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


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
98
 
98
Success
30
 
30
Trophy Potential
78
 
78
Public Access
100
 
100
Ease of Terrain
81
 
81
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
49
 
49
Convenience
1
 
1
Ease of Effort
55
 
55
71
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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

197 Square Miles (126,153 Acres)

Land Ownership

45% Private, 55% Public, 34% USFS, 6% BLM, 15% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.2000, -106.5301

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 1 campgrounds, and 0 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 Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
1,715
Licenses Drawn
853
Licenses Surplus
862
Resident Quota
614
Nonresident Quota
239
Landowner Quota
153
Youth Quota
153
96.5%
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
EE027P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
85
EF015O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
81 Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 15, 27;
EE027O1R
E
R
O1
LL
97.1%
85
EE027O4R
E
R
O4
LL
100%
84
EE027P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
85
EF027O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
86
EF027L1R
F
R
L1
LL
100%
85
EF027O1R
F
R
O1
LL
100%
85
EF027O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
86
EF027O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
85
EF027P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
86
EE015O1M
E
M
O1
LL
94.6%
85 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 15, 27;
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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
1,841
Total Harvest
201
Harvest Male
64
Harvest Female
133
11%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 547 47
18
25
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 1841 201
64
133
0
M
M
N/A 135 15
10
5
0
R
O3
LL
F
158 11
0
11
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 94 62
0
62
0
R
PLO
N/A 100 68
6
62
0
R
O4
LL
E
39 0
0
0
0
R
O4
N/A 112 0
0
0
0
R
O4
LL
F
73 0
0
0
0
R
O2
LL
F
191 8
0
8
0
R
O3
N/A 290 19
8
11
0
R
ALL
N/A 64 11
0
11
0
R
O2
N/A 422 16
8
8
0
R
O1
LL
E
92 16
14
2
0
R
O1
N/A 177 31
20
11
0
R
O1
LL
F
79 9
0
9
0
R
L0
N/A 64 11
0
11
0
R
R
N/A 1159 139
36
103
0
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Average Temps

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