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REMEMBER APRIL 3 COLORADO APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR TAGS OR PREFERENCE POINTS.

We strongly suggest getting elk and deer points as many good areas only require 1 to 6 points to acquire a tag. One of our top elk outfitters offers an amazing late September muzzleloader hunt for big bulls and the tag has been available with only 1 point, so if you haven’t started get your points starting this year. THIS YEAR ALL APPLICATIONS ARE DONE ON THE COLORADO FISH AND GAME WEBSITE. If you have problems call HCU’s Cliff Graham at 724-538-8686 for assistance.

 

2018 FALL HUNT AVAILABILITY UPDATE

 

ELK

 


Scott Welch with an above average bull on Hunt EK163.


Mike Taylor with his bull on EK163.

HUNT EK163 has 3 openings on the second hunt for 2018. In 2017 they had 7 rifle hunters on the second hunt and 6 took home bulls. Price is $5,000 5 days 2×1, October 20-24, cabin accommodations, no horses. The outfitter has also decided to take 2 elk hunters on the third hunt, November 3-7. In 2017 he had one elk hunter on this hunt and he killed his bull. This hunt is normally set aside for his mule deer hunters, but with all the property he has it should be a great hunt for only 2 hunters as they will have all the elk country to themselves.

 


Holger Jensen with his Utah bull on Hunt EKGE72.


Jerry Martin with his representative elk on Hunt EKGE72.

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.

 


Tom Bilinovich with his $6900 Idaho bull.


Jacob Bilinovich with his Idaho bull.

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.

 

MULE DEER

 

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.

 

WHITETAIL DEER

 


Here are just a couple representative bucks, not the big ones, on Hunt WD554.

HUNT WD554 is a December southeastern Colorado hunt where the outfitter has plenty of private property and normally only takes 4 or 5 whitetail hunters per year. He sometimes does one early during the regular mule deer hunt, but mainly he does them in early December. Last year they killed a 170 inch non-typical and in 2016 they took their best buck to date, a 180 type buck. The average regular buck taken has been in the 135 to 150 class. Price is $4,500 5 days 2×1 with basic ranch house accommodations and meals.

 


Dave Smith with a 150 inch Saskatchewan buck on Hunt WD304.


Mark Smith with his Saskatchewan buck.

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.

 

PRONGHORN

 


Holger Jensen with a heavy mass buck on Hunt PG278.


Mark Muchow with a nice representative N.M. buck on Hunt PG278.

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 a few openings for this fall from late August to end of October. Success has been 100% on bucks averaging in the 70’s. Price is $2,500 guided 2×1 with bunkhouse accommodations and meals.

 

BLACK BEARS

 


Tony Wight shot too quick on a small bear, but he is rebooked after seeing all the big bears being brought into camp last fall on Hunt BL372.

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.

 

MOUNTAIN LIONS

 


Ryan Pallinger with his Colorado tom.


Scott Wimer with his big Colorado tom on Hunt ML675.

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 this outfitter. Price is $6,000 5 days 1×1 with cabin accommodations and meals.

 

SHEEP

 


John Henderson’s ram on Hunt DS393 won the Guide Yukon Buckle for 2018.


Chris Kauffman with his Yukon dall on Hunt DS393.

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.

 


Jim Elker took this Boone and Crockett ram on Hunt DS135.


Bill Devore with his Yukon ram on Hunt DS135.

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.

 


Chuck Beharyb with his ram on Hunt SS483.


Mike Kovach with a representative ram on Hunt SS483.

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.

 


Bob Wodzisz with a 40 inch stone sheep on Hunt SS491.


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.

 

MOUNTAIN GOATS

 

HUNT MG907 is a super Alaska boat hunt and he has a couple openings 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.

 

MOOSE

 

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.

 

WOLVES

 


Mike Salmon took these 2 Alberta wolves on Hunt WF254.

HUNT WF254 has been a very successful Alberta wolf hunt. Last year the first hunter tagged a gray male on day 3. Second hunter scored on a black and gray the first day. Third hunter had some physical difficulties, but saw 6 wolves. Fourth hunter missed 2 and crippled 2 in 5 days. This older farmer says he isn’t going to run hunts much longer so if you are interested do not wait. He has a list of hunters and when he gets wolves on the baits and patterned he calls for a hunter to get up there ASAP. He has 3 bait sites and all can be watched from heated blinds. He only takes one hunter at a time. Price is $4,000 6 days 1×1 with in house accommodations and meals. $500 down will put you on the on-call list and if you pass you stay in for the next opportunity.

 

AFRICA, NEW ZEALAND, ARGENTINA has scattered openings so give us a call and we can discuss the possibilities.

Our 36 page color 2018 Big Game Annual will be sent out late January and if you are not on our mailing list please email us your address so you receive the new brochure.

HCU has just started an email list to ensure that our clients get the latest information on any last minute deals that come up through the year due to cancellations and other discounts.  We have sent one email to date, if you have not received it, and would like to receive this information over email, please email one of the consultants listed below and we will add your email to the listing.

          

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Scott Steinkruger
P.O. Box 254
Bushland, TX 79012
office: 806-353-3634
e-mail: 
scott@besthunts.net
Cliff Graham
7931 Franklin Road
Evans City, PA 16033
office: 724-538-8686
e-mail: 
cliff@besthunts.net
                 
Bob Wodzisz
Box 244
Peninsula, OH 44264
office: 330-730-3473
e-mail: 
bob@besthunts.net
Craig Green
3348 Woodwind Drive
Jefferson Hills, PA 15025

office: 412-606-9551
e-mail: 
craig@besthunts.net