Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 39 - Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Park Counties

Elk herds within the Central Front Range GMUs are either residential or seasonally migratory. Residential herds are found year-round at low to moderate elevations.

GMU 39 - Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Park Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
48
 
48
Success
29
 
29
Trophy Potential
45
 
45
Public Access
65
 
65
Ease of Terrain
48
 
48
Room to Breathe
7
 
7
Opportunity
15
 
15
Convenience
36
 
36
Ease of Effort
28
 
28
58
HuntScore

Access Notes


Bureau of Land Management
US Forest Service
US Fish and Wildlife Service
US Forest Service National Grasslands
Indian Reservation
State, County, City; Park and Outdoor Recreation Areas
State Wildlife/Wilderness Areas
Bureau of Reclaimation
Department of the Defense
National Park Service
State
Other Federal Land
Private

Land Ownership
Legend


Bounded on N by US Highway 40 and I-70; on E by County Highway 74 and Jefferson County Road 73; on S by US Highway 285, N Turkey Creek-Elk Creek divide and Pike-Arapaho National Forest boundary; on W by Continental Divide. (See unit 391.)

Reservation hunting takes place on Centennial Cone (Jefferson County Open Space) and Green Ranch (Colorado State Parks). Hunters using Highway 5 near Mt. Evans need to be aware there is no hunting within a å_ mile of either side of CO 5 above the junction with CO 103. Special restrictions, including closures, can be found for firearm use in Boulder and Jefferson countiesÓbe sure to check county websites.

The majority of this unit is on private property. Hunters are encouraged to visit the area and to contact landowners well in advance of the hunt to be successful. Do not wait until the day of the hunt to make first contact with a landowner Know before you go --District Wildlife Managers cannot set up these introductions for you.

County

Jefferson, Clear Creek, Park

Size

341 Square Miles (218,115 Acres)

Land Ownership

35% Private, 65% Public, 62% USFS, 3% State

Latitude/Longitude

39.6642, -105.6005

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 4 hotels, 2 campgrounds, and 2 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


Elk herds within the Central Front Range GMUs are either residential or seasonally migratory. Residential herds are found year-round at low to moderate elevations. Migratory herds generally winter below 9,000 feet taking advantage of snow-free south facing slopes and windblown ridges and meadows. Migratory herds summer in high elevation meadows and on alpine tundra from July through September and October depending on weather.

Hard frosts that brown-out tundra and high meadows along with accumulating snow initiate elk movements to lower elevations. However, a few hardy herds winter on open wind-blown ridges even above timberline. A note to hunters: most low to mid elevation elk ranges are on private land or parks and open space lands that are generally are not open to hunting. Most public land hunting is at the mid to high elevation ranges.

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

Visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Photos and Terrain Notes


The area ranges in elevation from about 5,100 feet in the east to over 14,000 feet in the west. The western part of the area is mountainous and includes many heavily forested areas, high alpine tundra, rocky outcroppings, shrubs, and open grasslands. The southern part is midelevation grasslands, shrubs such as scrub oak and mountain mahogany, and open ponderosa pine forest. Willows are found in riparian areas throughout the area.

The eastern part of the area is urban, including the Denver metropolitan area and surrounding areas. These areas are experiencing increasing residential and commercial development. Several high speed roads and highways are found within the area. These roads are sources of mortality and possible barriers to deer movement.

The climate varies greatly from east to west across the area, depending on elevation. The eastern portion has comparatively warm summer temperatures and mild winters. The western portion is much colder with snow covering timbered areas and north facing slopes from November through May. Much of the area has relatively mild winters and is influenced by Chinook winds.

These warm north slope winds melt snow quickly. Snow seldom stays for more than a few days on south-facing slopes below 9,000 feet. Alpine ridges usually stay open due to wind.

Unit Elevation Profile

HuntScore generates thousands of synthetic hikes in the unit to create an elevation profile. This profile is what you can expect to experience within a 2 mile hike from a road or trail in this unit.

Elevation in this unit ranges from 6735' to 14196' with a median elevation of 8652'. If you are preparing to hunt this unit you should train for hiking up and down slopes of 12.6%.

