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
71
 
71
Success
27
 
27
Trophy Potential
89
 
89
Public Access
100
 
100
Ease of Terrain
75
 
75
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
29
 
29
Convenience
26
 
26
Ease of Effort
45
 
45
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

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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 (2022)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2022)


Total Quota
1,430
Licenses Drawn
1,171
Licenses Surplus
259
Resident Quota
816
Nonresident Quota
355
Landowner Quota
123
Youth Quota
123
66.8%
Overall Unit
1st Choice Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season Type Draw Odds HuntScore Notes
EM014O1R
M
R
O1
LL
66.1%
81
EM014O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
84
EF014P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
70 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 14
EF014P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
70 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 14
EF014O4R
F
R
O4
LL
64.8%
81
EF014O3R
F
R
O3
LL
64.8%
81
EF014O2R
F
R
O2
LL
64.8%
82
EF014O1R
F
R
O1
LL
62.5%
79
EF014O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
74 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 14
EF014O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
74 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 14
EE014O1M
E
M
O1
LL
65.4%
74 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 14
EE014O1M
E
M
O1
LL
65.4%
74 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 14
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Elk Harvest Stats (2021)


Total Hunters
2,575
Total Harvest
277
Harvest Male
177
Harvest Female
96
11%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
NA
N/A 1388 117
73
44
0
ALL
ALL
NA
N/A 2575 277
177
96
0
M
M
NA
N/A 134 19
7
12
0
R
O3
LL
F
19 4
0
2
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 27 17
0
17
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 27 17
0
17
0
R
O4
LL
F
4 1
0
1
0
R
O4
NA
N/A 42 6
5
1
0
R
O4
LL
M
38 5
5
0
0
R
O2
LL
F
96 15
0
15
0
R
O3
NA
N/A 164 17
13
2
0
R
O2
NA
N/A 662 71
56
15
0
R
O1
LL
M
123 23
23
0
0
R
O1
NA
N/A 158 30
23
5
0
R
O1
LL
F
35 7
0
5
0
R
L0
NA
N/A 27 17
0
17
0
R
R
NA
N/A 1053 141
97
40
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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Average Temps

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