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
14
 
14
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
64
 
64
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
19
 
19
Opportunity
51
 
51
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
48
 
48
64
HuntScore

Access Notes


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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

40.1411, -107.0274

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 20 hotels, 12 campgrounds, and 1 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 Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
385
Licenses Drawn
245
Licenses Surplus
140
Resident Quota
205
Nonresident Quota
40
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
38
100%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EE231P2R
E
R
P2
EF231O2R
F
R
O2
EM231O4R
M
R
O4
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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 Hunters Harvest
R
O1
350 36
R
EP
50 29
R
O4
15 4
R
O3
99 29
R
O2
103 6
R
O1
257 72
R
O4
31 3
R
O4
52 7
M
M
132 19
A
A
792 92
R
O3
266 35
R
O2
328 18
R
O1
607 108
R
P0
91 39
R
R
1305 199
ALL
ALL
2229 310
R
D
2 2
HuntScore Tip: Ever hunt a unit with a 100% success rate and not see any deer? If you're nodding your head to any of these scenarios then you're one of the people who knows that statistics are a good guide, but they aren't a guarantee.

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