Rifle: October, November/December, January
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 some 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 4×4 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 1×1 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 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]
Lodge Hunt $7,250 – 1×1
Lodge Hunt $6,000 – 2×1
High Country Archery/Muzzleloader Tent Camp $7,250 – 1×1
High Country Archery/Muzzleloader Tent Camp $6,000 – 2×1
$561 – Computer draw – deadline early April. Contact WTA TAGS for professional application assistance 1-800-755-TAGS(8247)
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
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 …………… 10 plus preference points
1st Rifle Season ….………. 17 plus preference points
2nd Rifle Season …………… 10 plus preference points
3rd Rifle Season ……………. 7 plus preference points
4th Rifle Season ……………. 5 plus preference points
1st Rifle Late (Nov-Dec) … 7 plus preference points
2nd Rifle Late (January) …. 10 plus 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.