Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 14 - Routt and Grand Counties

Elk are plentiful throughout the Upper Yampa area. Licenses are also readily available, but hunters should not rely on leftover license availability as these herds approach population objective.

GMU 14 - Routt and Grand Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
74
 
74
Success
29
 
29
Trophy Potential
89
 
89
Public Access
100
 
100
Ease of Terrain
74
 
74
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
41
 
41
Convenience
29
 
29
Ease of Effort
46
 
46
66
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Bounded on N by Little Snake-Elk River divide; on E by Continental Divide; on S by US Highway 40; on W by US Highway 40 and Routt County Road 129.

Most of the land outside of the national forest is private land. Hunting pressure is heavy. Hunters will have better success and enjoy more solitude by walking into remote areas. Mt.

Zirkel Wilderness Areas access is restricted to non-vehicle methods.

County

Routt, Grand

Size

409 Square Miles (261,544 Acres)

Land Ownership

14% Private, 86% Public, 85% USFS, 27% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

40.6478, -106.7823

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 10 hotels, 1 campgrounds, and 1 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Elk are plentiful throughout the Upper Yampa area. Licenses are also readily available, but hunters should not rely on leftover license availability as these herds approach population objective. CPW has been working to minimize crop damage and significantly reduce the number of elk in these units. There are good numbers of bull elk, however, do not expect to see many large adult males.

Large elk numbers occur on the Routt National Forest. The basic movement is from the higher to lower elevation in response to hunting pressure and weather. Hunt the timber and hunt the Routt National Forest early. Within the Upper Yampa, private lands access is primarily available on a fee hunting basis.

Domestic sheep grazing typically occurs on parts of the Routt National Forest through the months of August and September. Elk will typically avoid areas actively used by sheep but often are not far away. Hunters can use this knowledge to their advantage. To learn more about sheep management and actively grazed areas, archery and muzzleloader hunters are encouraged to contact the Hahns Peak-Bears Ranger District in Steamboat Springs

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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


From a low of 6,300 to 12,000ft along the Continental Divide. The Routt National Forest dominates the eastern 2/3 of the Upper Yampa units with (56%) coniferous forests and (27%) aspen. Mountain shrub and rolling sage cover the low country or about 7 % of the land cover.

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
1,040
Licenses Drawn
883
Licenses Surplus
157
Resident Quota
619
Nonresident Quota
264
Landowner Quota
94
Youth Quota
94
49.4%
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
EM014O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
83
EM014O1R
M
R
O1
LL
63.8%
80
EF014P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
77 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 14, 214;
EF014O4R
F
R
O4
LL
41.5%
80
EF014O3R
F
R
O3
LL
41.5%
80
EF014O2R
F
R
O2
LL
41.5%
81
EF014O1R
F
R
O1
LL
48.5%
80
EF014O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
73 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 14, 214;
EE014O1M
E
M
O1
LL
58.7%
73 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 14, 214;
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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
3,184
Total Harvest
320
Harvest Male
181
Harvest Female
133
10%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 1642 97
73
24
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 3184 320
181
133
0
M
M
N/A 212 35
27
6
0
R
O3
LL
F
59 7
0
7
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 93 64
0
64
0
R
PLO
N/A 93 64
0
64
0
R
O4
LL
F
16 3
0
3
0
R
O4
N/A 69 13
10
3
0
R
O4
LL
M
53 10
10
0
0
R
O2
N/A 692 52
42
10
0
R
O3
N/A 247 15
8
7
0
R
ALL
N/A 93 64
0
64
0
R
O2
LL
F
145 10
0
10
0
R
O1
LL
F
90 23
0
19
0
R
O1
N/A 229 44
21
19
0
R
O1
LL
M
139 21
21
0
0
R
R
N/A 1330 188
81
103
0
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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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