Hunting in

GMU 32 - Garfield County

GMU 32 - Garfield County

Good cow hunting opportunities. The best hunting is in remote areas, mostly at high elevations, where the elk tend to hold up in pockets of green timber and aspen.

92 /100
GMU 65 - Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, and Ouray Counties

GMU 65 - Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, and Ouray Counties

Hunting prospects are generally very good. Because of the extent of wilderness area in these units, elk find plenty of lush meadows for summer grazing. The elk will stay high until hunting pressure or weather force them down.

89 /100
GMU 34 - Garfield and Eagle Counties

GMU 34 - Garfield and Eagle Counties

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

88 /100
GMU 14 - Routt and Grand Counties

GMU 14 - Routt and Grand 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.

87 /100
GMU 42 - Mesa and Garfield Counties

GMU 42 - Mesa and Garfield Counties

The elk herd is well distributed with good hunting success expected. Elk are scattered throughout the forest and on private lands. Most elk stay at higher elevations (8500- 10,000ft) in thick timber and oakbrush.

86 /100
GMU 411 - Mesa and Delta Counties

GMU 411 - Mesa and Delta Counties

Most elk will be at higher elevations during the early seasons above 8,500 feet in thick timber and oak brush. Distribution changes in relation to weather and hunting pressure; so hunters should be prepared to adapt to conditions.

86 /100
GMU 47 - Eagle and Pitkin Counties

GMU 47 - Eagle 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 lands - away from roads and hunters.

85 /100
GMU 52 - Delta County

GMU 52 - Delta County

The herd is growing, well distributed and hunting is rated as good. Most elk will be at higher elevations during the early seasons above 8,500 feet in thick timber and oak brush. Distribution changes in relation to weather and hunting pressure.

85 /100
GMU 28 - Grand County

GMU 28 - Grand County

Elk are well distributed in all Middle Park units. Bull to cow ratios are good because the area is fairly steep and heavily timbered. Generally, trophy bulls are rare (a few are taken every year) because bulls are managed for hunter opportunity.

84 /100
GMU 64 - Delta and Montrose Counties

GMU 64 - Delta and Montrose Counties

Hunting prospects are good. Because of the extent of wilderness area in these units, elk find plenty of lush meadows for summer grazing. The elk will stay high until hunting pressure or weather force them down.

84 /100
GMU 751 - Archuleta, Hinsdale, La Plata, and San Juan Counties

GMU 751 - Archuleta, Hinsdale, La Plata, and San Juan Counties

Hunters must be prepared to walk into remote and forested areas. Do not expect to see elk from roads or areas open to OHVs. In early seasons, stick to cool areas on north-facing slopes in the spruce/fir and aspen forests.

83 /100
GMU 36 - Eagle County

GMU 36 - Eagle County

Large blocks of private land in GMUs 35 and 36 provide refuge areas and can make hunting difficult.

83 /100
GMU 53 - Delta and Gunnison Counties

GMU 53 - Delta and Gunnison Counties

If there is no snow, elk will likely be scattered throughout the high elevation landscape. Hunters will be most successful by walking along transition areas up high.

83 /100
GMU 9 - Larimer and Weld Counties

GMU 9 - Larimer and Weld Counties

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.

81 /100
GMU 371 - Summit County

GMU 371 - Summit County

Elk are well distributed in all Middle Park units. Bull to cow ratios are good because the area is fairly steep and heavily timbered. Generally, trophy bulls are rare (a few are taken every year) because bulls are managed for hunter opportunity.

81 /100
GMU 55 - Gunnison County

GMU 55 - Gunnison County

Hunters are advised to be in good shape and to hunt well away from roads. Elk will move to difficult terrain when hunting pressure starts; so be prepared to hunt canyons or thick timber.

81 /100
GMU 21 - Rio Blanco and Garfield Counties

GMU 21 - Rio Blanco and Garfield Counties

81 /100
GMU 70 - Dolores, Montrose, and San Miguel Counties

GMU 70 - Dolores, Montrose, and San Miguel Counties

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

80 /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.

80 /100
GMU 33 - Garfield and Rio Blanco Counties

GMU 33 - Garfield and Rio Blanco Counties

White River offers variety and extremes. Several peaks in the Flattop Wilderness are 12,200ft in elevation. Elevation drops to 5,300ft near Rifle. The lower elevation vegetation starts out with sage, progressing to oakbrush/mtn brush, aspen, and e...

80 /100
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