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Colorado muzzleloader elk hunt
This is an excellent opportunity for a single hunter who wants to experience hunting for trophy-size bull elk during the peak of the bugling season. The outfitter takes only one blackpowder hunter per year on 1,000 private acres where the elk on a major mountain come to rut. Bulls score 300 to 370 Boone and Crockett points.
The hunter who took this hunt the past two years shot a 330 bull on the first day in 2012 and then saw much bigger bulls, so he rebooked for 2013. Last year he saw big bulls again but couldn't resist shooting a lesser six-point that came to a bugle at a range of only 10 yards. One bull on the property last year probably would have scored about 370 points. This ranch is too small for a hunter who wants to hike a lot and hunt hard all day. The outfitter is careful not to pressure the elk so much that they leave the ranch.
"Ideally we would like an older guy with patience," the outfitter said. "We hunt in the mornings and evenings, but we do not follow the elk to their bedding grounds. If the wind is not right and the situation is not right, we don't want to rush in there and spook the elk.
"We have a lot of really nice bulls that come down onto the ranch. It's ideal habitat with aspens, timber and meadows. This is where the elk go to chase each other around and bugle and rut. There's a lot of bugling activity.
"The hunt takes place during the muzzleloader season, which is during the latter part of the bow season in September here in Colorado. We take only one hunter because we know we can show him a great hunt. It's a fun, relaxing hunt, and we can depend on the elk to be here because we pressure the property so lightly."
The price is $6,000. The price includes a landowner voucher so that you can buy a tag without needing to draw a tag in the annual computer lottery. The price does not include motel accommodations in Evergreen or restaurant meals. There is no camping on the ranch. The hunter will have his own personal guide. Hunt No. EKML3883ME. For details text Mark 801-709-9279.
Eastern Colorado trophy whitetail deer
Excellent opportunity at 150 to 180-class bucks. Outfitter wants selective hunters who will not shoot bucks that score less than 150 Boone and Crockett points. The hunt takes place in Unit 132. The oufitter takes two hunters starting Dec. 1 two others starting Dec. 8.
"This is seriously an excellent chance at a 150 or better buck," the outfitter said. "We don't want people shooting anything smaller than 150. We take a maximum of eight people a year on the ranch and target only the biggest bucks. We take only two hunters at a timetwo each during two archery hunts and two each during two rifle hunts. The bow hunts can take place during the rut in November. We take the rifle hunters during the late season because that's when the big bucks are out. It's a helluva hunt. We're are shooting deer that 6 1/2 and 7 1/2 years old although we won't complain if a 5 1/2-year-old steps out if he's a big one.
"This is not your typical place where you have a bunch of hunters after the same deer. We take only the number of hunters that we're confident we can satisfy with a great hunt. That's why we produce the deer we do. Last year we had two muzzleloader hunters. One of the got a buck that scored 156, and the other hit and lost one of the best deer we had been seeing. He scored in the high 170s and possible in the low 180s. We had two rifle hunters, and they got a 158 and a 156. Most guys can't seem to hold off on bucks of that size, but there are bigger deer. We had two bowhunters last year, and one of them hit and lost a tremendous eight-point with split G2 points, and that buck would have scored in the high 160s or low 170s. I think that deer survived because of where he hit it and the way it was acting later. The other bowhunter was holding out for a whitetail that would score 180 or better, and he passed on a number of really nice bucks.
We had two late season rifle hunters last year, and they got a deer we called the Sky Buck, which was a really old, heavy buck. He had massive antlers. The buck probably scored oonly in the 150s because he had an eight-point frame. He had 22 inches of mass on each antler. He is mounting that buck even though he already had nine mounted bucks and had told his wife he wouldn't mount another one. But it's so massive and heavy that it deserves a place on his wall. The buck probably weighed 325 pounds on the hoof. The second late season rifle hunter got a 158 with two broken points, and that deer would have scored about 176 Boone and Crockett points if it weren't for those broken tines."
Price is $6,000 a person with one hunter per guide. Hunt WDML3883132. For details text Mark at 801-709-9279.
Alberta black bear openings in May 2014
An outfitter with whom we hunted in 2013 has six openings for this spring. For $3,500 you can kill two bears, and most hunters have chances to fill both tags. We can give a discount to a group of four hunters. We have four openings May 25-June 1 and two openings May 11-18. The average bear is about six feet squared, but most years several seven-footers are taken. Lodging is in wall tents with wooden floors. A shower tent is provided. Hunting is over bait, which is usually a mixture of grain, dog food and used cooking grease. The hunt takes place north of Edmonton near Slave Lake. Fishing is available for northern pike in a lake near the hunting area. We caught numerous pike last year with lots of them from 23 to 30 inches long and a few bigger fish, but the biggest one got away at the boat. Meals are included. The outfitter can pick you up and drop you off in Edmonton. One member of our group booked a whole week for eight hunters this year. Hunt BLML5247.
