Pronghorn Hunting in Colorado GMU 8 - Larimer County

The Laramie River herd is a relatively small herd of pronghorn that occupies primarily private land in the Laramie River Valley. There is significant movement across the Colorado-Wyoming line. Due to the small population size, large proportion of animals

GMU 8 - Larimer County

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Ease of Drawing
24
 
24
Success
31
 
31
Trophy Potential
46
 
46
Public Access
76
 
76
Ease of Terrain
78
 
78
Room to Breathe
49
 
49
Opportunity
9
 
9
Convenience
70
 
70
Ease of Effort
68
 
68
58
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Bounded on N by Wyoming; on E by County Roads 59, 80C (Cherokee Park Road), 179 (Prairie Dirt Road), 74E (Red Feather Lakes Road), 68C (Boy Scout Ranch Road), and 69 (Manhattan Road); on S by County Highway 14; on W by County Road 103 (Laramie River Road).

There are many wilderness areas here that can only be reached by foot or horse., and there is no vehicle access. Hunters must know where they are in this area as there are many public lands locked on all sides by private land. Don't 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 some small areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Among state lands, those managed as State Wildlife Areas 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 State Wildlife 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

438 Square Miles (280,467 Acres)

Land Ownership

24% Private, 76% Public, 66% USFS, 6% BLM, 4% State

Latitude/Longitude

40.8533, -105.7247

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 53 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Pronghorn Notes


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The Laramie River herd is a relatively small herd of pronghorn that occupies primarily private land in the Laramie River Valley. There is significant movement across the Colorado-Wyoming line. Due to the small population size, large proportion of animals on private land, and lack of conflicts, this herd has been managed with a relatively consistent level of buck and doe licenses over the last 18 years. Several adjustments to management have occurred over time in these GMUs including separating it from the herd to the east, creating regular rifle and Private Land Only (PLO) rifle licenses for both bucks and does, allocating both regular and PLO rifle licenses GMU) 7 or 8, and the creation of area specified muzzleloading licenses.

Based on discussions with the public and CPW staff there appear to be few issues involving this herd. Game damage is not a concern. Members of the public attending the area plan meeting expressed interest in the CPW improving access for pronghorn hunting in general, including these GMUs, as many herds in the state reside primarily on private property. Preference point "creep" may be issue to some landowners in the Laramie River.

Many of the pronghorn are concentrated on a few large ranches and some feel that small parcel landowners are inundating the applicant pool for licenses when they don't have enough private land access to realistically harvest an animal.

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

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Other Species in Unit

Deer, Elk, Shiras Moose, 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 Over The Counter Hunts (2021)


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Pronghorn Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
60
Licenses Drawn
60
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
52
Nonresident Quota
0
Landowner Quota
13
Youth Quota
5
24.3%
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
AM008P1R
M
R
P1
LL
32.6%
69
AM008O1R
M
R
O1
LL
10.1%
65
AF008P1R
F
R
P1
LL
60%
78
AF008O1R
F
R
O1
LL
16.1%
65
AM007O1M
M
M
O1
LL
47.6%
71 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7, 8;
AF007O1M
F
M
O1
LL
62.5%
72 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7, 8;
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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Pronghorn Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
104
Total Harvest
24
Harvest Male
19
Harvest Female
5
23%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 57 2
2
0
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 104 24
19
5
0
M
M
N/A 5 0
0
0
0
R
AR
N/A 42 22
17
5
0
R
P0
N/A 27 16
11
5
0
R
R
N/A 42 22
17
5
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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Average Temps

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