Rifle- October and November
Hunt a quality limited draw area in Colorado with as few as 0-2 preference points. These mule deer hunts are based out of the Mt. Evans Wilderness area in central Colorado. The landscape here consists of high mountains ranging from 9,500-14,000+ feet in elevation. Hunters need to be prepared for a physically demanding experience. This area has a healthy heard population and quality mature animals. The hunting area is large and provides an excellent chance at harvesting a buck. The mule deer will range in size from 150” – 180” SCI. Past hunts have had a 75% opportunity on good bucks and there are typically many mule deer spotted on these hunts.
These draw areas limit the amount of tags available ensuring limited hunting pressure with good populations of animals. These are wilderness hunts that provide a quality overall experience and adventure. Hunt areas are accessed by experienced, sure footed, mountain horses that can transport hunters, guides and gear into key lower pressured areas.
During the archery and muzzleloader hunts, which take place in September, one can expect to spend many hours glassing the high basins in search of bachelor groups of bucks. Rifle hunters can also expect to spend much of the hunt glassing as well but bucks will move into lower country where tree cover can be utilized as the fall turns to winter.
This portion of Colorado is also home to a healthy population of 5X5 and 6X6 bull elk as well as the occasional world class bull. Deer hunters are encouraged to also have a elk tag as a bull elk can be taken for a harvest fee on a deer hunt.
Lodging will consist of traditional canvas wall-tents equipped with cots and wood burning stoves. A large cook tent will act as the main dining hall and gathering area in the evenings. All camps will have a full time cook present throughout the hunt. Camps are kept to a maximum of 6 hunters. Groups of 4+ will have exclusivity to a camp.
If you have questions regarding this hunt, would like to get booked, or would like assistance applying into the Colorado deer draw – please contact WTA TAGS at 1-800-755-TAGS(8247) or email us at [email protected]
$1,500 Harvest fee for any elk taken/wounded (payable at the end of the trip)
*All hunts are 5 days in length
Deer: $400 (approx.)
Elk: $660 (approx.)
Non-resident license & stamp: $95 (approx.)
A detailed equipment list will be provided upon booking.
Hunters will need to bring their own sleeping bags. A detailed equipment list will be provided upon booking.
Traditional tent camps will be used on this hunt as well as small spike camps for those looking to explore the furthest corners of the area.
Day 1: Travel from home to Denver, CO. If flying you will need to rent a vehicle. Client will be responsible for arranging a hotel in Denver for the night.
Day 2: Meet with your guide for breakfast at a pre-arranged location in Conifer, CO. After breakfast everyone will drive to the trail head to pack gear onto horses and head into camp.
Day 3-7: Hunting days.
Day 8: Load all gear and meat onto the horses and travel back to the trail head. Do not make flight arrangements prior to 8:00 P.M.
Easy: Somewhat easy walking when it comes to physicality. Minimal walking or hiking and terrain is very accessible. Mostly hunting from blinds or tree stands.
Moderate: Physicality is somewhat moderate to advanced. Spot and stalk method of hunting as well as some hunting from blinds. Terrain can vary from prairies to mountains at higher elevations.
Difficult: Requires an advanced degree of physical endurance. Terrain is typically more mountainous and hunting can take place at higher elevation.
Extreme: Most difficult and physically demanding hunts. Requires advanced to extreme endurance and terrain or game pursued may involve dangerous situations.