Pronghorn Hunting in Colorado GMU 9 - Larimer and Weld Counties

This area contains a relatively small pronghorn herd that occupies primarily private land north of Fort Collins. There is some movement between Colorado and Wyoming.

GMU 9 - Larimer and Weld Counties

Scores


Ease of Drawing
70
 
70
Success
0
N/A
Trophy Potential
25
 
25
Public Access
60
 
60
Ease of Terrain
35
 
35
Room to Breathe
82
 
82
Opportunity
46
 
46
Convenience
91
 
91
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
76
HuntScore

Access Notes


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Bounded on N by Wyoming; on E by I-25; on S by County Highway 14; and on W by US Highway 287.

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, Weld

Size

386 Square Miles (247,256 Acres)

Land Ownership

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

Latitude/Longitude

40.7895, -105.1595

Amenities

There are 5 hospitals, 20 hotels, 9 campgrounds, and 11 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Pronghorn Notes


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This area contains a relatively small pronghorn herd that occupies primarily private land north of Fort Collins. There is some movement between Colorado and Wyoming. The 2007 post-hunt population of 1,000-1,100 is right at the long-term objective of 1,100. A small number of adjustments to management have occurred over time in the area including separating it from another herd in 1989 and creating specified muzzleloading licenses in 2007.

This herd has declined in size over the last 18 years; the most pronounced decrease has been during the current decade where fawn:doe ratios have been lower than during the 1990s. Buck:doe ratios however, have trended higher in the last 8 years relative to the 1990s. The 2007 pre-hunt observed buck:doe ratio was 35:100, with a modeled ratio of 26 bucks:100 does. This observed prehunt ratio is in line with the long-term post-hunt objective for the DAU of 25 bucks:100 does.

Harvest has been under 75 bucks and 75 does per year for the last 10 years. When the pronghorn population was larger during the early/mid 1990s harvest levels for both bucks and does were almost twice as high as today. Hunter success is high across all manners of take. In the past 4 years, buck rifle success has been over 90% with doe rifle slightly less.

One year of area-specified muzzleloading data (2007) suggests a high success rate with this method as well. Archery success has been on a slight increasing trend since the mid-1990s with almost exclusively bucks harvested. Archer success rates in 2007 exceeded 45%. As a relatively small herd, almost entirely on private land, there haven't been many management issues in the area.

While a small number of preference points (0-2) are needed to draw rifle licenses few landowners are raising concerns over controlling population numbers or difficulty in drawing licenses. Continued discussions with the City of Fort Collins regarding hunting as a management tool on properties should continue.

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

Pronghorn Management Plan

State Agency Website

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Other Species in Unit

Deer, Elk, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey,

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.

Pronghorn Drawing Stats (2019)


Total Quota
325
Licenses Drawn
315
Licenses Surplus
10
Resident Quota
295
Nonresident Quota
20
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
24
58.8%
Average Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season
AF009L1R
F
R
L1
AF009O1M
F
M
O1
AF009P1R
F
R
P1
AM009O1M
M
M
O1
AM009P1R
M
R
P1
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Pronghorn Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
254
Total Harvest
185
Harvest Male
99
Harvest Female
81
73%
Average Success
Manner Season Hunters Harvest
ALL
ALL
254 185
R
AR
211 173
R
R
139 116
R
L0
49 38
A
A
28 2
M
M
15 10
R
P0
139 116
R
D
23 19
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.