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NORTHEASTERN UTAH RIFLE HUNTS
DURING THE SEPTEMBER RUT
PRIVATE FREE-RANGE RANCHES
NEAR 100 PERCENT SUCCESS
SPECIAL CWMU GUARANTEED TAGS

This outfit controls some of the best elk hunting in northeastern Utah. Most of the ranches are in the Controlled Wildlife Management Program known as CWMU. This allows them to rifle hunt in September with guaranteed licenses, no drawings, similar to Colorado’s program Ranching for Wildlife. We have listed a few ranches in an affordable price range with high success on quality bulls. Openings are very limited due to repeat hunters. These ranches also offer mule deer hunts.

The Morgan piece is made up of several ranches and has recently increased in size now totaling 60,000 deeded acres. In 2013 over the course of a couple months they had 40 hunters take 39 bulls averaging in the 270 to 280 class, with the top bulls reaching the 320’s.  In 2012, they took 23 bulls for 25 hunters and both unsuccessful hunters had opportunities. In 2011 they had 16 hunters take 16 bulls. Bulls typically gross score between 270 and 320 Boone and Crockett. As you can see the success rate has stayed very consistent and the number of hunters taken has increased with the amount of land being added to the program.

Lodge, cabins or ranch house accommodations, 5 days guided 1x1 is $8,500 guided 2x1 is $8,000, with airport pickup in SLC included. Available dates are September 11 to 15, 19 to 22, 25 to 29 and this is a CWMU so tags are guaranteed and you can rifle hunt during the bugle rut season.  Some ranches have a better elk hunt later during the month of October so they also accommodate hunters up to October 28.
Hunt EKM655.
  Pictures from this Hunt.

South Fork Ranch is also a CWMU and has over 70,000 private acres. Last fall in 2013 they hosted 50 elk hunters over the course of the season and 49 bulls were harvested. The average bull came in between 250 to 280 points. In 2012 out of the 50 hunters 48 scored on bulls. As you can see the success rate on quality bulls is very high and has been the past 5 years.  It is a physically easy ranch to hunt going from 5,500 feet with low cedars up to 10,000 feet with oakbrush, aspen and pines. Small private cabins are the accommodations with a cookhouse and they can take up to 10 hunters per hunt. September rut hunts or late November hunts are $7,500 1x1 or $7,000 2x1 and the tags are guaranteed, no drawing or points.
Hunt EKSF655.  Pictures from this Hunt.

Minnie Maude Ranch is a CWMU with15,000 private acres located near Price, Utah and has produced the biggest bulls the past 3 years. In 2013 over the course of 3 hunts they had a total of 20 hunters harvest 20 bulls, averaging 290 inches and the top bulls grossed into the 330’s. In 2012 all 18 hunters tagged bulls, with the best scoring in the 330’s. In 2011 success continued at 100 percent with 22 hunters taking 22 bulls.  The property has little road access and can be a more physical hunt. They do 3 groups of 7 or 8 hunters September 14 to 18, 21 to 25 and 27 to October 1. 5 days $8,500 guided 1x1 or $8,000 2x1. The areas bordering Minnie Maude are spike only areas, so the bulls have a chance to put on some age. Tent camp accommodations, with airport pickup in SLC. No drawing, guaranteed tag. Tax is not included on any of these hunts at 6.5 percent and availability is very limited. Hunt EKMM655.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

COLORADO RANCHING FOR WILDLIFE
20,000 PRIVATE ACRES
ONLY $4250 GUARANTEED TAG
LOTS OF ELK NEAR 100 PERCENT

Here is a high success hunt on private land that has guaranteed licenses issued from the state, no drawings. At press time ELK SUCCESS WAS 18 FOR 18 ON BULLS AVERAGING 5X5 and MULE DEER SUCCESS WAS 8 FOR 8 AVERAGING OVER 170 INCHES.

This ranch is allocated 42 elk tags from the state and we expect them to harvest near 100 percent due to the ranch location in a very high migration route along with the number of resident elk on the ranch.  Success in both 2012 and 2011 were close to 100 percent for both elk and mule deer.

