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Colorado Elk (with bear option) – Hunt #85-E




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It’s not often that you can do a horseback elk hunt and get to stay in a lodge every night. That is exactly the set-up here on this private land hunt in NW Colorado. This area is home of the White River elk herd which is the largest herd in Colorado. The ranch holds elk throughout the spring, summer and fall and also picks up new migrating elk throughout November. It is not uncommon for hunters to see between 100 and 300 elk a day.

This is a great hunt for anyone not after a trophy bull but instead looking for a place with very high success rates. With that said, they still kill some very respectable bulls on this hunt. An added bonus is a black bear may be taken on any of the rifle season hunts for no extra charge – hunters must buy a bear license ($102) to do this. Taking of a bear is allowed prior to killing an elk. Once you take an elk, you cannot continue to hunt for bears. Also the odds of seeing a bear during 3rd and 4th rifle season are not good.

Hunts are held during archery and all 4 rifle seasons. Licenses for archery, 2nd rifle and 3rd rifle seasons are over-the-counter. 1st rifle and 4th rifle are via the draw process. Preference points needed to draw licenses are as follows:1st rifle 0 points and 4th rifle 0 points.

Hunting is via spot and stalk and stand hunting. Horses and foot travel are the primary modes of transportation. The outfitter will tailor the hunt to the hunter’s physical abilities. The elevation at the ranch ranges from 7000 - 8500 feet.

License cost is $670 plus a $10 habitat stamp. Anyone born after January 1, 1949 must have a hunter education card to apply – Colorado accepts hunter education cards from other states. The application deadline is early April but over-the-counter 2nd and 3rd season rifle licenses can be bought prior to the start of season either online or in person at licensing agents throughout Colorado.

Includes: meals, lodging, 2×1 guiding, field dressing of animal, delivery of meat to processor.

4 Day Archery Hunt - $5500

4 Day Rifle Hunt - 2nd season - $5000

5 Day Rifle Hunts - 1st, 3rd and 4th seasons - $5500 or $7500 for elk/deer combo in 3rd season (includes deer voucher - limited availability)

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Colorado Elk (with bear option) - Hunt #70-E1




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This hunt is in west central Colorado in units that have over-the-counter tags for archery, 2nd rifle and 3rd rifle seasons. 1st rifle and 4th rifle are via the draw but have been 100% draw odds with no preference points. Muzzleloader tags take 3-4 preference points to draw depending upon the unit.

The outfitter has excellent private ranches that hold good numbers of elk and mule deer. The elevation ranges from 5,000 – 10,000 feet and the habitat is a mix of open meadows, sage brush, cedar, oak brush and aspens. Lodging is in the guest house or cabins depending on the ranch. The ranches have resident herds of elk and then gain additional animals throughout the fall.

This is an excellent choice for hunters that are looking for a hunt with high success rates on respectable 5-6 point bulls. The top end is a bit over over 300 inches. Shot opportunity is often 90%+ on bulls.

An added bonus is that a bear may be harvested during this hunt for a $500 trophy fee – must purchase a bear license prior to hunt to do this. Many bears here are color phase being brown, cinnamon or chocolate.

License cost is $660 plus a $10 habitat stamp. Anyone born after January 1, 1949 must have a hunter education card to apply – Colorado accepts hunter education cards from other states. Application deadline is the first Tuesday in April.

Includes: meals, lodging, guiding, field care and caping of animal, delivery of meat to processor, Montrose airport pick up.

5 Day Hunt – Archery, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Rifle Seasons $5500 for 2×1 guiding & $6000 for 1×1
1st Rifle and Muzzleloader Seasons - $6000 for 2×1 guiding and $6500 for 1×1

Cow Elk Hunts – 3 Days - $2500 for 2×1 guiding

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New Mexico Elk - Hunt #43-E




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The worst part about planning an elk hunt to New Mexico is you never know if you will draw the license or not. Draw odds are low and there is no preference point system so your odds never get any better. This hunt solves that problem as it includes a landowner voucher which guarantees you a license. The license is  good for all of the properties the outfitter owns. He has various parcels that total over 5000 acres. One of the his properties borders the famed Jicarilla Indian Reservation.

This is a great hunt for someone who isn’t in the best shape, thinks they are too old to hunt elk or is looking for a laid back hunt. Shot opportunity runs 75-100%. To date, everyone I have booked here has taken a bull - including myself. Bulls are typically nice 5×5’s and 6×6’s that run 280-320 with an occasional bigger.

