally includes areas between 9,500 and 11,500 feet in elevation. These areas usually become available to elk as snowlines recede in mid to late May. The majority of elk in this area winter at elevations between 7,000 and 9,500 feet.

GMU 8 - Larimer County

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
68
 
68
Success
29
 
29
Trophy Potential
44
 
44
Public Access
76
 
76
Ease of Terrain
78
 
78
Room to Breathe
3
 
3
Opportunity
70
 
70
Convenience
70
 
70
Ease of Effort
45
 
45
66
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Wyoming; on E by County Roads 59, 80C (Cherokee Park Road), 179 (Prairie Dirt Road), 74E (Red Feather Lakes Road), 68C (Boy Scout Ranch Road), and 69 (Manhattan Road); on S by County Highway 14; on W by County Road 103 (Laramie River Road).

There are many wilderness areas here that can only be reached by foot or horse., and there is no vehicle access. Hunters must know where they are in this area as there are many public lands locked on all sides by private land. Don't risk access unless you have received permission well in advance of the hunt. Elk habitat is spread across a wide range of land ownership categories.

The largest single land manager is the United States Forest Service (USFS), followed closely by private landowners. The vast majority of USFS land is National Forest or designated wilderness. There are some small areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Among state lands, those managed as State Wildlife Areas or State Land Board holdings account for almost all of the total area.

Many of these state properties provide elk hunting opportunities. Outside of private land, USFS, BLM and State Wildlife lands receive almost all elk hunting pressure. Human occupation is limited, particularly in the western (Laramie River valley) and southwestern portions of the area (upper Poudre, Joe Wright Creek).

County

Larimer

Size

438 Square Miles (280,467 Acres)

Land Ownership

24% Private, 76% Public, 66% USFS, 6% BLM, 4% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.8533, -105.7247

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 53 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Elk summer range generally includes areas between 9,500 and 11,500 feet in elevation. These areas usually become available to elk as snowlines recede in mid to late May. The majority of elk in this area winter at elevations between 7,000 and 9,500 feet. A large proportion of the elk herd in the northern area winter along the Colorado/Wyoming state line, and as such are often not in Colorado during the winter months.

Many west and south-facing slopes are typically clear of snow all year, with occasional spring and late winter storms depositing accumulations which quickly melt off. Weather-related winter elk mortality is usually not a factor here

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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Photos and Terrain Notes


Elevations range from 12,795 feet at the highest point in the southwestern part of the area to 4,921 feet along the eastern edge near Fort Collins. This area covers much of the northern part of the Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forest. The overall climate in this area is relatively dry with low humidity. Climate varies across the area as a function of elevation.

The higher elevation portions in the west experience a harsher climate, with long, cold winters, abundant snowfall, and short, cool summers.

Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
7,885
Licenses Drawn
7,885
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
6,556
Nonresident Quota
1,126
Landowner Quota
1,847
Youth Quota
275
68.3%
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
EM007O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
76 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7, 8;
EM007O3R
M
R
O3
LL
100%
76 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7, 8;
EM007O2R
M
R
O2
LL
100%
77 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7, 8;
EM007O1R
M
R
O1
LL
55.8%
77 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7, 8;
EM007O1M
M
M
O1
LL
60.3%
70 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7, 8, 9, 19, 191;
EF007P5R
F
R
P5
LL
89.3%
81 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 7, 8;
EF007O4R
F
R
O4
LL
46.2%
74 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7, 8;
EF007O3R
F
R
O3
LL
46.2%
74 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7, 8;
EF007O2R
F
R
O2
LL
46.2%
76 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7, 8;
EF007O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
77 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7, 8, 9, 19, 191;
EF007L1R
F
R
L1
LL
49%
70 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 7, 8;
EE007O1A
E
A
O1
LL
74.6%
69 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7, 8, 9, 19, 191;
HuntScore Tip: Ninety to ninety-five percent of Colorado's GMUs require no preference points - or just a single preference point - in order to draw a limited license in those units.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
848
Total Harvest
152
Harvest Male
83
Harvest Female
69
18%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 226 20
9
11
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 848 152
83
69
0
M
M
N/A 113 16
8
8
0
R
O3
LL
F
52 21
0
21
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 106 8
0
8
0
R
PLO
N/A 106 8
0
8
0
R
O4
LL
M
67 11
11
0
0
R
O4
LL
F
26 3
0
3
0
R
O4
N/A 93 14
11
3
0
R
O3
LL
M
136 36
36
0
0
R
O2
LL
M
51 19
19
0
0
R
O3
N/A 188 57
36
21
0
R
ALL
N/A 37 18
0
18
0
R
O2
LL
F
22 0
0
0
0
R
O2
N/A 773 19
19
0
0
R
O1
LL
M
12 0
0
0
0
R
O1
N/A 12 0
0
0
0
R
L0
N/A 37 18
0
18
0
R
R
N/A 509 116
66
50
0
HuntScore Tip: Also keep in mind that past performance doesn't necessarily guide future success. Warm weather during the previous year may have limited harvest. Cold and snowy weather may have sent hunters home early the previous year, limiting the harvest. You may have better conditions. Look at the 3-5 year trends and not a specific year.

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Weather Insights


Weather can vary by elevation. See how weather varies by elevation within a unit by selecting an elevation range. Elevation ranges are based on weather stations in or near the unit. Not all weather elements are available within the unit.

Average Temps

Use temperature ranges to plan and prepare for your hunt. Large swings indicate a good layering system should be used. Be sure to make note of the extreme temperatures as these often pose the greatest risk to hunters. If you plan on hunting in higher elevation, as a rule of thumb, expect the tempture to decrease roughly 5° for every 1000' in elevation gain.

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