Unit 20 Archery/Rifle Elk Hunt
Unit 20 along the front range of Colorado is managed for a bull-to-cow ratio of about 45 bulls to 100 cows and consistently produces 300”+ type bulls. This unit encompasses the Roosevelt National Forest and borders Rocky Mountain National Park, which is closed to hunting. Every year, 340” bulls and bigger come out of this unit. It’s a great option for those who simply can’t wait 20+ years to draw some of the western units in the state. In fact, you can draw this archery tag every few years. This outfitter offers archery, muzzleloader, and rifle hunts. Due to the abundance of elk in this unit, there are two additional late season rifle hunts here. These later rifle hunts are easier to draw, and are typically when some of the bigger bulls migrate out of the high country. Besides the National Forest and BLM land, this outfitter also has access to 2,000 acres of private ground. Most of the hunts take place from a beautiful 9,200 square foot mountain lodge that has all of the amenities of home including satellite tv, wireless internet, solar power, and hot/cold running water. The lodge can sleep up to four guests comfortably. Some of the best hunting is right out the back door! You’ll access the hunting grounds from 4x4 pick ups, Polaris Rangers, or some horseback. There is also a premium archery hunt that takes place from a high country wilderness tent camp accessed from horseback. The high country camp is guided 1x1 and is not for the faint of heart. It requires the hunter to be in great physical condition as the hunting takes place at 10,000’ in elevation. However, some of the biggest bulls in the unit are encountered on this high country hunt. There are only about 5 non-resident gun permits available in this unit so early booking is essential.
If you have, or are closing-in on the elk preference points listed below in the additional information, call WTA TAGS today and let’s talk about booking one of the very best elk destinations in North America – 1-800-755-8247.
Lodge Hunt $5,850 – 2x1
High Country Archery Tent Camp $6,950 - 1x1
Rifle: October, November/December, January
Guide service, lodge accommodations, meals, in-field transportation and field care of trophie
Airfare, gratuities, Colorado elk permit and stamps
Fly to Denver, CO and rent a car. Directions to camp furnished by outfitter
Approximate License & Tag(s) Cost
$561 - Computer draw – deadline early April. Contact WTA TAGS for professional application assistance 1-800-755-TAGS(8247)
Physical Requirement Level
Level 3 - These hunts are a true wilderness experience and are usually conducted on horseback, while hunting species such as elk, moose, bear; also, some mountain lion and African Cape buffalo. Difficult to extreme hiking and backpacking can be involved.
Here is an approximation of the points you will need to draw a unit 20 elk tag in Colorado:
Archery ………….. 3 to 5 preference points
Muzzleloader …………… 11 to 13 preference points
1st Rifle Season ….…...…. 12 to 14 preference points
2nd Rifle Season ………...… 5 to 7 preference points
3rd Rifle Season ……………. 5 to 7 preference points
4th Rifle Season ………...…. 3 to 5 preference points
1st Rifle Late (Nov-Dec) … 4 to 6 preference points
2nd Rifle Late (January) …. 8 to 10 preference points