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

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
79
 
79
Success
27
 
27
Trophy Potential
65
 
65
Public Access
96
 
96
Ease of Terrain
84
 
84
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
40
 
40
Convenience
0
 
N/A
Ease of Effort
46
 
46
67
HuntScore

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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

408 Square Miles (261,038 Acres)

Land Ownership

27% Private, 73% Public, 40% USFS, 26% BLM, 7% State, 23% Wilderness

Latitude/Longitude

40.8782, -106.5313

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 0 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.

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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 Over The Counter Hunts (2022)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2022)


Total Quota
10,317
Licenses Drawn
5,728
Licenses Surplus
4,589
Resident Quota
4,327
Nonresident Quota
1,401
Landowner Quota
1,156
Youth Quota
1,156
83%
Overall Unit
1st Choice Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season Type Draw Odds HuntScore Notes
EE006W2R
E
R
W2
LL
7.2%
54 SILVER SPUR RANCH
EF006O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
74 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 6
EF006O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
74 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 6
EE006O1M
E
M
O1
LL
86.4%
73 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 6
EE006P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
72 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 6
EE006P1R
E
R
P1
LL
100%
72 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 6
EE006O1R
E
R
O1
LL
76.6%
74 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 6
EE006O1R
E
R
O1
LL
76.6%
74 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 6
EF006O1R
F
R
O1
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 6
EF006O1R
F
R
O1
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 6
EF006W1R
F
R
W1
LL
14.3%
56 SILVER SPUR RANCH
EF006O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 6
EF006O2R
F
R
O2
LL
100%
79 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 6
EF006P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
76 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 6
EF006P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
76 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 6
EF006W2R
F
R
W2
LL
19.2%
59 SILVER SPUR RANCH
EF006W3R
F
R
W3
LL
17.2%
59 SILVER SPUR RANCH
EF006W4R
F
R
W4
LL
17.2%
57 SILVER SPUR RANCH
EE161O4R
E
R
O4
LL
100%
83
EF161O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
85
EF161O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
84
EE006O1M
E
M
O1
LL
86.4%
73 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 6
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Elk Harvest Stats (2021)


Total Hunters
3,249
Total Harvest
251
Harvest Male
139
Harvest Female
97
8%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
NA
N/A 1156 71
47
19
0
ALL
ALL
NA
N/A 3249 251
139
97
0
M
M
NA
N/A 95 5
0
5
0
R
O1
LL
E
132 19
19
0
0
R
O1
LL
F
284 41
0
33
0
R
O1
NA
N/A 421 60
19
33
0
R
O2
LL
F
296 14
0
14
0
R
O2
NA
N/A 805 42
28
14
0
R
O3
LL
F
200 16
0
16
0
R
O3
NA
N/A 563 57
39
16
0
R
O4
LL
E
100 16
6
10
0
R
O4
LL
F
104 0
0
0
0
R
O4
NA
N/A 205 16
6
10
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 26 2
0
0
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 4 0
0
0
0
R
R
NA
N/A 1998 175
92
73
0
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Weather Insights


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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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