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
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Scores


Ease of Drawing
91
 
91
Success
10
 
10
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
100
 
100
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
27
 
27
Opportunity
42
 
42
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
45
 
45
70
HuntScore

Access Notes


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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

40.6276, -106.8222

Amenities

There are 7 hospitals, 20 hotels, 18 campgrounds, and 14 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

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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 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
94.4%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EM014O4R
M
R
O4
EM014O1R
M
R
O1
EF014P5R
F
R
P5
EF014O4R
F
R
O4
EF014O3R
F
R
O3
EF014O2R
F
R
O2
EF014O1R
F
R
O1
EF014O1M
F
M
O1
EE014O1M
E
M
O1
HuntScore Tip: Nonresident allocations are determined by the average number of preference points a Colorado resident needs to draw a specific license during a 3-year period. For hunt codes that require six or more points for a Colorado resident to draw an elk or deer license, up to 20 percent of licenses may go to nonresidents. For elk and deer hunt codes that require fewer than six points for a Colorado resident to draw, up to 35 percent may go to nonresidents.

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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
N/A 1582 115
ALL
ALL
N/A
N/A 3130 313
M
M
N/A
N/A 246 32
R
O3
N/A
N/A 271 30
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 55 23
R
P0
N/A
N/A 55 23
R
O4
LL
F
30 5
R
O4
N/A
N/A 101 14
R
O4
LL
M
71 9
R
O2
N/A
N/A 670 72
R
O3
LL
F
60 17
R
ALL
N/A
N/A 55 23
R
O2
LL
F
130 23
R
O1
N/A
N/A 205 27
R
O1
LL
M
140 20
R
O1
LL
F
65 7
R
R
N/A
N/A 1302 166
HuntScore Tip: Hunters who have GPS units are encouraged to mark the location of their harvest in the field. This is especially important for hunters who harvest a bear or moose. During mandatory inspections, hunters will be asked to give a location of their harvest. Having GPS coordinates makes reporting simple and precise.

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