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


Ease of Drawing
76
 
76
Success
0
N/A
Trophy Potential
25
 
25
Public Access
60
 
60
Ease of Terrain
50
 
50
Room to Breathe
13
 
13
Opportunity
91
 
91
Convenience
68
 
68
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
73
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Access Notes


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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 (155,615 Acres)

Land Ownership

40% Private, 60% Public, 46% USFS, 2% BLM, 5% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.7559, -106.0154

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

State Agency Website

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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 (2019)


Total Quota
4,235
Licenses Drawn
4,118
Licenses Surplus
60
Resident Quota
3,454
Nonresident Quota
664
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
155
78.9%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
EE007O1A
E
A
O1
EF007L1R
F
R
L1
EF007O1M
F
M
O1
EF007O2R
F
R
O2
EF007P5R
F
R
P5
EM007O1M
M
M
O1
EM007O1R
M
R
O1
EM007O2R
M
R
O2
HuntScore Tip: Nonresident allocations are determined by the average number of preference points a Colorado resident needs to draw a specific license during a 3-year period. For hunt codes that require six or more points for a Colorado resident to draw an elk or deer license, up to 20 percent of licenses may go to nonresidents. For elk and deer hunt codes that require fewer than six points for a Colorado resident to draw, up to 35 percent may go to nonresidents.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2018)


Total Hunters
975
Total Harvest
154
Harvest Male
42
Harvest Female
110
24.3%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
R
L0
18 2
R
P0
74 10
R
O1
177 14
R
O4
115 25
R
O1
177 14
R
O4
88 7
R
O2
116 18
R
O3
86 30
R
O4
27 18
R
EP
74 10
R
L0
18 2
R
D
5 4
HuntScore Tip: Also keep in mind that past performance doesn't necessarily guide future success. Warm weather during the previous year may have limited harvest. Cold and snowy weather may have sent hunters home early the previous year, limiting the harvest. You may have better conditions. Look at the 3-5 year trends and not a specific year.