This hunt is on some of the flattest ground there is for elk and the elevation is only 7000 feet. The total time spent hunting each day is about 2 ½ hours with mornings being prime time. Before daylight, the guide and hunters walk a short distance in the dark to get within shooting distance of the meadows. Bugling bulls can normally be heard during the walk in. First light can be amazing as the meadows normally hold many elk including multiple bulls. The outfitter has many different parcels that total around 5000 acres.

Includes: Landowner voucher for the license, meals, lodging, 2×1 guiding, field care of animal and delivery to processor. License cost is $576.

Hunts are held during October and November.

5 Day Hunt- $7000 plus 7% tax

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Wyoming Elk - Hunt #01-E




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Hunt the beautiful Big Horn Mountains for Rocky Mountain elk. This hunt held on the national forest out of heated wall tents. Pick-ups and ATV’s used to get to and from hunting areas.

The Big Horns Mountains are more rolling and not as steep as the Rockies. This particular area is excellent elk habitat consisting of lodgepole pine and spruce for bedding cover and shade and open parks for feeding. The openings also provide the hunters with an opportunity to spot elk as they graze or pass through the parks. The mountain streams are teaming with wild trout and a fishing license is included with your elk license. Some hunters choose to do some trout fishing during mid-day or after they have killed their elk.

Hunting methods include calling and spot and stalk. Many past clients have killed bulls scoring 300-350 with some even larger. Success rates have averaged 70% over the past few years with 90% shot opportunity for hunters willing to put the time and effort into the hunt.

It is recommended that hunters apply for a preference point ($50) during the July 1 - September 30 period - we can assist with that process. Draw odds in 2017 for rifle hunters were 80% with five point. For archers, draw odds were 100% with nine points. These odds are based on buying the special license.

It is also recommended to allow us to apply for you in the January elk draw - application period is January 1-31. Draw results are posted in late February. License cost is $692 for the regular license and $1268 for the special license plus $12.50 conservation stamp. A hunter’s safety card is required for rifle hunters if born after January 1, 1966 - not needed for archery hunters. Crossbows are legal to use during archery and firearm season.

Archery hunts are also conducted in Unit 37 and the draw odds are much better there - in 2017, 30% draw odds with zero points and 100% draw odds with one point.

Includes guides, lodging, meals, transportation during the hunt, delivery of meats and mounts to taxidermist or processing plant, airport pick-up and drop-off (Sheridan airport).

6 Day Archery Hunt - $5000 for 1×1 guiding (Sept. 1-30)

5 Day Rifle Hunt - $5000 for 2×1 guiding or $6000 for 1×1 guiding (Oct. 15 - Nov 5)

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Colorado Elk Hunt #78-E2 (Unguided Camp)




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If you have a group of hunters that enjoys hunting on your own, this option may be a good fit for you.

The outfitter has 13,000 acres of BLM land under permit at this north central Colorado location. This land is accessed through the outfitter’s private lease and is difficult for public land hunters to get to. Even though this an unguided hunt, a guide will transport the hunters through the BLM and drop them off in the morning and pick them up in the evening.

The outfitter provides a cabin equipped for sleeping and cooking. The cabin has propane and a generator but does not have running water - it does have an outhouse. It is located on the outfitter’s leased land which adjoins his BLM permitted land. Hunters provide their own food, sleeping bags and personal items. Hunters are responsible for getting their elk to the BLM road where the guide will then pick up the meat and antlers and take it to the cabin or a local meat processor.

I hunted this property in 2015 during 4th rifle season and was impressed with the amount of elk sign and elk sightings. The land is typical elk habitat consisting of aspens, pines, spruce and grassy meadows. The elevation ranges from 8400 – 10,000 feet. Deer hunting is not permitted on this hunt.

Hunts can be booked for archery, muzzleloader, and all four rifle seasons. Tags are as follows:
Archery – either-sex - over-the-counter
Muzzleloader – either-sex via draw – 100% draw odds with no preference points
1st and 4th Rifle – either-sex via draw – 100% draw odds with no preference points
2nd and 3rd Rifle – bull tags over-the-counter – cow tags via draw but 100% draw odds with no preference points.

Cow elk tags here are “List B” tags which means hunters may buy a leftover cow tag in addition to a bull or either-sex tag.

