COLORADO ELK, DEER, PRONGHORN, BEAR- HUNT #136
Hunt Nation has referred many clients to this outfitter when he used to operate a well known Ranching for Wildlife operation in Colorado. In fact we had, and many have elected to return multiple times. He has always been committed to providing a quality experience in an area of Colorado that has one of the highest elk populations in the entire country.
A couple years ago he set up his own separate outfitting operation, no longer doing the RFW hunts. He built a gorgeous facility as well, with a main lodge for clients, plus several modern new cabins. It is quit remote and seeing big mule deer out the door is not uncommon.
This is a family owned and operated outfitting service that is located in the heart of prime elk country in northwestern Colorado. The outfitter has many years of experience, and tries hard to give everyone an excellent experience.e In short- he cares about people. Add to it their cordial staff, very comfortable accommodations, hearty meals and plenty of elk. Butch and Joan did an archery elk hunt in 2014, starting August 30. The heat was awful, so hunting was slow although bulls were heard and seen. WE would not suggest going that early!
“This was the first elk hunt I have been on that we saw bulls EVERY time we went out. I was hunting deer as well and passed on many 170+ bucks, I even passed on one that Marv guessed to be 190+. I was looking for a 200 buck and went home empty handed, but what a great hunt! The lodge is fantastic and the food excellent. I look forward to returning and finding that 190 buck, he should be 200 next year. Thanks for a great week. See you next year.” “Dex” DAVE DEXTER
Located 20 miles south of Hayden, CO with easy access to the airport, the area is home to the largest herd of elk in the nation, and the outfitter has access to some of the best big game habitat in the region. In addition to high-quality elk hunts, the outfitter also has wide-racked mule deer, tall pronghorn, bruiser black bear, and predator hunting. The outfitter hunts two ranches– one 6,200-acre ranch is located higher up in the mountains and another 2,200-acre ranch at lower elevation. Elk migrate up and down depending on snow levels, weather and feed conditions. Having the two ranches gives you options. This is a classic western hunt for mature branch-antlered bulls, with a chance for some mega bulls, too.
One point to be aware of, and that is that on these hunts, if you purchase a cow elk hunt (usually available as left-overs or you can draw one – April 1 deadline)- then you can take BOTH a bull and a cow– at no extra charge! Last year, (2013) one client sat a water hole, arrowed a cow, and while watching the cow fall down, a bull walked in and he tagged that one too! Two elk in 5 minutes.
The five-day hunts include meals, lodging, 2 x 1 guide service, transportation to and from Yampa Valley Regional airport, all field care of your animals, and delivery to processor. All guides are experienced, expert callers and they know the area well. Several guides have won local and nation calling contests. The guides pride themselves in showing you a high-quality experience. Success ratios are typically near 85% for most species. Bull elk will average about 260-inch B & C, with exceptional 300-inch class bulls harvested each year. Deer will average 160-inches plus, if you are willing to hunt hard and be selective.
The lodge is a beautiful, almost-new four bedroom and two bath 2,600-foot wood structure. There are two bunkhouses for excessive snorers! The lodge has a lounge area, wireless internet, but no TV. Leave the news and stress behind. Six hunters max at any one time.
If you’re an archer and a gun hunter, you can buy an over-the-counter tag either sex elk tag (bull or cow) and buy a cow tag. That allows you to take two elk. No extra charge! Many clients take the first cow that shows up, put her into the meat locker, get some meat in the freezer, and then go looking for a big bull.
If your hunt dates allow, for you archers, you can buy an over the tag either sex elk tag (bull or cow) – and at the same time you can buy a cow tag. That allows you to take two elk. Man clients elect to take the first cow that shows up, put her into the meat locker, and keep on hunting, knowing meat is going home!
NOTICE: HUNTERS BORN AFTER JAN 1, 1949 MUST CARRY AND HAVE COMPLETED A HUNTER SAFETY GUN COURSE — OR IF BOW HUNTING A BOW EDUCATION CLASS! These can be done on line in many states.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING THE LICENSE APPLICATIONS- BUT WE CAN ASSIST YOU-JUST ASK!! GO TO: www.wildlife.state.co.us. You will find the procedures there.
All hunts include 2 x 1 guiding, meals and lodging unless otherwise stated.
NOT INCLUDED: Licenses and conservation stamps, flights, and tips. Tips are very important if you want to have good guides returning every year. Good guides stay if well paid- if not they move on. At Hunt Nation we use an 8 to 10% tipping guideline, plus something for the cooks. This outfitter requests that all tips be given to him for disbursing- and he is very fair with his staff. Keeps things even.
