Elk

$6,000 FIRST RIFLE ELK HUNT $5500 SECOND/THIRD RIFLE $5500 ARCHERY SEASON 13,000 PRIVATE ACRES
2018 – 16 BULLS FOR 23 HUNTERS 2017 – 13 BULLS FOR 14 HUNTERS

Beautiful elk country on private land with nice cabin accommodations, high elk numbers with good success on 5 and 6 point bulls makethis hunt a top choice. This small personal outfittercurrently has openings for archery, muzzleloader,and second and third rifle elk hunts (first season isfull). It really makes sense for hunters wanting to make the most of their dollars to book this hunt a year or two in advance.

2018 first rifle hunt was 7 for 7 on bulls, withthe top 2 bulls going 300 inches. Second seasonfirst hunt 7 hunters killed 5 bulls. Second seasonsecond hunt he had 3 elk/deer combo hunters and 2 elk only guys. Overall they killed 2 bulls and 3mule deer bucks, a 188, 182 and a 177. Third sea- son they had 4 elk hunters kill 2 bulls, both 5×5’s and the unsuccessful hunters crippled a bull and missed a bull. He had 5 deer hunters kill 4 bucks,a 188, 181, 170 and a 168.

2017 first rifle hunt went 7 for 7 on bulls, in-cluding a 310, 303, 292, a couple in the 270’s plus2 smaller typical Colorado bulls. Second seasonwent 6 for 7. Third season only had one elk hunterand he tagged a bull.

2016 first rifle went three for six on bulls, fourmore were missed and one crippled and lost. Sec-ond rifle hunt four hunters killed one bull, missedtwo bulls and a bear. Third hunt he had one elk hunter kill a 310 bull.

All hunts are 5 days guided 2×1 or add $1000 for 1×1. Archery elk is $5,500 for September. Muzzleloader hunts are $6,000 mid September.First season rifle is $6,000 for mid October, secondseason $5,500 late October, third season $5,500 early November. First season elk draw has been 100 percent on these private land tags, second and third seasons are over the counter. Muzzleloader elk usually requires 3 points to draw. Mule deerare draw, 7 or 8 points should get you a tag andlandowner vouchers are available. 13,000 private acres with cabin accommodations, meals and 2x1guide service. Hunters fly into Grand Junction andrent a vehicle or into Montrose and get picked up at no charge. Limited openings for 2019, book now for 2020. Hunt EK163.  EK163 Hunt Photos

 

COLORADO RANCHING FOR WILDLIFE ONLY $5250 GUARANTEED TAG 20,000 PRIVATE ACRES

This is typically a high success elk hunt on private land that has guaranteed licenses issued from the state, no drawings and you do not use any of your preference points. Elk numbers in this unit have increased the past several years, but the early November hunts can be somewhat weather dependent, so we prefer the mid to later dates in November and early December.

At press time his regular season 29 hunters had killed 28 bulls, including 9 six point bulls, which is very unusual and he still had 8 hunters to go. Cold weather and a little snow helped the 2018 season tremendously, especially the more marginal early November hunts. This northwest Colorado region typically produces 4 and 5 pointbulls with the occasional 6 point, but in 2017 themigration was so late and unproductive that many bulls managed to mature an additional year, but remember this is not a trophy hunt.

In 2017 the season started off pretty slow with unusually warm weather and the first couple huntsproduced a total of 8 bulls for 12 hunters. Overall the 45 hunters tagged 36 bulls and 3 cows, any elk is legal with RFW tags. The elk were only seen in small groups and the main migration never came off the mountain down to the lower elevations untilDecember making the 2017 season difficult.

In 2016 the ranch had 46 permits and 42 bulls were taken.

In 2015 there were 45 permits and 42 bulls were killed.

The ranch receives about 40 plus elk tagsyearly depending on what F&G allocate eachspring and we expect them to harvest close to 85 percent due to the ranch location in a very high migration corridor. Success the past 5 years has averaged over 85 percent on branch antlered bulls.Since the ranch is in the RFW program the outfittercan hunt from September 5 to November 29 withrifles. Most bulls taken will be a 5 point averaging in the 220 to 240 class and top bulls have reached the 270 inch category. Typically the elk hunting gets better as the season progresses. Starting about mid November more elk move onto the property due to pressure on nearby public land and the nor- mal winter migration out of the high country. This is more of a low country, wide open type of hunt where you catch groups of elk crossing the ranch.

The outfitter also offers two LATE SEPTEM- BER RUT HUNTS in the high country for $5,500 for 4 days. This is a much more physically de- manding hunt, typically in more mountainous ter- rain at higher elevations for resident elk.

In 2018 they had a total of 8 hunters over the 2 hunts kill 5 bulls, with the best bull a 5×6. It was a tougher rut hunt with hot dry conditions.

In 2017 they had 9 hunters on the rut hunt kill 7 bulls.

In 2016 they had 8 hunters tag 7 bulls.

The ranch is located at about 7500 foot eleva- tion and has good road access making the regular elk hunt not an extremely physical hunt. Hunt- ers normally come in on Saturday; hunt Sunday,Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (4 days) andleave Thursday. Bunkhouse accommodations, meals, guided 2×1 and airport pickup in Haydenis included for $5,250. Pronghorn can be added tothe early elk hunts for only $2,250 and the ranchproduces nice bucks averaging 70 inches. Very limited elk openings for 2019. HCU’s Craig Green and Cliff Graham have hunted with this outfitter. Hunt EK226.  EK226 Hunt Photos.

