COLORADO RANCHING FOR WILDLIFE 20,000 PRIVATE ACRES
ONLY $4750 GUARANTEED TAG LOTS OF ELK NEAR 100 PERCENT
This is typically a super 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.
2016 season started slow due to the hot weather most of the west experienced in October and November, but at press time all 16 elk hunters had tagged bulls. He still had about twenty some elk hunters to go, but the hunting gets much better later in November and we anticipate good results. In 2015 he had a total of 45 elk hunters tag 42 bulls.
He also runs a September rifle rut hunt that produced 7 bulls for 8 hunters and the unsuccessful hunter was coming back later in the season to try again. He was an older hunter that had opportunities, but just didn’t capitalize.
This ranch is allocated about 40 plus elk tags and we expect them to harvest 90 percent due to the ranch location in a very high migration route along with the number of resident elk on the property. Success the past 5 years has been over 90 percent on bulls every year.
Since this ranch is in the Ranching For Wildlife Program the outfitter can hunt from September 5 to December 5 with ri es. Most bulls taken will be a 5×5 averaging in the 230 to 240 class and top bulls reach the 275 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 normal 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 a LATE SEPTEMBER RUT HUNT in the high country for $5,500 for 4 days. Past years every hunter has been on multiple bulls at less than 50 yards on the rut hunt. In 2015 his 10 hunters bagged 9 bulls, including 2 with the bow. This is a more physically demanding hunt, typically in more mountainous terrain at higher elevations. Hunters have their choice to try archery or rifle on these hunts.
The ranch is located at about 7500 foot elevation and has good road access making this elk hunt not an extremely physical hunt. Hunters come in on Saturday; hunt Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (4 days), leave Thursday. Bunkhouse accommodations, meals, guided 2×1 and airport pickup in Hayden is included. Pronghorn can be added to the early elk hunts for only $2,200 and the ranch produces nice bucks averaging 70 to 75 inches. This hunt is very high success on all species. Very limited elk openings for 2017. HCU’s Craig Green and Cliff Graham have hunted with this out tter. Hunt EK226. EK226 Hunt Photos.
COLORADO 8000 ACRE RANCH GREAT FOR A GROUP OF 4 OR 5 RIFLE ELK $4500 5 DAYS 2X1 BULL AND COW ELK PLUS DEER $5000
Here is a great opportunity for a group of buddies wanting a high success elk hunt or the second hunt is elk, mule deer and you can get an additional private land cow tag. Third hunt is the best for really good mule deer, but it is unguided.
2016 first rifle elk had 4 hunters and all shot at bulls, but only one good 5×5 was tagged. The second hunt had 4 hunters kill 3 bulls, a 280 and 2 5×5’s, 4 mule deer bucks in the 150 to 160 class and everyone also tagged a cow elk. Third season the landowner hunted and all 4 killed nice mulies averaging 165 inches and one 6×6 bull.
In 2015 HCU’s Scott Steinkruger had a 4 man party on the rst ri e hunt. Scott hit and lost a real good 300 class 6×6 bull, they killed a 6×6, 6×5 and his son, Doug, scored on a 5×5 the last evening. The second hunt is an elk/mule deer combination and 5 hunters tagged 2 bulls, both 5×5’s, and 5 muley bucks ranging from 150 to 180 inches.
First 5 day elk hunt is only $4,500 guided 2×1 with ranch house accommodations and hearty meals. Second season elk/deer combo is $5,000 per hunter and you can add a cow at no charge. This is not your normal high country elk hunt, but more sitting and watching fields or patchy open areas from a vantage point in low country. Guaranteed license voucher is included, no draw. Unguided archery elk is available for $2,500. Hunters y into Grand Junction and rent a car. At press time both hunts were available for 2017. Hunt EK/MD72. EK/MD72 Hunt Photos.
COLORADO PRIVATE LAND ELK $4700 4 DAY HORSEBACK HUNT GOOD VALUE FOR THE MONEY
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.
SEPTEMBER RIFLE RUT HUNT UTAH 15,000 FREE RANGE ACRES $7700 GUARANTEED TAG – NO DRAW 2016 – 24 HUNTERS TAG 23 BULLS
Last fall his 24 hunters killed 23 bulls and at press time they had 2 more hunters scheduled and we expect both to tag out on bulls as there were over 500 elk in the main area of the ranch.
