Hunt #5001 DIY Elk/Deer Ranch Cabin, Drop Camp

Current Stock:

Species required
Combination Hunt required
1 on 1 Guide Option required
2 on 1 Guide Option

Hunt ID: CO-5001


About the Outfitter:

Earlier seasons pack-in, and later season cabin hunt. The best of both worlds and Colorado’s Biggest Bull was shot here! This hunt does fill up quickly so only certain dates may book up early at any time.

(1) The First hunt is a ranch hunt on 120 private acres surrounded by free access to thousands of acres of BLM that you access through the private providing access to miles from where anyone else can even access. Bring an ATV for a short cut across the small river or he will loan you one which helps to get your elk out as they are as big as a horse.

You can stay in town 12 miles away (Paonia if you reserve a room early enough) and hunt here or for a slight upgrade you can stay in a cabin on the ranch with a shower.

(2) The Second option is a traditional pack-in on horseback semi-guided hunt. This hunt is about a 7-10 mile pack-in with your gear, to a pre-setup tent camp with cots and cooking utensils, bring your own sleeping bag and food.

The guide/wrangler will advise you of the historical best places to hunt, because he has retrieved elk from those locations to give you a starting place tom hunt, then it is completely up to you to put a elk down. The success on this hunt is high but the major factor for success is not the elk available, but the skill of each hunter in finding and putting down an elk, not the number of opportunities.


Central Colorado, GMU053 and GMU521. West Elk and Raggeds Wilderness.

Hunt Type(s):

Cabin hunt, semi-guided drop camp or fully guided pack-in hunt in wilderness.

Species & Recommended Seasons:

Elk pack-in early archery through 2nd rifle and cabin 3rd to late rifle.


Archery, 2nd and 3rd rifle elk is over the counter.

Muzzleloader, 1st and 4th rifle elk are a draw.

All deer licenses are a draw and take preference points to draw.

License and Voucher Watchdog will get you the licenses you need.

License and Season Information

Lay of the Land:

The elk spend their summers and fall up on the mountain, and migrate down to the hayfields below. Weather is your friend and moves the elk down off the mountain, many through a large traveling corridor down to the hayfields below.  There was a pipeline put in years ago and the elk use the pipeline to travel.  There are elk benches above which can be steep to get to from the cabin but once you are up there it's fairly easy walking.

Party Size:

Drop camps 2 to 4 and cabin 3 min or 4 max.

Mode of Travel:

Horse and foot.

Animal Quality:

Typical elk 4x4 to 6x6. Mule Deer up to 5x5.

Success Rate:

This is a good elk hunting area. If he sets a hunter success number for the average hunter, then the question is raised how good your hiking is, hunting skills.... average or better than average. Then there is no way of saying at what level the earlier hunters’ skills were to grade it off. If your skills are better than average, then your success rate will be better than average.

Hunt Difficulty:

The ranch property is relatively mild walking and has a stream. Next to the private property is your own access to National Forest. That property can change this from a low impact hunt to a medium impact hunt if you access the National Forest property.


DIY cabin hunt 5 days, 3 hunters $1,895 per person, 4 hunters $1,795 per person, extra days $95 per person

DIY drop camp 7 days (5 day hunt), 2 hunters minimum, archery/muzzleloader $1595/person and rifle $1695/person.

Fully guided archery/muzzleloader (8 days) or rifle (7 days), wilderness pack-in by horse, 2 on 1 guided $3995, 1 on 1 guided $4995.

What’s Included:

  • Semi-guided 5 day hunt
  • Camp set up with furniture and equipment (bring your sleeping bag and personal gear)
  • Information about the area and where elk have been taken before.
  • Game pack out

What’s Not Included:

  • Hunting Licenses
  • Food
  • Transportation to Colorado
  • Field prep of game
  • Game processing
  • Taxidermy

Use the Outfitter Request Form or call us using the phone number at the top of the page to check on availability, ask questions or book it.


Disclaimer: All prices are per person unless otherwise noted.  No additional fees for booking, the price is the price except for NM adds sales tax.  Unless otherwise noted price is per person, no licenses/tags included, game processing and taxidermy costs extra.  There is no guarantee in hunting.  Availability and prices subject to change by the outfitter or landowner and they have the last word.  If there is a discrepancy between our posted price and what they say it is then we do our best to negotiate for you but offer no guarantee.  We do our best to audit them making sure what they say they offer they actually do by visiting them or going on hunts we pay for.  No refunds for early tag out.  No guarantee on filling hunting licenses.