Alberta moose hunt has November openings
One of our Canadian outfitters has openings for moose in October and November. Price is $6,000 in October and $5,000 in November, including guide service, pickup at Edmonton, accommodations and meals. Sales tax and hunting license and tag are extra. Hunter success has been high. Bulls are typically 35 to 45 inches with some bigger bulls. He bought out an outfitter with a back country camp where bulls were averaging over 50 inches. Hunt MSML5247.
March 19 application deadline: Time to book New Mexico elk hunts
Two bulls caught by our trail cams last year in Bear Ridge.
We have a few openings left for elk hunts in New Mexico with one of our outfitters.
He has openings for trophy hunts in some of the top units in southcentral New Mexico as well as a handful of openings farther north and west.
He has a very successful and experienced bowhunting guide who is available for the first and second weeks of the Sept. 1-22 archery season in the Bear Ridge unit.
He has two other guides available for the five-day blackpowder season in Bear Ridge or Desert Mesa. One of them is available to guide during the five-day rifle season. He also has an archery guide available for a group of semi-guided hunters during the last week of the bow season in Bear Ridge. That guide has personally killed a 370 bull with his recurve bow.
Prices range from $2,450 to $5,950, depending on what is provided and hunter:guide ratio. These prices apply in the Bear Ridge unit, which has yielded some exceptional bulls in the 340 to 390 class.
For $500 less he offers archery and muzzleloader hunts in a bordering unit, Desert Mesa, which holds a lot of elk with a good bull:cow ratio but lower trophy quality. There are good numbers of 5x5 and 6x6 bulls, but this is a unit where the bigger bulls score 290 to 320 B&C points and hardly ever over 340. We took only two hunters in Desert Mesa last year. Both were bowhunters, and they killed a big 5x5 and a 6x6.
One of the bulls from Desert Mesa last year. The outfitter had two archers and both killed elk like this.
Book now, and you can apply for one of the tags that have been set aside for clients of resident outfitters. The odds of drawing a tag in the outfitter allocation vary from a little more than 50 percent to almost 70 percent in Bear Ridge and have been 100 percent in Desert Mesa the past two years.
For details text Mark at 505-728-8358 Details.
New Mexico mule deer
One of our outfitters has openings for mule deer archery hunts in January in a trophy unit as well as archery, muzzleloader and rifle hunts in a separate limited-permit unit.
The winter bow hunt takes place in the Caprock Desert, which is ideal for glassing because bluffs over the desert floor provide ideal vantage points. Buck quality is excellent with many record-book bucks and a few that score in the high 170s to low 190s.
Two bucks killed by bowhunters in Caprock Desert .
The biggest buck we have heard about from this area was a giant nontypical that would have qualified for the all-time Boone and Crockett Club record book, but it was poached by a bowhunter who couldn't resist pulling out a rifle.
Most of the other unit, Bear Ridge, is not conducive to glassing, but hunting permits are limited, and so some bucks get big.
A Bear Ridge archery kill.
Bowhunters often get shooting by waiting near water holes or by spotting game while riding around in ATVs. Gun hunters often see game from pickups, often glass deer from a limited number of high points, and also can have success by still hunting.
Prices vary according to what is provided and hunter:guide ratio. Group discounts might be available. You must apply for tags by March 19.
For details, text Mark at 505-728-8358.
Our $3,500 private land elk hunt near Trinidad, Colorado is full in 2014. Book now for 2015.
Four whitetail openings in Alberta, reduced to $4,000 if you have a group of four. Otherwise $4,500. 100% success for last seven years with average over 150 Boone and Crockett points and some bucks in the 170s and 180s.
We have openings for red deer and tahr in 2014 and 2015 in free-range areas as well as red stag in intensively managed preserves. You also can combine your stag hunt with a hunt for tahr, chamois and fallow deer or with a fishing trip for trout or ocean game fish. Details.
Some current openings
An eastern Wyoming ranch in Unit 17, where over-the-counter tags are currently, has openings for three antelope hunters. Rifle hunting is available between Oct. 1 and 14, archery in late September. $1,000 a person.
Three openings for our most popular New Mexico antelope hunt have been discounted to $3,500. Great hunt for top-quality bucks. Usually $4,500.
Brown bear: $12,500 for a boat-based brown bear hunt in the first 10 days of May in 2014 or the last 10 days of May in Alaska. Outfitter will cater to bowhunters.
Private land elk hunt in good area in Utah, $4,500/person for a party of three. Bow, rifle or blackpowder.
Two Dall sheep opeinings with one of our long-time Alaska outfitters, who also has moose and grizzly availability.
Book mountain lion hunts now to get the best spots next winter. We have good hunts for $4,000 to $4,500.
Archery, $1,990 semiguided and $3,850 guided. The same outfitter has some archery or muzzleloader hunts in Nebraska at a lower cost. Rifle is full for 2013, but we're booking for 2014.
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