Started in 2001, the January Cow Elk Hunt is a limited-draw hunt held over a two week period every January, following Southern Ute Tribal member seasons. The hunt is split between two hunt units on the eastern side of the Southern Ute Reservation – Archuleta and Sandoval Units. A total of 120 permits, 60 per unit, is available each year. The hunt provides an affordable opportunity to harvest a cow elk in a reasonably short time frame and within a beautiful setting on Southern Ute Tribal lands.
To be eligible for this hunt, an applicant must be an enrolled member of a Federally recognized Indian tribe, be able to provide an official census number on the application, and have no felony convictions or a record of hunting, fishing, or wildlife-related offenses.
Applications are accepted between September and mid-October each year, and random drawings for permits are held in November. In order to be considered, each application must pay a non-refundable $25 application fee (credit, checks or money orders only – NO CASH!). If drawn for the hunt, a remaining $125 permit fee must be paid to the Tribe prior to the hunt. A mandatory hunter orientation meeting for all hunters is held in Ignacio, Colorado, and hunters must attend this meeting in order to pick up their permits. All harvested animals must be validated by Tribal officials before leaving the Reservation, and hunter surveys must be returned to the Tribe – even if you didn’t harvest an animal. Hunters who fail to meet these requirements will not be welcomed in future hunts.
In order to apply for a permit for this hunt, hunters must submit an application through U.S. Mail to:Attn: Cow Elk Hunt
Applications can be obtained by either (1) downloading the application form from this website, or (2) contacting the Southern Ute Wildlife Division to request an application through U.S. Mail.
*** NOTE *** THERE WILL NO LONGER BE “LEFTOVER” OR UN-CLAIMED PERMITS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE PRE-HUNT ORIENTATION MEETING. TO RECEIVE A PERMIT FOR THIS HUNT, YOUR PERMIT APPLICATION MUST BE SELECTED THROUGH THE REGULAR DRAWING PROCESS, OR YOU MAY HAVE A PERMIT TRANSFERRED TO YOU BY A PERMITTEE WHO IS UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE HUNT. FORE MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE SUIT WILDLIFE DIVISION (970) 563-0130.
Fees can be paid at the Southern Ute Tribe online store.