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
89
 
89
Success
25
 
25
Trophy Potential
55
 
55
Public Access
86
 
86
Ease of Terrain
50
 
50
Room to Breathe
65
 
65
Opportunity
81
 
81
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
64
 
64
87
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

408 Square Miles (260,930 Acres)

Land Ownership

14% Private, 86% Public, 58% USFS, 27% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

40.6276, -106.7997

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

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 Drawing Stats (2018)


Total Quota
1,425
Licenses Drawn
1,031
Licenses Surplus
394
Resident Quota
693
Nonresident Quota
338
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
140
86%
Average 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
EE014O1M
E
M
O1
EF014O1M
F
M
O1
EF014O1R
F
R
O1
EF014O2R
F
R
O2
EF014P5R
F
R
P5
EM014O1R
M
R
O1
EM014O4R
M
R
O4
HuntScore Tip: You are able to receive a refund for your license as long as the season has not started. You would have to fill out the License Refund Application or Preference Point Restoration form and return the license and carcass tag with the application to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Preference Points will be restored to the pre-draw level, and you will not receive a preference point for that year.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2017)


Total Hunters
5,054
Total Harvest
896
Harvest Male
487
Harvest Female
366
21.9%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
Any
1397 263
R
L0
120 45
R
P0
120 45
R
O1
255 46
R
O2
642 88
R
O3
291 68
R
O4
89 16
A
O1
1254 139
M
O1
223 45
R
O1
137 30
R
O4
61 8
R
O1
118 16
R
O2
135 19
R
O3
64 15
R
O4
28 8
R
LP
120 45
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.