License cost is $662 for bull elk and $497 for a cow tag plus a $10 habitat stamp. Anyone born after January 1, 1949 must have a hunter education card to apply – Colorado accepts hunter education cards from other states. The application deadline is early April but over the counter archery (either sex) and 2nd and 3rd season rifle bull tags can be bought prior to the start of season either online or in person at licensing agents.

A minimum of two hunters is needed to book. The maximum per hunt is four.

Archery Hunts - 7 days- hunts held the 3rd week and 4th week of season (mid-late Sept.)

Muzzleloader Hunts - 7 days - first 7 days of season (early Sept.)

Rifle Hunts - 5 days regardless of which rifle season

$2000 per hunter for 2 hunters

$1850 per hunter for 3 hunters

$1700 per hunter for 4 hunters. Pricing is based on the number of hunters initially booked.

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Colorado Elk - Hunt #46-E




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Are you a Colorado resident with 9 or more preference points or a non-resident with 20 or more points? If so, this is an excellent hunt to use your points on. It isn’t uncommon for every hunter to get an opportunity at a 6 point bull.

Limited landowner vouchers are also available for hunters who do not have enough points to draw the tag. Openings are always limited so plan accordingly. Non-resident license fees are $661 for bull elk plus a $10 habitat stamp. Anyone born after January 1, 1949 must have a hunter education card to apply - Colorado accepts hunter education cards from other states. Application deadline for the limited licenses is the first Tuesday in April.

Hunts are conducted in archery, muzzleloader and rifle seasons. Guiding is listed at 3/1 but is normally 2/1 and adjusted as hunters tag out.

Hunting is done on both private and public land. Trucks are used to get to hunting areas and then hunting is by foot. If needed, horses are used to pack out elk.

Lodging is heated wall tents in archery, muzzleloader and 1st rifle season and then switches to a cabin in 2nd, 3rd and 4th rifle seasons. Four hunters are typically taken per hunt in archery and muzzleloader season and 6-7 per hunt in the rifle seasons.

Includes meals, lodging, guides, caping of elk.

5 Day Hunt - $5500 with drawn tag and $10,500 with landowner voucher

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Colorado Elk - Hunt #60-E




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Booking now for 2024 - sold out until then. If you’ve been accumulating elk preference points to hunt one of Colorado’s premier trophy areas, this hunt is one to take a hard look at. In recent years, the number of points needed for a non-resident to draw in this GMU are: archery 11, muzzleloader 18; first rifle 24 and second rifle 16. If you don’t have preference points, limited landowner vouchers may be available - please inquire for availability and price.

This is a private land hunt on 16,000 acres. The properties hold some exceptional bulls and bulls scoring over 370 have been taken. The average usually runs around 320. This is a place where hunters can look over multiple mature bulls to make the best use of their preference points. Shot opportunity has run 100%. Hunts are held during archery, muzzleloader and first rifle seasons.

Muzzleoader and rifle cow tags are List B tags with good odds of being drawn as a 2nd choice. A cow hunt may be added to a bull hunt for $1000. Hunts for cows only are also held - muzzleloader and rifle tags can be drawn with no preference points. Application deadline is the first Tuesday in April.

A typical hunt will see the hunters leaving the cabin before daylight via truck and then going on foot to areas where elk are known to frequent. Many times hunters will hunt until late morning, head back for lunch and return in the afternoon to await the elk as they return to known feeding areas. There are areas of the ranch that can be hunted by older hunters or hunters not in the best of shape.

Includes meals, lodging, guiding, field care and retrieval of elk.

7 Day Archery - $6000 2×1 or $6500 for 1×1
5 Day Muzzleloader - $6500 for 2×1 or $7500 for 1×1
5 Day 1st Rifle Season - $7000 for 2×1 or $8000 for 1×1
5 Day 2nd Rifle Season - $6500 for 2×1 or $7500 for 1×1
Muzzleloader or Rifle Cow Hunts - $3000

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Wyoming Elk - Hunt #71-E




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Here is an outfitter that offers three different hunts and all have a history of extremely high success rates in both archery and rifle season. Most years see a 75% - 100% shot opportunity in archery and rifle season. Historically archery kill rates have been 40-50% and rifle kill rates run 90-95%.

Two of the hunts are in “General” units and the elk license can be drawn with one preference point. The other hunt is in a limited draw area and will require multiple preference points. They kill some very good bulls (over 300 inches) even in the general unit hunts.

