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One of our longtime Utah CWMU outfitters just received 2 additional tags. One elk permit and one trophy deer permit. His hunts had been booked full for some time, but we are pleased to have these 2 spots available for this coming fall. Here is a brief write up on these hunts.
This CWMU outfitter operates on 14,000 free range private acres in northeastern Utah. The ranch is allowed to offer a very limited amount of rifle hunts for both elk and deer from early September, during the elk rut, to early November. The ranch has the landowner vouchers, so this is a guaranteed tag with no drawing.
In 2017 they hosted a total of 10 trophy elk hunters and 4 management bull hunters. All were successful except for one trophy elk hunter that crippled and lost his bull. The largest bull gross scored 340 Boone and Crockett and the next 2 broke the 320 mark. Most bulls taken gross scored in the 280 to 300 inch category.
In 2017 they did 7 trophy mule deer hunters and 7 management hunters. 5 of the 7 trophy hunters took home a buck. Top bucks included 2 grossing just over 190 inches and one in the 180’s. All 7 management hunters tagged deer. While scouting they had seen 5 bucks over the 190 inch mark on the ranch.
These hunts are for 5 days guided 1×1 priced at $7500 plus license, tag and tax, approximate total will be around $8300. Accommodations will be in a travel trailer at a campground close to the ranch. Available dates would be September 3 to 7 (elk only) or October 1-5, 15-19 or 22-26 for either elk or deer. Hunting is mostly done by using pickup trucks and Ranger UTV’s with plenty of glassing and spot and stalk. Airport pickup at Salt Lake City included. Call on hunts EK830 or MD830.
HCU hunter, Mike Salmon, with his great 2017 buck on Hunt MD830.
We have 2 hunters booking this Colorado elk/deer private land combo hunt and have room for 2 more. Call ASAP if interested on the hunt listed below, EK72.
COLORADO BULL ELK, COW ELK AND MULE DEER $4950
8000 PRIVATE ACRES INCLUDES LODGING/MEALS/GUIDES
5 DAYS GUIDED 2X1 OCTOBER 20 TO 24, 2018
HCU typically has the first bull elk rifle hunt on this ranch and they take 4 hunters at $4500 each with exceptional success. You can see 3 of the bulls taken last fall in our 2018 Big Game Annual. The second hunt has been repeatedly booked for the past several years and just now came available for this fall of 2018. It is a 5 day hunt and hunters can take a bull elk and a buck mule deer with landowner deer vouchers. Cow elk can typically also be taken and hunters will have to purchase leftover cow tags after the June draw. This hunt is an exceptional value and a terrific opportunity for hunters wanting to bring home a freezer full of meat. We prefer to book this hunt for a group of 4, price is $4,950 each. Call us on Hunt EK72 for more details.
Here are a couple pics from some HCU hunters coming back from their spring hunts.
MUSKOX HUNT WAS A BIG SUCCESS AND CHEAP
HCU’s Bob Wodzisz took a hunter with him checking out a new Greenland muskox/caribou operation in early March. Spring hunts are just for muskox as the better caribou bulls have lost their antlers by this time. The fall hunt can include caribou along with muskox.
Bob and Dennis flew out of Chicago to Copenhagen, Denmark on an 8 hour flight. Spent the night close to the Copenhagen airport at a nice hotel priced at $290 for double occupancy with a great breakfast. They also have a nice restaurant and lounge. Next day took a 4 hour flight to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland where they were met by the outfitter and dropped off travel clothes and gear not needed for their hunt. Went by pickup for about 40 minutes driving up a frozen fjord. Went another 45 minutes by track ATV and snowmobile on the frozen river to their camp. Normally they are able to drive trucks to the camp, but this spring it was unusually colder and they had to reach camp by other means. Camp was a small heated cabin with outhouse facilities, no shower, but not necessary as the spring hunt is only 3 days. Bob had enough time to get out and harvest an arctic hare before supper consisting of muskox meat.
First morning out they took ATV’s up the frozen river system glassing for muskox. By 10 am they had seen 3 groups of muskox totaling about 30 animals and Bob’s hunter, Dennis, killed a nice mature bull they estimated at 10 years of age. Back to camp by 1 pm where they had a nice lunch. Bob and his guide went back out in the afternoon where they looked over 5 more groups of muskox totaling about 50 animals and decided to pass and spend a little more time hunting the next day.
