Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 391 - Jefferson County

Elk herds within the Central Front Range are either residential or seasonally migratory. Residential herds are found year-round at low to moderate elevations.

GMU 391 - Jefferson County

Scores


Ease of Drawing
76
 
76
Success
0
N/A
Trophy Potential
25
 
25
Public Access
49
 
49
Ease of Terrain
25
 
25
Room to Breathe
77
 
77
Opportunity
50
 
50
Convenience
90
 
90
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
67
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by I-70; on E by I-25; on S by County Highway 470, County Roads 124 (Deer Creek Canyon), 122 (South Turkey Creek) and US Highway 285; on W by County Road 73 and County Highway 74. (See unit 39)

Reservation hunting takes place on Centennial Cone (Jefferson County Open Space) and Green Ranch (Colorado State Parks). Hunters using Highway 5 near Mt. Evans need to be aware there is no hunting within a å_ mile of either side of CO 5 above the junction with CO 103. Special restrictions, including closures, can be found for firearm use in Boulder and Jefferson countiesÓbe sure to check county websites.

The majority of this unit is on private property. Hunters are encouraged to visit the area and to contact landowners well in advance of the hunt to be successful. Do not wait until the day of the hunt to make first contact with a landowner Know before you go --District Wildlife Managers cannot set up these introductions for you.

County

Jefferson

Size

277 Square Miles (177,536 Acres)

Land Ownership

51% Private, 49% Public, 40% USFS, 1% State, 6% Other

Latitude/Longitude

39.6538, -105.1185

Amenities

There are 20 hospitals, 20 hotels, 15 campgrounds, and 20 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Elk herds within the Central Front Range are either residential or seasonally migratory. Residential herds are found year-round at low to moderate elevations. Migratory herds generally winter below 9,000 feet taking advantage of snow-free south facing slopes and windblown ridges and meadows. Migratory herds summer in high elevation meadows and on alpine tundra from July through September and October depending on weather.

Hard frosts that brown-out tundra and high meadows along with accumulating snow initiate elk movements to lower elevations. However, a few hardy herds winter on open wind-blown ridges even above timberline. Most low to mid elevation elk ranges are on private land or parks and open space lands that are generally are not open to hunting. Most public land hunting is at the mid to high elevation ranges.

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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.

State Agency Website

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Other Species in Unit

Deer, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey,

Photos and Terrain Notes


The area ranges in elevation from about 5,100 feet in the east to over 14,000 feet in the west. The western part of the area is mountainous and includes many heavily forested areas, high alpine tundra, rocky outcroppings, shrubs, and open grasslands. The southern part is midelevation grasslands, shrubs such as scrub oak and mountain mahogany, and open ponderosa pine forest. Willows are found in riparian areas throughout the area.

The eastern part of the area is urban, including the Denver metropolitan area and surrounding areas. These areas are experiencing increasing residential and commercial development. Several high speed roads and highways are found within the area. These roads are sources of mortality and possible barriers to deer movement.

The climate varies greatly from east to west across the area, depending on elevation. The eastern portion has comparatively warm summer temperatures and mild winters. The western portion is much colder with snow covering timbered areas and north facing slopes from November through May. Much of the area has relatively mild winters and is influenced by Chinook winds.

These warm north slope winds melt snow quickly. Snow seldom stays for more than a few days on south-facing slopes below 9,000 feet. Alpine ridges usually stay open due to wind.

Elk Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
465
Licenses Drawn
231
Licenses Surplus
228
Resident Quota
223
Nonresident Quota
8
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
48
74.6%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EE391O1A
E
A
O1
EF391O1M
F
M
O1
EF391P5R
F
R
P5
EM391O1M
M
M
O1
EM391O1R
M
R
O1
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Elk Harvest Stats (2018)


Total Hunters
155
Total Harvest
47
Harvest Male
47
Harvest Female
0
31.3%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
O1
15 8
R
O2
14 2
R
O3
12 4
R
O4
11 4
A
A
36 9
M
M
15 2
R
O1
15 8
R
O2
14 2
R
O3
12 4
R
O4
11 4
HuntScore Tip: In some smaller units you may not see any data reported for a season. There are instances where not enough hunters respond to the post-hunt survey inquiries and therefore it isn't possible to report any data.