COLORADO ELK ONLY $5000 ELK/MULE DEER COMBO $7000 13,000 PRIVATE ACRES
2018 FIRST 2 SEASONS 17 FOR 20 2017 FIRST 2 SEASONS 19 FOR 22

HCU has worked with this outfitter for over 12 years. He runs a small outfit on his family ranchlocated southeast of Craig that is known for high elk numbers. He has the exclusive rights to all 13,000 acres and consistently runs high success elk hunts on 5 point and small 6 point bulls. He also has one of the highest opportunity archery elk hunts in this part of the state.

Archery season ended up with 20 bowhunters killing 6 bulls, including 2 nice 6×6 bulls. 9 bulls were hit and lost and only one shot was over 25yards. 17 of the 20 archers took shots and onlyone hunter never had an opportunity and he had to leave early.

2018 first rifle hunt all 7 hunters tagged bulls. Second season first half went 6 for 8 and second half of second season went 5 for 7. Battled 60 de-gree temps and everyone had the flu, tough hunt. Third season first half ended with 6 bulls for 8hunters and second half of third season was also 6 for 8, with 2 bulls hit and lost and 4 missed. Fourth season had 5 hunters kill 2 bulls, miss two 6 pointbulls and everyone had shooting. Good seasonwith lots of opportunities.

2017 first rifle hunt went 8 for 8 on bulls. Sec-ond season first half finished with 7 hunters tagging4 bulls, 1 crippled and 5 missed. Second half ofsecond season went 7 for 7. Third season first half 6 for 8, 5 misses and 2 cripples, second half 5 for 7, 4 misses and 1 crippled. Fourth season 1 for 3 with 2 misses. Archery season had 20 bowhunters kill 6 bulls, 9 bulls hit and lost and 6 were missed.

The outfitter produces numbers like this prettymuch every year. Archery hunts are calling with spot and stalk, the most exciting way to bow hunt bulls.

All hunts are horseback 4 days guided 2×1. Accommodations are a renovated pre-1900 ranch house with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, big kitchen, liv-ing room, mud room and enclosed porch. The first rifle hunt has been 100 percent in the draw. Thesecond and third season elk permits are sold over the counter. Fourth season elk hunters need to ap- ply, but draw has been near 100 percent.

He also offers an elk/mule deer combo huntfor only $7,000 and that includes a mule deervoucher, no draw, for the second and third seasons.

In 2018 he had 6 mule deer hunters tag 4 bucks, best went 160, nothing big and all the elk going through may have pushed the deer out.

In 2017 he only had 2 deer permits availableand both hunters took real nice bucks, 29 inch 181 and a 168 inch buck.

Bow hunts and muzzleloader are both priced at $5,500. Hunters are picked up at Hayden air- port. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has been on this ranch. Hunt EK824.  EK824 Hunt Photos.

 

COLORADO 8000 ACRE PRIVATE RANCH NEED GROUP OF 4 HUNTERS FIRST SEASON RIFLE ELK $4500 SECOND SEASON BULL ELK, COW ELK AND DEER COMBO HUNT
ONLY $5000 5 DAYS 2X1
2018 – 4 HUNTERS 4 BULLS
2017 – 4 HUNTERS 3 BULLS

The first rifle hunt of the season is a greatelk hunt for older hunters or father/son wanting a physically easy high opportunity bull elk hunt.

2018 all 4 hunters had tagged bulls by the end of the second day, including a 6 point and three 5 points.

In 2017 the group of 4 hunters tagged 3 bulls,two 6 points and a 5×5, and the unsuccessful hunt- er passed looking for a particularly giant bull that had been seen.

First 5 day elk hunt is only $4,500 guided 2×1 with ranch house accommodations and hearty meals. They offer a second season hunt priced at $5,000 that allows hunters a bull and a cow elk plus a mule deer. This is a phenomenal opportunity for a group of 4 hunters wanting to bring home a freezer full of meat with 3 tags in your pocket. Bull success is typically lower on this second hunt, but you can add a cow elk and deer season opens up with a reasonable opportunity of success.

This is not your normal high country elk hunt,but more sitting and watching agriculture fieldsor patchy open areas from vantage points in lowcountry along riverbottoms. The outfitters familyowns the ranch and they have run this hunt forover 20 years. Special first season draw has been100 percent or he has landowner vouchers.

Unguided archery elk is available for only $2,500 and your group of 2 would be the onlyarchery hunters. Hunters fly into Grand Junctionand rent a car. Second hunt, combination hunt, isavailable for 2019, first hunt is booked. 2020 has 2 openings on the first hunt and second hunt is openfor 4 hunters. Hunt EK72.  EK72 Hunt Photos

 

SE WYOMING ELK HUNT $6500 HIGH SUCCESS GENERAL DRAW TAG 5000 PRIVATE ACRES

This outfitter runs trophy elk hunts in the coveted Unit 7 located in southeastern Wyomingwhere it takes approximately 9 preference points with typically 100 percent success on bulls aver- aging close to 330 inches. He is picking up a 5,000 acre ranch in Unit 5 where you should be able to draw a general tag with 2 points. This ranch bor-ders Unit 7 to the west and we expect the huntingto be good on nice bulls in the 280 to 300 inch class, with the possibility for a really big bull.

Unit 5 elk tags have previously been drawn with zero points in the special draw and had only required one point to draw the general tag. 5 day hunt is $6,500 guided 2×1 including lodging and meals. If a hunter wants to put in for the high dol-lar special draw the outfitter will drop the price to$6,000 to offset the higher priced tag.

He plans on taking a total of 6 hunters over thecourse of two rifle hunts in early October and maytake one or two archery hunters in September. We have high expectations on this hunt and believe this could be one of the better bargains.