Second morning after a big breakfast they headed down another river system and up into the mountains. Passed on a group of 5 bulls and rode into a big wide valley where they glassed 5 more groups consisting of about 40 muskox in all. The guide picked out an old mature bull and Bob filled his tag. After pictures, skinning and quartering they headed back to camp while chasing a few ptarmigan on the way. After a big supper they had an enjoyable night watching a spectacular display of the Northern Lights.
Third day since their tags were filled they decided to pack up and head back to town. They were dropped off at a hotel by the Kangerlussuaq airport, where a room was priced at $275 for double occupancy. The hotel had a small restaurant/lounge and a couple close local souvenir shops to purchase a few trinkets. They checked in grabbed a shower and supper, while the guide brought back their travel clothes and stored luggage.
Fourth day they flew out of Greenland about noon, landed in Copenhagen, Denmark that evening and spent the night. Next day they left Copenhagen about noon, flew to New Jersey then the last flight to home arriving around 6 that evening.
Current price in this spring muskox hunt is $5,200.
Bob is looking to put together a small group for the fall muskox hunt that can INCLUDE A CARIBOU for late September or early October of 2018. We are anticipating a 5 or 6 day hunt will be priced at $6,100 for muskox or caribou only or a combination would be $8,900. This would most likely be the pricing if we can get September dates that will not require a helicopter transfer.
If you are interested in possibly going along on this 2018 fall hunt call Bob Wodzisz at 330-730-3473 or if you just want to discuss a future Greenland hunt. Hunt MU299.
2018 FALL HUNT AVAILABILITY UPDATE
HUNT EKB163 has 1 archery elk spot available for September 19 to 23 and this is the best date.
HUNT EKGE72 is the top trophy elk hunt (also the most expensive) and has produced the largest bulls over the past several years. Price is $15,000 for 5 days 1×1 with 2 openings September 10 to 15. This 20,000 acre Utah ranch normally takes about 15 rifle hunters per year during the rut. This ranch is in the Cooperative Wildlife Management Program allowing it to conduct hunts during the rut with rifles. Past years has basically been 100 percent success on bulls averaging around 340 gross Boone and Crockett. Best bull taken by an HCU hunter has grossed over 390.
HUNT EKP224 is a southern Idaho elk hunt on 4,000 acres under high fence. They will open up their new 5-star lodge this fall and have a few scattered openings priced at $6,900 for bulls gross scoring 300 to 340 inches. Larger bulls are priced on an elevated scale according to size. Price includes lodging, 1×1 guiding, meals, tag and license.
HUNT MD278 takes place in northeastern New Mexico during a special late season. The outfitter takes only 4 or 5 hunters total from late November to early December. Last fall all 5 hunters killed bucks, including a great 4×4 with a kicker grossing 192, the rest of the bucks taken grossed in the 170’s. Price is $7,500 for 5 days guided 1×1 with a nice lodge and meals.
HUNT WD304 takes place near Meadow Lake in northwestern Saskatchewan in an area well known for tremendous genetics. Up until last fall the average buck taken here has grossed an impressive 150 inches, but last fall the average was down. Over the course of 5 weeks 43 hunters tagged 36 bucks, including 4 in the 160’s, but no monsters. He has an enormous area, actually four outfitter areas combined into one, 680 square miles. A beautiful lodge and they mostly use heated double bull blinds or elevated box blinds. He has openings almost every week from late October to the end of November. Price is $5400 6 days plus tax and license. For the hunter wanting warm weather they also offer an early season muzzleloader hunt.
HUNT PG278 is in northeastern New Mexico. Past success has been 100% on nice bucks with decent mass. He normally runs about 7 to 10 hunters on more country than he can hunt. He has 3 or 4 openings for either August 25 to 27 or September 7 to 9. Price is $3,000 guided 2×1 with nice lodge accommodations and meals.
HUNT PG226 is in the Ranching For Wildlife Program out of Craig Colorado. He still has 2 openings for this fall anytime in October. Success has been 100% on bucks averaging in the 70’s. Price is $2,500 guided 2×1 with bunkhouse accommodations and meals.
HUNT BL372 in Manitoba just had 2 openings come available for his fall hunt September 6 to 12. In 2017 over the course of his fall hunts 15 hunters killed 14 bears, with the top bears coming in at over 300 pounds. Price is $3,000 for a 5 day hunt out of his lodge plus $150 tax and $335 for a bear license. Airport pickup in Winnipeg is included.
