Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 28 - Grand County

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 28 - Grand County

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
98
 
98
Success
29
 
29
Trophy Potential
77
 
77
Public Access
68
 
68
Ease of Terrain
75
 
75
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
47
 
47
Convenience
18
 
18
Ease of Effort
50
 
50
64
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Colorado River, Lake Granby and Arapaho Creek; on E by Continental Divide; on S by Continental Divide and Williams Fork-Straight Creek divide; on W by Williams Fork-Blue River divide and Barger Gulch.

County

Grand

Size

664 Square Miles (424,736 Acres)

Land Ownership

30% Private, 70% Public, 60% USFS, 7% BLM, 1% State, 7% Wilderness, 2% Other

Latitude/Longitude

39.9390, -105.9610

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 3 hotels, 3 campgrounds, and 1 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
EF028L1R
F
R
L1
LL
100%
77 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 28, 37;
EE028O1R
E
R
O1
LL
100%
79 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;
EE028P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
76 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 28, 37;
EE028P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
76 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 28, 37;
EF028O2R
F
R
O2
LL
81%
78 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;
EF028O1R
F
R
O1
LL
100%
76 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;
EF028O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
79 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 28, 37;
EF028P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
76 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 28, 37;
EE028O1M
E
M
O1
LL
100%
79 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 28, 37, 371;
HuntScore Tip: Colorado divides the state into distinct hunting areas called Game Management Units or GMUs (see map). To prevent over harvesting, a limited number of licenses by species are assigned to be sold in each GMU. The number of limited licenses available in each GMU is called the quota.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
3,876
Total Harvest
536
Harvest Male
190
Harvest Female
318
14%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 1053 64
57
7
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 3876 536
190
318
0
M
M
N/A 279 29
29
0
0
R
O3
N/A 685 113
38
75
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 162 773
0
773
0
R
PLO
N/A 250 95
5
90
0
R
O4
LL
E
240 53
15
38
0
R
O4
LL
F
324 67
0
48
0
R
O4
N/A 605 133
17
97
0
R
O3
LL
F
285 775
0
775
0
R
O2
N/A 390 38
29
9
0
R
O2
LL
F
158 9
0
9
0
R
ALL
N/A 116 22
0
22
0
R
O1
N/A 584 64
20
35
0
R
O1
LL
E
421 45
17
24
0
R
O1
LL
F
116 10
0
5
0
R
L0
N/A 116 22
0
22
0
R
D
R
N/A 2 0
0
0
0
R
R
N/A 2544 443
104
311
0
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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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