The key here is to acquire preference pointsstarting July 1 to October 31 so you can acquire the elk tag in a future January drawing. Go to the weband look up https://wgfd.wyo.gov and follow the simple instructions to purchase the elk preference point currently priced around $50. Buy it this coming July for a future hunt. This outfitter also has a pronghorn hunt and if you are interested you should purchase a pronghorn point for about $30. If you have problems call us and we can assist you.

Draw deadline is January 31. Hunters fly intoDenver and rent a vehicle for the 3 hour drive. Hunt EK5264.

 

COLORADO ELK $5500 ELK/DEER COMBO $8500 2018 – 5 ELK HUNTERS 5 BULLS 2 MULE DEER HUNTERS 2 BUCKS 2 COMBO HTRS 2 BULLS/2 BUCKS

The outfitter takes only a few elk and deerhunters on these private land pieces located in southwestern Colorado just east of Montrose.2018 was his first year and this is not a trophyhunt, but it did produce high success on 4 and 5 point bulls.

2018 the first rifle elk hunt produced 4 bullsfor 4 hunters, including an out of the ordinary 300 plus bull. Second season he only had one elk hunt- er and he harvested a small 4 point. He also had 2 muley hunters and they killed a 160 and 150 inch bucks. Third season he had 2 combination hunt-ers kill two bulls, 270 inch 6 point and a small 4 point, and two muley bucks, 27 inch 170 type anda small 4 point.

5 day rifle hunts are $5,500 guided 2×1 for the first or second season. Second season elk can becombined with deer for only $8,500. He prefers to take only up to 4 hunters per hunt. Meals and lodging are included, but at press time accommo-dations were not finalized.

Hunting methods can vary from sitting onfields, which was the most productive, to hikingand glassing various locations. He can also hunt some BLM land in this area.

Hunters should draw without any points and landowner vouchers should be available. Fly intoGrand Junction and rent a car or fly into Montroseand get picked up at the airport. Draw deadline is early April. 2019 openings. Hunt EKM554.

 

SOUTHEASTERN COLORADO BULLS 130,000 PRIVATE ACRES
$7500 RIFLE $7000 BOW OR MZ 2018 – 8 HUNTERS 8 BULLS
2017 – 7 HUNTERS 7 BULLS
2016 – 7 HUNTERS 7 BULLS

This hunt takes place on 130,000 private acres in southeast Colorado just north of Raton, NewMexico. He runs a small outfit that only takes about 5 rifle hunters on the first season and usually2 or 3 on one of the later hunts. His unprecedented success on big bulls typically gross scoring from270 to 320 points is directly due to only takinga few hunters each year. He has many more tags available, but by not over harvesting, his hunters consistently kill bigger bulls with extremely high success. This hunt is a super value for the quality, which explains why it is typically sold out for the upcoming year by the time you read about it in our brochure. Hunters need to put a $500 deposit down to hold and insure a future spot.

2018 the first rifle hunt went 5 for 5, includinga 320, 300, two 5 points and an 84 year old hunter took a smaller bull. He ran the second elk hunt in the third season and all 3 hunters scored, includinga 320 class 6×7 and two 280 inch bulls. Secondseason he ran 6 mule deer hunters, 4 bucks were taken including a wide cull buck and a couple were missed, nothing big.

In 2017 on the first rifle elk hunt all 5 hunterstagged bulls and on the second hunt success was 2 for2. All the bulls taken on the rifle hunts scored from 280to 330 inches. He also had 6 mule deer hunters harvest6 bucks, with the biggest going 178 inches. 3 buckstaken were mature cull bucks in the 150’s.

5 days guided 2×1 is $7,500 or $8,500 1x1starting in early October. Basic ranch house ac-commodations with meals and hunters fly intoColorado Springs or Denver and rent a car for the 2 or 3 hour drive.

First hunt is a draw, but has been 100 percent; second and third season tags are over the counter. Mule deer also need applied for, but should draw and he also has some deer vouchers. Deer hunts are $5,500 for 5 days 2×1 or $6,500 1×1.

He also offers an elk muzzleloader hunt each year and this could be the best hunt. September 10 to 20 and hunters need 1 or 2 points to draw a tag. Colorado allows in-line muzzleloaders, but no scopes or sabots.

He does a September archery elk hunt and in 2018 his 6 bowhunters killed 3 bulls, including a 300 inch 6×6 and two 5 point bulls. A 280 type bull was hit and lost and another bull was missed.

In 2017 his 6 bowhunters killed 3 bulls and crippled a bull.

April 1 draw deadline. 2019 is booked full so reserve now for 2020 or 2021. We expect prices to increase by $500. Hunt EK554.

 

SEPTEMBER RIFLE BUGLE HUNT$10,800 2×1 or $12,000 1x1UTAH 35,000 FREE RANGE ACRES 100 PERCENT PAST YEARS AVERAGE 310 TO 320 INCHES

This 35,000 acre ranch is in the CWMU pro- gram guaranteeing them 30 bull tags and allowingthem to run 4 consecutive rifle rut hunts from Sep-tember 14 to October 7. They typically take up to8 hunters per hunt and success has run 100 percent the past several years.

2018 was a good year for everyone taking a really nice bull, although no real monsters were seen. All 30 hunters tagged bulls and the average bull would have grossed close to 320 inches. The top 5 bulls scored between 340 and 344, with the 2 smallest going 290 inches.

In 2017 their 27 hunters killed 26 bulls withthe best bull grossing 364 and they took 4 more in the 340’s. Overall the average bull harvested scored between 315 and 320.

In 2016 all 27 hunters tagged bulls averagingright about 320 gross score, with the top bull going 349 inches.

The property has an amazing bull to cow ratio of 80:100 and hunters can expect to see 10 to 15 good bulls per day. Hunters get to experience the rut in full force with bugling bulls and crashing of antlers. HCU has never had a hunter come home without a bull on this hunt.

