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
97
 
97
Success
19
 
19
Trophy Potential
43
 
43
Public Access
71
 
71
Ease of Terrain
20
 
20
Room to Breathe
62
 
62
Opportunity
97
 
97
Convenience
86
 
86
Ease of Effort
62
 
62
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 (2018)


Total Quota
4,400
Licenses Drawn
3,136
Licenses Surplus
1,264
Resident Quota
2,652
Nonresident Quota
484
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
354
97.4%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EF028O1M
F
M
O1
EF028O4R
F
R
O4
EF028O3R
F
R
O3
EF028O2R
F
R
O2
EF028O1R
F
R
O1
EE028O1M
E
M
O1
EF028L1R
F
R
L1
EE028P4R
E
R
P4
EE028P1R
E
R
P1
EE028O4R
E
R
O4
EE028O1R
E
R
O1
EF028P5R
F
R
P5
HuntScore Tip: Private land only licenses, also called PLO licenses, require the holder to hunt in a specific GMU and are valid only on private land. You must obtain permission from a landowner. It is recommended that you secure permission from a landowner before purchasing the license.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2017)


Total Hunters
10,618
Total Harvest
1,394
Harvest Male
719
Harvest Female
614
17.9%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
Any
3367 452
R
O1
120 19
R
L0
124 28
R
O4
294 47
R
O1
433 99
R
O4
341 38
R
O3
482 27
R
O2
271 22
M
O1
333 46
R
L0
124 28
A
O1
1306 122
R
O4
681 97
R
O3
1016 71
R
O2
931 115
R
O1
604 134
R
P0
180 42
RR
D
11 7
HuntScore Tip: In some smaller units you may not see any data reported for a season. There are instances where not enough hunters respond to the post-hunt survey inquiries and therefore it isn't possible to report any data.