Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 131 - Routt and Rio Blanco 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 131 - Routt and Rio Blanco Counties
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Scores


Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
30
 
30
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
16
 
16
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
57
 
57
Opportunity
56
 
56
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
50
 
50
60
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Access Notes


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Bounded on N by US Highway 40; on E by County Highway 131; on S by Routt County Roads 15,132, 25, 132A and 29; on W by Fish Creek, Trout Creek and Routt County Road 179.

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. Hunting pressure may create refuge situations on the private lands in GMUs 13, 131, 214 and 441.

Public hunting in GMUs 13 and 131 is limited to a few small parcels of BLM land and some State Trust Land parcels.

County

Routt, Rio Blanco

Size

180 Square Miles (115,395 Acres)

Land Ownership

84% Private, 16% Public, 1% USFS, 9% BLM, 6% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.3533, -107.0125

Amenities

There are 7 hospitals, 20 hotels, 8 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 coniferous forests and aspen. Mountain shrub and rolling sage cover the low country.

Elk Drawing Stats (2020)


Total Quota
1,510
Licenses Drawn
270
Licenses Surplus
1,240
Resident Quota
202
Nonresident Quota
68
Landowner Quota
219
Youth Quota
219
100%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EF131P5R
F
R
P5
EM131O4R
M
R
O4
EF131P4R
F
R
P4
EF131P3R
F
R
P3
EF131P2R
F
R
P2
EF131O4R
F
R
O4
EF131O3R
F
R
O3
EF131O2R
F
R
O2
HuntScore Tip: Hunters born after 1948 must present a hunter education card when purchasing a license. License agents will accept cards issued by other states but they will not accept a previous year?s license or photocopies of hunter education cards.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,232
Total Harvest
367
Harvest Male
200
Harvest Female
145
30%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A
N/A 430 85
ALL
ALL
N/A
N/A 1232 367
M
M
N/A
N/A 43 12
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 75 25
R
P0
N/A
N/A 186 93
R
O4
LL
M
29 9
R
O4
LL
F
45 11
R
O4
N/A
N/A 778 22
R
O3
LL
F
67 21
R
O2
LL
F
93 18
R
O3
N/A
N/A 167 49
R
O2
N/A
N/A 232 71
R
O1
LL
M
102 42
R
O1
N/A
N/A 201 97
R
O1
LL
F
51 20
R
D
R
N/A 6 6
R
ALL
N/A
N/A 75 25
R
R
N/A
N/A 759 270
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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