5 day hunt is $10,800 2×1 or $12,000 1×1 and includes lodge accommodations with home cooked meals. Hunters are picked up at the Salt Lake City airport. 2019 is booked full and there are only a couple 2020 spots remaining or booknow for 2021. HCU’s Cliff Graham and BobWodzisz have been on this ranch. Hunt EK255.  EK255 Hunt Photos.

 

NEW MEXICO TROPHY BULLS 100% SUCCESS PAST 12 YEARS 310 TO 360 B&C GROSS SCORE 60,000 FREE RANGE ACRES

This outfitter has to buy over a dozen bull elkvouchers from his ranchers to have the leases, but only takes a few hunters each year to insure high success on quality bulls, which makes the hunt more expensive.

In 2018 size was down due to the spring and summer drought. He took 1 archer in Septemberand 4 October rifle hunters. Everyone scored onbulls in the 320 class, but no super bulls were seen, probably due to the drought conditions.

In 2017 all 8 hunters killed bulls, including a 350 bull on each of the 2 hunts. One big 370 bullwas seen, but a good portion of his rack was broke off. Overall average was lower this year scoring roughly 325.

In 2016 his 8 hunters tagged 8 bulls with thetop bull scoring 370 inches and 4 more grossedover 350.

In 2015 all 9 hunters filled their tags and the best bulls went 384, 370 and several in the 350’sdown to the smallest at 320.

This outfitter has limited his number of hunt- ers to improve and maintain trophy bulls for ev- eryone. He has several ranches close together in northeastern New Mexico close to Raton totaling over 60,000 acres. He occasionally takes a Sep-tember bowhunter and runs two 5 day rifle huntsin October guided 1×1 priced at $15,000 for thefirst hunt and $14,000 for the second hunt and in our opinion they are about the same. Guaranteedlandowner voucher is included so there is no draw.Hunters fly into Colorado Springs and rent a car.HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has been on this ranch. Lim- ited openings for 2019. Hunt EK278.  EK278 Hunt Photos.

 

NUMBER 1 BEST TROPHY HUNT UTAH SEPTEMBER RIFLE RUT HUNT 20,000 FREE RANGE PRIVATE ACRES TYPICALLY 100 PERCENT SUCCESS GUARANTEED TAG – NO DRAW

2018 was a tough season due to such a dry winter, spring and summer. This area experienceda record setting worst drought in the past 70 years.Dry conditions can cause big bulls to lose 20 to 25 inches antler growth on a drought year. The past average bull taken on this ranch has scored anywhere from 330 to 350 inches gross score with near 100 percent success, but 2018 was really down with the average bull taken scoring 320 plus inches. Last fall 6 of the 14 bulls taken grossed 330 up to 352 inches, but no really giant bulls the ranch is known for were taken.

The outfitter has run this hunt the past 30 yearson their 20,000 acre family ranch located in south- eastern Utah. Since the ranch is in the covetedCooperative Wildlife Management Unit Program (CWMU) they are allocated between 14 and 16bull elk tags each year determined by the Fish and Wildlife Department. The program allows themto start rifle hunting September 1 until the endof October. They typically run all their elk hunt-ers in September to the first week of October soeveryone gets to hunt during the rut. 5 day hunts guided 1×1 are $15,000 plus license and tax. Nice accommodations plus good home cooked meals and older hunters can physically do this hunt. This is one of the very best free range elk hunts with a guaranteed tag.

2017 finished with 15 hunters killing 14 bulls.Best bull grossed 368 down to 310, with an overall average of 335.

2016 all 16 hunters tagged big bulls on thisSeptember rifle rut hunt. Top bull was a 360 andquite a few over 350 were taken.

The outfitter’s family owns the ranch and itis a top shelf hunt for trophy animals in a beauti-ful setting. Hunters fly into Grand Junction, wherethey rent a car, and arrive at the ranch early after- noon and hunt that evening. Hunt EKGE72.  EKGE72 Hunt Photos.

 

WESTERN MONTANA HORSEBACK BARGAIN PRICED AT ONLY $4250 5 DAYS ARCHERY OR RIFLE 2018 – 13 ARCHERS KILL 7 BULLS FIRST RIFLE – 9 HUNTERS 7 BULLS

This is a high adventure horseback elk hunt in the Snowcrest Mountain Range in southwestern Montana that takes place mostly between 8500 to 9500 foot elevations. The area holds resident elk and is not dependent on the migration. This is not considered a trophy hunt and the average bull taken is a 5 point, although 300 inch bulls are sometimes tagged. This hunt is a real bargain for the young hunter wanting to experience hunting elk in the mountains or the experienced hunter that still wants to hunt horseback.

2018 archery season was hampered a little by early snows, but overall was a pretty success- ful season. They ran 3 September bowhunts witha total of 13 archers tagging 7 bulls, including amonster 340 and 3 right around 300 inches, with the rest being smaller. Several bulls were missed, but no cripples were reported.

2018 first rifle hunt ended with 9 hunters killing 7 bulls and 2 cows. Elk numbers were up forthe season and quite a few bigger bulls were seen and many missed throughout all the hunts.

2017 archery season started off great, with all9 archers getting shots and 2 bulls being tagged. Then a snowstorm rolled in dumping 14 inches of snow ending the archery hunt.

2017 first rifle hunt finished with 7 of the 10hunters taking home a bull and 2 of the unsuccess- ful hunters missed.

2016 archery season was off compared to normal. 9 bowhunters killed 1 bull, but 5 archers missed bulls.

