Hunt #5082 Elk/Mule Deer Guided Lodge
- Current Stock:
Hunt ID: CO-5082
About the Outfitter:
There are a lot of loner bucks and bulls and small bachelor herds of bucks and bulls staying together. Our guides are familiar with the traditional travel of these animals from many prior years of hunting them and their ancestors.
This is a pack-in at timberline to spike camps. The bull to cow ratio is 36 to 100 which is very high for most units. The bulls stay high and migrate last. You will be hunting in a designated wilderness area and not national forest.
We welcome you to some of Colorado’s biggest country and a big game quality designated area that has no bounds. We gear our hunts for productivity not just a scenic time in the mountains.
Something that works well for us is very limited hunting pressure that allows the elk to be 3-4 years older on the average than many of the other GMU’s. The other thing is that the largest bulls and bucks are the last to migrate so even when all the cows, calves, does, and fawns have moved down for the winter we still have the oldest and biggest trophies wanting to stay on the mountain for safety.
There is no substitute for experience when it comes to guided outfitting and packing your game and gear in and out on horseback over rough mountain trails in all types of weather. Also, to the gentle horses which are like family to us and make it all possible. The camp is usually small at 4-6 hunters because of the few hunters that can obtain enough points to draw a license.
Our guided hunts are operated right out of the lodge with hot showers, warm beds and good food. We have pre-scouted the area and know where the elk are staying. They have their own territory and we can usually find them relatively close to the area of comfort or core area.
Our primary hunting area is in GMU066 which we know the country and elk patterns very well. The same with his high-country trophy deer hunt in GMU067. It is not a pack in, it is a drive to camp and check the timberline bowls on foot. You will be in either La Garita or Powderhorn Wilderness areas.
Guided elk and mule deer pack-in or lodge.
Species & Recommended Seasons:
Elk and mule deer archery through 3rd rifle season.
All licenses are a draw and can take zero to many preference points to draw an elk or deer license.
License and Voucher Watchdog will get you the licenses you need.
Lay of the Land:
Traditionally our earlier hunts are the best because our camps are at 10,000 feet and from there the elk can do nothing but go down from there.
To hunt high altitude elk requires good mountain horses that are comfortable at this 10,000 and even 11,000 foot altitudes. There is a lot of glassing instead of walking. In this open country you let your eyes do the walking because elk show up very well when the cover gets short.
One or more per group
Mode of Travel:
By horse and foot.
The thing to remember it is the biggest bucks and bulls are usually the last ones to migrate downhill for the winter. That keeps us right in their laps.
Bull elk that score from 270-345 is the common hunt of the day.
Our average scores prove the age difference that we have walking among us. We don’t see the large volume of animals that you see at lower altitudes but people come here for quality not quantity and we have it. To improve on that even more we seldom hunt anything except for the designated wilderness area.
Quality elk unit GMU066 is a four point restriction for elk and a complete draw unit, giving the hunter an excellent chance at a large mature bull elk. This unit is managed for quality elk. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife has recently rated this unit as one of the best in the state of Colorado for exceptional elk hunting with excellent success.
A survey showed that bull elk taken were well defined and uniformed antlers from 4 x 4 to 7 x 7 racks. The Average Elk taken are 5 x 5's or better, with many satisfied hunters having their trophy mounted. I have personally sighted bull elk scoring 330” to 375” in the area while a 6X7 bull elk harvested scored 335” from GMU066.
As far as deer there are record class also but the deer are extremely rare and far between. This is a primary trophy elk area and not your best bet for mule deer, his deer hunts are in GMU067 where the big mule deer stay in the timberline bowls.
The GMU067 mule deer hunt is a physical hunt. Because we want to share the grandeur of this area with others, we have made concessions to hunters to make it as easy as possible.
Elk and mule deer, 5 days for $3595/person.
Anything you shoot will be packed out for you to the lodge at no extra charge.
If you have a buck of a lifetime that you are pursuing, and it is the 5th day, an extra day can be purchased to cover that. We don’t want anyone to miss out in filling their bucket list.
- Guided 5 day hunt
- Lodging and meals
- Game pack-out
What’s Not Included:
- Hunting Licenses
- Transportation to Colorado
- Game processing
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.