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What should the density of elk be for the GMU (# elk/ square mile)?


What density of hunters are you comfortable with in the GMU (# hunters/ square mile)? The hunter density is calculated based on the total estimated number of hunters within a GMU over all seasons combined.


Considering all types of roads/OHV trails within a GMU that are on public lands (USFS, BLM, or CPW), what would be the ideal road density for your style of hunting (miles of road/ square mile)? Roads on private lands or areas off limits to elk hunting are not factored into the road density calculation.


Which type of hunting style best describes you?

Percentage of GMU within 5 miles of a major highway (Interstate, U.S., and State)?


How many square miles should be classified as wilderness within the GMU?



What percentage of the GMU should be open to the public for elk hunting (includes BLM, USFS, CPW)?


In terms of slope and terrain, which best describes your GMU? This question takes into account the most likely areas you will be hunting within the GMU when rating the degree of difficulty while hunting. For example, the overall terrain across GMU 082 is relatively flat with little slope. However, the areas you would most likely be hunting would be near the eastern boundary, which is pretty rough country. As a result, GMU 082 would be rated as extreme.


What percentage of the GMU should be classified as heavily forested?


What percentage of the GMU should be classified as open meadow or shrublands?


What percentage of the GMU should be classified as sub-alpine/alpine habitat (above 10,500 ft.)?


Should the GMU have designated ATV/OHV only trails? This question will only apply to the GMUs that overlap USFS lands with trails designated strictly for ATVs/OHVs. This question is not meant to categorize an entire GMU as restrictive to ATV/OHV use since many USFS roads are open to multiple types of motorized travel. Outside of USFS lands, other agencies will need to be contacted for regulations regarding ATV/OHV use?

Roads that are officially closed to motorized travel by the U.S. Forest Service can offer good hiking access into the backcountry. What would be the ideal closed road density for your style of hunting (miles of closed road/ square mile)? Roads on private lands or areas off limits to elk hunting are not factored into the closed road density calculation.


What percentage of the GMU should be considered elk winter concentration areas? Winter concentration areas represent that part of the winter range of elk where densities are at least 200% greater than the surrounding winter range density during the average five winters out of ten from the first heavy snowfall to spring green-up, or during a site specific period of winter as defined for each Data Analysis Unit?


What percentage of the GMU should be considered elk summer concentration areas? Summer concentration areas represent those areas where elk concentrate from mid-June through mid-August. High quality forage, security habitat, and lack of disturbance are characteristics of these areas to meet the high energy demands of lactation, calf rearing, antler growth, and general preparation for the rigors of fall and winter?


What percentage of the GMU should be considered elk migration corridor? Migration corridors are defined as specific areas through which large numbers of animals migrate and loss of which would change migration routes?


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