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


Ease of Drawing
0
 
N/A
Success
0
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Trophy Potential
0
 
N/A
Public Access
60
 
60
Ease of Terrain
30
 
30
Room to Breathe
0
 
N/A
Opportunity
0
 
N/A
Convenience
80
 
80
Ease of Effort
0
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59
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Access Notes


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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 (280,198 Acres)

Land Ownership

40% Private, 60% Public, 46% USFS, 2% BLM, 5% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.8009, -105.7301

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 20 hotels, 20 campgrounds, and 5 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

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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 Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,703
Total Harvest
223
Harvest Male
122
Harvest Female
95
13%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
O1
82 14
R
EP
92 53
R
O4
32 4
R
O3
82 19
R
O2
125 25
R
O4
86 20
R
O3
275 25
R
O2
382 51
R
O1
82 14
M
M
187 12
A
A
343 0
R
O4
118 24
R
O3
357 44
R
O2
507 76
R
P0
92 53
R
ALL
17 0
R
R
1173 211
ALL
ALL
1703 223
R
L0
17 0
HuntScore Tip: Harvest statistics are only taken at the unit level and include all harvests of a particular species by a particular manner. However it doesn't go to season level detail. For example, all rifle hunts (Season 1, Season 2, etc) are combined to a single total.