Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 231 - Routt, Rio Blanco, and Garfield Counties

Elk are plentiful throughout the Upper Yampa area. Licenses are also readily available, but hunters should not rely on leftover license availability as these herds approach population objective. CPW has been working to minimize crop damage and significant

GMU 231 - Routt, Rio Blanco, and Garfield Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
15
 
15
Trophy Potential
39
 
39
Public Access
64
 
64
Ease of Terrain
74
 
74
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
51
 
51
Convenience
2
 
2
Ease of Effort
49
 
49
64
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Routt County Roads 29, 132A, 25, 132 and 15; on E by County Highway 131; on S by Bear River; on W by Williams Fork-Yampa River divide to Dunkley Pass, Rio Blanco County Roads 8 and 19 and Routt County Road 55.

Most of the land outside of the national forest is private land. Hunting pressure is heavy. Hunters will have better success and enjoy more solitude by walking into remote areas.

County

Routt, Rio Blanco, Garfield

Size

166 Square Miles (106,132 Acres)

Land Ownership

36% Private, 64% Public, 61% USFS, 2% BLM, 1% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.1671, -107.0919

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 1 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Elk are plentiful throughout the Upper Yampa area. Licenses are also readily available, but hunters should not rely on leftover license availability as these herds approach population objective. CPW has been working to minimize crop damage and significantly reduce the number of elk in these units. There are good numbers of bull elk, however, do not expect to see many large adult males.

Large elk numbers occur on the Routt National Forest. The basic movement is from the higher to lower elevation in response to hunting pressure and weather. Hunt the timber and hunt the Routt National Forest early. Within the Upper Yampa, private lands access is primarily available on a fee hunting basis.

Domestic sheep grazing typically occurs on parts of the Routt National Forest through the months of August and September. Elk will typically avoid areas actively used by sheep but often are not far away. Hunters can use this knowledge to their advantage. To learn more about sheep management and actively grazed areas, archery and muzzleloader hunters are encouraged to contact the Hahns Peak-Bears Ranger District in Steamboat Springs

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


From a low of 6,300 to 12,000ft along the Continental Divide. The Routt National Forest dominates the eastern 2/3 of the Upper Yampa units with coniferous forests and aspen. Mountain shrub and rolling sage cover the low country.

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2020)


Total Quota
1,035
Licenses Drawn
692
Licenses Surplus
343
Resident Quota
586
Nonresident Quota
106
Landowner Quota
114
Youth Quota
114
100%
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
EM231O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
77
EF231O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
78
EF231O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
78
EF231O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
79
EE231P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
78
EE231P2R
E
R
P2
LL
100%
78
EE231P3R
E
R
P3
LL
100%
78
HuntScore Tip: If you have not held a big game, small game, annual fishing or combo license in the previous year when applying for a preference point, you will be charged a preference point fee of $30 or $40 based on species and residency.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
2,229
Total Harvest
310
Harvest Male
132
Harvest Female
148
14%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
ALL
ALL
N/A 2229 310
132
148
0
M
M
N/A 132 19
13
3
0
R
D
R
N/A 2 2
0
2
0
R
EP
PLO
N/A 50 29
0
29
0
R
O1
N/A 607 108
36
51
0
R
O1
LL
F
257 72
0
51
0
R
O1
LL
M
350 36
36
0
0
R
O2
N/A 328 18
12
6
0
R
O2
LL
F
103 6
0
6
0
R
O3
N/A 266 35
0
31
0
R
O3
LL
F
99 29
0
25
0
R
O4
N/A 52 7
3
2
0
R
O4
LL
F
15 4
0
2
0
R
O4
LL
M
31 3
3
0
0
R
P0
N/A 91 39
4
35
0
R
R
N/A 1305 199
51
121
0
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Weather Insights


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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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