This is a September ri e hunt that you could experience bulls bugling and chasing cows on a 15,000 acre free range private ranch in northern Utah. The ranch is in the CWMU program allowing them guaranteed bull elk vouchers, so there is no draw. This small outfitter takes a limited amount of hunters insuring high success. Bulls normally average around 270 gross Boone and Crockett points with the best just reaching the 300 inch mark.
In 2015 all 20 hunters tagged bulls ranging in size from 265 to 295 inches.
In 2014 20 hunters killed 17 bulls and the biggest bull of the season was hit and lost. One archery hunter passed and another ri e hunter had to leave after hunting just 2 days. Bulls ranged from 260 to 290 inches.
Hunts are 5 days from September 7 to October 6 and include small travel trailer accommodations, meals and 2×1 guide services for $7,700. Some years they will take a couple late season November elk hunters. They prefer 4 or 5 hunters per week. Hunting is done with the use of pickups and quads with good access, not terribly physical at an elevation from 7,000 to 9,000 feet. Hunters pay for their own licenses at $875 and y into SLC and rent a car. Airport pickup can be arranged for $200 per hunter round trip. Hunt EK310. EK310 Hunt Photos.
NEW MEXICO CHASE RANCH $6000 PLUS $2000 TROPHY FEE
In 2016 the first rifle hunt had 7 elk hunters kill 6 bulls, with the best bull grossing 325 inches. The second ri e hunt was 3 for 3, third hunt 1 for 3 (2 hunters had to leave early due to an emergency) and the fourth hunt went 3 for 4. Overall the October/November ri e hunts had 17 hunters kill 13 bulls and as usual the average bull would gross score around 300 inches. The two late December hunts had not started at press time.
In 2015 the first rifle hunt 6 of the 7 elk hunters tagged bulls with the top bull gross scoring 330 and the rest were in the 290 to 300 class. The unsuccessful hunter was holding out for a 350 bull. The second hunt went 2 for 3, a 310 and 300. The unsuccessful hunter passed on a 290 bull. Third hunt went 2 for 2 and both hunters took super 330 type bulls. December hunts went 4 for 4 on the rst hunt with the smallest bull grossing 320. The nal December hunt also went terrific and on the late hunts bulls taken averaged well over 320.
This 12,000 acre ranch in northeastern New Mexico borders the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch on one side and the famous Veremejo Park on the other, in fact, this outfitter is also issued a few tags to hunt 8,000 acres in Dean Canyon on Veremejo.
All rifle and archery elk hunts are priced at $6,000 with a $2,000 kill fee 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 first 5 day hunt is normally October 1 to 5, second hunt, October 11 to 15 and third hunt is October 22 to 26. Hunters can expect to hear some bugling on the rst couple hunts. Two December hunts are normally scheduled in the first half of the month (all dates are approximate). The late hunts have typically produced some of the larger bulls. If you draw blood the trophy fee is paid.
He also offers a 5 day archery hunt for September 11 to 15 or September 18 to 22. In 2016 he hosted 2 archers and one killed a 290 bull and the other hunter was in a wheelchair and did not get an opportunity, but is scheduled to be back in 2017. Old ranch house accommodations with satellite TV, phone and screened in porch. 3 day cow hunts are also available for only $1,800 and last fall 3 cow hunters tagged 3 cows. Hunters y into Colorado Springs, Albuquerque or Amarillo and rent a car. License and 7 percent tax is not included. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz, Scott Steinkruger and Cliff Graham have all been on this ranch. Hunt EK333. EK333 Hunt Photos.
SOUTHEASTERN COLORADO BULLS 130,000 PRIVATE ACRES
FIRST SEASON RIFLE $7500
100 PERCENT PAST 2 YEARS
This out tter located just north of the New Mexico border takes low hunter numbers on 130,000 private acres. In 2016 he had 5 rifle hunters the rst season and they killed 5 bulls. Top bull grossed 310 down to 250, probably averaging around the 270 to 280 mark. Second season he only had 4 mule deer hunters and all scored. One took a great 197 buck and the rest were 150 to 160. Third season he had a father and son. Both killed elk, a 290 and a small 5×5 and 2 mulies in the 150 class.