This is a high success hunt priced at a bargain rate of only $4,250 and you can add trophy mule deer for only $3,250 and this gets you an extra day of hunting. Mule deer hunting has been more trophy oriented, taking only about 10 hunters per year and success has been running about 100% on bucks averaging over 170 inches.  Since this ranch is in the Ranching For Wildlife Program he can hunt from September 5 to December 5 with rifles. Most bulls taken will be a 5x5 averaging in the 230 to 260 class and top bulls reach the 280-inch category. Resident elk are hunted on the early hunts during the rut.  Typically the elk hunting gets better on the later hunts. Starting about mid-November more elk move onto the property due to pressure on public land and the normal migration out of the high country. The ranch is located at about 7500-foot elevation has good access and this is not necessarily a physical hunt. Hunters come in on Saturday; hunt Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (4 days), leave Thursday. New lodge accommodations, meals, guided 2x1 and airport pickup in Hayden is included. Deer typically score in the 160 to 185-inch class. Pronghorn can be added to the early elk hunts for only $2,200 and the ranch produces nice bucks averaging 73 to 78 inches. This hunt is very high success on all species. Very limited openings. HCU’s Craig Green has been on this hunt. Hunt EK226.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

SEPTEMBER RIFLE BUGLE HUNT
35,000-ACRE UTAH RANCH
24 HUNTERS TAKE 24 BULLS
TYPICALLY 100 PERCENT SUCCESS

This hunt takes place in northeastern Utah on 35,000 free-range private acres. This hunt has been 100 percent success for several years. In 2013 size was off due to the low spring rainfall. Best bull scored 346 and they averaged between 310 and 315.  In 2012, all 24 hunters took bulls over the course of the 3 rut rifle hunts. Best bull grossed an amazing 386 Boone and Crockett points. Six more were taken that scored in the 340’s, with an overall average above 320. 2012 was an exceptional year for size, but success like this is typical.  This ranch is in the CWMU program, allowing them to rifle hunt in September during the rut. The property has an amazing bull to cow ratio of 80:100 and hunters can expect to see 15 to 20 good bulls per day. They normally take 8 hunters per hunt starting September 14 and finishing early October. This way all the hunters get to experience the rut in full force with bugling bulls and crashing of antlers. HCU has never had a hunter come home without a bull on this hunt.  Size was down in 2011 due to overall weather conditions, with bulls averaging a little over 300 inches. In 2010 they went 24 for 24 and the best bull grossed 346 Boone and Crockett. In 2009 the average bull grossed 320 and the best went 365 inches.  5-day hunt guided 2x1 is $10,000 with lodge accommodations and home cooked meals. Hunters are picked up at the Salt Lake City airport. HCU’s Cliff Graham and Bob Wodzisz have been on this ranch. Openings are very limited. Hunt EK255.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

NEW MEXICO CHASE RANCH
LAST YEAR WILL BE 2014

Sad to say 2014 will be the last year this outfitter will have the Chase Ranch. It will be incorporated into the Philmont Boy Scout Property in 2015. Past years this hunt continued to produce quality bulls at a very affordable price with guaranteed landowner vouchers included, no drawings. 2013 was a little tougher due to the drought, but they still ended up 4 for 7 on the first hunt and 2 hunters missed and one passed. Top bulls grossed 320 and 300 inches.  Second hunt went 3 for 3, including a couple in the low 300’s. At press time the third hunt had just finished with 5 hunters taking 3 bulls.  In 2012, the first rifle hunt in early October produced 8 bulls for the 9 hunters and the unsuccessful hunter missed 2 bulls. All were good respectable bulls with the best one grossing in the 320’s. The second hunt produced 5 bulls for 6 hunters with the top bulls scoring 336 and 2 more in the 300’s. On the third hunt later in October 3 hunters took 3 bulls. He also ran a fourth hunt and both hunters scored on 2 bulls.  2011 season started off with 12 hunters taking 9 bulls and 7 scored over 300 inches. The best went 350 and 2 more were taken right at 330. The second hunt 7 of the 8 hunters tagged out, including 3 over 300 inches and on the third hunt all 3 hunters scored with the best going 310.  In 2010, over the course of 3 hunts, 19 hunters had tagged 17 bulls and the top 3 grossed 330 inches. This 12,000-acre ranch in northeastern New Mexico borders the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch on one side and the famous Veremejo Park on the other, in fact, this outfitter is also issued a few tags to hunt 8,000 acres in Dean Canyon on Veremejo.  The first 5-day hunt, Oct. 1 - 5, guided 2x1 including landowner voucher is $5,500 with a $2,000 trophy fee. Second hunt, Oct. 11 - 15, is $4,750 plus $2,000 trophy fee. Third hunt, Oct.  22 - 26, is $3,750 plus $2,000 trophy fee and December hunts are $3,750 with a $2,000 trophy fee (dates are approximate). If you draw blood the trophy fee is paid. Hunters can expect to hear some bugling on these early hunts and black bear can be taken for only a $500 kill fee.  He also offers a 6-day archery hunt for $3,750 plus $2,000 for September 9 to 15 and a higher priced $4,500 plus $2,000 trophy fee September 17 to 22. In 2012, 6 archers took 4 bulls, including 2 scoring in the 330’s.

