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


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
95
 
95
Success
31
 
31
Trophy Potential
80
 
80
Public Access
76
 
76
Ease of Terrain
76
 
76
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
65
 
65
Convenience
1
 
1
Ease of Effort
47
 
47
69
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.

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County

Routt, Rio Blanco, Garfield

Size

178 Square Miles (114,118 Acres)

Land Ownership

36% Private, 64% Public, 61% USFS, 2% BLM, 1% State, 12% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

40.1670, -107.0918

Amenities

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

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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. CP... Create a free account to read the rest of this elk hunting note!

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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


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 roll... Create a free account to read the rest of this terrain note!

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
9,740
Licenses Drawn
8,033
Licenses Surplus
1,707
Resident Quota
4,418
Nonresident Quota
3,615
Landowner Quota
526
Youth Quota
526
94.8%
Overall Unit
1st Choice Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season Type Draw Odds HuntScore Notes
EE025O1M
E
M
O1
LL
50.2%
68 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 25, 26, 34, 231;
EF011O1R
F
R
O1
LL
100%
71 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 11, 12, 13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 33, 34, 131, 211, 231;
EM011O1R
M
R
O1
LL
100%
67 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 11, 12, 13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 33, 34, 131, 211, 231;
EE012W1R
E
R
W1
LL
12.1%
49 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 12, 13, 0231; CROSS MOUNTAIN RANCH
EE012W2R
E
R
W2
LL
17.9%
50 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 12, 13, 0231; CROSS MOUNTAIN RANCH
EF012W1R
F
R
W1
LL
46.2%
57 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 12, 13, 0231; CROSS MOUNTAIN RANCH
EF012W2R
F
R
W2
LL
100%
66 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 12, 13, 0231; CROSS MOUNTAIN RANCH
EF012W3R
F
R
W3
LL
73.2%
61 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 12, 13, 0231; CROSS MOUNTAIN RANCH
EE231P3R
E
R
P3
LL
100%
77 private land only
EF025O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
77 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 25, 26, 34, 231;
EF025P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
77 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 25, 26, 231;
EE231P2R
E
R
P2
LL
100%
77 private land only
EE231P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
77 private land only
EF231O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
78
EF231O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
78
EF231O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
78
EM231O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
77
EE011P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
73 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 11, 12, 13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 33, 34, 131, 211, 231;
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Elk Harvest Stats (2021)


Total Hunters
4,252
Total Harvest
828
Harvest Male
330
Harvest Female
484
19.5%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
NA
N/A 993 106
64
37
0
M
M
NA
N/A 66 12
5
7
0
R
D
R
N/A 5 4
0
4
0
R
O1
LL
F
259 49
0
49
0
R
O1
LL
M
279 50
50
0
0
R
O1
NA
N/A 557 107
58
49
0
R
O2
LL
F
97 14
0
14
0
R
O2
NA
N/A 345 45
24
21
0
R
O3
LL
F
70 21
0
21
0
R
O3
NA
N/A 185 36
12
24
0
R
O4
LL
F
13 13
0
13
0
R
O4
LL
M
15 4
4
0
0
R
O4
NA
N/A 28 17
4
13
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 61 40
0
37
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 98 61
11
47
0
R
R
NA
N/A 1181 249
98
148
0
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Average Temps

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