Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 26 - Garfield, Eagle, and Routt Counties

Successful hunters avoid the main roads and hunt the dark timber and deeper canyons.

GMU 26 - Garfield, Eagle, and Routt Counties

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Access Notes


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Bounded on N by the Bear River; on E by County Highway 131; on S by the Colorado River; and on W by Derby Creek, the Middle Fork of Derby Creek and US Forest Service Trail 1802.

Expect mild weather with light snow in the 1st season, with roads becoming impassable in the upper half of the area by the 3rd season. The high country in GMU 24 is prone to heavy snowstorms in late seasons. Heavy snowstorms can strand hunters on Flattops after 1st season. While there is a great deal of public land, hunting pressure is heavy especially in northern half of GMUs 23 and 24.

4WD is necessary on all but the few main paved roads. Half of the area is roadless - which makes for very good hunting if you can walk or pack in. You may encounter heavy ATV traffic in GMUs 12, 23 and 33. Hunters in GMU 25 and 26 can gain access using Forest Service Road 610 (Stump Park Rd) or USFS Road 613 (Crescent Lake Rd).

County

Garfield, Eagle, Routt

Size

222 Square Miles (142,397 Acres)

Land Ownership

51% Private, 50% Public, 30% USFS, 19% BLM, 1% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.0030, -106.9697

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 13 hotels, 7 campgrounds, and 1 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Successful hunters avoid the main roads and hunt the dark timber and deeper canyons.

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


White River offers variety and extremes. Several peaks in the Flattop Wilderness are 12,200ft in elevation. Elevation drops to 5,300ft near Rifle. The lower elevation vegetation starts out with sage, progressing to oakbrush/mtn brush, aspen, evergreens and alpine tundra.

Elk Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
140
Licenses Drawn
76
Licenses Surplus
64
Resident Quota
47
Nonresident Quota
29
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
6
85.9%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EF026L1R
F
R
L1
EM026O4R
M
R
O4
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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,306
Total Harvest
141
Harvest Male
82
Harvest Female
56
10.8%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
R
709 80
R
P0
48 8
R
O1
119 0
R
O3
240 32
R
O4
62 7
M
M
35 7
R
O1
60 0
R
O3
33 7
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.