Old ranch house accommodations with satellite TV, phone and screened in porch. 3-day cow hunts are also available for only $1,200.  Hunters fly into Colorado Springs, Albuquerque or Amarillo and rent a car. License and 7% tax is not included. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz, Scott Steinkruger and Cliff Graham have all been on this ranch. Hunt EK333.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

 

$4500 PRIVATE LAND
COLORADO ELK HUNT
ARCHERY/MUZZLELOADER/RIFLE
NEAR 100% OPPORTUNITY

2013 produced another great elk hunt for this outfit and tags are over-the-counter. The first season his 6 hunters took 6 bulls, including two 6x6 bulls scoring 280 and 290 inches. Second season 5 hunters took 4 bulls, including 2 bulls scoring in the 290’s and 2 bulls were missed.  Third season 2 hunters took 2 bulls, a 5x5 and 4x5. Success has been very high on these hunts.  2012 first rifle hunt went 5 for 6 on bulls and 2 were wounded. Best bull grossed 290 Boone and Crockett. Second hunt was slower than normal and went 2 for 6, with 2 guys missing bulls. Best bull taken was a giant 330 bull. This hunt takes place on private land in the mountains near Hotchkiss, an area well known for good elk numbers.  In 2011, he took 6 hunters on the first rifle hunt and they went 100 percent tagging 6 bulls, 2 grossed over 290 Boone and Crockett and the rest were in that 250 to 270 class. One big bull was hit and lost. On the second hunt 6 hunters killed 3 bulls and missed 4, all 5 points.

All 5-day hunts, archery elk is $4,500 from Aug. 28 to Sept. 26. Muzzleloader hunts are $5,000 Sept. 11-19. First season rifle is $5,000 for Oct. 16-20, second season $4,500 Oct. 23-31, third season $4,500 Nov. 6-12 and fourth season $4,500 Nov. 17-21. Elk/mule deer combo is $7,500 with a trophy fee of $1,000 for any buck grossing over 180 Boone and Crockett. First and fourth rifle elk draw has been 100% on these private land tags, second and third seasons are over-the-counter.  Muzzleloader elk usually requires 3 points to draw.  Mule deer are draw, 2 or 3 points should get you a tag and landowner vouchers are available. Airport pickup at Montrose or Grand Junction. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has visited this ranch. Archery spots, third season elk and some mule deer openings are available for 2014.
Hunt EK163.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

UTAH CWMU OFFERS SEPTEMBER
RIFLE RUT HUNTS ONLY $6500

This private ranch located in northeastern Utah gets 4 elk tags that they can use in September for a rifle rut hunt. Past years have been near 100% success on bulls averaging just shy of 300 gross Boone and Crockett. In 2013 they took 3 bulls for the 4 hunters including 2 bulls in the 300-class and a 5x6 grossing 280 points. The unsuccessful hunter became quite ill and could not hunt, so in reality they were 3 for 3. In 2012 they had a banner year taking 4 bulls grossing 360, 330, 300 and a 290. This is not the norm and we don’t expect bulls scoring over 320 to be taken very often.

They usually run this hunt about September 13 to 17 and it is priced at $6,500 guided 2x1 with cabin accommodations and meals included along with airport pickup in Salt Lake City.  Cliff Graham and Bob Wodzisz have hunted with this outfitter and the ranch has 2 main drainages that are not physically demanding to hunt. This hunt is open for 2014. Hunt EK772. 

 

 

COLORADO PRIVATE-LAND
ELK $4500
4-DAY HORSEBACK HUNT

This outfitter has exclusive rights to his family’s private ranch. Combine this with horses to take you up and down the mountain daily, remodeled old turn of the century cabin accommodations, over-the-counter tags, plenty of elk and the price is affordable.

