September & October
For those interested in a true classic wilderness pack-in elk hunt in the high country this hunt is for you. This outfitter utilizes horses and mules to access the backcountry camps. This experienced outfitter experiences a 50% – 84% success rate for muzzleloader and rifle hunts for 5×5 and larger bulls. The archery hunt success rates run between 33% – 66% with near 100% shooting opportunity. Considering these are true wilderness hunts success rates are considered very good. Factors that help ensure a successful hunt include physical conditioning, marksmanship, weather and a good positive attitude. One cannot emphasize how important physical conditioning is as this hunt area borders Rocky Mountain National Park and is at altitude in big country. Although most bulls harvested will be 5×5 and larger, this outfitter has produced many bulls over 300” with one of the largest scoring 397”. Many 300”+ class bulls can be expected to be taken each year.
This outfitter has the only permit for hunting elk within this wilderness area and maintains several camps within the wilderness to maximize hunting opportunity. They typically rotate the guided and drop camp hunts to keep pressure to minimum. With a maximum of six hunters they can be spread to the various camps so no more than two hunters will be hunting from each camp which ensures high service and success.
These 2×1 hunts include horses, packing of client’s gear and game, trophy/meat care back to Fort Collins and meals/lodging during the wilderness stay. The lodging at camp includes a wall tent, tack tent and fresh water spring.
These hunts require drawing a tag and the application deadline is in early April. Here are the preference point requirements for drawing a tag in this area.
Archery – 0 to 1 point (vouchers available)
Muzzleloader – 1 to 2 points (vouchers available)
Bull first season – 0 to 1 point
Bull second season – 0 points
Bull third season – 0 points
If you do not have any preference points landowner vouchers may be available. For more information on this hunt, drawing a tag or landowner voucher availability please contact one of the knowledgeable consultants at WTA TAGS for more information. They can be reached at 800-755-TAGS (8247).
$6,500 (2×1 Guided) plus $500 voucher if not successful in the draw.
$9,000 (1×1 Guided) plus $500 voucher if not successful in the draw.
Colorado elk tag $661.75 plus approximately $100 for state fees and license.
Fly to Denver, CO rent a car and drive to pre-arranged meeting location. Outfitter will provide directions.
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.