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
27
 
27
Trophy Potential
55
 
55
Public Access
86
 
86
Ease of Terrain
50
 
50
Room to Breathe
68
 
68
Opportunity
77
 
77
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
63
 
63
87
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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 (2016)


Total Quota
1,225
Licenses Drawn
981
Licenses Surplus
244
Resident Quota
660
Nonresident Quota
321
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
110
90.5%
Average Draw Odds
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O1
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O1
EF014O1R
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R
O1
EF014O2R
F
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O2
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F
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P5
EM014O1R
M
R
O1
EM014O4R
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O4
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