2016 first rifle hunt had 10 hunters kill 7 bullsand 3 cows. Second hunt 6 guys killed 3 bulls and 2 missed. Third hunt 6 guys killed 2 bulls and 3 cows and everyone had shooting. Fourth hunt was a large family group of 10 killing 4 bulls and 8 had shooting.

Hunters normally spend their first and lastnight at the main lodge with private rooms and baths when booked for the wilderness hunt. The next day is spent riding into one of two wall tent camps that have been previously setup in the mountains. The following day your hunt begins with an early breakfast then back onto your horse for the days hunt, returning that evening for sup- per and your cot. 5 hunting days, then horseback to the lodge to spend your last evening.

Lodge hunts are later in the season and they hunt directly from the lodge each day by horse-back. The first 3 backcountry hunts can accom- modate up to 10 hunters. Lodge hunts are usually limited to 6 hunters for each of the last two hunts. 5 day hunts guided 2×1 are priced at only $4,250. Archery hunts start early September for 3 weeksand rifle is normally late October to late Novem- ber. Elk licenses have been leftover for this region so the draw has been 100 percent and the tags are either sex and some hunters purchase an ad- ditional cow tag. Airport pickup can be arranged in Bozeman or rent a car. 2019 has some scatteredarchery and rifle spots. Hunt EK775.

 

2 NEW MEXICO ELK HUNTS CHASE RANCH AND THE NORTH RANCH

Last fall was tough due to extremely hot dry80 to 90 degree temperatures. First rifle hunt on the Chase produced 4 bulls for 7 hunters, with thetop 2 breaking 300 inches. Second hunt was 1 for 4, with an old broken 300 inch bull.

On the North Ranch they hosted 12 archers killing 6 bulls ranging in size from 280 to just over300 inches. First rifle ended with 8 hunters taking8 bulls and second hunt was the same at 8 for 8. The hunting was tough, but they ended up with the average bull grossing 280 inches and a couple good 300 plus bulls were also taken.

On the Chase in 2017 the first rifle elk hunt went 7 bulls for 7 hunters, second hunt was 2 for2 and the third hunt went 2 for 3. Best bull taken after the 3 hunts grossed 325, with an overall aver- age of 300 inches.

In 2016 on the Chase the first rifle hunt had 7elk hunters kill 6 bulls, with the best bull grossing325 inches. The second rifle hunt was 3 for 3, third hunt 1 for 3 (2 hunters had to leave early due toan emergency) and the fourth hunt went 3 for 4.Overall the October/November rifle hunts had 17hunters kill 13 bulls averaging around 300.

This 12,000 acre Chase Ranch in northeast-ern New Mexico borders the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch on one side and the famous Veremejo Park on the other, the outfitter is also issued a few tags to hunt 8,000 acres in Dean Canyon on Veremejo.The North Ranch is close by, but at a little higher elevation with more rustic accommodations.

All rifle and archery elk hunts on the Chaseare priced at $8,000 for 5 days guided 2×1 and this includes the landowner voucher, guaranteeing you an elk tag without any drawing, but you still have to buy the state license and tag. The North Ranch is a little more expensive and at press time prices were still not set.

The first 5 day hunt is normally October 1 to5, second hunt, October 11 to 15 and third hunt is October 22 to 26. Hunters can expect to hear somebugling on the first couple hunts.

He also offers a 5 day archery hunt for Sep- tember 11 to 15 or September 18 to 22 and we prefer the later hunt.

The Chase has old ranch house accommo-dations with satellite TV and screened in porch. Hunters fly into Colorado Springs, Albuquerqueor Amarillo and rent a car for both ranches. Li-cense and 7 percent tax is not included. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz, Scott Steinkruger and Cliff Grahamhave all been on the Chase Ranch. Hunt EK333.  EK333 Hunt Photos.

 

SOUTHEASTERN WYOMING ELK 20,000 ACRE PRIVATE RANCH ARCHERY OR RIFLE $8000 2018 – 4 FOR 4, 280 TO 340 2017 – 2 FOR 2, 313 AND 311

This outfitter hunts his family owned ranchbordering the Medicine Bow National Forest out- side of Laramie. Small personal operation and he only takes a very limited amount of hunters.

Last fall he had 4 rifle hunters take 4 bulls, 2between 280 and 290, a 320 and a monster 340 bull. He did not take any archery hunters.

In 2017 he had 2 rifle hunters and they killed a313 bull and a 311 that had about 10 inches broke off.

In 2016 his rifle hunters did not draw their elktags as they didn’t have a preference point. No gun hunters in 2016.

In 2015 he had 3 rifle hunters and they killed 3 bulls, a giant 350, a 317 and a broken 6×6 the last day.

This outfitter takes up to 4 rifle hunters peryear and 1 or 2 archery hunters, mostly spot and stalk. All hunts are priced at $8,000 and guided 1×1. Archery hunts are 6 days in the month of Sep-tember and 5 day rifle hunts run from October 15to 30.

Currently hunters need to have one preference point and put in for the special draw or two points should get the regular draw, but we expect this to increase in 2020. Keep acquiring points as it just makes it more likely to get your tag at a reduced price. The key here is to acquire preference pointsstarting July 1 to October 31 so you can acquire the elk tag in a future January drawing. Go to theweb and look up https://wgfd.wyo.gov and follow the simple instructions to purchase the elk prefer- ence point currently priced around $53. Buy it thiscoming July for a future hunt. This outfitter alsohas an exceptional antelope hunt and if you are interested you should purchase the antelope point for about $30 at the same time. If you have prob- lems call us and we can assist you.

Accommodations are a new cabin on the property with home cooked meals and hunters should be in good physical condition. Draw dead-line is January 31. Hunters usually fly into Denver and rent a car for the 3 1/2 hour drive or fly intoLaramie or Cheyenne and get picked up at no cost. 2019 and 2020 are full, so book now for 2021 with a small deposit. Hunt EK558.

