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, are 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.
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 applicant must pay a non-refundable $25 application fee. 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 the hunter does not harvest an animal. Hunters who fail to meet these requirements will not be welcomed in future hunts.
To be eligible for this hunt, you must not have any felony convictions or a record of hunting, fishing, or wildlife-related offenses. In addition, you MUST be one of the following:
(1) An enrolled member of a federally recognized Indian tribe and able to provide an official tribal census number, AND/OR
(2) A natural-born first descendant of an enrolled Southern Ute Tribal Member and able to provide proof of status via certification by the Southern Ute Tribal Information Services office.
The Wildlife Division has implemented a fully automated online application process. In addition to paying fees online, hunters can now submit all required hunter information at the same time and do not have to send hard copies through the U.S. Mail.
We strongly encourage all applicants to apply online! To begin, click on the link below to proceed to the Online Store and select the “Non-Member Elk Hunt Permit Application,” toward the bottom of the page.
Southern Ute Indian Tribe Online Store
If for some reason you are not able to apply online please contact the Wildlife Office at (970) 563-0130 for assistance.