Hunting in

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.

80 /100
GMU 75 - La Plata and San Juan Counties

GMU 75 - La Plata and San Juan Counties

The wilderness area boundary north of Pagosa often holds elk when snow pushes them down. Areas south of Pagosa Springs and east of Highway 84 can provide good hunting as snow begins to accumulate.

80 /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 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 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.

79 /100
GMU 48 - Lake and Chaffee Counties

GMU 48 - Lake and Chaffee Counties

The southern 30 percent of unit usually holds more elk than rest of unit. Twin Peaks and Lake Creek are a good place to drive through on Hwy. 82 scanning for elk. Keep in mind this is very high country with elevations not going far below 9,000 feet.

78 /100
GMU 17 - Jackson County

GMU 17 - Jackson County

Elk are distributed evenly throughout these units. During the day, the bulls will be in dark timber - glass in the early morning and evening.

77 /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.

77 /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.

76 /100
GMU 77 - Archuleta, Hinsdale, La Plata, and Mineral Counties

GMU 77 - Archuleta, Hinsdale, La Plata, and Mineral 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.

76 /100
GMU 24 - Rio Blanco and Garfield Counties

GMU 24 - Rio Blanco and Garfield Counties

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

75 /100
GMU 45 - Eagle and Pitkin Counties

GMU 45 - Eagle and Pitkin Counties

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.

75 /100
GMU 59 - Pueblo, Fremont, El Paso, and Teller Counties

GMU 59 - Pueblo, Fremont, El Paso, and Teller Counties

There is better elk hunting in Teller County portion of unit. However, terrain is very steep and heavily forested. Early seasons, archery and muzzleloader, see success above timberline.

75 /100
GMU 131 - Routt and Rio Blanco Counties

GMU 131 - Routt and Rio Blanco 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.

75 /100
GMU 161 - Jackson County

GMU 161 - Jackson County

The herd tends to stay in the coniferous timbered areas until late in the season, moving to lower elevations with snow and hunting pressure.

75 /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.

74 /100
GMU 11 - Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties

GMU 11 - Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties

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.

73 /100
GMU 7 - Larimer County

GMU 7 - 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.

73 /100
GMU 60 - Mesa and Montrose Counties

GMU 60 - Mesa and Montrose Counties

The elk population is healthy, but success is dependent on the weather in Utah. Harvest success is better in the later seasons and away from roads, with animals being found near Carpenter Ridge, Buckeye Reservoir, and John Brown Canyon.

72 /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.

72 /100
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