 

GOT 20 COLORADO ELK POINTS? SOUTHWEST TROPHY UNIT ELK REQUIRES 20 POINTS MULE DEER REQUIRES 12 POINTS

You will need at least 20 elk preference points to draw the third or fourth season elk tag, the spe-cial early rifle and archery seasons can require up to 24 points. We personally prefer the last two rifleelk seasons for the best bulls. By then the bigger bulls have left the cows to feed in the low country getting back into shape before winter, making them a little easier to find.

2018 overall was another tough year with the drought and early hot temperatures. Archery went 2 for 6, with a 280 and a 5 point bull being taken and two 6 points were hit and lost. Muzzleloader was 2 for 3, including a giant 365 bull and a 5 point. The unsuccessful hunter missed 2 bulls. The4 rifle hunts had a combined 10 hunters tag 8 bulls,best 320 down to 280 averaging a little over 300, and the 2 unsuccessful hunters passed on bulls wanting something special. Mule deer for the year was 15 bucks for 16 hunters, with the best buck grossing mid 190’s and 3 more were taken in the 180’s.

2017 was tougher than normal with all thewarm weather right up to the last hunt. Archery went 2 for 3 on bulls in the 300 class and one bow- hunter never got a shot. Muzzleloader was 4 for 5, averaging 315 and the unsuccessful hunter crip-pled 2. Overall rifle season was 15 hunters kill- ing 11 bulls and biggest bulls were in the 330’s, no monsters. Mule deer for the year was 8 bucks for 10 hunters, 4 in the 180’s, but again no super bucks.

In 2016 his 5 bowhunters tagged 4 bulls, 2 in 330’s and 2 at 300, one hunter hit and lost 2 bulls. Muzzleloader went 2 for 2, a 335 bull and a 300.Overall rifle elk was 23 for 26 and the top 3 bullsgrossed 345. Mule deer were 11 for 12 with the best buck grossing 208.

Normally the average bull taken gross scores over 300 and the top bulls tip the 350 mark. Mule deer success is near 100 percent and the averagebuck gross scores 170 to 180 inches.

5 day hunts guided 2×1 are only $5,500 with wall tent accommodations on the early archery and muzzleloader hunts and cabin accommoda-tions on the rifle hunts. Airport pickup in Grand Junction can be arranged for $150. Deer huntsrequire 12 points minimum to draw and the hunt is $5,500. Early April draw deadline. HCU’s CliffGraham has hunted with this outfit. Hunt EK21.  EK21 Hunt Photos.

 

WYOMING TROPHY ELK UNIT REQUIRES 10 PREFERNCE POINTS 3 TOP UNIT 7 OUTFITTERS

HCU works with 3 high success trophy ori-ented elk outfitters in Unit 7 near the LaramieRange in southeastern Wyoming. It normally takes at least 9 or 10 points to draw this unit. The highdollar special draw can increase your odds. JAN- UARY 31 DRAW DEADLINE and these huntsneed booked in advance. Preference points can be obtained from July 1 to October 31 by going to theweb https://wgfd.wyo.gov and follow the simple instructions. We highly recommend purchasing the elk preference point currently priced around$50 for future years. Here are the 3 outfitters.

This small family operation has 3 ranches totaling 32,000 private acres with rough deep canyons and draws, along with some BLM. This can be a physical hunt, but hunters are rewardedwith some awesome bulls. They do 6 to 10 Unit 7 rifle hunters per year depending on the draw andhave been running pretty much 100 percent suc- cess past several years. Best bulls taken have grossscored from 340 to 370, with the average in the320 to 330 range.

Rustic cabin accommodations with electricare priced at $7,500 for 5 hunting days guided1x1 from October 15 to November 20. They do a couple archery elk hunters in September priced at$7,500. Hunters fly into Denver and rent a car forthe 3 hour drive to camp. Hunt EK264.

Here is another small personal outfit that hasbeen in this area for many years and has access to some of the best ranches, including 60,000 private acres northwest of Wheatland. They own one of the ranches and the terrain is rolling hills mixed with sage and wooded canyons, low country easy to hike and glass, very accessible. They also have access to public mountainous areas where it is more traditional elk hunting. The accommoda- tions are a nice cabin next to their home.

They usually take 3 to 5 bowhunters each year and they normally kill 3 or 4 bulls in the 300 classor better. Rifle hunters typically take bulls from290 up to 340 inches.

All hunts, archery and rifle, are 7 days priced at $6,900. Archery starts September 8 and rifle is October 15 to November 20. Hunters fly into Den-ver and rent a car for the 3 hour drive or fly intoCheyenne where pick up can be arranged. HCU’sCliff Graham and Bob Wodzisz have hunted with this outfitter. Hunt EK703.

Here is an outfitter that runs a super hunt ona 160,000 private acre ranch located just south of Douglas. Bulls normally are taken in the 300 to 340 range and top bulls will go in the 360 class.

The ranch offers 2 types of hunts and they are priced accordingly. All hunts are 5 days and success is similar as with quality, just the accom-modations vary. Prices are the same for either ar-chery or rifle hunts. Their less expensive hunt is their tent camp, 5 days 1×1 is $7,000 or the lodgehunt is $9,500 at 1×1 that includes a beautiful new unbelievable lodge.

All of September is archery season, rifle huntsare October 15 to November 20. Elevation is about 6,500 feet and hunt up to about 8,500. The main method of hunting is by truck to access areas and glass. Horses are available and may be used out of the tent camp, where there is more hiking. Hunt EK828.  EK828 Hunt Photos.

