Elk Hunting in Colorado's White River National Forest

Elk have been successfully restored to Colorado. There is an estimated elk population of 280,000, the largest elk population in North America.

Archery Season:

Aug. 31 to Sept. 29, 2019

Combined deer & elk season

Camp dates by arrangement

Muzzleloader Season:

Sept. 14 - 22, 2019

No over the counter licenses

Camp dates by arrangement

Rifle Seasons

1st - Oct. 12 - 16, 2019

All licenses are for cow or bull

Elk only & Draw only, No OTC

2nd - Oct. 19 27, 2019

Combined deer & elk season

Deer & cow elk - draw only

Bull elk - Unlimited, OTC

3rd - Nov. 2 - 10, 2019

Combined deer & elk

Deer & cow - draw only

Bull elk - Unlimited & available OTC


Colorado Elk Hunting

Elk Hunting, Colorado's White River National Forest is an experience of a lifetime. White River National Forest is a National Forest in northwest Colorado. It is named after the White River that passes through its northern section.

The forest contains 2,285,970 acres, 3,571.8 sq miles providing significant habitat for deer, elk, mountain sheep, mountain goat, bear, mountain lion, bobcat, lynx, moose, raptors, waterfowl, trout and many other species of wildlife. There are ten peaks with an elevation higher than 14,000 ft (4,267m), colloquially known as 14ers in the forest.

Thanks to our many expert friends we are obliged to offer our website visitors some excellent hunting advice & tips:  

"In the words of America’s greatest hunter-conservationist, Theodore Roosevelt, “When hunting him (wapiti) … he must be followed on foot, and the man who follows him must be sound in limb and wind.” And that’s somewhat of an understatement. In most elk country, the term is “climbing” rather than “hiking.” As a result, when someone asks me about elk hunting in Colorado the first thing I mention is getting in shape, even if they already appear to be generally fit...". If you are planning your first Elk hunt in Colorado reading David Lien's "5 Tips for Beginning Elk Hunters" is well worth your time.

David Lien is a former air force officer and chairman of the Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers . He’s the author of Age-Old Quests: Hunting, Climbing & Trekking and was recently recognized by Field & Stream as a “Hero of Conservation.”

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