Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 27 - Grand and Routt 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 27 - Grand and Routt Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
12
 
12
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
100
 
100
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
52
 
52
Opportunity
45
 
45
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
54
 
54
77
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Access Notes


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Bounded on N and E by US Highway 40; on S by County Highway 9 and Colorado River; on W by Canyon Creek and Muddy Creek-Yampa River divide (Gore Range Divide).

This unit has a lot of private land.

County

Grand, Routt

Size

183 Square Miles (117,173 Acres)

Land Ownership

44% Private, 55% Public, 34% USFS, 6% BLM, 15% State, 51% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

40.1997, -106.5207

Amenities

There are 2 hospitals, 20 hotels, 12 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.

The Gore Range, north of the Colorado River, is a long ridge (10,000 feet elevation) that runs north to Rabbit Ears Pass. The landscape north of Gore Pass Highway is heavily timbered, primarily with lodgepole pine, aspen, Engelmann spruce and sub-alpine fir. The terrain is not rugged by Colorado standards. South of Gore Pass the elevation drops rapidly into piñon and juniper habitat.

There are several major geographical features besides the Gore Range in this area. They are: Thorpe Mountain, Blacktail Mountain, Green Ridge, Black Mountain, Congor Mesa, and Yarmony Mountain. The main drainages in the Yampa River drainage are Harrison Creek, Green Creek, Sarvis Creek, Silver Creek, and Morrison Creek. The main drainages in the Colorado River drainage are Muddy Creek, Blacktail Creek, Rock Creek, and Egeria Creek.

The highest elevation is Red Dirt Peak (10,811ft.) on Gore Divide and the lowest is the Colorado River at State Bridge (6,744 ft.)

Elk Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
1,175
Licenses Drawn
384
Licenses Surplus
791
Resident Quota
338
Nonresident Quota
46
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
125
100%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EE027O1R
E
R
O1
EE027O4R
E
R
O4
EE027P1R
E
R
P1
EE027P4R
E
R
P4
EF027L1R
F
R
L1
EF027O1R
F
R
O1
EF027O2R
F
R
O2
EF027O3R
F
R
O3
EF027O4R
F
R
O4
EF027P5R
F
R
P5
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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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,715
Total Harvest
213
Harvest Male
106
Harvest Female
100
12%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
O1
61 11
R
L0
61 3
R
EP
74 30
R
O4
42 4
R
O1
90 26
R
O4
34 0
R
O3
152 17
R
O2
206 7
R
O3
290 29
M
M
140 34
A
A
519 41
R
O4
778 4
R
O2
390 26
R
O1
161 45
R
P0
86 38
R
ALL
61 3
R
R
1056 138
ALL
ALL
1715 213
R
D
2 1
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.