In 2015 the first rifle hunt he had 4 rifle hunters kill 4 bulls, best was just over 300. Second rifle 4 hunters tagged 3 bulls and third season he only had 3 muley hunters tag 3 bucks, best went 180 and rest were 24 to 25 inch bucks.
5 days guided 1×1 is $7,500 starting in early October. Ranch house accommodations with meals and hunters fly into Denver or Colorado Springs and rent a car for the 2 to 3 hour drive. First hunt is a draw, but has been 100 percent; second and third seasons are over the counter. Mule deer also need to apply for, but should draw and he also has some deer vouchers. Deer hunts are $5,500 for 5 days 1×1.
He also does a couple elk muzzleloader hunters each year and success is very high on good bulls. September 10 to 20 and hunters need 1 point to draw a tag. He does an archery elk hunt also at the same time and in 2016 his 6 hunters killed 2 bulls averaging 300 inches and everyone had opportunities. In 2015 his 6 archers killed 3 bulls. Archery elk is $6,500 2×1 and muzzleloader is $7,500 2×1. April 1 draw deadline. 2017 openings on all hunts except archery. Hunt EK209.
SOUTHEASTERN WYOMING ELK 20,000 ACRE PRIVATE RANCH ARCHERY OR RIFLE $6500 HIGH SUCCESS ON BIG BULLS
This outfitter hunts his family owned ranch bordering the Medicine Bow National Forest outside of Laramie. Small personal operation and he only takes a very limited amount of hunters. The key here is to acquire one preference point starting July 1 to October so you can acquire the elk tag in an upcoming January drawing. Go to the web and look up https://wgfd.wyo.gov and follow the simple instructions to purchase the elk preference point currently priced at $50. You must purchase your preference point ahead of time or the out tter will not take your booking, as he wants to make sure you get your elk tag. Buy it this coming July for a 2018 or future hunt. Call us and we can assist you.
Last fall his rifle hunters did not draw their elk tags 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 monster 350, a 317 and a broken 6×6 the last day.
In 2014 he took 2 rifle hunters and they both killed 6×6 bulls scoring 310 and 290.
He hosted 2 archery hunters in 2016 and one killed a 5 point bull the first evening at 12 yards and the other hunter had multiple opportunities on bulls within bow range, but couldn’t get it done. He did rebook for 2017. Spot and stalk is the main method for his archery hunts.
This outfitter prefers to take only 1 or possibly 2 archery hunters per year and up to 4 rifle hunters spread out throughout the season. All hunts are priced at $6,500 and guided 1×1. Archery hunts are 6 days in the month of September and 5 day ri e hunts run from October 15 to 30. Currently hunters need to have one preference point and put in for the special draw or 2 points will get the regular draw.
Accommodations are a new cabin on the property with home cooked meals and hunters should be in good physical condition. Draw deadline is January 31. Hunters usually y into Denver and rent a car for the 3 1/2 hour drive or y into Laramie or Cheyenne and get picked up at no cost. 2017 is full, so book now for 2018. Hunt EK558.
$5500 OR $4500 PRIVATE LAND COLORADO ELK HUNT ARCHERY/MUZZLELOADER/RIFLE NEAR 100 PERCENT OPPORTUNITY GREAT HUNT FOR THE MONEY
2016 was tough with all the warm weather, but this out t still produced pretty well. First rifle went three for six on bulls, four more were missed and one crippled and lost. Second rifle hunt four hunters killed one bull, missed two bulls and a bear. Third hunt he had one elk hunter kill a 310 bull. The archery hunt had action, but not much for success. Over the course of the archery season they only killed one bull, missed a couple, killed a couple cows and missed a bear. Over the course of four mule deer hunts he had 15 deer guys tag 13 bucks. 7 or 8 grossed over 180 inches with the top two going 206 and 194 on the last hunt.
In 2015 over 2 hunts his 8 archery elk hunters harvested 5 bulls, 4 were between 250 and 260 inches, and 2 mule deer, a 180 and 175 inch. His first rifle elk hunt had 7 hunters kill 6 bulls, including a 320 bull. The second hunt was a rarity with only one 310 inch bull being taken for 6 hunters. The elk were on the ranch, but for some reason they just couldn’t get it done. Third hunt he had a father/son elk hunting team and 5 mule deer hunters. The son killed a typical 260 class bull and the father hit and lost a bull. All 5 deer hunters tagged bucks, including a 190, 3 in the 180’s and a 170 inch deer.
