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

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
70
 
70
Success
30
 
30
Trophy Potential
74
 
74
Public Access
100
 
100
Ease of Terrain
78
 
78
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
65
 
65
Convenience
20
 
20
Ease of Effort
44
 
44
70
HuntScore

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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

243 Square Miles (155,767 Acres)

Land Ownership

13% Private, 87% Public, 79% USFS, 7% BLM, 1% State, 47% Wilderness, 1% NPS

Latitude/Longitude

40.8149, -105.9911

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 16 campgrounds, and 0 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 (2022)


Total Quota
12,700
Licenses Drawn
12,700
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
10,504
Nonresident Quota
1,910
Landowner Quota
2,952
Youth Quota
420
69%
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
EM007O1M
M
M
O1
LL
67.9%
71 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7
EF007O2R
F
R
O2
LL
50%
76 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7
EF007O3R
F
R
O3
LL
50%
76 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7
EF007O3R
F
R
O3
LL
50%
76 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7
EF007O4R
F
R
O4
LL
50%
76 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7
EF007O4R
F
R
O4
LL
50%
76 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7
EF007P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
83 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 7
EF007P5R
F
R
P5
LL
100%
83 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 7
EM007O1R
M
R
O1
LL
55.8%
77 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7
EM007O1M
M
M
O1
LL
67.9%
71 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7
EM007O1R
M
R
O1
LL
55.8%
77 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7
EM007O2R
M
R
O2
LL
100%
78 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7
EM007O2R
M
R
O2
LL
100%
78 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7
EM007O3R
M
R
O3
LL
100%
77 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7
EM007O3R
M
R
O3
LL
100%
77 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7
EM007O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
77 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7
EM007O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
77 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7
EF007O2R
F
R
O2
LL
50%
76 "Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7
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Elk Harvest Stats (2021)


Total Hunters
1,780
Total Harvest
204
Harvest Male
113
Harvest Female
79
11%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
NA
N/A 450 54
36
16
0
ALL
ALL
NA
N/A 1780 204
113
79
0
M
M
NA
N/A 301 31
6
25
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 15 0
0
0
0
R
O4
LL
F
19 6
0
3
0
R
O4
LL
M
69 0
0
0
0
R
O4
NA
N/A 88 6
0
3
0
R
O3
NA
N/A 270 40
19
21
0
R
O3
LL
F
83 21
0
21
0
R
O2
NA
N/A 482 43
26
10
0
R
O3
LL
M
187 19
19
0
0
R
O2
LL
F
109 17
0
10
0
R
O2
LL
M
373 26
26
0
0
R
O1
NA
N/A 151 26
26
0
0
R
O1
LL
M
151 26
26
0
0
R
L0
NA
N/A 23 4
0
4
0
R
L0
NA
N/A 23 4
0
4
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 15 0
0
0
0
HuntScore Tip: In some smaller units you may not see any data reported for a season. There are instances where not enough hunters respond to the post-hunt survey inquiries and therefore it isn't possible to report any data.

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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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