Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 19 - 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 19 - Larimer County

Scores


Ease of Drawing
94
 
94
Success
11
 
11
Trophy Potential
40
 
40
Public Access
62
 
62
Ease of Terrain
88
 
88
Room to Breathe
23
 
23
Opportunity
45
 
45
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
49
 
49
68
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Access Notes


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Bounded on N by County Highway 14 (Poudre Canyon Road); on E by I-25; on S by Harmony Road, County Roads 19, 38E, 27 and 44H (Buckhorn Road), Elk Creek-Pennock Creek divide and Rocky Mountain National Park boundary; on W by Larimer-Jackson County line.

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

396 Square Miles (253,471 Acres)

Land Ownership

38% Private, 62% Public, 60% USFS, 2% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.6032, -105.4728

Amenities

There are 1 hospitals, 6 hotels, 69 campgrounds, and 9 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 GMUs 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

State Agency Website

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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 (2020)


Total Quota
2,500
Licenses Drawn
1,841
Licenses Surplus
659
Resident Quota
1,666
Nonresident Quota
146
Landowner Quota
612
Youth Quota
112
93.9%
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
EM019O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
84
EM019O3R
M
R
O3
LL
100%
84
EM019O2R
M
R
O2
LL
100%
84
EM019O1R
M
R
O1
LL
65.5%
76
EF019P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
82
EF019O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
83
EF019O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
83
EF019O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
83
EF019L1R
F
R
L1
LL
100%
78
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.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,311
Total Harvest
127
Harvest Male
70
Harvest Female
57
10%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A
N/A 222 6
6
0
0
ALL
ALL
N/A
N/A 1311 127
70
57
0
M
M
N/A
N/A 157 5
5
0
0
R
O3
LL
F
69 11
0
11
0
R
P0
N/A
N/A 104 25
0
25
0
R
O4
LL
M
62 0
0
0
0
R
O4
N/A
N/A 72 0
0
0
0
R
O4
LL
F
10 0
0
0
0
R
O3
N/A
N/A 225 31
20
11
0
R
O3
LL
M
156 20
20
0
0
R
O2
N/A
N/A 395 40
27
13
0
R
O2
LL
M
318 27
27
0
0
R
ALL
N/A
N/A 39 8
0
8
0
R
O2
LL
F
77 13
0
13
0
R
O1
LL
M
97 12
12
0
0
R
O1
N/A
N/A 97 12
12
0
0
R
L0
N/A
N/A 39 8
0
8
0
R
EP
PLO
N/A 104 25
0
25
0
R
R
N/A
N/A 932 116
59
57
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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