Pronghorn Hunting in Colorado GMU 7 - 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 7 - Larimer County

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User Scores
Ease of Drawing
25
 
25
Success
25
 
25
Trophy Potential
52
 
52
Public Access
87
 
87
Ease of Terrain
79
 
79
Room to Breathe
11
 
11
Opportunity
17
 
17
Convenience
21
 
21
Ease of Effort
69
 
69
55
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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 (155,767 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.

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
56
Licenses Surplus
4
Resident Quota
46
Nonresident Quota
2
Landowner Quota
13
Youth Quota
5
22.3%
Overall Unit
1st Choice Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season Type Draw Odds HuntScore Notes
AM007P1R
M
R
P1
LL
78.9%
76
AM007O1R
M
R
O1
LL
8.1%
65
AM007O1M
M
M
O1
LL
47.6%
68 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7, 8;
AF007P1R
F
R
P1
LL
100%
81
AF007O1R
F
R
O1
LL
22.7%
65
AF007O1M
F
M
O1
LL
62.5%
71 Permit Type A; License Valid for Units: 7, 8;
HuntScore Tip: For bear, elk, deer and pronghorn, you will accumulate preference points until you are successful in drawing a first-choice license. If you draw your first choice, your preference points drop to zero. There is no ?banking? of preference points.

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Pronghorn Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
103
Total Harvest
23
Harvest Male
14
Harvest Female
9
22%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
N/A 60 0
0
0
0
ALL
ALL
N/A 103 23
14
9
0
M
M
N/A 11 8
6
2
0
R
AR
N/A 32 15
8
7
0
R
P0
N/A 18 8
3
5
0
R
R
N/A 32 15
8
7
0
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.

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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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