ElkTracker Maps

About ElkTracker™ Hunting Maps

Quite simply, the best and most comprehensive Colorado elk hunting maps available. ElkTracker Maps offer so much more than just showing you elk ranges over several square miles. These maps provide the detail needed for a successful hunt and will help save you both time and energy in the field by allowing you to pin-point the areas you should hunt. Until these series of maps were made available, there were none that existed that could show you where to hunt down to a specific acre for the entire state of Colorado.

The difference between ElkTracker Maps and all other maps that are available is that they show you exactly where you need to be hunting by identifying the three things elk need to survive–Cover, Forage, and Water. I have spent the last several  years compiling data from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the U.S. Forest Service, BLM, USGS, and many other agencies to figure out where these areas exist on a statewide scale.  What I have come up with are two features unique to the ElkTracker Maps–Elk Security Habitat and Prime Forage areas. By combining security habitat and prime forage areas with elk ranges and migratory routes, you will be able to identify the areas where you need to be hunting once the pressure is on the elk.  They know these areas and will return to them over and over, because these are the places that helped them to survive the previous season.

Security habitat can be defined as the areas elk seek out when they are feeling pressured, and are a combination of heavy canopy cover, are located an adequate distance from motorized roads, and are large enough to provide escape routes and bedding areas. Prime forage areas are places that offer above average grazing opportunities for elk and consist of high quality grasses and forbs. The combination of these two features on one map allows you to identify the “Elk Hot Spots” in the area you are hunting and will point you in the right direction where there is a very high likelihood of finding fresh sign and elk.  The “Elk Hot Spots” show the precise locations of areas that most hunters will have a hard time finding and are areas that offer excellent elk habitat.

Learn more About ElkTracker Maps

ElkTracker Maps can be ordered in a variety of formats and styles. To learn more about ElkTracker Maps and the differences between the different maps available, check out the ElkTracker Maps Example page.  Also be sure to look at the information on how to use ElkTracker Maps. Last, please read about the difference between map scale to get a better understanding of the area covered by each type of map. All maps are available as either a printed paper map or as a PDF delivered on a DVD.

The GMU maps are always popular because they cover your entire specified Colorado GMU. The only drawback is that if the GMU is large, you will lose a lot of detail in the map. The Zone maps are available as a collection of PDFs in a 3×3 grid (or larger) of my Stealth maps and are only offered on DVD. The Stealth series of maps are arranged in a grid pattern that covers the entire state west of I-25 and offer a large overview (15×18 miles) of the area of interest. The Bullseye, Navigator, and Stalker series show more detail and allow you to select the center point of your map by using either an X, Y coordinate pair location or a reference point such as a mountain peak or a lake. You will be able to select the specifics of the map you would like to order during the order process.

The printed maps measure 30″ x 32″ in size and are plotted on heavy duty paper. Each map shows features such as elk security habitat, prime forage areas, “Elk Hot Spots”, an inset map explaining these features, land ownership, elk seasonal ranges, and nearby emergency contact information. Each series of maps offers different features that should help you to find the best areas for hunting elk in Colorado and make the most of your time by maximizing your chances for a successful hunt. These maps are designed to give you a head start in your search for elk by showing you the areas where you should concentrate your efforts during your elk hunt. They should also help to reduce the amount of hiking and scouting that normally occurs during every elk hunt, a bonus that we all can appreciate.