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GMU 25 - Garfield and Eagle Counties

GMU 25 - Garfield and Eagle Counties

Successful hunters avoid the main roads and hunt the dark timber and deeper canyons.

59 /100
GMU 40 - Mesa County

GMU 40 - Mesa County

Bulls will be bugling from mid-Sept through 1st rifle opening weekend. Elk are widely distributed. Most stay high until hunting pressure pushes them to lower elevations and less accessible drainages.

59 /100
GMU 500 - Park County

GMU 500 - Park County

Elk occupy all habitats and areas of the DAU at some time of the year. Densities are low in the open portions of South Park elevation habitats year-round, but especially during the summer when most elk move up to traditional calving and summering areas.

59 /100
GMU 38 - Gilpin, Boulder, Clear Creek, and Jefferson Counties

GMU 38 - Gilpin, Boulder, Clear Creek, and Jefferson Counties

Elk herds within the Central Front Range are either residential or seasonally migratory. Residential herds are found year-round at low to moderate elevations. Migratory herds generally winter below 9,000 feet.

59 /100
GMU 444 - Eagle, Garfield, and Pitkin Counties

GMU 444 - Eagle, Garfield, and Pitkin Counties

Early seasons find elk anywhere from 7500ft to above timberline. With increased hunting pressure and snow, herds tend to move to remote areas or private landsÐaway from roads and hunters.

59 /100
GMU 12 - Moffat, Rio Blanco, and Garfield Counties

GMU 12 - Moffat, Rio Blanco, and Garfield Counties

Generally, this unit is considered very good elk hunting. They are generally at higher elevations in the eastern portions of the unit during early seasons, and move west to lower elevations (and private lands) as hunting pressure and snow depth increase.

58 /100
GMU 123 - El Paso and Pueblo Counties

GMU 123 - El Paso and Pueblo Counties

The elevation in this area ranges from 5,151 to 4,528 feet. The terrain is Level to gently rolling. The vegetation consists of Shortgrass prairie with some farmland and cottonwood/willow riparian.

58 /100
GMU 81 - Alamosa, Archuleta, Conejos, and Rio Grande Counties

GMU 81 - Alamosa, Archuleta, Conejos, and Rio Grande Counties

Elk hunting is good but requires hunters to pursue animals in challenging terrain. Overall success rates for elk hunters in unlimited units in the San Luis Valley are generally lower than the statewide average. Weather is a dominant factor for hunters.

58 /100
GMU 35 - Eagle County

GMU 35 - Eagle County

As hunting pressure increases, they seek the deeper canyons and dark timber areas way from roads. Concentrating on the large stands of dark timber and the larger wilderness areas will increase your chance of finding a big bull on public lands.

58 /100
GMU 71 - Dolores and Montezuma Counties

GMU 71 - Dolores and Montezuma Counties

The elk population is holding steady and herds are at objective levels. Animals are distributed widely throughout the eastern portion of the unit. Elk will move quickly into thick aspen, evergreens, and rugged terrain with hunting pressure.

58 /100
GMU 39 - Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Park Counties

GMU 39 - Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Park Counties

Elk herds within the Central Front Range GMUs are either residential or seasonally migratory. Residential herds are found year-round at low to moderate elevations.

58 /100
GMU 1 - Moffat County

GMU 1 - Moffat County

Big, 300 + size bulls are common. The elk tend to stay put over the seasons. Movement is weather dependent. Overall, elk are scattered across the northern portion of the unit. Try Hoy Draw and Chokecherry Draw.

57 /100
GMU 80 - Alamosa, Conejos, Mineral, and Rio Grande Counties

GMU 80 - Alamosa, Conejos, Mineral, and Rio Grande Counties

Elk hunting is good but requires hunters to pursue animals in challenging terrain. Elk and deer move to areas of rough terrain hidden from roads when the season starts. Hunting quality is good, especially in early seasons before winter weather arrives.

57 /100
GMU 20 - Larimer and Boulder Counties

GMU 20 - Larimer and Boulder Counties

Most of the elk range is located in the western part of the unit, and the elk summer in the western half of the unit above 8,000 feet, although there are elk year round at lower elevations near the foothills.

57 /100
GMU 214 - Routt County

GMU 214 - Routt County

Domestic sheep grazing typically occurs on parts of the Routt National Forest through the months of August and September. Elk will typically avoid areas actively used by sheep but often are not far away.

57 /100
GMU 211 - Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties

GMU 211 - Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties

There is a large elk herd in this unit, and it occupies all available habitat. The later seasons are usually better, especially on public land, due to snow and hunting pressure pushing the elk out of the adjacent units.

56 /100
GMU 13 - Moffat and Routt Counties

GMU 13 - Moffat and Routt Counties

Elk are plentiful throughout the Upper Yampa area. Licenses are also readily available, but hunters should not rely on leftover license availability as these herds approach population objective.

56 /100
GMU 57 - Chaffee, Park, and Fremont Counties

GMU 57 - Chaffee, Park, and Fremont Counties

Better elk hunting at higher elevations from about Cameron Mountain north to Trout Creek Pass. Be especially cautious around private property in the center of the unit.

56 /100
GMU 741 - La Plata County

GMU 741 - La Plata County

Elk have survived by knowing how to avoid hunters. Concentrate on rugged terrain away from other hunters. Weather often dictates the success rate in this area.

56 /100
GMU 49 - Lake, Park, and Chaffee Counties

GMU 49 - Lake, Park, and Chaffee Counties

Most elk are found on the Fairplay side of the mountain range. Herds are increasing near Leadville. Weston Pass is a good area to hunt because it is in between summer and wintering grounds.

56 /100
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