Hunt EK4731G

Price: $4,000

Guide ratio: 2x1

Application deadline: April 5 for early season rifle, late season rifle and muzzleloader tags. Over-the-counter archery and 2nd and 3rd season rifle tags.

Licenses and tags: Not included in hunt price.

Meals and lodging: Included. Most hunters stay in a ranch house.

Seasons: Rifle seasons are usually in October and last five days. Archery seasons are Sept. 1-14 or 15-24. Muzzleloader seasons are five days long and take place in mid- to late October and in November.

Trophy size: The biggest bulls score 350-400" in good forage years (adequate rain in spring and early summer). They are greatly outnumbered by bulls in the 300-350" class. Average kill rate past 30 years: 85% rifle, 50% in non-rut muzzleloader seasons. Most bowhunters get shots within their range, but many miss or make poor hits.


High hunter success on 5x5 and 6x6 bulls

This hunt takes place in southern Colorado in an area where there is a lot of private land that draws elk from nearby public parcels. This outfitter has about 18,000 acres under lease. His hunters consistently do well, taking mostly bulls in the 250 to 300 class along with a few bigger bulls with the rare specimen in the 340 to 360 category. Most of the land is mountainous with some it in grassy valleys. Elk numbers are healthy in this unit, which has produced some trophy-size bulls as large as 396 in recent years. A nice thing about booking a hunt here is that tags are easy to get. Elk tags are sold over the counter for the second and third combination rifle seasons and for archery season. You must apply for a tag to hunt during muzzleloader season and for the first and fourth rifle elk seasons.