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
32
 
32
Trophy Potential
39
 
39
Public Access
64
 
64
Ease of Terrain
77
 
77
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
78
 
78
Convenience
1
 
1
Ease of Effort
48
 
48
66
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

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.

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 (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
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
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
EF231O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
78
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
EE231P3R
E
R
P3
LL
100%
77 private land only
EE231P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
77 private land only
EF231O2R
F
R
O2
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 (2020)


Total Hunters
2,270
Total Harvest
285
Harvest Male
143
Harvest Female
122
13%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 974 63
37
26
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 2270 285
143
122
0
M
M
N/A 82 11
9
2
0
R
O3
N/A 226 37
20
17
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 40 14
0
14
0
R
PLO
N/A 62 16
0
16
0
R
O4
LL
F
19 5
0
5
0
R
O4
LL
M
42 9
9
0
0
R
O4
N/A 67 16
9
7
0
R
O2
N/A 366 46
17
18
0
R
O3
LL
F
60 17
0
17
0
R
O2
LL
F
137 29
0
18
0
R
O1
N/A 509 97
51
37
0
R
O1
LL
M
344 51
51
0
0
R
O1
LL
F
159 46
0
37
0
R
D
R
N/A 6 1
0
1
0
R
R
N/A 1214 211
97
94
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


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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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