Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 181 - Grand County

Elk are well distributed in all Middle Park units. Bull to cow ratios are good because the area is fairly steep and heavily timbered. Generally, trophy bulls are rare (a few are taken every year) because bulls are managed for hunter opportunity.

GMU 181 - Grand County

Scores


Ease of Drawing
97
 
97
Success
8
 
8
Trophy Potential
40
 
40
Public Access
61
 
61
Ease of Terrain
80
 
80
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
56
 
56
Convenience
2
 
2
Ease of Effort
58
 
58
66
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Continental Divide; on E by Poison Creek and Main Fork of Troublesome Creek; on S by Colorado River; on W by County Highway 9 and US Highway 40.

County

Grand

Size

170 Square Miles (108,518 Acres)

Land Ownership

38% Private, 61% Public, 17% USFS, 31% BLM, 13% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.2337, -106.3874

Amenities

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

Elk Notes


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Elk are well distributed in all Middle Park units. Bull to cow ratios are good because the area is fairly steep and heavily timbered. Generally, trophy bulls are rare (a few are taken every year) because bulls are managed for hunter opportunity. With hunting pressure and snow, elk head for the inaccessible timber and private property.

Hunt the rough terrain and heavy cover away from roads and trails to increase your success.

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.

Photos and Terrain Notes


The Continental Divide and the Gore Range Divide encircle Middle Park. Most of this terrain is steep to very steep. Sagebrush/shrubs are common on southern exposures at lower elevations. The past decadefts mountain pine beetle killed an estimated 80 percent of mature lodgepole pine trees in Grand County, creating numerous hazards along public roadways as these trees begin to fall.

Middle Park is a large basin surrounded by high mountain ranges. As an inter-mountain park it is unique in two respects. It does not have the level interior characteristic of other large mountain parks in Colorado, such as North Park and South Park, and it lies west of the Continental Divide. The Troublesome Creek area has numerous peaks along the Continental Divide reaching altitudes above 13,000 feet.

The highest of these is North Arapaho Peak at 13,502 feet in the southeast corner of the area. All the natural surface drainage for this area funnels through Gore Canyon, downstream from Kremmling. Vegetation in Middle Park can be categorized into five broad types Ò cropland, wetland/riparian, rangeland, forestland and alpine. The variety of vegetation types scattered throughout Middle Park creates a highly desirable mosaic very beneficial to wildlife.

However, plant communities at lower elevations are becoming increasingly disturbed by intensive human use.

Croplands consist of irrigated hay meadows and terraces that have been re-seeded to desirable forage plants. Most hay ground is \native hay

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2020)


Total Quota
860
Licenses Drawn
252
Licenses Surplus
608
Resident Quota
232
Nonresident Quota
20
Landowner Quota
130
Youth Quota
130
98.7%
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
EF181O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
79
EF181P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
78
EF181O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
79
EF181O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
78
EF181L1R
F
R
L1
LL
96.8%
76
HuntScore Tip: Colorado divides the state into distinct hunting areas called Game Management Units or GMUs (see map). To prevent over harvesting, a limited number of licenses by species are assigned to be sold in each GMU. The number of limited licenses available in each GMU is called the quota.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
2,040
Total Harvest
145
Harvest Male
57
Harvest Female
80
7%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 299 21
21
0
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 2040 145
57
80
0
M
M
N/A 83 6
0
6
0
R
O2
LL
F
136 14
0
12
0
R
P0
N/A 54 43
4
33
0
R
O4
LL
E
354 15
0
15
0
R
O4
LL
F
170 0
0
0
0
R
O4
N/A 530 15
0
15
0
R
O3
LL
F
190 0
0
0
0
R
O3
N/A 485 17
17
0
0
R
O1
LL
E
141 0
0
0
0
R
O2
N/A 336 29
15
12
0
R
ALL
N/A 37 12
0
12
0
R
O1
LL
F
79 0
0
0
0
R
O1
N/A 224 4
4
0
0
R
L0
N/A 37 12
0
12
0
R
EP
PLO
N/A 44 39
0
33
0
R
D
R
N/A 2 2
0
2
0
R
R
N/A 1658 118
36
74
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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Average Temps

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