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
0
N/A
Public Access
53
 
53
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
25
 
25
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
54
 
54
70
HuntScore

Access Notes


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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

40.5709, -106.5520

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 8 hotels, 8 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

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 Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
335
Licenses Drawn
79
Licenses Surplus
256
Resident Quota
62
Nonresident Quota
17
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
40
60%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EE016O4R
E
R
O4
EF016O3R
F
R
O3
EF016O4R
F
R
O4
EF016P3R
F
R
P3
EF016P4R
F
R
P4
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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 Hunters Harvest
M
M
51 13
R
O4
66 23
R
O1
143 25
R
O4
52 0
R
O3
151 43
R
O2
246 27
R
O1
130 35
R
O3
300 72
A
A
691 638
R
O4
118 23
R
O2
519 54
R
O1
289 63
R
P0
92 45
R
R
1285 250
ALL
ALL
2027 331
R
EP
59 33
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.