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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.
Muzzleloader hunts are conducted using a mixture of hunting techniques including calling, spot & stalk, sitting on known food sources as well as over water. The style of hunt will be largely dependent upon what stage of rut the bulls are in while afield. 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.
Unit 20 is managed as one of Colorado’s few “quality elk units”. Here a strict bull to cow ratio of 45/100 is found. This creates an intense rut that will typically begin in early September and run into the first week of October. 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.
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 11 or more points to ensure a successful muzzleloader elk draw in Unit 20.
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
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 2-7: Hunting days.
Day 8: Please plan to depart the ranch house by 9:00 A.M. to begin your trip home.
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.