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
40
 
40
Public Access
69
 
69
Ease of Terrain
79
 
79
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
13
 
13
Convenience
2
 
2
Ease of Effort
54
 
54
71
HuntScore

Access Notes


With A Free Account Get:

  • Satallite and Topo Layers
  • Public Landownership Layers
  • Roads and Trails Layers
  • Burn Layer (Coming Soon)
  • Water Tank Layer (Coming Soon)

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

40.5133, -106.1014

Amenities

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

Elk Notes


With A Free Account Get:

  • Toggle between terrain, satellite, and topographic views
  • Additional species-specific map layers

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

Visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife

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 (2020)


Total Quota
80
Licenses Drawn
33
Licenses Surplus
47
Resident Quota
32
Nonresident Quota
1
Landowner Quota
4
Youth Quota
4
100%
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
EF171P4R
F
R
P4
LL
100%
63
EF171P3R
F
R
P3
LL
100%
71
EE171O4R
E
R
O4
LL
100%
77
HuntScore Tip: You are able to receive a refund for your license as long as the season has not started. You would have to fill out the License Refund Application or Preference Point Restoration form and return the license and carcass tag with the application to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Preference Points will be restored to the pre-draw level, and you will not receive a preference point for that year.

Go Pro and get:

  • Drawing trends across multiple years
  • Individual hunt quotas
  • 1st choice license applications and licenses drawn
  • Draw odds for resident and nonresident applicants
  • Minimum preference points to draw
  • Point creep plots

Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,704
Total Harvest
162
Harvest Male
82
Harvest Female
67
10%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A
N/A 507 27
14
13
0
ALL
ALL
N/A
N/A 1704 162
82
67
0
M
M
N/A
N/A 59 0
0
0
0
R
EP
PLO
N/A 20 10
0
10
0
R
O1
LL
E
102 27
18
9
0
R
O1
LL
F
104 0
0
0
0
R
O1
N/A
N/A 212 30
18
12
0
R
O2
LL
F
213 27
0
21
0
R
O2
N/A
N/A 409 34
7
21
0
R
O3
LL
F
122 7
0
0
0
R
O3
N/A
N/A 368 46
39
0
0
R
O4
LL
E
42 4
4
0
0
R
O4
LL
F
81 11
0
11
0
R
O4
N/A
N/A 123 15
4
11
0
R
P0
N/A
N/A 36 13
0
13
0
R
R
N/A
N/A 1138 135
68
54
0
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.

Go Pro and get:

  • Harvest trends across multiple years
  • Harvest stats by hunt_code, manner, season, sex, type
  • Average harvest rates
  • Average days per hunter
  • Overall harvest trends

Weather Insights


Weather can vary by elevation. See how weather varies by elevation within a unit by selecting an elevation range. Elevation ranges are based on weather stations in or near the unit. Not all weather elements are available within the unit.

Average Temps

Use temperature ranges to plan and prepare for your hunt. Large swings indicate a good layering system should be used. Be sure to make note of the extreme temperatures as these often pose the greatest risk to hunters. If you plan on hunting in higher elevation, as a rule of thumb, expect the tempture to decrease roughly 5° for every 1000' in elevation gain.

Gear Recommendations for Elk Hunting From logo


TrailHead Chatter


Sign Up or Sign In to Read !

With A Free Account Get:

  • Ability to read comments
  • Ability to post comments
  • Ability to upvote and downvote comments