Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 171 - Jackson County

Elk are distributed evenly throughout this unit. During the day, the bulls will be in dark timber - glass in the early morning and evening.

GMU 171 - Jackson County

Scores


Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
10
 
10
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
69
 
69
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
13
 
13
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
53
 
53
71
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Access Notes


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Bounded on N and E by County Highway 14 and Jackson-Larimer County line; on S by Jackson-Grand County line; on W by County Highway 125.

Over 2/3 of North Park is public land.

County

Jackson

Size

240 Square Miles (153,340 Acres)

Land Ownership

31% Private, 69% Public, 46% USFS, 14% BLM, 9% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.5389, -106.1402

Amenities

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

Elk Notes


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Elk are distributed evenly throughout this unit. During the day, the bulls will be in dark timber - glass in the early morning and evening. The herd tends to stay in the coniferous timbered areas until late in the season, moving to lower elevations with snow and hunting pressure.

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


Elevations in North Park range from 7,800 feet at Northgate to 12,951 feet at Clarkfts Peak. The average elevation of the open, sagebrush-grassland park is 8,000 feet. North Park is a relatively flat, sagebrush grassland with numerous wetlands interspersed with wide, willow dominated drainages. The mountains that surround the park rise rapidly to the alpine zone above timberline.

The montane zone is dominated by lodgepole pine stands and to a lesser extent aspen and spruce-fir stands. Vegetation varies throughout the Park with sagebrush lining the valley floor, a variety of willow species along stream courses, and mountain shrub, lodgepole pine, aspen, and spruce-fir at higher elevations. The dominant vegetation types present are coniferous forest, sagebrush mix, and irrigated grass hay fields The valley floor at 7,880ft supports ag lands and sage. Extensive willow stands line the streams - a favorite moose habitat, so be sure of your target.

The forest surrounding the basin varies from aspen/lodgepole to spruce/fir. The area is generally windy and colder than places in western Colorado. Prepare for snow during your hunt. 4WD is helpful, as are chains.

Elk Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
80
Licenses Drawn
41
Licenses Surplus
39
Resident Quota
40
Nonresident Quota
1
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
4
66.7%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EE171O4R
E
R
O4
EF171P3R
F
R
P3
EF171P4R
F
R
P4
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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,704
Total Harvest
162
Harvest Male
82
Harvest Female
67
10%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
M
M
59 0
R
O4
42 4
R
O1
102 27
R
O4
81 11
R
O3
122 7
R
O2
213 27
R
O1
104 0
R
O3
368 46
A
A
507 27
R
O4
123 15
R
O2
409 34
R
O1
212 30
R
P0
36 13
R
R
1138 135
ALL
ALL
1704 162
R
EP
20 10
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