All three hunts are on private ranches that have resident elk herds. No wolves or grizzlies in this part of Wyoming either. Private land hunting is the key to their high success rates as they are not dealing with public land pressure. Lodging is at the same location for all three hunts.

Option #1 is in a limited draw unit. In 2016, it took 8 preference points to draw the tag when applying for the “Special License”. This is a lowland hunt that is physically easy.

Option #2 is in a general unit and the elk license can be drawn with one preference point going the “Special License” route. The terrain here makes it an easy hunt.

Option #3 is also in a general unit that can be drawn with one preference point. The terrain here is more rugged and physically challenging so hunters need to be in better shape for this hunt. This hunt is also based out wall tents and not the lodge. Once hunters tag out they return to the lodge.

A typical day sees hunters hunting in the morning, going back to camp for lunch and then returning in the afternoon to catch the elk going back to their feeding areas. The guides and hunters leave the bedding areas unmolested which keeps the elk on their ranches.

The license application period for an elk license is January 1 -31. Cost for the Special License is $1121. It is recommended that hunters apply for a preference point ($50) during the July 1 – September 30 period – even if you want to hunt the General unit hunts. With draw odds getting harder each year, having a point will assure that you get drawn.

Includes: meals, lodging, 2×1 guiding, field care and retrieval of elk to camp, caping of animal, delivery of animal to processor. 1×1 guiding can be provided for an additional $250/day.

Archery hunts are held September 15-29 and rifle hunts are held October 1-13. Can also add an antelope hunt for $1500. On the elk /antelope combo you hunt elk morning and evening and antelope mid-day.

Option #1 – 6 Day Archery Hunt $8495 or 5 Day Rifle Hunt - $8495

Option #2 - 6 Day Archery Hunt $7995 or 6 Day Rifle Hunt - $7995

Option #3 - 6 Day Archery Hunt $7995 or 6 Day Rifle Hunt - $7995

Cow Elk Hunts - 3 Day Hunt - $2995 (Oct. 1 - Nov.14)

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Montana Elk - Hunt #84-E




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Hunt a private ranch in central Montana that holds hundreds of elk. Here is a place where elk are bow hunted like whitetail deer. Ladder stands and ground blinds are placed by waterholes and by trails between bedding and feeding areas. The feeding areas are agricultural fields in the lower country and the bedding areas are higher up in the hills and canyons. This is a physically easy hunt that nearly anyone can do and a great option for hunters that enjoy hunting from a stand versus chasing elk in the high country.

A typical hunt sees hunters and guides leaving their cabin before daylight and taking UTV’s up the mountain where the hunters are dropped off on stand. Hunters stay on stand until mid-morning and are then picked up and brought back to camp. They go back on stand in mid/late afternoon. A large number of stands are available allowing the guides to place hunters on trails that are seeing the most use and also to take advantage of wind direction.

Shot opportunity is very high on this hunt. It isn’t unusual for 75%-100% of the hunters in camp to get a shot at a bull during this hunt. The license is good for a cow or a bull and there are no antler restrictions. Bulls range from raghorns to six points scoring over 300 inches. There are a lot of respectable five and six point bulls on the ranch.

A very limited number of rifle hunts are also held each year.

Elk licenses cost $885 plus a $10 archery stamp. This hunt is in a general unit. Application deadline is March 15.

Anyone born after January 1, 1985 must have taken a Hunter Education course to obtain a license. Bow hunters must also provide a certificate of completing the National Bowhunter Education Foundation course or provide any prior years bowhunting/archery stamp, tag, permit or license from any state or province.

Includes meals, lodging, guide assistance, field care and caping of your animal.

6 Day Hunt - $4950 Archery – entire month of September

6 Day Hunt - $5000 Rifle – last of October through November

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Colorado Elk Hunt #76-E (Drop Camps & Guided Camps)




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Have you dreamed of a high country wilderness elk hunt complete with horses, wall tents and an abundance of elk? If so, read on.

Located in the Flat Tops Wilderness this hunt takes place in some of the most scenic country known to man. Remote camps accessed via horses means less competition from other hunters. Even though the Flat Tops are high elevation, the mountains are mild compared to much of Colorado.

Five camps are utilized and the rides into camp vary from 1 to 5 hours. Camps are located at varying elevations and usage is dictated by which season it is and also weather conditions.

Past shot opportunity has been around 50% on drop camps. The ability of the drop camp hunters plays a major role on success rates. Shot opportunity for the guided hunts approaches 75%.  Bulls average in the mid- 200’s but each year bulls over 300 are taken.

