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
96
 
96
Success
27
 
27
Trophy Potential
39
 
39
Public Access
70
 
70
Ease of Terrain
70
 
70
Room to Breathe
2
 
2
Opportunity
51
 
51
Convenience
39
 
39
Ease of Effort
54
 
54
65
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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 (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
4,155
Licenses Drawn
3,024
Licenses Surplus
1,131
Resident Quota
2,565
Nonresident Quota
459
Landowner Quota
340
Youth Quota
340
96.1%
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
EF028P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
76 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 28, 37;
EF028O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
79 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 28, 37;
EF028O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
79 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 28, 37;
EF028O2R
F
R
O2
LL
81%
75 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 28, 37;
EF028O1R
F
R
O1
LL
100%
76 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 28, 37;
EF028O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
74 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 28, 37, 371;
EF028L1R
F
R
L1
LL
100%
77 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 28, 37;
EE028P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
76 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 28, 37;
EE028P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
76 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 28, 37;
EE028O4R
E
R
O4
LL
100%
78 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 28, 37;
EE028O1R
E
R
O1
LL
100%
79 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 28, 37;
EE028O1M
E
M
O1
LL
100%
80 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 28, 37, 371;
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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
3,155
Total Harvest
321
Harvest Male
152
Harvest Female
149
10%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 1026 54
40
14
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 3155 321
152
149
0
M
M
N/A 211 28
18
10
0
R
O3
LL
F
214 24
0
24
0
R
PLO
N/A 17 3
3
0
0
R
O4
LL
F
252 39
0
29
0
R
O4
N/A 441 54
11
33
0
R
O4
LL
E
181 12
8
4
0
R
O3
N/A 599 58
34
24
0
R
O2
N/A 461 29
29
0
0
R
O2
LL
F
83 0
0
0
0
R
O1
N/A 294 42
20
18
0
R
O1
LL
F
106 14
0
14
0
R
O1
LL
E
179 28
20
4
0
R
L0
N/A 123 56
0
50
0
R
ALL
N/A 123 56
0
50
0
R
R
N/A 1918 239
94
125
0
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Weather Insights


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Average Temps

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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