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GMU 41 - Mesa and Delta Counties

GMU 41 - Mesa and Delta 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.

81 /100
GMU 21 - Rio Blanco and Garfield Counties

GMU 21 - Rio Blanco and Garfield Counties

81 /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
GMU 86 - Fremont, Custer, and Chaffee Counties

GMU 86 - Fremont, Custer, and Chaffee Counties

Elk can be found throughout the unit during the regular fall seasons depending on the snow and weather. Elk hunting is best at higher elevations with pine, fir and meadows in the earlier seasons. Elk may move to lower elevations when heavy snows come.

80 /100
GMU 15 - Routt, Grand, and Eagle Counties

GMU 15 - Routt, Grand, and Eagle Counties

Large elk numbers occur on the Routt National Forest. The basic movement is from the higher to lower elevation in response to hunting pressure and weather. Hunt the timber and hunt the Routt National Forest early.

80 /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.

80 /100
GMU 421 - Mesa and Garfield Counties

GMU 421 - Mesa and Garfield Counties

You will need to get away from the roads. There are lots of legal bulls as the area is managed for quantity of bulls rather than trophy status. Hence, trophy bulls are present but relatively rare.

80 /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.

79 /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.

79 /100
GMU 63 - Delta, Gunnison, and Montrose Counties

GMU 63 - Delta, Gunnison, and Montrose 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. When snow falls in November, herds move quickly to lower elevations on the western ends o

79 /100
GMU 22 - Rio Blanco and Garfield Counties

GMU 22 - Rio Blanco and Garfield Counties

Good cow hunting opportunities exist in this unit. 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. Check out the Texas Mountain area and Rat Hole Ridge.

79 /100
GMU 68 - Saguache County

GMU 68 - Saguache County

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.

79 /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.

79 /100
GMU 79 - Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache Counties

GMU 79 - Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache 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.

78 /100
GMU 551 - Gunnison and Saguache Counties

GMU 551 - Gunnison and Saguache Counties

Elk will move to difficult terrain when hunting pressure starts; so be prepared to hunt canyons or thick timber. If the weather is warm, hunt at higher elevations and in heavy timber.

78 /100
GMU 561 - Chaffee and Saguache Counties

GMU 561 - Chaffee and Saguache Counties

Elk can be found throughout the unit, especially in the western two-thirds of the area up to timberline.

78 /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.

77 /100
GMU 231 - Routt, Rio Blanco, and Garfield Counties

GMU 231 - Routt, Rio Blanco, and Garfield 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. CPW has been working to minimize crop damage and significant

77 /100
GMU 681 - Saguache County

GMU 681 - Saguache County

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. Sn

77 /100
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