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
99
 
99
Success
12
 
12
Trophy Potential
39
 
39
Public Access
100
 
100
Ease of Terrain
79
 
79
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
44
 
44
Convenience
2
 
2
Ease of Effort
56
 
56
76
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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

40.2001, -106.5302

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 (2020)


Total Quota
1,175
Licenses Drawn
380
Licenses Surplus
795
Resident Quota
322
Nonresident Quota
58
Landowner Quota
125
Youth Quota
125
97.9%
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
EF027P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
84
EF027O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
86
EF027O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
87
EF027O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
88
EF027O1R
F
R
O1
LL
100%
86
EF027L1R
F
R
L1
LL
100%
86
EE027P4R
E
R
P4
LL
100%
86
EE027P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
86
EE027O4R
E
R
O4
LL
100%
84
EE027O1R
E
R
O1
LL
95.2%
86
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 Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 519 41
24
17
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 1715 213
106
100
0
M
M
N/A 140 34
29
5
0
R
O2
LL
F
206 7
0
7
0
R
O4
LL
E
42 4
0
0
0
R
O4
LL
F
34 0
0
0
0
R
O4
N/A 778 4
0
0
0
R
O3
LL
F
152 17
0
17
0
R
O3
N/A 290 29
12
17
0
R
O1
LL
E
90 26
14
9
0
R
O2
N/A 390 26
19
7
0
R
ALL
N/A 61 3
0
3
0
R
O1
LL
F
61 11
0
11
0
R
O1
N/A 161 45
22
20
0
R
L0
N/A 61 3
0
3
0
R
EP
PLO
N/A 74 30
0
30
0
R
D
R
N/A 2 1
0
1
0
R
P0
N/A 86 38
8
30
0
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.

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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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