Out west outfitters

Discussion in 'Elk Hunting' started by wannabetrapper, Aug 28, 2017.

  1. wannabetrapper

    wannabetrapper 6 pointer

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    I plan on going on my first Elk hunt next year hopefully if all goes right. I went to wyoming two years ago and was successful with an antelope hunt but I was very lucky as I did it my self. This time I want to pay a guide so that my first trip will be hopefully one to remember and I can be successful. Can any one tell me guides that they had good experiences with and maybe guides that you had bad experiences with. I know hunting is not 100 percent I am just looking for honest people to help me along as I have heard to many Horror story of people getting there money taken. I am looking at colorado just because chances of getting drawed but I am open to any other state. I just want a respectable guide that some one has had good experiences with.
     
  2. 1sttop

    1sttop Spike

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    Army Post near you
    You cant go wrong with Cody Carr outfitters in Montana
     
  3. WVHUNTER1

    WVHUNTER1 Fawn

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    All elk licenses in Wyoming are by drawing. How many preference points do you have? It will take one preference point to guarantee drawing a General tag which is the easiest tag to draw. A better unit like Area 7 will take eight preference points to draw.
    What kind of hunt are you looking for? Do you want to stay in a bunkhouse and hunt a private ranch out of a truck or do you want a horseback hunt where it takes eight hours on a horse just to get to camp?
    Some of the horseback hunts into the Thorofare River, South of Yellowstone, are General area hunts and they are a true wilderness adventure.
    So you might want to narrow down the areas you can draw and look at the type hunt you want.
    I could give you a couple of good Outfitters in Area 7 but unless you have eight preference points it isn't going to help you any.
     
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  4. WVHUNTER1

    WVHUNTER1 Fawn

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    I talked a little about Wyoming but I see in your post you are looking at Colorado. Colorado is one of the few states that has over the counter licenses but personally I would stay away from those, those areas are usually over hunted.
    To have a good hunt you need to be in a good area. You get a tag in a good area by either building preference points for years, being very lucky in the random draws or paying a lot of money for a landowner tag.
    You can still get a Wyoming preference point for this year until October 31st.
    I have hunted elk in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico and I do think a Wyoming General area can be a good hunt for someone that doesn't have a lot of preference points and doesn't want to pay $5,000 or more for a landowner tag.
     
  5. gds

    gds 6 pointer

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    I've hunted twice ( archery and rifle ) with Joe Cabral , in northern Idaho , he owns Russell Pond and B Bar C Outfitters . He offers a true wilderness hunting experience. One day to pack in from the trail head , on mules to the most beautiful wilderness you will ever see. One day to pack out , five days to hunt . Joe and his crew spend most of the year in this area guiding bear, wolf, elk , mountain lion , deer and bobcat hunts . They know the area well and will work their asses off to see that you are successful in your hunt . Their web site is russellpond@russellpond.com He has limited number of elk tags for his hunters . So you don't have to draw one .
     
  6. Born to Hunt

    Born to Hunt 8 pointer

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    While I've never hunted with them, I have hunted near them- Sable Mountain Outfitters in Colorado. I have hunted the same area three times and we always take our own horses. They hunt an area with a good elk population but not great for trophy bulls. There is much public pressure but you can escape that with your own horses or by hiring an outfitter. Theirs is a genuine back country experience. They know the area well and like a lot of guides nowadays, they rely heavily on aerial scouting- they know which mountains the elk are on. They've told me as have their references, the success rate long term averages 50% which is much better than the 10-12% statewide considering residents, guided and DIY nonresidents state wide.
     

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