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


Ease of Drawing
90
 
90
Success
14
 
14
Trophy Potential
38
 
38
Public Access
71
 
71
Ease of Terrain
83
 
83
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
28
 
28
Convenience
0
 
N/A
Ease of Effort
48
 
48
67
HuntScore

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

40.8782, -106.5314

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.

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 Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
530
Licenses Drawn
390
Licenses Surplus
140
Resident Quota
331
Nonresident Quota
59
Landowner Quota
66
Youth Quota
66
100%
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
EF161P4R
F
R
P4
LL
100%
0
EF161P3R
F
R
P3
LL
100%
0
EF161O4R
F
R
O4
LL
100%
0
EF161O3R
F
R
O3
LL
100%
0
EE161O4R
E
R
O4
LL
100%
0
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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
3,935
Total Harvest
327
Harvest Male
151
Harvest Female
142
8%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 1466 69
48
21
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 3935 327
151
142
0
M
M
N/A 173 24
5
12
0
R
O1
N/A 442 59
9
43
0
R
O1
LL
E
182 6
6
0
0
R
O1
LL
F
257 50
0
43
0
R
O2
N/A 997 60
26
25
0
R
O2
LL
F
482 34
0
25
0
R
O3
N/A 625 94
59
29
0
R
O3
LL
F
229 33
0
27
0
R
O4
N/A 216 17
4
8
0
R
O4
LL
E
89 7
4
3
0
R
O4
LL
F
123 10
0
5
0
R
PLO
N/A 35 9
3
6
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 16 4
0
4
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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