All 5 day hunts, archery elk is $4,500 from August 28 to September 26. Muzzleloader hunts are $5,500 September 11 to 19. First season ri e is $5,500 for October 16 to 20, second season $4,500 October 23 to 31, third season $4,500 November 6 to 12 and fourth season $4,500 November 17 to 21. Elk/mule deer combo is $8,000 with a trophy fee of $1,000 for any buck grossing over 180 Boone and Crockett. First and fourth rifle 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 deer are draw, 4 or 5 points should get you a tag and landowner vouchers are available. 8,000 private acres with cabin accommodations, meals and 2×1 guide service. Airport pickup included at Montrose or Grand Junction. Few scattered openings for 2017, book now for 2018. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has visited this ranch. Hunt EK163. EK163 Hunt Photos.
SEPTEMBER RIFLE BUGLE HUNT UTAH 35,000 FREE RANGE ACRES 100 PERCENT PAST YEARS AVERAGE 310 TO 320 INCHES
This outfitter runs 4 consecutive rifle rut hunts from September 14 to October 7 with up to 8 hunters per hunt and has consistently been 100 percent success for the past several years.
Last fall 27 hunters tagged bulls averaging right about 320 gross score, with the top bull going 349 inches. They actually had a repeat hunter only wanting a 350 or better bull and he did not score, but he did see 2 of that caliber, but could not get them killed.
2015 was a super year mainly due to a mild 2014 winter and an exceptionally rainy 2015 spring, together these factors produced great antler growth for the elk and deer. The best bull taken last fall went 352 inches and they only killed one bull under 300. Average was close to 330, but this was an exceptional year and normally the average bull grosses 310 to 320 inches.
This hunt takes place in northeastern Utah on 35,000 free range private acres. The ranch is in the CWMU program, allowing them to rifle hunt in September and October during the rut. The property has an amazing bull to cow ratio of 80:100 and hunters can expect to see 15 to 20 good bulls per day. They normally take 8 hunters per hunt starting September 14 and finishing early October. This way all the 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 guided 2×1 is $9,800 or 1×1 is $11,000 with lodge accommodations and home cooked meals. Hunters are picked up at the Salt Lake City airport. HCU’s Cliff Graham and Bob Wodzisz have been on this ranch. 2017 is booked so put down a $1,000 deposit to book now for 2018. Hunt EK255. EK255 Hunt Photos.
NEW MEXICO TROPHY BULLS 100% SUCCESS PAST 10 YEARS 2016 – 8 BULLS FOR 8 HUNTERS 5 SCORED OVER 350 POINTS FREE RANGE GUARANTEED TAGS OVER 95,000 PRIVATE ACRES
Last fall his 8 hunters tagged 8 bulls with the top bull scoring 370 inches and 4 more grossed over 350. At press time he still had 2 more elk hunters scheduled for December hunts. This is just an incredible trophy elk hunt with consistent numbers. The only problem is it normally takes a couple years to get on the schedule.
In 2015 all 9 hunters pulled their tags and the best bulls went 384, 370 and several in the 350’s down to the smallest at 320. Overall the average bull taken gross scored an amazing 345.
This outfitter has limited his number of hunters to improve and maintain trophy bulls for everyone. He has several ranches close together in northeastern New Mexico totaling over 95,000 acres. He runs two 5 day hunts in October guided 1×1 priced at $13,500 and will take a couple late hunters in December. Guaranteed landowner 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. 2017 is booked full. Hunt EK278. EK278 Hunt Photos.
NUMBER 1 UTAH RUT RIFLE HUNT
100 PERCENT PAST SEVERAL YEARS AVERAGE BULL GROSS SCORES 340 20,000 PRIVATE ACRES
FREE RANGE GUARANTEED TAG
2016 all 16 hunters again tagged big bulls on this unbelievable September rifle rut hunt. Top bull size was only a 360 this year and quite a few over 350 were taken. This is one of the very best free range elk hunts with a guaranteed tag.