2013 was a tough season, all hunters were into elk, but success was down. First rifle they went 5 for 8. Combined second season was 6 for 9. Third season was 12 for 15 and fourth went 4 for 6. He had a few deer hunters and they killed bucks in the 160 to 170-inch class.

2012 season over the course of 4 hunts they had went 8 for 8 on the first gun hunt, 11 for 13 on the second hunt and all 13 had opportunities, third hunt 5 for 7 and a couple missed, fourth hunt 7 for 8 and the unsuccessful hunter missed and crippled a bull.

2011 first rifle hunt went 8 for 8 on bulls, second hunt 7 for 8, third hunt 3 for 7, but they hit and lost 3 and missed 6.

In 2010, he had 40 rifle hunters over the course of 4 seasons score on 34 bulls. Most bulls taken are 5x5’s averaging in the 240 to 260 class.  The outfitter produces numbers like this pretty much every year. His archery hunts are all calling with spot and stalk. An exciting way to chase bulls and his success is unmatched. In 2013 his 15 hunters killed 8 bulls, 7 were hit and lost and everyone took shots. In 2012 they had 11 archers kill 7 bulls and 2 hunters missed or crippled bulls. In 2011 he hosted 12 archers and they took 6 bulls and wounded and lost 6. All wounded bulls were hit at under 25 yards and all hunters took shots except one who passed. In 2010 he had 11 archers take 10 bulls. This small personal outfitter operates on a private ranch with high elk numbers just southeast of Craig. Most bulls taken are 5 points, although some will be 6 smaller points. Hunters can add mule deer for $2,000 and there are some trophy deer.  All hunts are horseback and are 4 days guided 2x1. Accommodations is a renovated pre-1900 ranch house with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, big kitchen, living room, mud room and enclosed porch. The first rifle hunt has been 100% in the draw. The second and third season elk permits are sold over-the-counter. Fourth season elk hunters need to apply, but draw has been near 100%.  Deer permits have also been close to 100% draw. Rifle elk hunts are $4,500 or combine with mule deer for $6,500.

Over the past 8 years he has had only 5 bowhunters not take a shot at a bull and success

has been just over 75%. Two hunts are September 17-20 and 21-24. Bow hunts are $5,000 and muzzleloader is $4,500. Hunters are picked up at

Hayden airport. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has been on this ranch.
Hunt EK824.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

MONTANA HIGH SUCCESSTRADITIONAL HORSEBACK
ELK HUNT ONLY $3495

First rifle hunt in 2013 continued to be excellent. 9 hunters took 7 bulls and 2 cows. In 2012 all 8 hunters on the first gun hunt scored.  Here is a high adventure horseback elk hunt in the Snowcrest Mountain Range in southwestern Montana. This hunt has been high success past years, especially the first rifle hunt in mid-October when the bulls are still bugling.  The area holds resident elk and is not dependent on the migration. This is not considered a trophy hunt and the average bull taken is a 5-point.  Hunters normally spend their first and last night at the main lodge with private rooms and baths.  Hunters typically horseback to one of 2 tent camps that has been previously setup in the mountains.  Accommodations are wall tents and after an early breakfast you horseback out each day on this traditional style of horseback elk hunting.  5-day hunts guided 2x1 are priced at only $3,495. Archery hunts start early September for 3 weeks and rifle is normally mid-October to late November. Elk licenses have been leftover for this region so the draw has been 100 percent and price is $789. Airport pickup can be arranged in Bozeman or rent a car. First rifle hunts book quickly. Hunt EK775.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

NEW MEXICO TROPHY BULLS
100% SUCCESS PAST 7 YEARS
FREE-RANGE GUARANTEED TAG

2013 produced 4 bulls for 4 hunters on the first hunt, including a 360, 340, 330 and a 300.  Size was down due to low rainfall. Second hunt was also 4 for 4 including a monster 395, 340 and a couple low 300’s.

2012 was another good year for this small outfit. The first hunt went 4 for 4 including a 360 plus bull, 350, 330 and a 6x6 300-inch bull. The second hunt also went 4 for 4 with a 350, 330 and 2 at 300 inches. He also took 2 bowhunters and both scored on 320 bulls.

