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


Ease of Drawing
84
 
84
Success
13
 
13
Trophy Potential
39
 
39
Public Access
100
 
100
Ease of Terrain
70
 
70
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
41
 
41
Convenience
34
 
34
Ease of Effort
46
 
46
69
HuntScore

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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

382 Square Miles (244,527 Acres)

Land Ownership

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

Latitude/Longitude

40.6480, -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

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


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 (2020)


Total Quota
1,775
Licenses Drawn
1,409
Licenses Surplus
366
Resident Quota
1,073
Nonresident Quota
336
Landowner Quota
194
Youth Quota
194
93.5%
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
EM014O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
83
EM014O1R
M
R
O1
LL
85.2%
83
EF014P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
87
EF014O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
87
EF014O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
87
EF014O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
84
EF014O1R
F
R
O1
LL
69.4%
82
EF014O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
83
EE014O1M
E
M
O1
LL
95.2%
83
HuntScore Tip: Always apply for the unit that is your first choice if your goal is to accumulate points for use toward a future quality hunt. Points needed can change significantly from year to year.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
3,130
Total Harvest
313
Harvest Male
210
Harvest Female
103
10%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 1582 115
98
17
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 3130 313
210
103
0
M
M
N/A 246 32
21
11
0
R
O3
N/A 271 30
13
17
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 55 23
0
23
0
R
P0
N/A 55 23
0
23
0
R
O4
LL
M
71 9
9
0
0
R
O4
N/A 101 14
9
5
0
R
O4
LL
F
30 5
0
5
0
R
O2
LL
F
130 23
0
23
0
R
O3
LL
F
60 17
0
17
0
R
ALL
N/A 55 23
0
23
0
R
O2
N/A 670 72
49
23
0
R
O1
LL
M
140 20
20
0
0
R
O1
N/A 205 27
20
7
0
R
O1
LL
F
65 7
0
7
0
R
R
N/A 1302 166
91
75
0
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.

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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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