2015 was another typical year and all hunters tagged bulls and they gross scored from 370 down to 320 Boone and Crockett.
2014 was a banner year for score with good rainfall in the spring and early summer. Hunters were 100 percent success on bulls gross scoring from 312 to 385 and over half the bulls gross scored 350 or better Boone and Crockett. This is not your normal elk hunt.
In 2013, over the course of 3 September rifle rut hunts all hunters tagged bulls, but size was down due to low rainfall averaging only 330 Boone and Crockett inches, best bull scored 368. Past years, depending on the amount of moisture, bulls have averaged gross scores of 345 to low 350’s, with the top bulls scoring over 380.
This 20,000 acre ranch located in southeastern Utah takes 12 to 14 elk hunters per year. It is in the CWMU program allowing them to conduct ri e hunts in September during the rut with guaranteed tags, no drawing. 5 day hunts guided 1×1 are $15,500 plus license and tax. Nice accommodations plus good home cooked meals and older hunters can physically do this hunt. This is a top shelf hunt for trophy animals in a beautiful setting. Hunters fly into Grand Junction, where they rent a car. 4 openings at press time for 2017. Hunt EKGE72. EKGE72 Hunt Photos.
NEW MEXICO 20,000 ACRE RANCH BULLS AVERAGE OVER 300 INCHES
In 2016 on the first rifle hunt 9 guys tagged 8 bulls; one hunter had to leave early. The second hunt went 8 for 8. The third hunt was really tough and only 2 of the 8 hunters killed bulls, with only half having an opportunity for a bull. They also run two late hunts November 28 to December 4 and December 17 to 21 and neither had taken place at press time. Success is typically very good on bulls averaging just over the 300 inch mark with the top bulls going up to 340 inches and sometimes more.
In 2015 on the first rifle elk hunt 8 guys killed 5 bulls and everyone had shooting. Second hunt went 6 for 8 again with the average bull grossing over 300 inches. The third hunt went 6 for 7 and some really big bulls were taken.
5 day rifle hunts guided 2×1 including landowner voucher (no drawing for tags) are priced at $9,500. Dates are October 1-5, 8-12, 16- 20, November 28 to December 2 and December 17-21. 5 day archery hunts are priced at $9,500 for September 11-15 and 18-22.
Hunters fly into Colorado Springs, Albuquerque or Amarillo and rent a car. License and 7 percent tax is not included. These hunts ll quickly due to the high elk numbers, guaranteed elk tag and high success rate on quality bulls. Hunt EKP333. EKP333 Hunt Photos.
TRADITIONAL HIGH COUNTRY WESTERN MONTANA HORSEBACK ELK HUNT ONLY $4000
Here is a high adventure horseback elk hunt in the Snowcrest Mountain Range in southwestern Montana that takes place on public land mostly between 8500 to 9500 foot elevations. We don’t normally do hunts on public land unless it is a tough draw area, but this hunt does quite well, has stayed pretty consistent and takes some good bulls.
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.
2016 archery season was off compared to normal. 9 bowhunters killed 1 bull, but 5 hunters missed bulls. In 2015 9 bowhunters killed 4 good bulls and 7 had shooting.
2016 first rifle hunt had 10 hunters kill 7 bulls and 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. The last hunt was the lodge hunt and it had not started at press time.
Hunters normally spend their rst and last night at the main lodge with private rooms and baths when booked for the wilderness hunt. The next day is spent horse backing into one of 2 wall tent camps that have been previously setup in the mountains. The next day your hunt begins with an early breakfast then back onto your horse for the days hunt, returning that evening for supper and your cot. 5 hunting days, then horse back to the lodge to spend your last evening.
Lodge hunts are later in the season and they hunt directly from the lodge each day. The rst 3 backcountry hunts can accommodate up to 8 or 9 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 $4,000. Archery hunts start early September for 3 weeks and ri e is normally late October to late November. Elk licenses have been leftover for this region so the draw has been 100 percent and price is $789. Airport pickup can be arranged in Bozeman or rent a car. 2017 has some scattered archery and rifle spots. Hunt EK775.
