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 outfitter. Hunt EK226.