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 were accepted from Tuesday, September 3rd through Friday, October 11th, 2019 at 5:00 PM.
Applicants must pay a non-refundable $50 application fee. If drawn for the hunt, an additional $300 permit fee must be paid to the Tribe prior to the hunt. Southern Ute first descendants permit fee will be $125.
A mandatory orientation meeting for all hunters will be held in Ignacio, Colorado and hunters must attend 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:
An enrolled member of a federally recognized Indian tribe and able to provide an official tribal census number, AND/OR
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.
How to Apply
The application period for the 2020 January Cow Elk Hunt has ended.
Forms and Documents
Note: These maps are subject to change. Up-to-date maps will be included with the hunter’s permit.