Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 161 - 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 161 - Jackson County
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Scores


Ease of Drawing
100
 
100
Success
11
 
11
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
71
 
71
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
61
 
61
Opportunity
28
 
28
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
47
 
47
68
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Access Notes


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Bounded on N by Wyoming; on E by County Highway 125; on S by County Highway 14, Jackson County Roads 12W and 16, Lone Pine Creek and Continental Divide; on W by Continental Divide.

Over 2/3 of North Park is public land.

County

Jackson

Size

383 Square Miles (245,068 Acres)

Land Ownership

29% Private, 71% Public, 40% USFS, 26% BLM, 5% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.8557, -106.4865

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 11 hotels, 7 campgrounds, and 0 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

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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 (2020)


Total Quota
530
Licenses Drawn
464
Licenses Surplus
66
Resident Quota
418
Nonresident Quota
46
Landowner Quota
66
Youth Quota
66
94.8%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EF161P4R
F
R
P4
EF161O4R
F
R
O4
EF161P3R
F
R
P3
EF161O3R
F
R
O3
EE161O4R
E
R
O4
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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
3,627
Total Harvest
404
Harvest Male
214
Harvest Female
151
11%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A
N/A 1147 101
ALL
ALL
N/A
N/A 3627 404
M
M
N/A
N/A 147 30
R
EP
PLO
N/A 2 0
R
O1
LL
E
222 35
R
O1
LL
F
293 41
R
O1
N/A
N/A 527 81
R
O2
LL
F
357 15
R
O2
N/A
N/A 801 56
R
O3
LL
F
236 36
R
O3
N/A
N/A 762 107
R
O4
LL
E
93 7
R
O4
LL
F
139 22
R
O4
N/A
N/A 241 29
R
P0
N/A
N/A 29 5
R
R
N/A
N/A 2333 273
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