Distribution of Slopes From Hikes
Common Slope

This is typical incline or decline experienced while hiking from a road or trail in the unit

Elevation Range
Max Elevation: 14196'
Median Elevation: 8652'
Min Elevation: 6735'

Common Elevation Profiles

Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
470
Licenses Drawn
470
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
369
Nonresident Quota
51
Landowner Quota
116
Youth Quota
24
43.1%
Overall Unit
1st Choice Draw Odds
Choose a hunt below to take a deeper dive into hunt scores, drawing trends, and harvest data.
Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season Type Quota Drawn Surplus Resident Draw Odds NonResident Draw Odds Min Res. Points Min NonRes. Points Notes
EF039O4R
F
R
O4
LL
30 30 0
55.3%
100%
0 1
EF039O1M
F
M
O1
LL
15 15 0
83.3%
0%
0 0
EF039O1R
F
R
O1
LL
10 10 0
33.3%
33.3%
1 2
EF039O2R
F
R
O2
LL
30 30 0
55.3%
100%
0 1
EF039O3R
F
R
O3
LL
30 30 0
55.3%
100%
0 1
EM039O1R
M
R
O1
LL
60 60 0
37.6%
17.6%
1 1
EF039P5R
F
R
P5
LL
25 25 0
35.6%
0%
1 0
EM039O1M
M
M
O1
LL
70 70 0
39.7%
45.2%
1 2
EM039O2R
M
R
O2
LL
50 50 0
46.1%
31.3%
1 1
EM039O3R
M
R
O3
LL
50 50 0
100%
100%
0 0
EM039O4R
M
R
O4
LL
20 20 0
83.3%
100%
0 1
EE039O1A
E
A
O1
LL
80 80 0
30.6%
34.8%
2 2
HuntScore Tip: Preference points are earned when you apply for a limited license but are unsuccessful in drawing a license for your first-choice hunt or when you purchase a point through the application process. Many hunters collect points and also hunt each year. Researching the number of points required for the GMUs you want to hunt is useful before applying.

Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
344
Total Harvest
97
Harvest Male
65
Harvest Female
32
28%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth Success Rate Days Hunter
A
A
N/A 75 8
8
0
0
11% 11
ALL
ALL
N/A 344 97
65
32
0
28% 9
M
M
N/A 74 21
19
2
0
28% 5
R
O1
N/A 62 29
26
3
0
47% 3
R
O1
LL
F
9 3
0
3
0
33% 2
R
O1
LL
M
53 26
26
0
0
49% 3
R
O2
N/A 6 2
2
0
0
33% 4
R
O2
LL
M
6 2
2
0
0
33% 4
R
O3
N/A 35 7
5
2
0
20% 3
R
O3
LL
F
4 2
0
2
0
50% 2
R
O3
LL
M
31 5
5
0
0
16% 3
R
O4
N/A 17 5
5
0
0
29% 4
R
O4
LL
M
17 5
5
0
0
29% 4
R
PLO
N/A 775 25
0
25
0
33% 2
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 75 25
0
25
0
33% 20
R
R
N/A 195 68
38
30
0
35% 10
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.

Harvests Trends


Overall harvests trends are broken down by hunt_code, manner, season, sex, type, and species of deer (if applicable) to the extent state wildlife managers provide such data.

Total Harvest

Success Rate

Avg. Days Hunted

Weather Insights


Weather can vary by elevation. See how weather varies by elevation within a unit by selecting an elevation range. Elevation ranges are based on weather stations in or near the unit. Not all weather elements are available within the unit.

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.

WITH A FREE ACCOUNT GET:

  • Precip totals by month
  • Snow depth by month
  • Min/Max precip and snow depth
  • Average # of days between precip or snow event

Precipitation

The probability of precipitation is the likelihood of experience rain, snow, hail, etc... on a given day within the month. A good trick is to invert the probability to estimate how many days will pass, on average, between precipitation events. Hover or click a month to see how many days will pass between precipitation events.

Use the average and maximum precipitation events to set expetations for what rain gear to bring. Also remember that water availability can influence wildlife patterns, so be sure to check out the current weather patterns leading up to your hunt.

Snow

Each month of the year brings it's own challenges for weather. Select a month to see what you can expect and how to prepare for extreme events.

Likely Wind Directions

Wind Speed

Sunshine




Cloud Cover




Other Weather Events

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