Hunt #5018 Guided Mule Deer/Elk Private/Public Low & High Country

Current Stock:

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

Hunt ID: CO-5018


About the Outfitter:

Mule Deer

Trophy Mule Deer hunts 3rd season private ranch hunting safari style (Drive, Glass, Spot and Stalk) with short walks to check out honey holes including alfalfa fields. These are guided mule deer on private ranches with vouchers included and limited but available to get you a way to buy a deer license for the hunt.

History of the bucks taken each year supplies a trophy class mule deer list as long as your arm. Management, genes, feed and safety is the recipe for these broad river bottom giants.

You will be guided 2 on 1 driving through river bottom country with breaks where these big bucks’ bed. If you have been looking for a big mule deer to be your life trophy this is it. I only have 2 available, he only takes 4 deer per year. The problem is that they go fast with a phone call and a credit card.

Last year he did 2 mule deer hunts and both deer were over 190 inches.

Big bucks and big bulls are his specialty! Not at the same place but a secret place for each of them and the reason why they are there, and he continues to pull out free ranging trophies year after year on these 5 day hunts on multiple properties in this premium hunting area.



Elk are either high altitude at timberline or low altitude on the multiple private ranches. The deer are mainly down in the private ranches, some with alfalfa fields.  If there are deer at higher altitude there are fewer deer but they are bigger.  The low altitude hunt is a minimal impact hunt. The elk hunt around timberline is a horseback hunt.

Even though there are deer between the cabin and where you find the elk, they are not as plentiful in large sizes as they are down on the much lower river bottoms on private ground. With that said, you can have a low land trophy deer hunt, or a high-country elk only hunt, or a high-country deer and elk hunt.

His mountain cabin, his horses and trailers are a big part of his mobility to be able quickly pick up stakes like the elk and go to a different neighborhood. Some call it “Plan B” but he just calls it elk hunting.

His guides are worth bragging on. Every one of them are archers during their free time. A successful archer knows elk inside and out, it shows in his success when the hunt is done.

He has been approved by the North American Hunting Club for his skills as an outfitter.


You will be hunting in GMU077, GMU078 and GMU771 including private land and the San Juan National Forest.

Hunt Type(s):

Guided hunts with cabin or camps up at high altitude.

Species & Recommended Seasons:

Elk and mule deer any season.


Elk licenses over the counter except for muzzleloader, 1st and 4th Rifle seasons. No or low preference points needed to draw a license.  2nd and 3rd rifle are over the counter for bull elk. Deer licenses are draw only and take zero to a few preference points depending on the season. Only 4 deer vouchers available per year included with paid deer hunt. As the deer vouchers come out in June the ones with the booking on the earliest date get the choice of the mule deer first. I highly recommend that if you are interested that you book this a year in advance. It is extremely seldom that you can even buy a 4th season hunt/voucher at any price.

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

License and Season Information

Party Size:

One or more rifle or 2+ archery.

Mode of Travel:

Vehicle and foot on lowland ranches, horse and foot for tree line high altitude hunt.

Animal Quality:

Trophy elk with very, very many over 300 inches taken with last year bringing home a 365” bull. The trophy elk are up at 11,500 feet near timberline. Mule deer in the area average 150-190”.  Out of 4 deer hunters 2 took bucks over 180" last year.

Success Rate:

This outfitter is plain good and has built his success on his ability to provide shot opportunities to his hunter at a range close enough that the shot is also a success, not just shot opportunity. He says there is some luck of course but 20 plus years of outfitting with hunting before that in a good area doesn’t hurt a bit to shave the odds in your favor. His ability to move and go where the elk are is another key point in his success.

Hunt Difficulty:

Deer hunts are a minimal impact hunt on ranches down in the river valley, mostly spot and stalk. He has been 100% success for the last 5 years on this hunt. He has 2 different ranches with some having Alfalfa on them. Elk can be medium to high impact level at tree line but horses help minimize it.


Trophy mountain bull elk or low private land elk hunt $4995/person

Trophy low land mule deer hunt $5995/person, deer voucher included when available.

What’s Included:

  • Guiding by experienced guides
  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Field care of game and pack-out

What’s Not Included:

  • Hunting Licenses
  • Transportation to Colorado
  • 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.