Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 6 - Jackson County

The herd tends to stay in the coniferous timbered areas until late in the season, moving to lower elevations with snow and hunting pressure.

GMU 6 - Jackson County

Scores


Ease of Drawing
73
 
73
Success
0
N/A
Trophy Potential
25
 
25
Public Access
64
 
64
Ease of Terrain
35
 
35
Room to Breathe
63
 
63
Opportunity
54
 
54
Convenience
48
 
48
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
72
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by Wyoming; on E by Jackson-Larimer County line; on S by County Highway 14; on W by County Highway 125 from County Highway 14 to Wyoming.

Over 2/3 of North Park is public land.

County

Jackson

Size

354 Square Miles (226,458 Acres)

Land Ownership

36% Private, 64% Public, 32% USFS, 18% BLM, 12% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.7508, -106.1444

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 16 hotels, 9 campgrounds, and 1 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Elk are distributed evenly throughout these units. During the day, the bulls will be in dark timber - glass in the early morning and evening. The herd tends to stay in the coniferous timbered areas until late in the season, moving to lower elevations with snow and hunting pressure.

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


Elevations in North Park range from 7,800 feet at Northgate to 12,951 feet at Clarkfts Peak. The average elevation of the open, sagebrush-grassland park is 8,000 feet. North Park is a relatively flat, sagebrush grassland with numerous wetlands interspersed with wide, willow dominated drainages. The mountains that surround the park rise rapidly to the alpine zone above timberline.

The montane zone is dominated by lodgepole pine stands and to a lesser extent aspen and spruce-fir stands. Vegetation varies throughout the Park with sagebrush lining the valley floor, a variety of willow species along stream courses, and mountain shrub, lodgepole pine, aspen, and spruce-fir at higher elevations. The dominant vegetation types present are coniferous forest, sagebrush mix, and irrigated grass hay fields The valley floor at 7,880ft supports ag lands and sage. Extensive willow stands line the streams - a favorite moose habitat, so be sure of your target.

The forest surrounding the basin varies from aspen/lodgepole to spruce/fir. The area is generally windy and colder than places in western Colorado. Prepare for snow during your hunt. 4WD is helpful, as are chains.

Elk Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
5,354
Licenses Drawn
2,711
Licenses Surplus
2,643
Resident Quota
2,063
Nonresident Quota
648
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
598
79.9%
Average 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
EF006O4R
F
R
O4
EF006W3R
F
R
W3
EF006W2R
F
R
W2
EF006W1R
F
R
W1
EF006P5R
F
R
P5
EF006P4R
F
R
P4
EF006P3R
F
R
P3
EF006P2R
F
R
P2
EE006O1M
E
M
O1
EF006O3R
F
R
O3
EF006O2R
F
R
O2
EF006O1R
F
R
O1
EF006O1M
F
M
O1
EE006W2R
E
R
W2
EE006P1R
E
R
P1
EE006O4R
E
R
O4
EE006O1R
E
R
O1
EF006W4R
F
R
W4
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Elk Harvest Stats (2018)


Total Hunters
945
Total Harvest
311
Harvest Male
111
Harvest Female
180
39.4%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
W0
84 59
R
P0
70 30
R
O4
186 65
M
M
164 14
R
O4
115 33
R
O1
225 58
R
O4
64 32
R
EP
37 20
HuntScore Tip: With more than 300,000 hunting licenses sold in Colorado each year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife thinks it's impossible to contact every hunter. So, harvest data is not actual. It's a statistical sample calculation based on license sales data and an estimate of hunter numbers and hunter success. Hunter activity and success is gathered through the hunter survey sent to all Colorado licensed hunters. Response is voluntary and therefore not complete.