Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 191 - Larimer County

Elk summer range generally includes areas between 9,500 and 11,500 feet in elevation. These areas usually become available to elk as snowlines recede in mid to late May. The majority of elk in this area winter at elevations between 7,000 and 9,500 feet.

GMU 191 - Larimer County

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
83
 
83
Success
17
 
17
Trophy Potential
74
 
74
Public Access
48
 
48
Ease of Terrain
75
 
75
Room to Breathe
4
 
4
Opportunity
51
 
51
Convenience
53
 
53
Ease of Effort
48
 
48
58
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Bounded on N by Wyoming; on E by US Highway 287; on S by County Highway 14; on W by County Roads 69, 68C, 74E, 67 (Red Feather Lakes Road), 179, 80C (Cherokee Park Road) and 59.

There are many wilderness areas here that can only be reached by foot or horse, but there is no vehicle access. Hunters must know where they are in this area as there are many public lands locked on all sides by private land. Don't risk access unless you have received permission well in advance of the hunt. Elk habitat is spread across a wide range of land ownership categories.

The largest single land manager is the United States Forest Service (USFS), followed closely by private landowners.

The vast majority of USFS land is National Forest or designated wilderness. There are 4 USFS wilderness areas in the DAU; Cache La Poudre Wilderness (14 sq. mi.), Comanche Peak Wilderness (96 sq. mi.

in E-4), Neota Wilderness (15 sq. mi.) and Rawah Wilderness (113 sq. mi.). There are some small areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Among state lands, those managed as State Wildlife Areas (C) or State Land Board holdings account for almost all of the total area. Many of these state properties provide elk hunting opportunities. Outside of private land, USFS, BLM and C lands receive almost all elk hunting pressure.

Human occupation is limited, particularly in the western (Laramie River valley) and southwestern portions of the area (upper Poudre, Joe Wright Creek).

County

Larimer

Size

299 Square Miles (191,657 Acres)

Land Ownership

49% Private, 51% Public, 31% USFS, 17% State, 2% Other

Latitude/Longitude

40.8106, -105.3829

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 1 hotels, 39 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Elk summer range generally includes areas between 9,500 and 11,500 feet in elevation. These areas usually become available to elk as snowlines recede in mid to late May. The majority of elk in this area winter at elevations between 7,000 and 9,500 feet. A large proportion of the elk herd in the northern areas winter along the Colorado/Wyoming state line, and as such are often not in Colorado during the winter months.

Many west and south-facing slopes are typically clear of snow all year, with occasional spring and late winter storms depositing accumulations which quickly melt off.

Weather-related winter elk mortality is usually not a factor here

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

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Photos and Terrain Notes


Elevations range from 12,795 feet at the highest point in the southwestern part of the area to 4,921 feet along the eastern edge near Fort Collins. This area covers much of the northern part of the Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forest. The overall climate in this area is relatively dry with low humidity. Climate varies across the area as a function of elevation.

The higher elevation portions in the west experience a harsher climate, with long, cold winters, abundant snowfall, and short, cool summers.

Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
3,345
Licenses Drawn
3,048
Licenses Surplus
297
Resident Quota
2,397
Nonresident Quota
510
Landowner Quota
790
Youth Quota
124
77.8%
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
EF191O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
75
EF007O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
75 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7, 8, 9, 19, 191;
EM007O1M
M
M
O1
LL
60.3%
68 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7, 8, 9, 19, 191;
EF191L1R
F
R
L1
LL
100%
72
EF191O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
75
EM191O1R
M
R
O1
LL
100%
73
EF191O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
75
EF191P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
75 private land only
EM191O2R
M
R
O2
LL
100%
76
EM191O3R
M
R
O3
LL
100%
76
EM191O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
76
EE007O1A
E
A
O1
LL
74.6%
67 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7, 8, 9, 19, 191;
HuntScore Tip: Over-the-counter with caps licenses are licenses that are sold over-the-counter but limited in number and only available as first-come first-served. You snooze - you loose.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
464
Total Harvest
21
Harvest Male
17
Harvest Female
4
5%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 69 0
0
0
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 464 21
17
4
0
M
M
N/A 38 0
0
0
0
R
O3
LL
F
13 0
0
0
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 84 0
0
0
0
R
PLO
N/A 84 0
0
0
0
R
O4
LL
M
56 0
0
0
0
R
O4
LL
F
14 0
0
0
0
R
O4
N/A 70 0
0
0
0
R
O3
LL
M
51 2
2
0
0
R
O2
LL
M
42 9
9
0
0
R
O3
N/A 64 2
2
0
0
R
ALL
N/A 40 4
0
4
0
R
O2
LL
F
26 0
0
0
0
R
O2
N/A 68 9
9
0
0
R
O1
LL
M
31 6
6
0
0
R
O1
N/A 31 6
6
0
0
R
L0
N/A 40 4
0
4
0
R
R
N/A 357 21
17
4
0
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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.

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