Having great outfitters is such a blessing as a consultant. At Outdoors International we have assembled the A-Team for archery elk hunting. We have 4 really affordable archery elk hunts you need to ask us about.
All of these affordable archery elk hunts are in are in areas that are covered up in elk. Hunts were success and fun hunting over trophy quality is the goal. We do have high quality trophy elk hunts as well but we find that a very large part of the hunters out there are looking for a solid bang for their buck and these places are exactly that. *All of the prices quoted below are 2014 prices and all of the hunts below come with guaranteed tags.
Idaho/Wyoming Public Land:
This outfitter has the best trophy quality of the four with chances at bulls over 320″. It is a pack in, horseback hunt with good wall tent accommodations and you will be deep enough to not worry about public hunting competition. The neat thing about him is he has outfitting areas in both Wyoming and Idaho, with his lodge sitting in the middle of the two areas and right on the border. That means, you can put in for Wyoming (90% draw odds with no points), and if by chance you don’t draw he has outfitter tags that can get you on his exclusive unit in Idaho that is NON-WOLF IMPACTED!
The populations of elk here are very strong and in high density. The capper on this area is that by Western standards, it’s pretty mild and requires less physical condition. You can also add a deer on this hunt for $500 trophy fee and the cost of the tag. The cost on this 5 day hunt is $4,500 and guided 2 on 1, so bring a buddy. Every client who hunted this hunt last year had shot opportunities and the biggest bull (that was wounded) would’ve gone 340ish.
A link to this hunt can be found here.
New Mexico Private Land with Landowner Permits Included:
This hunt has two different kinds of ranches. One (almost 60,000 acres), is very easy flat to rolling terrain with TONS of elk. When I say TONS, that is exactly what I mean. When we scouted this ranch late season, this year, our guys saw over 300 elk in 5 days. This is a drive around, bugle from the truck and work in on bulls that respond, type hunt. Most of the bulls will be 5×5 and 6×6 with a reasonable chance at a 300 inch bull. There are water hole opportunities for those that can’t cover country at all. This is a very high success hunt with easy hunting conditions on good but not great bulls. This outfitter went 100% success with his archery clients last year.
The other ranch is very high altitude (9,000 ft) and classic rugged elk terrain. The ranch is 8,000 acres and backs up to a very landlocked wilderness area that makes for more ground than anyone, on one hunt, can cover. You will need to be physically fit on this hunt and this ranch has high success (for physically fit hunters) on bulls over 300″. This ranch is not well roaded and clients will need good gear and be ready for a lot of hiking for the big boys.
Both hunts are the same cost: $5,500 (comes with landowner permit), and the hunt is guided one on one for 5 days.
A link to this hunt can be found here.
Colorado Public Land:
This hunt will be another wilderness pack-in horseback hunt. You will be hunting in very steep terrain and at high altitude (9,000-12,000 ft). There are a TON of bulls on this hunt as well. Every client we placed last year had shot opportunities on bulls and raved about the outfitter and his area.
If you want a classic rocky mountain elk hunt in Colorado, deep in, and all alone, this is the one. The trophy quality on the elk here are 5×5 and 6×6 bulls with chances at bulls in the low 300′s. The key to success, and enjoyment on this hunt is being in shape. If you are in shape this is truly an epic adventure at a hell of a good price. This hunt is $3,950 guided 2 on 1 for a 5 day hunt.
This hunt can be found here.