Elk Hunting in Wyoming Hunt Area 8 - Boulder Ridge

In 2019, 4,297 elk were classified during the postseason aerial classification survey (Appendix A). Days per harvest (20.4) decreased in 2019 and harvest success rates were considered acceptable. Hunt Area 11 continues to provide opportunity for hunter...

Hunt Area 8 - Boulder Ridge


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Beginning at the city of Laramie and U.S. Highway 287; southerly along said highway to the WyomingColorado state line; westerly along said line to Wyoming Highway 10; northerly along said highway to WyomingåÊåÊHighway 230 atåÊåÊWoods Landing;åÊåÊnortheasterlyåÊåÊalong saidåÊåÊhighway to U.S. Highway 287 at the city of Laramie.




355 Square Miles (227,052 Acres)

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77% Private, 20% Public, 1% USFS, 10% BLM, 9% State, 3% Other


41.1027, -105.7347


There are 0 hospitals, 1 hotels, 0 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

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In 2019, 4,297 elk were classified during the postseason aerial classification survey (Appendix A). The classification effort produced ratios of 29 bulls and 35 calves per 100 cows in this herd unit. Calf production decreased slightly from 39 calves: 100 cows in 2018. The bull ratio was 3% less than the 2018 ratio and 6% greater than the average for the last five years.

The 2019 harvest survey indicated 5,339 hunters harvested 1,946 elk. The total harvest success rate of 36% was a 1% decrease from 2018. Branch-antlered bulls accounted for 86% of the male harvest in 2019 and 44% of the overall harvest. Days per harvest (20.4) decreased in 2019 and harvest success rates were considered acceptable.

The hunting seasons in the Snowy Range herd unit continue to provide recreational elk hunting opportunities while reducing the overall elk population towards the objective. Hunt Areas 8, 114, and 125 will continue to have limited quota hunting seasons in 2020. Hunt Area 11 will also remain a limited quota hunting season in 2020. It contains a substantial amount of accessible public land, including the Wick Wildlife Habitat Management Area and USFS lands.

Hunt Area 11 continues to provide opportunity for hunters to experience a quality elk hunt on public land. Hunt Areas 9, 10, 12, and 110 will continue to be general license hunting seasons in 2020. Limited quota, reduced-price cow or calf licenses will be available in each of these hunt areas. The August through January Type 7 seasons continued to be offered and quotas were increased to mitigate damage on private land.

The Hunt Area 110 Type 6 license quota was increased as an additional effort to increase antlerless harvest. The 2019-20 winter began early with significant snow hitting the higher elevations in mid-October and accumulated in higher elevations consistently throughout the winter. Although snow accumulated at lower elevations, high winds and occasional warm spells cleared some areas making browse available in the central part of the herd unit. Snow depths continue to persist near the WY/CO state line.

Snow accumulations and drifting may affect wintering elk in the northern part of the herd unit as well. SNOTEL sites on the west side of the Snowy Range currently report 132-170% of average snowfall. West slope Sierra Madre SNOTEL sites report 79-93% of average snowpack

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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.

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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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