 

ARIZONA TOUGH DRAW ODDS WORTH THE WAIT TROPHY BULLS AND BUCKS HERE ARE 2 PREMIER OUTFITTERS ARCHERY HAS BETTER DRAW ODDS

Arizona is an outstanding hunting state, but the drawing odds are very low and you must buy a state license to apply. We suggest hunters to apply for the draw, but do not expect to pull any tags.

This particular outfitter will do your paper- work and put you in for the best units for only a$25 fee (you can apply for elk, mule deer, couesdeer, antelope and sheep all for $25). He consis- tently produces trophy quality bulls in the 320 to 390 range with success near 100 percent onthe early gun or archery hunts. Late season riflehunts are easier to draw and you still stand a good chance of taking bulls in the 300 to 340 class. He also conducts trophy mule deer hunts in the Kaibab and has guided hunters to many 200 inch deer over the years, but realistically you should be looking for a 180 inch buck.

It is worthwhile for hunters to purchase the $160 license or only $22 for a youth license andaccumulate bonus points. The outfitter will assistyou in applying for the correct units and dates. Hecharges $5,500 to hunt the full season (14 days for archery or 7 for gun) guided 1×1. January 31deadline for elk and May 30 for deer. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz took a 340 archery bull and Cliff Graham took a 340 muzzleloader bull with this outfit. Hunt EK91.  EK91 Hunt Photos.

Here is another top Arizona outfitter that typi- cally hunts units 5A, 5B North, 5B South, 6, 1 and27. Archery hunts are 7 days and rifle hunts are 6days, both guided 1×1 for $6,500 with lodge ac- commodations. Extra days can be added if neces- sary. Success is typically very high on bulls in the 320 to 390 class depending on the unit.

Arizona drawing odds can be hit or miss since they use the bonus point system, but normally you can draw in Unit 5 with about 7 to 9 points, where as in Units 1 and 27 the average is more like 12 to 14 for archery and 18 to 20 for rifle, although you can pull a tag with any number of points.

Season starts about September 9 and drawdeadline is late January and the outfitter will assistyou in the draw. Hunters are picked up in Tucson.  Hunt EKB404.  EKB404 Hunt Photos.

 

100% GUARANTEED ELK HUNT PRIVATE LAND SOUTHERN IDAHO MOUNTAINS STARTING AT $6900

This premier outfitter has 4,000 continuousacres under high fence located in the beautiful mountains of southeastern Idaho. Hunts take place at 6,500 foot elevation in elk country with diverse habitat consisting of pine and aspen forests mak- ing for challenging and exciting stalks. A premium brand new private lodge provides a comfortable night’s stay after the days hunt. Enjoy home cooked meals during your entire hunt. Hunts are conducted using the side by side all terrain vehicles.

4 day trip is priced at $7,400 and includes abull gross scoring 300 to 340 inches, 3 days ofhunting guided 1×1, lodging, meals, field dress- ing, trophy preparation, tag, tax and license. These are beautiful bulls that will make great mounts and can be upgraded for the following prices;

Bulls scoring 341 to 350 are $7,900, 351 to 360 are $8,500, 361 to 370 are $9,100, 371 to 380 are $9,700, 381 to 390 are $10,500 and 391 to 400are $11,400. Larger bulls are available and priced separately. Airport shuttle service is included from Salt Lake City. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has visited this ranch. Hunt EKP224.  EKP224 Hunt Photos.

 

ARCHERY ELK HUNTS

HCU works with several outfitters that offerarchery elk hunts. Here are a few in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and Montana.

This COLORADO archery hunt is $5,500 and is typically our highest opportunity for an archery bull. Their main method is calling with spot and stalk, super exciting, and his early hunts are quite productive. This private ranch has very high elk numbers and archers typically have near 100 percent opportunity.

In 2018 he had 20 archers kill 6 bulls, including 2 nice 6 points. 9 bulls were hit and lost and 2more were missed. 17 of the 20 hunters had shooting and only one hunter never really had a chance and he had to leave early.

In 2017 he hosted a total of 20 archers over4 hunts. 6 bulls were tagged, 9 bulls were hit and lost and 6 were missed. Of the 6 bulls taken 2 were nice 6×6 bulls, rest were 5 points.

In 2016 they killed 7 bulls, hit and lost 2 andmissed 4 bulls.

In 2015 they hosted a total of 17 archers. Theykilled 11 bulls, hit and lost 5 bulls and 2 hunters missed 3 bulls each.

Most bulls taken are 5×5’s in the 240 to 260 range. He runs four 4 day horseback hunts priced at $5,500 guided 2×1 during the month of Septem- ber with cabin accommodations. Hunt EKB824.  EKB824 Hunt Photos.

 

This southwest MONTANA outfitter offers abargain priced high adventure traditional horse- back hunt in the Snowcrest Mountain Range for only $4,250.

In 2018 over the course of 3 hunts his 13 archers killed 7 bulls, including a monster 340 bull, 3 grossing right around 300 and the rest were smaller. A few bulls were missed, but none hit and lost.

In 2017 all 9 bowhunters had shooting and tagged 2 bulls. The archery season was severely hampered due to a heavy early snowfall.

A day horse backing in, hunt 5 days and a day out is $4,250 guided 2×1. Two or three hunts typically run back to back starting early Septem- ber with wall tent accommodations. Elk draw has been 100 percent. Hunt EKB775.  EKB775 Hunt Photos.

Here is a southeastern COLORADO trophy archery elk hunt for $7,000 on over 100,000 acres near the New Mexico border.

In 2018 his 6 archers killed 3 bulls, including a 300 inch 6 point and two 5 point bulls. A 280 type bull was hit and lost and another 6 point was missed.