3 TOP UNIT 7 OUTFITTERS WYOMING TROPHY ELK UNIT REQUIRES 8 PREFERNCE POINTS
HCU works with 3 high success trophy oriented elk outfitters in Unit 7 near the Laramie Range in southeastern Wyoming. It normally takes at least 8 points to draw this unit. The high dollar draw can increase your odds. Here are the 3 write-ups. January 31 DRAW DEADLINE and these hunts need booked in advance. Preference points can be obtained in July and August by going to the web https://wgfd.wyo.gov and follow the simple instructions to purchase the elk preference point currently priced at $50.
This outfitter has 20,000 private acres with rough deep canyons and draws. The big timber burned up a couple years back and the buck brush is about waist high. They do 6 Unit 7 rifle hunters per year and have been running 100 percent success.
In 2016 they again went 6 for 6 on bulls ranging from 315 to 350 inches. In 2015 their best bull grossed 368. Cabin accommodations with electric are priced at $7,000 for 5 hunting days guided 1×1 from October 15 to November 20. Hunt EK264.
This small run personal family outfit has been in this area for many years and has access to some of the best ranches, including 60,000 private acres northwest of Wheatland. They also own one of the ranches and the terrain is rolling hills mixed with sage and wooded canyons, low country and easy to hike and glass, very accessible. They also have access to public mountainous areas where it is more traditional elk hunting. The accommodations is a nice cabin next to their home and all the hunters can stay at the same place, so older guys can hunt lower country or younger guys can hunt the more mountainous terrain and be from the same group as everyone gets together in the evening for meals and lodging.
Success is typically very high on the early season archery hunts. They usually take 3 to 5 bowhunters each year and they normally kill 3 or 4 bulls in the 300 class or better. Rifle hunters typically have near 100 percent opportunity on quality bulls and most hunters take bulls ranging in size from 290 up to 340 inches.
All hunts, archery and rifle, are 7 days priced at $6,400. Archery starts September 8 and ri e is October 15 to November 20. Hunters fly into Denver and rent a car for the 2 1/2 hour drive or fly into Cheyenne where pick up can be arranged. HCU’s Cliff Graham and Bob Wodzisz have hunted with this out tter. Hunt EK703.
The other outfitter runs a super hunt on a 160,000 private acre ranch located just south of Douglas, Wyoming in trophy Unit 7. 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 accommodations vary. Prices are the same for either archery or rifle hunts. Their less expensive hunt is their tent camp, 5 days 2×1 is $7,500 or 1×1 is $8,500. The lodge hunt is $8,500 2×1 or $9,500 1×1. This is a nicer atmosphere with a large lodge and some cabins for hunters sleeping quarters. They also have fancy guest houses for an additional $500 to $1,500 per week that is especially nice for a hunter that would like to bring along his spouse.
All of September is archery season, rifle hunts are 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.
GOT 19 COLORADO ELK POINTS? NUMBER 1 COLORADO TROPHY HUNT ELK REQUIRES 19 POINTS TROPHY MULE DEER 12 POINTS
You will probably need 19 elk preference points to draw the third or fourth season elk tag, first and second seasons will require more and they started an early rifle season in 2016 requiring 24 points. We personally prefer the last rifle elk season 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. Archery elk hunters will need 21 points and muzzleloader probably 23.
In 2016 his 5 bowhunters tagged 4 bulls, one hunter hit and lost 2 bulls. They got 2 in the 330’s and 2 right at 300 gross. Muzzleloader went 2 for 2, a 335 bull and a 300. Early rifle was 4 for 4, top 2 went 345 and 330. First regular rifle was 9 for 9, best went 345 and 340. Second and third rifle hunts had 6 hunters taking 6 bulls and they killed 11 bucks for 12 deer hunters, with the best buck going 208 with a 34 inch typical frame. Fourth season 4 of the 7 elk hunters tagged bulls and one big bull was hit and lost.
In 2015 his 2 archery elk hunters killed a 310 inch bull and crippled two. Muzzleloader went 6 for 6, averaging 315 inches and they were done in 3 days. First rifle elk 5 for 5 averaging 300 to 310. Second hunt 1 for 1 on a 320 bull and they hosted 5 mule deer hunters and all scored averaging in the high 170’s. Third elk season there was one elk hunter and he tagged a 325 bull. 11 mule deer hunters killed 9 bucks, including a 196 inch deer with a 33 inch frame. 2 unsuccessful hunters passed. Fourth elk hunt went 3 for 3, with the best bull going 378.