This outfitter has limited his property to only three hunts for a combined total of 8 or 10 hunters on prime private property. In 2011 all 8 hunters took bulls with the top going 350 Boone and Crockett. In 2010 he took 11 bulls for 11 hunters averaging just over 320 and the best bulls grossed 350 Boone and Crockett. In 2009 he had 12 hunters all take bulls, including 4 over 350 points. In 2008 6 bulls grossed over 330. In 2007 they had 6 bulls gross over 340. As you can see if you really want to take a good bull then here is the place. Hunters over 70 years in age have taken trophy bulls on this hunt.

He has several ranches in northeastern New Mexico totaling over 95,000 acres. He runs two or three consecutive 5-day hunts guided 1x1 with the first one priced at $12,000 starting in early October and the second hunt is $11,000 and when he runs the third hunt it is $10,000. Guaranteed landowner voucher is included so there is no draw. Hunters fly into Colorado Springs and rent a car. 2014 is booked, next opening is in 2015. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has been on this ranch. Hunt EK278.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

WYOMING UNIT 11 TROPHY ELK
EASIER TO DRAW THAN UNIT 7
SIMILAR TROPHY QUALITY
7-DAY HUNTS ONLY $5750

Here is a trophy area not all that hard to draw that is commonly overlooked. We work with an outfit that offers hunts in both Unit 11 and Unit 7.  Unit 11 will probably require 5 points to draw, where as Unit 7 normally takes the maximum 8 points. Outstanding trophy quality and success are very similar in both Units with this outfitter.  They have a great setup in Unit 11, where they have built a nice log lodge and have 6,000 private acres bordering the Medicine Bow National Forest. There are no wolves or grizzlies in this area of southeastern Wyoming.

In 2013 they had 4 rifle hunters take 4 great bulls averaging over 320 gross points, including a monster 360 bull. Archery season went 2 for 3, with both successful hunters taking bulls in the 315-inch category.

In 2012 all 4 rifle hunters scored on bulls averaging 335 gross Boone and Crockett points. One of two archers took home a bull scoring 325 inches and the unsuccessful archer had opportunities.  7-day hunts for both archery and rifle are priced at $5,750. Bow hunts start September 8 and rifle is October 1 to 20. Hunters fly into Denver and rent a car for the 2 ½ hour drive or fly into Cheyenne where pick up can be arranged.  HCU’s Cliff Graham has hunted with this outfitter. Hunt EKM703.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

 

UTAH RUT RIFLE HUNT
20,000-PRIVATE ACRES
PAST YEARS 100% SUCCESS
FREE-RANGE GUARANTEED TAG

Last fall, over the course of 3 September rifle rut hunts totaling 12 hunters all tagged bulls, but size was down due to low rainfall averaging only 330 Boone and Crockett inches, best bull scored 368. Past years, depending on the amount of moisture, bulls have averaged gross scores of 345 to low 350’s, with the top bulls scoring over 380.  In 2012 the top bulls taken on this free-range hunt were 390, 368, 366, 363, 352 and 350.  This 20,000-acre ranch located in southeastern Utah takes 12 to 14 elk hunters per year. It is in the CWMU program allowing them to conduct rifle hunts in September during the rut with guaranteed tags, no drawing. 5-day hunts guided 1x1 are $15,000 plus license and tax. Nice accommodations and good home cooked meals are included. This is a top shelf hunt for trophy animals in a beautiful setting. Hunters fly into Grand Junction, where they rent a car. Very limited availability due to repeat bookings.
Hunt EKGE72.
  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

COLORADO TROPHY ELK HUNT
ELK REQUIRES 17 POINTS

You will need 17 elk preference points to draw the second, third or fourth season tag, first season will take 19. This hunt has always been a top notch hunt that produces real good bulls for Colorado. In 2013 the muzzleloader hunt went 5 for 6, top 3 bulls were in the 330’s and the unsuccessful hunter missed 2. First gun hunt produced 6 bulls for 6 hunters averaging 324 inches, top bulls went 358 and 351. Second hunt was 1 for 1 on a 330 bull. Last hunt went 3 for 5, 340, 330, 310 and the 2 unsuccessful hunters wanted 350 or better.

These numbers are typical almost every year. Normally the average bull taken gross scores around 300 and the top bulls tip the 350 mark. Mule deer success is near 100 percent and the average buck gross scores right around 180 inches with the top buck grossing 200.

