Rifle: October and November
Elk Unit 40 in Colorado is every bit as good and the famed units that make up the Northwest corner. WTA TAGS has teamed up with one of the most reputable elk outfitters in Unit 40 who has thousands of premium, private land elk acres under his control – making this one of the highest quality elk hunts in the state. This hunt has produced many bulls over 340 B&C inches. Expert 1×1 guide service, premium private land in one of Colorado’s best elk units, modern log cabin accommodations and superb meals – round-out to make this one of WTA TAGS top recommendations for big bulls in Colorado.
The terrain encountered on this hunt will vary greatly depending on the season hunted. During the archery, muzzle loader, 1st rifle, and 2nd rifle hunts that cover the time periods of September and October one can expect to be at higher elevations ranging from 7,000-9,500 ft in high mountain plateaus and ridges. Here you will find intermittent meadows amongst timber tracts primarily made up of fir, spruce, and aspens. As the rut ends and seasons change the bulls will move into lower elevation rolling hills with intermittent steep, ledged canyons. Much of this area only contains shorter pine, pinyon, and big sage which makes the country appear very open.
Archery and muzzle loader hunts will take place at the heart of the rut and use a mixture of calling, spot & stalk, and wallow hole hunting. Bulls can be receptive to calling into the 1st rifle season but this will vary from year to year. Traditionally the 1st and 2nd rifle hunts will be primarily spot & stalk hunts that will require many hours atop vantage points glassing for bulls. The late rifle hunts are often overlooked but this is a true “sleeper hunt” in terms of trophy potential and overall hunt quality. The low desert lends itself to glassing these big bulls up from long distances then making a stalk. Hunts can be tailored to individual physical preference but one can expect to hike 2-4 miles per day. Physically the late rifle hunts are easier as they take place in lower elevation and typically require less hiking.
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]
$9,000 (approx) 1×1
5 Day Hunt
$561 – Computer draw – deadline early April. Contact WTA TAGS for professional application assistance 1-800-755-TAGS(8247)
1×1 guide service, accommodations, all meals, trophy care and in-field transportation
Airfare, vehicle rental, gratuities, Colorado elk permit and stamps
Fly to Grand Junction, CO where you will be met and transferred to the ranch. Approx 45 minute drive
Here is an approximation of the points you will need to draw a unit 40 elk tag in Colorado:
Archery ….. 13+ preference points
Muzzleloader …… 18+ preference points
1st Rifle Season ……. 24+ preference points
2nd Rifle Season …… 16+ preference points
3rd Rifle Season ……. 14+ preference points
4th Rifle Season ……. 13+ 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.