2016 was a tough year for most elk out tters with the high temperatures and late winter, but even in an off year this out t did better than most. Everyone saw bulls on every hunt, but overall 4 hunters did not have any opportunities. This hunt had been 100 percent opportunity for many prior years.

The 2016 first rifle ended with 6 of the 8 hunters tagging bulls. Second season consisting of 2 hunts produced 10 bulls for 16 hunters. Third season went 6 for 12, including 2 muley bucks and fourth season was 1 for 4 on bulls.

This outfitter has exclusive rights to his family’s private ranch. Combine this with horses to take you up and down the mountain daily, remodeled old turn of the century cabin accommodations, over the counter tags, good elk numbers and the price is affordable. It is a great value for Colorado bulls.

2015 the first rifle elk season went 6 for 8. Second hunt 5 for 8, third hunt 6 for 7, fourth hunt 5 for 6, fifth hunt 4 for 6 and last hunt 2 for 3. Unsuccessful hunters either missed or passed on bulls, but everyone had an opportunity to kill a bull.

The outfitter produces numbers like this pretty much every year. His archery hunts are very exciting, all calling with spot and stalk. A very exciting way to chase bulls and his success is unmatched. 2016 was slow but they still killed 7 bulls, hit and lost 2 and missed 4. In 2015 his 17 bowhunters killed 11 bulls and 5 hunters hit and lost bulls.

This small personal out tter operates on a private ranch with high elk numbers just southeast of Craig. Most bulls taken are 5 points, although some will be smaller 6 points. Hunters can add mule deer for $2,000 and there are some trophy deer.

All hunts are horseback and are 4 days guided 2×1. Accommodations are a renovated pre-1900 ranch house with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, big kitchen, living room, mud room and enclosed porch. The first rifle hunt has been 100 percent in the draw. The second and third season elk permits are sold over-the-counter. Fourth season elk hunters need to apply, but draw has been near 100 percent. Deer permits are tougher and you need preference points. Rifle elk hunts are $4,700 or combine with mule deer for $6,700.

Bow hunts and muzzleloader are both priced at $5,200. Hunters are picked up at Hayden airport. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has been on this ranch. Hunt EK824.