5-day hunts guided 2x1 are only $5,000 with wall tent accommodations on the early

archery and muzzleloader hunts and cabin accommodations on the rifle hunts. Airport

pickup in Grand Junction can be arranged for $150. Deer hunts require 10 points

minimum to draw and the hunt is $5,000. Mid-April draw deadline. HCU’s Cliff Graham has hunted with this outfit. Hunt EK21.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

100% SUCCESS PRIVATE LAND
UTAH OR IDAHO MOUNTAINS
AS LOW AS $5900

The outfitter has 10,000 acres under high fence in normal elk habitat in northern Utah and southeastern Idaho. Hunts have been 100 percent success and accommodations at both operations are very nice lodges set back in the mountains.  This is a premier operation, not your normal high fence elk hunt. Hunting methods include horseback, hiking, ATV’s and trucks.  5 days total, including 3 hunting days guided 1x1 are $5,900 for bulls gross scoring up to 340 points and these are big mountable bulls. Bulls 341 to 360 are $7,900, with larger bulls priced separately.  Management hunts for mature 5-point and 5x6 bulls that will never be a 6x6 are culled out for genetic reasons. These hunts are priced at a very reasonable rate of only $4,900 and the bulls normally score in the 280 to 300-inch class, with some taken that are even larger.

Hunts run from September to December. Add license fee of $688 and tax of 6%. Non-hunter rate is $600 and they can accompany the hunter.  Airport pickup at Idaho Falls or Salt Lake City is included. Hunt EKP149.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

 

WYOMING UNIT 7 TROPHY ELK

HCU works with a couple high success trophy oriented elk outfitters in Unit 7 of the Laramie Range in southeastern Wyoming. It normally takes maximum points of 8 or possibly 7 to draw this unit. Here are the write-ups on both.  2013 started off normal with rifle hunters taking their bulls early in the season, including an 82-year old hunter bagging a 360-inch trophy bull, but unusually warm weather hampered the later hunts which can be the best. Overall 12 rifle hunters scored on 9 bulls averaging 320 inches.  Their 3 early season archery hunters took one 320 bull. They had seen 3 giant bulls in the 380 to 390 class just before season and one archer was holding out, but they couldn’t locate them.  In 2012, they had 5 archery hunters take 3 bulls, two 345-inch bulls and one at 320, two monster bulls were missed. Rifle season went 13 for 16 with the best bulls scoring 345 inches and the average was close to 330.

All hunts, archery and rifle, are 7 days priced at $5,750. Archery starts September 8 and rifle is October 15 to November 20.

They have 60,000 deeded private acres northwest of Wheatland. This small run personal family outfit has been in this area for many years and has access to some of the best ranches. They also own one of the ranches and the terrain is rolling hills mixed with sage and wooded canyons, low country and easy to hike and glass, very accessible. They also have access to more mountainous areas where it is more traditional elk hunting. The accommodations is a nice cabin next to their home and all the hunters can stay at the same place, so older guys can hunt lower country or younger guys can hunt the more mountainous terrain and be from the same group as everyone gets together in the evening for meals and lodging.

Hunters fly into Denver and rent a car for the 2 ½ hour drive or fly into Cheyenne where pick up can be arranged. DRAW DEADLINE is January 31. HCU’s Cliff Graham has hunted with this outfitter. Hunt EK703 Pictures from this Hunt.

The other outfitter works out of a 160,000 private-acre ranch located just south of Douglas, Wyoming in trophy Unit 7. Bulls normally are taken in the 300 to 340 range and top bulls will go in the 360 class.

The ranch offers 2 types of hunts and they are priced accordingly. All hunts are 5 days and success is similar as with quality, just the accommodations vary. Prices are the same for either archery or rifle hunts. Their less expensive hunt is their tent camp, 5 days 2x1 is $6,000 or 1x1 is $7,000. The lodge hunt is $7,500 2x1 or $8,500 1x1. This is a nicer atmosphere with a large lodge and some cabins for hunters sleeping quarters. They also have fancy guest houses for an additional $500 to $1,500 per week that is especially nice for a hunter that would like to bring along his spouse.

