Elk Hunting in Colorado GMU 7 - Larimer County

Elk summer range generally includes areas between 9,500 and 11,500 feet in elevation. These areas usually become available to elk as snowlines recede in mid to late May. The majority of elk in this area winter at elevations between 7,000 and 9,500 feet.

GMU 7 - Larimer County
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Scores


Ease of Drawing
96
 
96
Success
10
 
10
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
87
 
87
Ease of Terrain
0
N/A
Room to Breathe
4
 
4
Opportunity
79
 
79
Convenience
0
N/A
Ease of Effort
44
 
44
70
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Bounded on N by Wyoming; on E by County Road 103 (Laramie River Road); on S by County Highway 14; on W by Larimer-Jackson County line.

There are many wilderness areas here that can only be reached by foot or horseÓno vehicle access. Hunters must know where they are in this area as there are many public lands locked on all sides by private land. Donftt risk access unless you have received permission well in advance of the hunt. Elk habitat is spread across a wide range of land ownership categories.

The largest single land manager is the United States Forest Service (USFS), followed closely by private landowners. The vast majority of USFS land is National Forest or designated wilderness. There are 4 USFS wilderness areas in the DAU; Cache La Poudre Wilderness (14 sq. mi.), Comanche Peak Wilderness (96 sq.

mi. in E-4), Neota Wilderness (15 sq. mi.) and Rawah Wilderness (113 sq. mi.).

There are some small areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Among state lands, those managed as State Wildlife Areas (C) or State Land Board holdings account for almost all of the total area. Many of these state properties provide elk hunting opportunities. Outside of private land, USFS, BLM and C lands receive almost all elk hunting pressure.

Human occupation is limited, particularly in the western (Laramie River valley) and southwestern portions of the area (upper Poudre, Joe Wright Creek).

County

Larimer

Size

228 Square Miles (146,137 Acres)

Land Ownership

13% Private, 87% Public, 78% USFS, 7% BLM, 2% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.7560, -105.9523

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 20 hotels, 17 campgrounds, and 1 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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Elk summer range generally includes areas between 9,500 and 11,500 feet in elevation. These areas usually become available to elk as snowlines recede in mid to late May. The majority of elk in this area winter at elevations between 7,000 and 9,500 feet. A large proportion of the elk herd in the northern GMUs winter along the Colorado/Wyoming state line, and as such are often not in Colorado during the winter months.

Many west and south-facing slopes are typically clear of snow all year, with occasional spring and late winter storms depositing accumulations which quickly melt off. Weather-related winter elk mortality is usually not a factor here.

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 range from 12,795 feet at the highest point in the southwestern part of the area to 4,921 feet along the eastern edge near Fort Collins. This area covers much of the northern part of the Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forest. The overall climate in this area is relatively dry with low humidity. Climate varies across the area as a function of elevation.

The higher elevation portions in the west experience a harsher climate, with long, cold winters, abundant snowfall, and short, cool summers.

Elk Drawing Stats (2020)


Total Quota
7,885
Licenses Drawn
7,885
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
6,680
Nonresident Quota
1,042
Landowner Quota
1,847
Youth Quota
275
75.3%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
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R
O4
EM007O3R
M
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O3
EM007O2R
M
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O2
EM007O1R
M
R
O1
EM007O1M
M
M
O1
EF007P5R
F
R
P5
EF007O4R
F
R
O4
EF007O3R
F
R
O3
EF007O2R
F
R
O2
EF007O1M
F
M
O1
EF007L1R
F
R
L1
EE007O1A
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A
O1
HuntScore Tip: Hunters born after 1948 must present a hunter education card when purchasing a license. License agents will accept cards issued by other states but they will not accept a previous year?s license or photocopies of hunter education cards.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,933
Total Harvest
196
Harvest Male
107
Harvest Female
89
10%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A
N/A 440 16
ALL
ALL
N/A
N/A 1933 196
M
M
N/A
N/A 303 34
R
O3
LL
F
88 25
R
P0
N/A
N/A 71 20
R
O4
LL
M
82 10
R
O4
N/A
N/A 106 12
R
O4
LL
F
24 2
R
O3
N/A
N/A 326 57
R
O2
LL
F
95 10
R
O3
LL
M
238 32
R
O1
LL
M
201 15
R
O1
N/A
N/A 201 15
R
L0
N/A
N/A 27 6
R
EP
PLO
N/A 71 20
R
ALL
N/A
N/A 27 6
R
R
N/A
N/A 1190 146
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