These numbers are typical almost every year. 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 average buck gross scores just under 180 inches with the top buck grossing 200.
5 day hunts guided 2×1 are only $5,500 with wall tent accommodations on the early archery and muzzleloader hunts and cabin accommodations on the rifle hunts. Airport pickup in Grand Junction can be arranged for $150. Deer hunts require 11 points minimum to draw and the hunt is $5,500. Mid-April draw deadline. HCU’s Cliff Graham has hunted with this outfit. Hunt EK21. EK21 Hunt Photos.
ARIZONA TOUGH DRAW ODDS
BUT WORTH IT FOR TROPHY BULLS AND BUCKS WITH THESE 2 PREMIER OUTFITTERS
Arizona is a 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 outfitter will do your paperwork and put you in for the best units for only a $25 fee (you can apply for elk, mule deer, coues deer, antelope and sheep all for $25). He consistently produces trophy quality bulls in the 320 to 390 range with success near 100 percent on the early gun or archery hunts. Late season rifle hunts are easier to draw and you still stand a good chance of taking bulls in the 310 to 350 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 and accumulate bonus points. The outfitter will assist you in applying for the correct units and dates. He charges $5,000 to hunt the full season (14 days for archery or 7 for gun) guided 1×1. January 31 deadline 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.
We work with another archery or rifle elk out tter that specializes in big bulls.
He typically hunts units 5A, 5B North, 5B South, 6, 1 and 27. Hunts are 7 days guided 1×1 for $6,450 with lodge accommodations. Extra days can be added if necessary. 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 6 to 9 points, where as in Units 1 and 27 the average is more like 8 to 12 for archery and 15 to 20 for rifle.
Season starts about September 9 and draw deadline is late January and the out tter will assist you in the draw. Hunters are picked up in Tucson. Hunt EKB404. EKB404 Hunt Photos.
100% GUARANTEED PRIVATE LAND ELK HUNT SOUTHERN IDAHO MOUNTAINS STARTING AT $6900
This premier outfitter has 4,000 continuous acres under high fence located in the beautiful mountains of southeastern Idaho. Your hunt will take place at 6,500 foot elevation in elk country with diverse habitat consisting of pine and aspen forests making for challenging and exciting stalks. A premium brand new private lodge is scheduled to be ready for the 2017 season to provide 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 $6,900 and includes a bull gross scoring 300 to 340 inches, 3 days of hunting guided 1×1, lodging, meals, field dressing, trophy preparation, tag and license. Idaho sales tax of 6 percent is not included. These are beautiful bulls that will make great mounts and can be upgraded for the following prices;
Bulls scoring 341 to 350 are $7,000, 351 to 360 are $7,500, 361 to 370 are $8,000, 371 to 380 are $8,600, 381 to 390 are $9,600 and 391 to 400 are $10,700. 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 offer archery elk hunts. Here are a few of our best in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and Montana.
This southeastern WYOMING ranch is 20,000 private acres owned by the out tters family. Last fall he took 2 archery hunters and one killed a 5 point bull the first evening at 12 yards and the other hunter had multiple opportunities on bulls within bow range, but couldn’t get it done. He did rebook for 2017. Spot and stalk is the main method for his archery hunts.
The outfitter only wants to take one or two archery elk hunters per year on the ranch. 6 days in September guided 1×1 is $6,500 and you need one preference point and put in for the special draw or 2 points will get the regular draw. New cabin accommodations with home cooked meals. Draw deadline is January 31. Points can be purchased in July and August. Hunt EKB558.
This COLORADO archery hunt is typically our highest success and highest opportunity for an archery bull. Their main method is calling with spot and stalk, super exciting. This private ranch has very high elk numbers and archers typically have near 100 percent opportunity.
2016 was tough, but they still had their normal amount of hunters and killed 7 bulls, hit and lost 2 and missed 4 bulls.
In 2015 they hosted a total of 17 archers over 4 hunts. They killed 11 bulls, hit and lost 5 bulls and 2 hunters missed 3 bulls each.
