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, 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.
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.