HUNT BL304 is in northern Saskatchewan. This outfitter has only taken a few hunters over the past 2 springs and everyone has taken a bear. Stands are setup for 20 yard bowshots. Fishing is just outside the lodge door on a big lake with plenty of walleyes and pike. Boats, motors and tackle available at no additional cost during the month of May. Price is $3,800 5 days plus $315 tag and $225 tax, with nice lodge accommodations and meals.
HUNT BL577 is located on Tobin Lake in Saskatchewan. Openings are the first week of June or September for the fall hunt that can be combined with whitetails. Last spring all 12 hunters tagged bears and several had 20 inch plus skulls. Half the hunters were archers. Boats/motors/gas included for fishing. Price is $2,900 for 6 days plus $315 tag and $225 tax, with lodge accommodations and meals.
HUNT BL94 located in Newfoundland has a couple late June or early July openings. Last spring 6 of the 8 hunters took home a bear. One weighed in at over 500 pounds with most going 300 plus. Price is $2,400 for 6 days plus tag and tax.
HUNT BL805 takes place in northern Alberta with a 2 bear limit. Last spring his 8 archers and 4 rifle hunters killed 22 bears. All took 2 bears except 2 repeat rifle hunters that only wanted one. Average bear taken is 6 foot 3 inches, with some squaring over 7 foot. Hunts are mid May to mid June with fishing included. This is a super high density bear area where this outfitter has 9,000 square miles. Color phase can be from 20 to 40 percent and fishing is also included. Price is $4,500 all inclusive for 2 bears and includes license, tax, etc. Wall tents with wooden floors, cots with sleeping bags, guides, camp helper and meals.
HUNT ML675 in western Colorado has a few scattered spots from early December to February of next winter. Success on big cats has been unmatched with 10 hunters killing 10 cats so far, 9 toms and one female, he still has 3 hunters to go in April. Price is $6,000
5 days 1×1 with cabin accommodations and meals.
HUNT DS393 dall sheep hunt takes place in the Yukon. The outfitter had 13 hunters last fall and 11 tagged rams. Best ram won the Yukon Belt Buckle and went over 40 inches, 2 more broke 39 inches. One of the unsuccessful hunters was just too out of shape to hunt sheep and the other never had a good opportunity. He runs 3 hunters per hunt with horses and cabins. This is one of the gentler areas to hunt sheep. He has 2 openings September 3 to 12 for this fall. Price is $21,000 10 days and INCLUDES charter flight, licenses, royalty fees and hunter preservation fund. The only added cost is the 5% tax plus tips.
HUNT DS135 is a Yukon dall sheep hunt that has an opening August 31 to September 9. Last fall all 12 hunters tagged rams, including one 40 incher. Price is $22,000 ALL INCLUSIVE 8 days, 1×1, horseback.
HUNT SS483 is a northern British Columbia stone sheep hunt. He has a couple openings for 2018. Last fall all 6 hunters took home rams and in 2016 all 8 hunters scored. Price is $42,500 15 days, guide, wrangler and 6 horses. Hunters charter from Ft. Nelson.
Cliff Graham and his guide with Cliff’s SS491 ram.
HUNT SS491 stone sheep hunt in northern B.C. bordering the Yukon has one opening August 15 to 30 priced at $45,000. This is a 14 day horseback hunt that INCLUDES trophy fees on any additional species such as mountain goat, moose, elk, black bear and wolf. In 2017 his 13 sheep hunters tagged 11 rams including a 42 inch ram. Both unsuccessful hunters were foreigners that could not hike and should not have been on a sheep hunt.
HUNT MG907 is a super Alaska boat hunt and he has one opening on his first hunt, October 16 to 24. This hunt had an unbelievable track record over the course of 2014, 2015 and 2016 he had 28 goat hunters kill 27 billies, they do not shoot nannies. In 2017 he had 9 hunters, the first 6 killed nice billies and then 2 hunters crippled billies and were not able to retrieve them and the last hunter only wanted a Boone and Crockett and he missed what they thought was a book billy. Price is $13,500 7 days, 1×1 with nice accommodations aboard the 50 foot yacht and super meals.
HUNT MS135 is a terrific Yukon horseback hunt. He has a couple moose openings September 11 to 20 or 23 to October 2. Last fall 6 of the 7 hunters tagged bulls averaging 60 inches. The unsuccessful hunter was 80 years old and missed a bull and passed on a couple others. In 2016 all 8 hunters killed bulls. Price is $21,000 ALL INCLUSIVE (charter, licenses, royalty fees, taxes) 8 days, 1×1 and horseback.
AFRICA, NEW ZEALAND, ARGENTINA has scattered openings so give us a call and we can discuss the possibilities.
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