In 2014 over the course of the season he had 17 archers kill 9 bulls, cripple 9 bulls and miss 2 more. They took 3 nice 6×6 bulls gross scoring between 280 and 290 inches, rest were typical Colorado bulls.
Most bulls taken are 5×5’s in the 240 to 260 range. He runs four 4 day horseback hunts priced at $5,200 guided 2×1 from September 10 to 28 with cabin accommodations. Hunt EKB824. EKB824 Hunt Photos.
This hunt is typically one of our best COLORADO bowhunts on private land priced at $4,500 for 5 days guided 2×1 during the month of September, but 2016 was really tough. He has a couple private ranches with cabin accommodations in the mountains east of Hotchkiss, an area known for high elk numbers.
2016 season had super warm conditions, the elk were there, but things just didn’t click to get bulls on the ground. Over the course of a couple bowhunts 9 archers killed one bull, missed a couple, killed a couple cows and missed a bear. Action was good.
In 2015 on the rst archery hunt his 3 bowhunters killed 2 bulls in the 250 to 260 class and the hunter that did not tag an elk was on a combo hunt and arrowed a 175 inch muley. On the second archery hunt he had 5 bowhunters kill 3 bulls, one hunter missed and the other archer never had an opportunity. One archer killed a bull and a great 180 inch muley.
In 2014 his 5 bowhunters killed 3 bulls, all 5×5’s that were called in. Other bulls were missed and passed along with several cows. 2 bears were taken with archery gear by elk hunters.
In 2013 his 8 archers took 5 bulls, 4 of them were 5×5’s and one 4×4. One bull was hit and lost and another missed. Hunt EKB163. EKB163 Hunt Photos.
Here is a bargain priced COLORADO private land hunt with a great outfitter that offers a 6 day full service hunt for only $3,100 and you can add mule deer for only $800. Some big deer have been taken on this hunt.
They have two camps in southwestern Colorado with bunkhouse accommodations, the upper ranch is over 6,000 acres and the lower ranch is about 2,000, both include guiding and meals. All hunters have given great reviews on this outfit, but space is limited. Hunt EKB252. EKB252 Hunt Photos.
This COLORADO trophy unit requires 19 preference points or hunters can usually purchase a landowner voucher for $6,000.
The hunt itself is $5,500 guided 1×1 for 5 days and if you do not score the outfitter allows you to stay another 5 days unguided, but you provide your own meals. In 2016 his 5 archers killed 4 bulls and the unsuccessful hunter missed one and hit 2 bulls. Out of the 4 bulls killed 2 grossed in the 330’s and 2 right at 300. This is a super hunt with very high quality Colorado bulls. April 4 deadline. Hunt EKB21.
This northeastern NEW MEXICO ranch is 12,000 acres has ranch house accommodations. 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, but rescheduled for 2017. In 2015 he had 3 archery elk hunters and they killed a 310 inch bull, hit and lost a bull and all 3 bowhunters took shots. They offer 2 hunts, September 11 to 15 and 18 to 22 priced at $6,000 with a $2,000 trophy fee guided 2×1. Hunt EKB333. EKB333 Hunt Photos.
This southwest MONTANA out tter does the high adventure traditional horseback hunt in the Snowcrest Mountain Range. In 2016 shooting was a little off with 9 archers only killing one bull, 5 of the bowhunters had shooting. In 2015 his 9 archers killed 4 good bulls over the course of two rut hunts. Only 2 bowhunters didn’t get any shooting. In 2014 his 9 bowhunters killed 3 bulls and the top two grossed 300 inches. They hit and lost 4 and only 2 hunters did not take a shot. A day horsebacking in, hunt 5 days and a day out is $4,000 guided 2×1. Two or three hunts typically run back to back starting September 10 with wall tent accommodations. Elk draw has been 100 percent at $789. Hunt EKB775. EKB775 Hunt Photos.
TRESPASS ELK $2500 TROPHY MULE DEER $2500
We know of a few small parcels in northwestern Colorado near Craig that offers unguided rifle elk 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 normally runs about 50 percent give or take. Prices vary according to the property, but generally run in the $2,000 to $2,500 per hunter category.
One special mule deer property is known to produce some trophy bucks up into the 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 preference 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.