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

Scores


Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
0
N/A
Trophy Potential
25
 
25
Public Access
17
 
17
Ease of Terrain
50
 
50
Room to Breathe
84
 
84
Opportunity
80
 
80
Convenience
100
 
100
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
75
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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

193 Square Miles (123,814 Acres)

Land Ownership

83% Private, 17% Public, 1% USFS, 7% BLM, 10% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.3533, -106.9897

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 (2019)


Total Quota
610
Licenses Drawn
135
Licenses Surplus
475
Resident Quota
101
Nonresident Quota
34
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
83
100%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EF131O2R
F
R
O2
EF131P2R
F
R
P2
EF131P5R
F
R
P5
EM131O4R
M
R
O4
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Elk Harvest Stats (2018)


Total Hunters
1,150
Total Harvest
371
Harvest Male
78
Harvest Female
271
34.6%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
L0
105 34
R
P0
215 79
R
O1
138 57
R
O3
169 32
R
O4
61 22
M
M
55 22
R
O1
50 9
R
O4
24 9
R
O1
20 20
R
O2
116 23
R
O3
65 19
R
O4
26 11
R
LP
105 34
R
D
1 0
HuntScore Tip: In some smaller units you may not see any data reported for a season. There are instances where not enough hunters respond to the post-hunt survey inquiries and therefore it isn't possible to report any data.