Hunts take place in late November/early December or early January.
*Please call for hunt dates and availability
Colorado’s Unit 20 is located in north-central portion of the state. Within this world-class elk hunting unit you will find a large portion of Rocky Mountain National Park (265,000 acres). Naturally, hunting in the park is not allowed. This provides critical sanctuary for bulls to grow to maturity.
The private ranches that are utilized for theses hunts contain a mixture or spruce, fir and aspen trees as well as low lying oak and willow brush. Hay fields can also be found in many of the low lying areas which act a magnet for elk. The unit is home to amazing genetics and age structure comparative to the state as a whole. Shot opportunities at bulls ranging in the 290-320 (6X6) class are extremely high. Each year these ranches will produce one to two bulls exceeding the magical 350 inch mark. The largest bull taken by this outfitter officially grossed 400 and netted 386.
Unit 20 is the only unit in Colorado that offers two late season bull hunts, one in December and one in January. These seasons are designated to coincide with the large elk migration out of Rocky Mountain National Park which has long dealt with elk overpopulation issues. Hunters should be prepared for shots out to 400 yards. Although these ranches do have road networks, hunters should be capable of hiking two to three miles per day in semi-rough terrain. A mixture of pickups and four wheelers will be used to assist in accessing the ranches.
After a rewarding day’s hunt you can expect to return a modern and comfortable ranch house. This facility will contain all of the comforts of home. A full time cook/caretaker will be present to ensure delicious home cooked meals are served daily and the house is clean and in order.
Colorado’s draw system is a true preference point system. This means whomever applies with the most points is awarded said tag. As of 2020, non-resident will need 9-12 or more points to ensure a successful late rifle elk draw in Unit 20. The number of points needed will be dependent on the season you desire to hunt.
If you have questions regarding this hunt, have drawn a tag and now wish to locate the right outfitter, or would like assistance applying into the Colorado elk draw – please contact WTA TAGS at 1-800-755-TAGS(8247) or email us at [email protected]
$7,500 – 1×1
$6,500 – 2×1
$1,000 kill fee
Tag (Approx.): $680.00
License & Stamp (Approx.): $95.00
Alcoholic beverages are not included in the hunt price.
Ranch house contains the following:
1 queen bedroom
1 with two twin beds
1 with twin bed
1 with twin bed.
Day 1: Travel from home to ranch house. If flying you will need to arrive into Denver, CO. where you will rent a vehicle and drive to ranch house near Drake, CO. Please arrive between 3:00-6:00 P.M. Dinner is not provided on arrival day please plan accordingly. Dining is available in Loveland and Estes Park. Directions to the ranch house are included in your trip packet.
Day 2-6: Hunting days.
Day 7: Prior to going to the field in the morning you will be asked to pack your gear up and into your vehicle so the ranch house can be prepared for the next hunt. Once packed you will head to the field for the day. Upon completion of the days hunt you will depart the ranch house and begin your trip home or overnight in a hotel en-route to your destination.
Here is an approximation of the points you will need to draw a unit 20 elk tag in Colorado:
1st Rifle Late (Nov-Dec): 7+ preference points
2nd Rifle Late (January): 10+ preference points
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.