Hunts are held during archery, muzzleloader and 1st, 2nd and 3rd rifle seasons. Archery tags are either sex and over the counter. 2nd and 3rd rifle seasons are bull only tags and over the counter. Muzzleloader and 1st rifle are via the draw. In recent years it has taken 4 points to draw the muzzy tag and no points to draw 1st rifle season. In fact, first season bull tags can be drawn as a second choice which means you do not have to lose your preference points to draw it. A fishing license is now included with non-resident elk licenses and the trout fishing is very good on this hunt.

Two hunting options are provided: drop camps and guided.

Drop camps: If you are the do-it-yourself kind of hunter, this is the hunt for you. The outfitter will pack hunters into and out of camps via horses. Hunters provide their own food, sleeping bags and personal items and the outfitter provides a sleeping tent, cooking tent, wood stove, cots and pads, table, chairs, lanterns, cookware, utensils, one night’s firewood, saws and a splitting maul. Hunters use spot messaging satellite communication to contact a wrangler to bring horses to help with game retrieval. Hunters will also assist with game retrieval. Meat, capes and antlers are brought out from camp at the end of the hunt. Horses are not left in camp.

5 Day Drop Camp Hunts – Pricing below is for archery, muzzleloader and rifle seasons. Pricing is based on the number of hunters initially booked.

$2250 per hunter when booking 1-3 hunters
$1950 per hunter when booking 4-5 hunters
$1800 per hunter when booking 6 hunters

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Guided: Outfitter provides 1 guide / 2 hunters, camp cook, food, tents, pit toilet and all other camping related necessities – sleeping bags not provided. Horses may be or not be in camp depending on the camp. If horses are not in camp, the guides communicate with base camp and horses are brought in for game retrieval. Clients are asked to assist with game retrieval if possible. Meat, capes and antlers are brought out from camp at the end of the hunt. The guides are experienced elk hunters themselves and are accomplished callers. The guided hunt is the route to go if you are inexperienced or want the highest odds of success. There are typically 4 hunters minimum and a maximum of 6 in the guided camp.

5 Day Guided Hunts - $4250 for archery, muzzleloader and rifle seasons.

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The outfitter reserves the right to bring additional hunters into camps that have 3 hunters or less to complete a group size of between 4 and 6 hunters. All hunts are 7 days in length with 5 days of hunting and one day to pack in and one day to pack out.

License cost is $626 for bull elk plus a $10 habitat stamp. Anyone born after January 1, 1949 must have a hunter education card to apply – Colorado accepts hunter education cards from other states. The application deadline is early April but over-the-counter archery (either sex) and 2nd and 3rd season rifle bull tags can be bought prior to the start of season either online or in person at licensing agents.

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Wyoming Elk - Hunt #06-E1




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Wyoming Elk

Hunt one of Wyoming’s best elk units - Unit 38. Hunting is done primarily on a private ranch but the outfitter also has the surrounding USFS land under permit. The ranch has a resident herd and picks up additional elk in the fall.

Bulls typically score 280-320 with some 350+. Shot opportunity has been over 90%.

Methods include calling during the rut and spot and stalk.

It is recommended that hunters apply for a preference point ($52) during the July 1 - September 30 period - we can assist with that process. Draw odds in 2017 for rifle hunters were 80% with five point. For archers, draw odds were 100% with nine points. These odds are based on buying the special license.

It is also recommended to allow us to apply for you in the January elk draw - application period is January 1-31. Draw results are posted in late February. License cost is $692 for the regular license and $1268 for the special license plus $12.50 conservation stamp. A hunter’s safety card is required for rifle hunters if born after January 1, 1966 - not needed for archery hunters. Crossbows are legal to use during archery and firearm season.

A cow elk hunt is also held in November. The main ranch has a lot of elk, too many actually, and an annual cow harvest is necessary. This is a great hunt for hunters looking to fill their freezers. Cost for the cow elk license in this unit is $707 and is 100% draw odds.

Includes meals, lodging, 1 hunter/guide for archery hunts and 2 hunters/guide for gun hunts, Sheridan airport pick-up and drop-off, transportation of meats and mounts to processing plant or taxidermist.

5 Day Archery Hunt $6800 (Sept. 1-30)

5 Day Rifle Hunt $6800 (Oct. 15 - Nov. 5)

3 Day Cow Elk Rifle Hunt $2200 (Nov. 12-21)