Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 861 - Huerfano County

For the best results, focus your time SW of Bradford and the northern slopes of Slide Mountain in the early seasons.

GMU 861 - Huerfano County

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
0
 
N/A
Success
17
 
17
Trophy Potential
37
 
37
Public Access
37
 
37
Ease of Terrain
76
 
76
Room to Breathe
3
 
3
Opportunity
0
 
N/A
Convenience
0
 
N/A
Ease of Effort
44
 
44
36
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by Custer-Huerfano County line; on E by County Highway 69, County Roads 555 (Muddy Creek Road), 570 and 572 (Pass Creek Road); on S and W by Sangre de Cristo Divide.

The access for this unit is fair to good for access for public lands. The access for this unit is fair to poor for on private lands.

County

Huerfano

Size

188 Square Miles (120,171 Acres)

Land Ownership

62% Private, 37% Public, 22% USFS, 12% BLM, 3% State

Latitude/Longitude

37.7443, -105.3655

Amenities

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

Elk Notes


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For the best results, focus your time SW of Bradford and the northern slopes of Slide Mountain in the early seasons.

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


The elevation in this area ranges from 6,966 feet near Gardner to 14,042 at Ellingwood Point The terrain is Flat to gently rolling valley bottom climbing quickly to steep, rough mountains. The vegetation consists of Grass to pine to spruce, firs and aspens to alpine meadows.

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


There are 4 OTC hunts in this unit. Go Pro to view the details!

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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
620
Total Harvest
81
Harvest Male
50
Harvest Female
31
13%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 234 0
0
0
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 620 81
50
31
0
M
M
N/A 34 8
5
3
0
R
D
R
N/A 3 0
0
0
0
R
O1
N/A 50 13
8
5
0
R
O1
LL
E
45 10
5
5
0
R
O2
N/A 130 14
8
6
0
R
O2
LL
F
16 6
0
6
0
R
O3
N/A 103 25
25
0
0
R
O3
LL
F
9 0
0
0
0
R
O4
N/A 15 4
4
0
0
R
O4
LL
E
9 4
4
0
0
R
O4
LL
F
6 0
0
0
0
R
PLO
N/A 56 20
3
17
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 51 17
0
17
0
R
R
N/A 352 73
45
28
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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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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