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


Scores
User 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
1
 
1
Opportunity
13
 
13
Convenience
2
 
2
Ease of Effort
54
 
54
71
HuntScore

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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

40.5133, -106.1014

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 1 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 Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
80
Licenses Drawn
55
Licenses Surplus
25
Resident Quota
39
Nonresident Quota
16
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 Notes
EF171P4R
F
R
P4
LL
100%
0
EF171P3R
F
R
P3
LL
100%
0
EE171O4R
E
R
O4
LL
100%
0
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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
1,732
Total Harvest
243
Harvest Male
119
Harvest Female
115
14%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 550 42
32
10
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 1732 243
119
115
0
M
M
N/A 84 10
7
3
0
R
O1
N/A 319 80
20
60
0
R
O1
LL
E
69 21
12
9
0
R
O1
LL
F
242 51
0
51
0
R
O2
N/A 282 42
21
12
0
R
O2
LL
F
126 18
0
9
0
R
O3
N/A 348 31
25
6
0
R
O3
LL
F
171 6
0
6
0
R
O4
N/A 126 20
14
6
0
R
O4
LL
E
51 14
14
0
0
R
O4
LL
F
75 6
0
6
0
R
PLO
N/A 39 29
8
21
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 23 18
0
18
0
R
R
N/A 1098 191
80
102
0
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Weather Insights


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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.

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