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


Ease of Drawing
96
 
96
Success
23
 
23
Trophy Potential
43
 
43
Public Access
71
 
71
Ease of Terrain
20
 
20
Room to Breathe
68
 
68
Opportunity
91
 
91
Convenience
86
 
86
Ease of Effort
65
 
65
84
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Access Notes


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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

663 Square Miles (424,468 Acres)

Land Ownership

29% Private, 71% Public, 59% USFS, 6% BLM

Latitude/Longitude

39.9175, -105.9966

Amenities

There are 5 hospitals, 20 hotels, 18 campgrounds, and 7 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 Drawing Stats (2016)


Total Quota
4,125
Licenses Drawn
2,951
Licenses Surplus
1,174
Resident Quota
2,498
Nonresident Quota
453
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
348
97.5%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EE028O1M
E
M
O1
EE028O1R
E
R
O1
EE028O4R
E
R
O4
EE028P1R
E
R
P1
EE028P4R
E
R
P4
EF028L1R
F
R
L1
EF028O1M
F
M
O1
EF028O1R
F
R
O1
EF028O2R
F
R
O2
EF028O3R
F
R
O3
EF028O4R
F
R
O4
EF028P1R
F
R
P1
HuntScore Tip: Nonresident allocations are determined by the average number of preference points a Colorado resident needs to draw a specific license during a 3-year period. For hunt codes that require six or more points for a Colorado resident to draw an elk or deer license, up to 20 percent of licenses may go to nonresidents. For elk and deer hunt codes that require fewer than six points for a Colorado resident to draw, up to 35 percent may go to nonresidents.

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