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GMU 201 - Moffat County

GMU 201 - 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 bullÑthe average size is around 305.

70 /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.

70 /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.

70 /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.

69 /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.

69 /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.

68 /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.

68 /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.

68 /100
GMU 82 - Alamosa and Saguache Counties

GMU 82 - Alamosa 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. Weather is a dominant factor for hunters.

68 /100
GMU 72 - Dolores and Montezuma Counties

GMU 72 - Dolores and Montezuma Counties

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

67 /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.

67 /100
GMU 61 - Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel Counties

GMU 61 - Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel Counties

Elk are widely distributed, but hunting pressure during the early seasons appears to be forcing animals from GMU 62 to GMU 61 which is a totally limited unit.

67 /100
GMU 501 - Park and Jefferson Counties

GMU 501 - Park and Jefferson Counties

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.

67 /100
GMU 6 - Jackson County

GMU 6 - 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.

67 /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.

67 /100
GMU 51 - Douglas County

GMU 51 - Douglas County

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

66 /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.

66 /100
GMU 26 - Garfield, Eagle, and Routt Counties

GMU 26 - Garfield, Eagle, and Routt Counties

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

66 /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.

66 /100
GMU 142 - Las Animas County

GMU 142 - Las Animas County

The elevation in this area ranges from 5,742 feet to 4,429 feet. Terrain : Moderately rolling to moderately steep plateaus to steep canyons. The vegetation consists of Shortgrass prairie to piñon, junipers and shrubs. Limited cottonwood riparian.

66 /100
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