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Turning 50 this year. Wife says I should take a fully guided elk hunting trip...I married a good one!

The initial internet search provided a list of over 100. Spent two hours trying to sort through them based on price and the type of hunt. That cut the list to about 20. It is overwhelming. Does anyone have any experience with an outfitter they would like to recommend?
 

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Don't have a certain guide to recommend, but a bit of advice to help narrow your search. Decide what size animals you are wanting to pursue. Realistic chances at certain size animals can dramatically affect pricing. Then I'd call them up and check out their website. Lastly references and internet searches. Good luck
 

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Ha, I spent 6 hours just trying to find a unit I want to DIY this fall. Still have all the map work and other planning to do. Little by little, weed it down.

Says your location is Colorado, do you already hunt elk?
 

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I do live in CO and have hunted elk for awhile. All of my hunting buddies are gun hunters (cheaters...) and I can't get any of them to convert to archery with me. I have stuck many a whitetail many years ago when I lived in MN. Shot one elk a few years ago with a compound. I am now fully committed to trad though!

In years past when I have elk hunted here I get frustrated with running into 100 other guys on the same mountain chasing elk out of the county. I have reached a point in my life where I can afford to "buy access" to land where I don't have to worry about other hunters. Since the wife has suggested that I take a fully guided hunt, I thought why not? What I am really looking for is a small group of serious hunters that go every year and either have access to private land or are willing to pay for access to private land and need one more guy in their group. If anyone reading this thread fits that description, hit me up.
 

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Look up Fred Eichler's outfit. They seem to do very well every year. I have no experience with them but Fred is entertaining to watch.
 

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He was my first call...booked out two years in advance. Also, on the high end at $8k for a 5 day hunt. I am sure he is worth it, but the average is around $5k.
 

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He was my first call...booked out two years in advance. Also, on the high end at $8k for a 5 day hunt. I am sure he is worth it, but the average is around $5k.
The average for what?? You'll easily pay 5 figures for a quality hunt where you start having 330 plus inch
 

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No doubt, for a trophy bull elk hunt you are going to pay $12-$15k after trophy fees. There are a hundred outfitters here in CO that charge $4500-$5500 for 5 days of hunting, 2:1 hunter to guide ratio including food and lodging. For that you will see bulls in the 270-310 class and the shot opportunity percentage (on any animal, bull or cow) at 70%. These are generally a blend of private and public leased land. Some are pack in camps, some are hunting from a lodge on the ranch.
 

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If you’re willing to spend the money and go guided, why limit yourself to Colorado?

Just what I’ve read as of late, Colorado isn’t necessarily the place to go for elk hunting.....
 

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That is a good point. I suppose I could spread out to NM, WY and MT. Just figured if I stayed in CO my $55 license is cheap vs $500+ going out of state.
 

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do you have any points built up, for places like 61 or 2? Maybe Ranching for Wildlife areas?

Might go to the Bowsite website under Elk and ask them guys..they are pretty good

units we hunted, 15 and 27 seem to dry up after the moose moved in...or was it due to the ranchers planting all that alfalfa on their land...hmmmmmm
 

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That was my assumption but I thought maybe I was missing something. In the grand scheme of things, a few hundred bucks is peanuts.
 
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