Mule Deer (4 day): $3750.00
Elk/Mule Deer Combo: $5650.00
We have a limited number of guaranteed landowner vouchers for all deer seasons, eliminating the need to apply for these very limited licenses. Normal preference requirement is 4-5 years.
Cow Hunts (7 day): $1250.00
Guided only- no lodging or meals. We can help you acquire lodging in Craig which is only a short 10-15 minute drive to our lower ranch. They do require applying by April 1, draw success is high depending on season dates. These are an ideal way to fill your freezer and get to know the Outdoor Specialist staff and how we run our program. These hunts have 100% success each year.
Pronghorn (3 day): $2750.00
Fully outfitted and guided. Require applying or using one of our limited guaranteed landowner vouchers. These hunts have also 100% success.
Black Bear: $1000.00 no kill/no pay
These hunts are run in conjunction with elk, deer, or combo hunts. We do not conduct any bear only hunts.
Limited Mountain Lion hunts available – Call for availability and prices.
LEFTOVERS GO ON SALE in AUGUST ! CALL US! Often these are great hunts as elk migrate down for the 4th season! Or apply in the draw for first or fourth or muzzleloader seasons. Apply around April 1st
What can I say? Three elk down the 1st day and several hundred sighted! What an experience, we could not have even hoped to have had the hunt we were treated to. We are coming back next year, but to bow hunt and make it more of a challenge. Thank you, Marv for a great time & all your hard work! Chris
This was the first elk hunt I have been on that we saw bulls EVERY time we went out. I was hunting deer as well and passed on many 170+ bucks, I even passed on one that Marv guessed to be 190+. I was looking for a 200 buck and went home empty handed, but what a great hunt! The lodge is fantastic and the food excellent. I look forward to returning and finding that 190 buck, he should be 200 next year. Thanks for a great week. See you next year. “Dex”
TROY LYKENN – Bobby can call elk like an elk, Jim tracks an elk like it owes him money, & Marv has the best mustache in the four state area. These hunts are always the best time of the year. Am I goin’ back? Heck ya!- Troy
BRAD MUHL- Our group has hunted with these guys now for 5 years. We would be hard pressed to find a more professional & dedicated staff. They go above & beyond to provide a top notch experience. Most of all they are fun to be with and have become good friends. You can’t go wrong with them! Brad
CHARLIE DEXTER- I’ve been in many elk camps over the years, and this camp has been the most enjoyable by far. Vaughn & Bobby are two of the best elk guides I have had the pleasure to be with. They are professional, knowledgeable, and fun. Keep up the good work. We’ll see you next year! Charlie
TYPICAL ITINERARY: Say that your hunt is scheduled to begin on August 30, with arrival August 29. We will meet at 2:00 on Friday afternoon. Meeting place will be the Hayden Mercantile located on the west end of Hayden on Hwy 40, behind the post office. We will purchase your license there and pickup any last minute items you might need. We start the week out with some beer for our clients, if you should desire any other type alcohol we will pick it up at this time. Tags are over counter for much of our hunting
From there we will head for the ranch, about a 40 minute drive, and get settled in for the week. This will also give you time to shoot your bow/rifle and make any last minute adjustments. After a short orientation, we will have dinner and the rest of the evening to relax, and get to know each other.
The hunt will begin with breakfast bright and early Saturday. Our main meal is served @ 1:00 each day. This gives you time to relax before heading out for the evening hunt. The nighttime meal will be lighter, soup & sandwich, as each group will come back at different times.
Hunting will consist of calling and spot & stalk. We will access the hunting areas by ATV and hunt from there. The morning hunt will last as long as the animals are moving. Once they bed down for midday, we let them stay there and resume our hunt in the afternoon. Pushing resting elk results in their moving many miles away, so we avoid that.
The weather will likely be warm to hot during the day, 60-70 degrees, and cool at night 30-40. You should dress in layers so that you can shed and add layers as the temperature changes.
Terrain will consist of moderate to steep, as we will hunt the upper and lower ranch through the course of the week. Upper has several large canyons and is steeper than the lower. It will allow you to enjoy the hunt more if you get in the best shape possible. That being said, we can work with any physical ability required. Please let us know if there are any limitations we need to be aware of.
You should bring some quality binoculars, a small day pack, and the clothing you will need daily. We will have range finders and will carry all the required equipment for the hunt. Please do not burden yourself with a large heavy pack.
We will furnish all the linens, towels, shower items, and scent free soap and spray. We do have laundry facilities so that you can wash clothes if need be. Scent free detergent is provided.
We do have wireless internet., and a cell booster at the lodge.
I would suggest staying in Steamboat Springs if you arrive early. There is much to see and do there. Probably the Holiday Inn Express would be as reasonable as any.