All of September is archery season, rifle hunts are Oct. 15 - Nov. 20. Elevation is about 6,500 feet and hunt up to about 8,500. The main method of hunting is by truck to access areas and glass. Horses are available and may be used out of the tent camp, where there is more hiking.  DRAW DEADLINE is January 31. Hunt EK828.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

 

ARIZONA WORTH APPLYING
TROPHY BULLS AND BUCKS

Arizona is a premier hunting state, but the drawing odds are very low. We suggest for hunters to apply for the draw, but do not expect to pull any tags. This outfitter will do your paperwork and put you in for the best units for only a $25 fee (you can apply for elk, mule deer, coues deer, antelope and sheep all for $25). He consistently produces trophy quality bulls in the 340 to 390 range with success near 100% on the early gun or archery hunts. Late season rifle hunts are easier to draw and you still stand a good chance of taking bulls in the 310 to 350 class. He also conducts trophy mule deer hunts in the Kaibab and has guided hunters to many 200-inch deer over the years.

A quick update from 2013, 17 archers took 14 bulls, best scored 393 and they took 3 more grossing over 370 with 100% shooting. Also he had a rifle hunter tag an 8x9 bull grossing 400 inches. Mule deer hunts were just getting under way at press time the first hunt had just completed with 2 of the 3 hunters tagging out, including a 190 and 185-inch 4x5. The unsuccessful hunter looked over 200 bucks and missed a 38-inch monster.

It is worthwhile for hunters to purchase the $125 license or only $22 for a youth license and accumulate bonus points. The outfitter will assist you in applying for the correct units and dates.  He charges $5,000 to hunt the full season (14 days for archery or 7 for gun) guided 1x1.  January 31 deadline for elk and May 30 for deer.  HCU’s Bob Wodzisz took a big 340 archery bull on this hunt.
Hunt EK91.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

We work with another archery elk outfitter that specializes in big bulls. Last fall his 7 bowhunters took 3 bulls with 100 percent opportunity. 3 of the archers were traditional and limited on shooting distances, although one did miss at 15 yards. The 3 bulls taken scored 320 or better.

In 2012 he had 4 archers draw Unit 5B South and they took 2 bulls, 360 and a 343. Of the 2 unsuccessful hunters one hit a monster in the 400-inch class at 23 yards, later hit a 360 type bull high and missed 2 more. The other hunter passed on several bulls and missed a 370 class.  In 2011 they went 2 for 3, the hunt was just too physically demanding for one older hunter.  The other two took two monster bulls, a whopping 393 and a 360. In 2010 all 5 hunters had multiple shots and they connected on 3 bulls, 340, 335 and a 321. He typically hunts units 5A, 5B North, 5B South, 1 and 27. Hunts are 7 days guided 1x1 for $5,350.

Arizona drawing odds can be hit or miss since they use the bonus point system, but normally you can draw in one of the 5 Units with about 6 to 9 points, where as in Units 1 and 27 the average is more like 10 or 12.

Season starts about September 9 and draw deadline is late January and the outfitter will assist you in the draw. Hunters are picked up in Tucson. Hunt EKB404 Pictures from this Hunt.

 

 

ARCHERY ELK HUNTS
HIGH SUCCESS NO DRAW

This Colorado ranch has very high elk numbers and produces an extremely high rate of opportunity. The outfitter hunts on his family’s 5,500 private acres southeast of Craig. In 2013 his 15 archers killed 8 bulls and hit and lost 7 more. All hunters took shots. Best bull taken grossed 315 Boone and Crockett inches, a great bull for this area. Most bulls taken are 5x5’s in the 240 to 260 range.

In 2012 he hosted 11 archers and they scored on 7 bulls and 2 hunters missed bull. The top 2 bulls taken grossed 285 and 280 points, the rest were in the 240 to 260 class.

In 2011 his 12 archers took 6 bulls and wounded and lost 6 more, all shots less than 25 yards. In 2010 he had 11 archery elk hunters and they tagged 10 bulls. Two were 6 points grossing 290 and 280, but most were 5-points.  He runs two 4-day horseback hunts priced at $5,000 guided 2x1 from September 17 to 20 or 21 to 24 with cabin accommodations. Main method of hunting is calling and spot and stalk. 
Hunt EKB824
Pictures from this Hunt.

Here is good Colorado hunt on private land priced at $4,500 for 5 days guided 2x1 during the month of September. He has a couple private ranches with cabin accommodations in the mountains east of Hotchkiss, an area known for high elk numbers.

In 2013 his 8 archers took 5 bulls, 4 of them were 5x5’s and one 4x4. One bull was hit and lost and another missed.

