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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.

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GMU 18 - Grand County

GMU 18 - 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.

64 /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

64 /100
GMU 56 - Chaffee County

GMU 56 - Chaffee County

Elk are found throughout the unit, and most will generally be found between 8,000 feet and 10,000 feet in elevation. This is a "high-country" unit with numerous 14ers in the area. The area around Shavano provides good elk habitat for early seasons.

64 /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.

64 /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.

64 /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.

64 /100
GMU 76 - Hinsdale, Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache, and San Juan Counties

GMU 76 - Hinsdale, Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache, and San Juan 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.

64 /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

64 /100
GMU 46 - Clear Creek, Park, and Jefferson Counties

GMU 46 - Clear Creek, Park, and Jefferson Counties

Most low to mid elevation elk ranges are on private land or parks and open space lands that are generally are not open to hunting. Most public land hunting is at the mid to high elevation ranges.

63 /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

63 /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.

63 /100
GMU 481 - Chaffee County

GMU 481 - Chaffee County

Look for elk throughout the unit primarily in the 8,000 to 10,000-foot elevation range. Elk are generally at or above above timberline in the areas around Frenchman Creek, east face of Mt. Princeton and the Heckendorf State Wildlife Area.

63 /100
GMU 2 - Moffat County

GMU 2 - 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 throughout the unit. Hold out for a good bull as the average size is around 305.

63 /100
GMU 19 - Larimer County

GMU 19 - Larimer County

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.

63 /100
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.

63 /100
GMU 66 - Gunnison, Hinsdale, and Saguache Counties

GMU 66 - Gunnison, Hinsdale, and Saguache Counties

Elk populations remain strong throughout the Gunnison Basin. Aggressive herd reduction during the 2012 and 2013 seasons was implemented to address agricultural damage issues. Subsequently, there has been a noticeable decline in the population which has re

63 /100
GMU 3 - Moffat County

GMU 3 - Moffat County

The large elk herd 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. The success rate is very good on late cow elk hunts.

63 /100
GMU 67 - Gunnison, Hinsdale, and Saguache Counties

GMU 67 - Gunnison, Hinsdale, and Saguache Counties

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.

63 /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.

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