Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 37 - Summit and Grand Counties

Elk are well distributed in all Middle Park units. Bull to cow ratios are good because the area is fairly steep and heavily timbered. Generally, trophy bulls are rare (a few are taken every year) because bulls are managed for hunter opportunity.

GMU 37 - Summit and Grand Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
98
 
98
Success
24
 
24
Trophy Potential
87
 
87
Public Access
76
 
76
Ease of Terrain
71
 
71
Room to Breathe
2
 
2
Opportunity
37
 
37
Convenience
38
 
38
Ease of Effort
52
 
52
66
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Colorado River; on E by Barger Gulch, Williams Fork River-Blue River divide, Williams Fork River-Straight Creek divide and Continental Divide; on S by Continental Divide; on W by Eagle River-TeNew Mexicoile Creek divide, I-70, Blue River, Cataract Creek and Gore Range Divide.

County

Summit, Grand

Size

528 Square Miles (338,172 Acres)

Land Ownership

27% Private, 73% Public, 65% USFS, 5% BLM, 6% Wilderness, 1% Other

Latitude/Longitude

39.6612, -106.1251

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 4 hotels, 5 campgrounds, and 3 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Elk are well distributed in all Middle Park units. Bull to cow ratios are good because the area is fairly steep and heavily timbered. Generally, trophy bulls are rare (a few are taken every year) because bulls are managed for hunter opportunity. With hunting pressure and snow, elk head for the inaccessible timber and private property.

Hunt the rough terrain and heavy cover away from roads and trails to increase your success.

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


The Continental Divide and the Gore Range Divide encircle Middle Park. Most of this terrain is steep to very steep. Sagebrush/shrubs are common on southern exposures at lower elevations. The past decadefts mountain pine beetle killed an estimated 80 percent of mature lodgepole pine trees in Grand County, creating numerous hazards along public roadways as these trees begin to fall.

Elk Over The Counter Hunts (2022)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2022)


Total Quota
7,320
Licenses Drawn
5,302
Licenses Surplus
2,018
Resident Quota
4,520
Nonresident Quota
782
Landowner Quota
592
Youth Quota
592
98.7%
Overall Unit
1st Choice 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 Type Draw Odds HuntScore Notes
EF028L1R
F
R
L1
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 28
EE028O1M
E
M
O1
LL
100%
83 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 28
EE028O1R
E
R
O1
LL
100%
82 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 28
EE028O1R
E
R
O1
LL
100%
82 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 28
EE028O4R
E
R
O4
LL
100%
81 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 28
EE028O4R
E
R
O4
LL
100%
81 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 28
EE028P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 28
EE028P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 28
EE028P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 28
EE028P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 28
EF028L1R
F
R
L1
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 28
EF028O2R
F
R
O2
LL
94.9%
79 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 28
EF028O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
78 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 28
EF028O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
78 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 28
EF028O1R
F
R
O1
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 28
EF028O1R
F
R
O1
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 28
EF028O2R
F
R
O2
LL
94.9%
79 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 28
EF028O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
82 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 28
EF028O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
82 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 28
EF028O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
82 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 28
EF028O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
82 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 28
EF028P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 28
EF028P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 28
EE028O1M
E
M
O1
LL
100%
83 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 28
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 (2021)


Total Hunters
6,397
Total Harvest
618
Harvest Male
527
Harvest Female
85
9.5%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
ALL
ALL
NA
N/A 3452 462
418
38
0
ALL
ALL
NA
N/A 2945 156
109
47
0
M
M
NA
N/A 149 9
9
0
0
M
M
NA
N/A 147 7
7
0
0
R
O3
LL
F
134 18
0
18
0
R
R
NA
N/A 1530 117
78
39
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 32 0
0
0
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 61 32
26
3
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 47 0
0
0
0
R
O4
LL
F
201 0
0
0
0
R
O4
LL
F
6 2
0
2
0
R
O4
LL
E
161 0
0
0
0
R
O4
NA
N/A 370 0
0
0
0
R
O4
NA
N/A 67 11
6
5
0
R
O3
LL
F
22 7
0
7
0
R
O2
NA
N/A 1202 165
153
12
0
R
O3
NA
N/A 406 40
22
18
0
R
O3
NA
N/A 778 56
49
7
0
R
O2
NA
N/A 408 20
20
0
0
R
O2
LL
F
79 0
0
0
0
R
O2
LL
F
36 12
0
12
0
R
O1
LL
F
28 3
0
3
0
R
O1
NA
N/A 194 42
36
6
0
R
O1
LL
E
145 36
36
0
0
R
O1
NA
N/A 504 141
135
3
0
R
O1
LL
F
42 6
0
6
0
R
L0
NA
N/A 120 15
0
15
0
R
L0
NA
N/A 120 15
0
15
0
R
R
NA
N/A 2957 373
343
27
0
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.

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Average Temps

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