Colorado Horseback Elk & Mule Deer Hunt
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Description

This hunt is available for both Archery and Rifle Seasons. A mix of private land, forest service and wilderness area will be hunted. Horseback hunting will be the primary means of transportation, but 4×4 and hiking will be used to access some areas. The majority of hunting will be done on public land. Lodging and meals are provided in a high-end lodge adjacent to the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. A small wilderness spike camp may be utilized for overnight hunts. Hunter can focus on several species (including elk, mule deer, and bears – based on season/tag availability) or focus on a single species. Bear tags are over-the-counter and can be added to a 1st season hunt without an additional charge. Lodge hunts are afternoon arrival, 5 full days of hunting, morning departure.


Details

  • Species: Rocky Mountain Elk
  • Average Classification: 270 - 320
  • Shot Opportunity: 65
  • Weapon: Rifle
  • Hunt Catalog #: RBFTG-0001-1
  • Tag Availability: Draw
Classification details:

Rifle hunts average 40-80%+ shot opportunity on legal bulls for those that hunt every morning and afternoon/night of their hunt. Archery hunts run roughly 1/2 the success rate of rifle hunts. The biggest variable is weather and the hunter’s persistence. The majority of bulls are medium sized, 4-6 point animals. Roughly 1/10th of the harvested bulls score 300+. During 2nd and 3rd rifle seasons our hunters with deer tags have 50-80% shot opportunity on bucks and bulls. 4th Season rifle hunters generally have a 90-100% opportunity to harvest a mature buck. Dedicated muzzleloader hunters will have a 50-70% chance of getting an opportunity at a mature buck. Archery deer hunts are highly variable on the hunter’s shooting abilities. The primary focus of these hunts will be mature mule deer in the 160″+ class. Outfitter has taken many deer in the 170-180″ class and some over 200″.

Weapons description:

September – Archery Deer are easy to draw, Archery Elk are over-the-counter, Rifle Bear are easy to draw
Muzzleloader – Deer tags are easy to draw, Elk tags require 2-4 preference points.
1st season – Elk are easy to draw, Bear tags are over-the-counter
2nd season – Deer are easy to draw, Elk are over-the-counter
3rd season – Deer require 0-1 preference points to draw. Elk are over-the-counter
4th season – Deer require 2-3 points for residents, non-residents should expect to draw with 4-6 points. Bull tags take 0-1 points to draw.
Shooting opportunities under 70 yards are 60-70% on a five day deer-focused hunt.


Available Dates

September 01, 2020 - November 22, 2022


Pricing

  • Member Price: $7,000.00
  • Non-Member Price: $7,800.00

License fees and tags not included in the price of hunt.


Location

Western Colorado, Colorado, United States of America


Refund Policy:

Deposit 80% refundable 1 year prior to hunt date. 40% refundable 6 months prior to hunt date. No refunds under 6 months of the hunt date.

Description

This hunt is available for both Archery and Rifle Seasons. A mix of private land, forest service and wilderness area will be hunted. Horseback hunting will be our primary means of transportation, but 4×4 and hiking will be used to access some areas. The majority of hunting will be done on public land. Lodging and meals are provided in our high-end lodge adjacent to the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. A small wilderness spike camp may be available also for overnight hunts. You can focus on several species (including elk, mule deer, and bears – based on season/tag availability) or focus on a single species. Lodge hunts are afternoon arrival, 5 full days of hunting, morning departure.


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  • Lodging & Accommodations: Cabin/Lodge
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    Lodging & Accommodations Scale

    5 - Cabin/Lodge

    4 - Bunk House/Trailer

    3 - Wall Tent

    2 - Backpack Tent

    1 - Client Provided/Hotel

A lodge and if phenomenal with beds and showers available to shield from whatever weather comes your way. Hunters may choose to hunt out of the lodge or a wall tent camp set up.

  • Menu & Food: Full Kitchen
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    Menu & Food Scale

    5 - 5 Star Catered

    4 - Full Kitchen

    3 - Field Kitchen

    2 - Backpack Food

    1 - Client Provided

Homemade home-style cooking. Meat and potatoes.

  • Physical Conditions: Heavy Hiking
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    5 - All Vehicle Access

    4 - Light Hiking

    3 - Moderate Hiking

    2 - Heavy Hiking

    1 - Extreme Back Country

Hunter should be prepared for high altitude hunting. The lodge sits at 8300' and hunting may approach 11000'. While most of the hunt will be on horseback, hunter will need to hike and should be in good physical condition. All of these hunts are true wilderness hunt. Hunter should be prepared to ride a few hours a day and possibly pursue animals on foot. The better physical ability will produce more shot opportunity.


Transportation (To/From Basecamp)

Final destination city is Denver, or Eagle/Vail. Outfitter will pick up hunters from local airport. If hunter choose to rent a car from Denver, it is an approximate 2.5 hour drive.

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Description

Hunter should be prepared for a long days in the field in some inclement weather on steep and rocky terrain. Depending on what season is drawn, hunting clothing should be moderate to heavy-layering systems recommended. Comfortable and durable hiking boots a must. Full gear list will be provided when booked from outfitter.


What Outfitter Provides

  • Horses, saddle & tack
  • Bedding

What to Bring

  • Durable and comfortable hiking boots
  • Hunter orange (if hunting rifle season)
  • Light to heavy hunting clothing depending on what season hunting-layering system recommended
  • Binoculars & rangefinder
  • Rifle or bow with 40 rounds of ammunition or 12 arrows with appropriate broadheads

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