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Herd Management (DAU) Plans
Herd Management (DAU) Plans
Bull elk with cow herd

​Upcoming 2017 Herd Management Public Meetings​

Elk and deer management plans are under review for South San Juan Mountains, San Luis Valley (SLV), Game Management Units 80 & 81 and West Elk Mountains/Gunnison and North Fork Valley Game Management Units 53, 54, and 63. Deer management plans are under review for the South Grand Mesa, North Fork Valley, Game Management units 52, 411, and 521. 

Please attend a public meeting to learn more and provide input:

SLV GMUs 80 and 81 (two meeting dates)
Thursday, July 13, 7:00 pm
Centauri High School
17889 US-285, La Jara, CO 

Friday, July 14, 7:00 pm
Monte Vista CPW Office
0722 S County Rd 1 E
Monte Vista, CO ​

Can't attend the meeting? Fill out the public comment form for elk and deer GMUs 80 & 81.​

North Park Deer and Pronghorn GMUs 6, 16, 17, 161 and 171 (two meeting dates)
Friday, July 14, 6:30 p​m - 8 pm
US Forest Service Building Conference Room
100 Main Street, Walden, C​O

Monday, July 17, 6:30 pm - 8 pm ​
Front Range Community College, Harmony Library - Community Room (H)
4616 S Shields Street, Ft. Collins , CO

South Grand Mesa, North Fork Valley Deer GMUs 411, 52, and 521
Wednesday, August 9, 6:30 pm
Cedaredge Community Center Centennial Room
140 NW 2nd St, Cedaredge​​​


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​About Big Game Herd Management (DAU) Plans

Big game populations are managed t​o achieve population and sex ratio objectives established for Data Analysis Units. A Data Analysis Unit (DAU) is the geographic area that represents the year-around range of a big game herd and includes all of the seasonal ranges of a specific herd. Each DAU usually is composed of several Game Management Units (GMUs), but in some cases only one GMU makes up a DAU.

The purpose of a DAU plan is to integrate the plans and intentions of Colorado ​Parks and Wildlife with the concerns and ideas of land management agencies and interested public to determine how a big game herd in a DAU should be managed.​

In preparing a DAU plan, agency personnel attempt to balance the biological capabilities of the herd and its habitat with the public's demand for wildlife recreational opportunities.

The primary decisions needed for each DAU plan are how many animals should exist in the DAU and what is the desired sex ratio for the population of big game animals (e.g., the number of males per 100 females). 

The selection of popu​lation and sex ratio objectives (which are set for a 10-year period of time) drive important decisions in the big game season setting process, namely: 

  • ​How many animals must be harvested to maintain or move toward the objectives 

  • What types of hunting seasons are required to achieve the harv​est objective

​​Finalized Data Analysis Unit Plans



Bighorn Sheep