In 2012 his 6 archers took two 5-point bulls, hit a big bull and a 5-point, but lost them both. 
Hunt EKB163
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Another Colorado outfitter who hunts their private ranch offers 6-day full service hunts for only $3,000 and you can add mule deer for $800.  The 2013 numbers look bad, but are deceiving, 0 for 6. Windy weather conditions ruined many stalks. One archer hit a big 6x7 that looked to gross in the 320’s, real big for this country, and the bull was seen later doing just fine. HCU hunter, John Nymark, shot a cow the last day of his hunt. Of the 6 archers 3 took muley bucks and the best scored just over 195 inches.  2012 season was even down due to the hot dry weather, but they still had 100 percent opportunity for their 12 archers. They ended the season taking 3 bulls with the best grossing 285 inches and 5 bulls were hit and lost. The best muley taken grossed 170 inches.

This is a private land hunt in southwestern Colorado with either bunkhouse or wall tent accommodations, depending if you hunt the upper or lower ranch and includes guiding and meals. All hunters have given great reviews on this outfit, but space is limited. Hunt EKB252.  Pictures from this Hunt.

This 70,000-acre western Wyoming ranch has high elk numbers. In 2013 over the course of 3 hunts they had 18 hunters tag 9 bulls. Size was down just a bit and none grossed over 300 inches.  In 2012 archery hunts went 5 for 5 on the first hunt September 10 to 15, second hunt 5 for 7 and third hunt 7 for 9. Best bulls taken grossed just over 300 inches. 5-day archery hunts guided 1x1 are $6,500, 2x1 is $6,000. This is also the top ranch for archery mule deer. Mostly spot and stalk, with hunters normally seeing a 180-inch buck almost daily. Mule deer is September 1 to 5 or 6 to 11 and priced at $5,750 1x1 or $4,750 guided 2x1.

Licenses are on a draw basis, but have been 100% on the special higher dollar draw for both elk and deer at about $1,050 for elk or $550 for deer. Elk draw deadline is January 31 and deer is March 15. Accommodations are a beautiful 1 million dollar lodge in a very picturesque setting.  Hunters can fly into Salt Lake City and rent a car for the 2 ½ hour drive to Evanston, Wyoming. 
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NEW MEXICO/WYOMING/UTAH
COW ELK HUNTS PRICED
FROM $1000 TO $1500

This outfitter runs cow elk hunts from November 18 to January 31 on the famous Veremejo Park Ranch in northeastern New Mexico. The ranch is over 200,000 acres and has a high elk population and they control it by having these later hunts. 2-day hunt is $1,050 and is guided 2x1. If you have a group of 2 hunters the price drops to $950 each. Hunters typically stay in a motel in Raton and eat restaurant meals at their own expense. The guide takes you out both days and once you have scored they will deliver your elk to the local butcher for processing.  He also has the Red River Ranch in southeastern Colorado where they do the same deal as on Veremejo. These hunts are conducted in January and February.

Both of these hunts have landowner vouchers included so you are guaranteed a tag, no drawing.  Hunters buy a state license and their cow elk tag.Hunt EKC933 Pictures from this Hunt.

We work with 2 outfitters in southeastern Wyoming for cow hunts. Success runs near 100 percent. The draw has been 100 percent, but you have to apply by the January 31 deadline, sometimes there are leftover tags available in early July that can be purchased.

One is a no frills 3-day hunt guided 2x1 for $1,000, where the hunter stays in Wheatland and pays for his motel room for approximately $60 per night and his breakfast and evening meal.  Hunters are picked up at the motel, lunch is provided and hunters are returned at the end of each day. These hunts start in late November and run to January 31. Hunt EKC703.

The other outfitter is on a 160,000-acre private ranch located near Douglas that offers cow hunts for $1,500 guided 2x1 late November, December and January for 3 days. This includes guide and nice guest cabins on the ranch, but you supply your own food. The cabins have a kitchen for cooking. The ranch normally winters about 5,000 head of elk so success is normally 100%.Hunt EKC828

This Utah outfitter has guaranteed tags, no draw, on $1,200 cow elk hunts from mid-November to January 31. 3 days guided 2x1 and hunters stay in the Best Western Motel in Coalville at their own expense and pay for their own meals plus $100 per day to the guide. They hunt private ranches with high elk numbers.Hunt EKC655.