In 2017 6 bowhunters killed 3 bulls grossing 312, 310 and a 5×6. The 3 unsuccessful hunters crippled and lost a bull.

In 2016 his 6 archers killed 2 bulls about 300 inches and everyone had shots. In 2015 6 bowhunters killed 3 bulls.

This is a very exciting spot and stalk hunt with decent elk numbers and quality bulls. Season is September 1 to 24 and he usually does 2 hunts, one early and one late in the season, we prefer thelater hunt. Price is $7,000 guided 2×1 or $8,000 1x1with basic ranch house accommodations and meals.

Archery tags are over the counter. Hunters fly intoDenver or Colorado Springs and rent a car for the 3 or 2 hour drive. 2020 next opening. Hunt EKB554.

This COLORADO bowhunt is priced at $5,500 for 5 days guided 2×1 from early August to late September. He has 3 private ranches totaling over 13,000 acres with cabin accommodations in the mountains east of Hotchkiss, an area known for high elk numbers.

In 2018 shooting was not so good. Over 2 hunts he had a total of 9 bowhunters killing only a cow. 3 bulls were hit and lost, including what looked like about a 310 bull and 4 more bulls were missed. He had 5 archery mule deer hunters kill 4bucks, including a 189 and a couple in the 170’s.

In 2017 his 7 bowhunters killed a big 2805×5 and a cow. A bull and cow were also hit and lost. He had 2 archery mule deer hunters and both tagged trophy bucks grossing 179 and 195!

2016 over the course of a two bow hunts 9 archers killed one bull, missed a couple, killed a couple cows and missed a bear. Hunt EKB163.  EKB163 Hunt Photos.

Here is our southwest COLORADO trophyhunt in Unit 61. Price is $5,500 guided 1×1 for 5days. This is a draw unit requiring about 20 preference points or landowner vouchers are available for about $6,000.

2018 he had 6 bowhunters kill a 280 bull and a 5 point. Two 6 point bulls were hit and lost.

In 2017 his 3 bowhunters tagged 2 bulls,about a 320 and a freak racked bull. The unsuccessful hunter had poor luck and never got off a shot.

In 2016 his 5 archers killed 4 bulls, 2 in 320’s and 2 over 300. The unsuccessful recurve bowhunter crippled 2 and missed another at 10 yards. April 4 deadline. Hunt EKB21.

This southeastern WYOMING ranch is 20,000 private acres owned by the outfitters fam- ily and it borders some good National Forest land that is not an easy access for other hunters.

In 2018 he only ran 4 rifle hunters, no archers.

In 2017 he had a father and 14 year old soncombination and they had some opportunities, but did not score.

In 2016 he took 2 archery hunters and onekilled a 5 point bull the first evening at 12 yardsand the other hunter had multiple opportunities on bulls within bow range. Spot and stalk is the main method for his archery hunts.

The outfitter only wants to take one or two ar- chery elk hunters per year on the ranch. 6 days inSeptember guided 1×1 is $7,000 and you need onepreference point and put in for the special draw or 2 points will get the regular draw. New cabin accommodations with home cooked meals. Drawdeadline is January 31. Points can be purchased from July to October on the Wyoming website. Hunt EKB558.

This northeastern NEW MEXICO ranch is 12,000 acres and has basic ranch house accommo- dations.

In 2018 his 7 archers hit and lost one bull. Onhis bordering ranch his 11 archers killed 4 and 3 were hit and lost.

In 2017 they had 4 archers kill 2 bulls, nothinghuge, just decent bulls. Warm weather slowed the rut.

In 2016 he hosted 2 archers, one killed a 290 bull and the other hunter was in a wheelchair and did not get an opportunity.

They offer 2 hunts, September 11 to 15 and 18 to 22 priced at $8,000 guided 2×1. Hunt EKB333.   EKB333 Hunt Photos.

 

TRESPASS ELK $2500 TROPHY MULE DEER $2500

We know of a few small parcels in northwest-ern Colorado near Craig that offers unguided rifleelk and some mule deer hunts. These parcels are typically about 1,000 acres and don’t normally come with any lodging. They usually only want a group of 3 or 4 hunting buddies on the property per hunt. It is mostly low open country easy to get around and someone shows you the property.Most are best for rifle elk and success normallyruns up to 50 percent. This area can be weatherdependant so we prefer the later hunts. Prices varyaccording to the property, but generally run in the $2,500 per hunter category.

One special mule deer property is known to produce some trophy bucks in the 160 to 180 inch class with very high success. It is a 1,200 acre piece priced at $2,500 per hunter and he wants to take a group of 3 hunters for each of the 2 hunts. Hunters will need approximately 3 or 4 prefer- ence points for the second or third seasons in Unit 441. Fourth season would take probably 10 to 12 points. Season dates would be October 21 to 25 and November 4 to 8. April 4 draw deadline. Call for more details on Hunt EK/MD303.

 

WYOMING COW HUNTS $2500
3 OR 4 HUNTERS ONLY $2000 EACH

This outfitter has 20,000 private acres locatedin southeastern Wyoming bordering the Medicine Bow National Forest. This is a very small personal operation, not the normal in and out cow meat hunt. 3 days of hunting guided 2×1 with nice cabin accommodations on the ranch with meals provid- ed is priced at $2,500. If you have a group of 3 or 4 hunters the price is reduced to only $2,000 per hunter. Tags are $288 and you need to applyin January. Drawing odds are near 100 percent,but it would be a good idea to secure a preferencepoint anytime from July to October to be guaran- teed. Hunters can put in as a group so all or none will draw. He will conduct these hunts during the month of November. This is an elk hunt, not a shoot, and the experience is worth the price be- sides the opportunity to take home a truckload of meat. Hunt EKC558.