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
72
 
72
Success
13
 
13
Trophy Potential
39
 
39
Public Access
87
 
87
Ease of Terrain
75
 
75
Room to Breathe
1
 
1
Opportunity
79
 
79
Convenience
29
 
29
Ease of Effort
46
 
46
67
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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

40.8151, -105.9914

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 (2021)


Total Quota
7,885
Licenses Drawn
7,885
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
6,556
Nonresident Quota
1,126
Landowner Quota
1,847
Youth Quota
275
68.3%
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
EF007O4R
F
R
O4
LL
46.2%
0
EF007L1R
F
R
L1
LL
49%
0
EF007O1M
F
M
O1
LL
100%
0
EF007O2R
F
R
O2
LL
46.2%
0
EF007O3R
F
R
O3
LL
46.2%
0
EM007O1R
M
R
O1
LL
55.8%
0
EF007P5R
F
R
P5
LL
89.3%
0
EM007O1M
M
M
O1
LL
60.3%
0
EM007O2R
M
R
O2
LL
100%
0
EM007O3R
M
R
O3
LL
100%
0
EM007O4R
M
R
O4
LL
100%
0
EE007O1A
E
A
O1
LL
74.6%
0
HuntScore Tip: Over-the-counter with caps licenses are licenses that are sold over-the-counter but limited in number and only available as first-come first-served. You snooze - you loose.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2020)


Total Hunters
912
Total Harvest
189
Harvest Male
96
Harvest Female
78
21%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 339 28
20
8
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 912 189
96
78
0
M
M
N/A 154 28
13
0
0
R
O3
LL
F
37 32
0
32
0
R
PLO
PLO
N/A 68 23
0
23
0
R
PLO
N/A 68 23
0
23
0
R
O4
LL
M
63 11
11
0
0
R
O4
LL
F
29 9
0
9
0
R
O4
N/A 92 20
11
9
0
R
O3
LL
M
107 27
27
0
0
R
O2
LL
M
62 25
25
0
0
R
O3
N/A 144 59
27
32
0
R
ALL
N/A 12 0
0
0
0
R
O2
LL
F
22 6
0
6
0
R
O2
N/A 84 31
25
6
0
R
O1
LL
M
19 0
0
0
0
R
O1
N/A 19 0
0
0
0
R
L0
N/A 12 0
0
0
0
R
R
N/A 419 133
63
70
0
HuntScore Tip: With more than 300,000 hunting licenses sold in Colorado each year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife thinks it's impossible to contact every hunter. So, harvest data is not actual. It's a statistical sample calculation based on license sales data and an estimate of hunter numbers and hunter success. Hunter activity and success is gathered through the hunter survey sent to all Colorado licensed hunters. Response is voluntary and therefore not complete.

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Weather Insights


Weather can vary by elevation. See how weather varies by elevation within a unit by selecting an elevation range. Elevation ranges are based on weather stations in or near the unit. Not all weather elements are available within the unit.

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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