Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 16 - Jackson County

Elk are distributed evenly throughout these units. During the day, the bulls will be in dark timberÑglass in the early morning and evening. The herd tends to stay in the coniferous timbered areas until late in the season.

GMU 16 - Jackson County

Scores


Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
16
 
16
Trophy Potential
39
 
39
Public Access
53
 
53
Ease of Terrain
82
 
82
Room to Breathe
2
 
2
Opportunity
24
 
24
Convenience
7
 
7
Ease of Effort
53
 
53
70
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Lone Pine Creek, County Roads 16 and 12W; on E by County Highway 14; on W by Continental Divide.

Over 2/3 of North Park is public land.

County

Jackson

Size

299 Square Miles (191,461 Acres)

Land Ownership

48% Private, 53% Public, 35% USFS, 12% BLM, 6% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.5913, -106.5427

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 4 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Elk are distributed evenly throughout these units. During the day, the bulls will be in dark timberÑglass 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

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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 (2020)


Total Quota
335
Licenses Drawn
72
Licenses Surplus
263
Resident Quota
68
Nonresident Quota
4
Landowner Quota
40
Youth Quota
40
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
EF016P4R
F
R
P4
LL
100%
69
EF016P3R
F
R
P3
LL
100%
69
EF016O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
75
EF016O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
77
EE016O4R
E
R
O4
LL
100%
75
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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
2,027
Total Harvest
331
Harvest Male
149
Harvest Female
174
16%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
ALL
ALL
N/A 2027 331
149
174
0
M
M
N/A 51 13
13
0
0
R
EP
PLO
N/A 59 33
0
31
0
R
O1
LL
E
143 25
16
9
0
R
O1
LL
F
130 35
0
35
0
R
O2
N/A 519 54
23
25
0
R
O2
LL
F
246 27
0
21
0
R
O3
N/A 300 72
29
43
0
R
O3
LL
F
151 43
0
43
0
R
O4
N/A 118 23
9
14
0
R
O4
LL
E
66 23
9
14
0
R
O4
LL
F
52 0
0
0
0
R
P0
N/A 92 45
5
38
0
R
R
N/A 1285 250
82
160
0
HuntScore Tip: With more than 300,000 hunting licenses sold in Colorado each year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife thinks it's impossible to contact every hunter. So, harvest data is not actual. It's a statistical sample calculation based on license sales data and an estimate of hunter numbers and hunter success. Hunter activity and success is gathered through the hunter survey sent to all Colorado licensed hunters. Response is voluntary and therefore not complete.

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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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