There are few things in hunting more exhilarating than the bugle of a mature bull elk on a crisp September morning, and fortunately, due to flexible dates, we are able to hunt these magnificent animals during the peak of the rut with a rifle or any weapon. We have five large ranches on which we conduct our elk hunts, three of which are in Utah and two in New Mexico. Through these ranches we receive guaranteed, transferable permits, thus eliminating the hassle of state drawing systems for our clients. Each ranch is managed for high numbers of elk, high bull to cow ratios, and high hunter success. All of these hunts take place from mid September to mid October.
We also have the exclusive GMU 63 outfitters permit in the Gunnison National Forest in Colorado. Elk tags are by most part are over the counter. Archery hunters, come with use to the high country of 11,000 feet and chase elk from a back country spike camp during the rut. Good weather and great guides in September is tough to beat. Combo that with Mule Deer permit last week of August for a great Colorado experience. These Colorado hunts are very budget friendly.
We have three price ranges for our Utah and New Mexico ranches which are based on the average Boone & Crockett score that each ranch produces on a consistent basis; however all of these Utah & New Mexico ranches are capable of producing 350 class bulls. We have experienced over 95% success on all our elk leases for many years, with scores ranging from 250 to 415 Boone & Crockett points. We hunt out of either small cabin facilities or a nice ranch house. Our elk hunts are five days and are guided one-on-one or one-on-two depending on the ranch. Though we do have a high percentage of returning clients, we generally have a few openings at the beginning of each year. These hunts fill up fast so please call early to secure your hunt.
TIPS & FACTS
Site your rifle in 1-2″ high at 100 yards. This site in will have the hold point dead on at expected yardages. Expect shots to be 200-350 yards. Practice make the difference.
Best calibers for elk? Minimum of .270, 150 grain bullet, on up to calibers such as .338 with 250 grain bullet.
Weather for August Pronghorn hunts normally? hot and dry. Plan on highs in the 85 degree range, Lows in the 65 degree range.
September & October
Weather for the September/early October bugle elk hunts? Warm days cool nights. Plan on highs in the upper 60″s and lows in the 40’s. Chance of rain increases toward October, maybe even a kiss of snow.
October & November
Weather for the October/November mule deer hunts? Cool and down right cold. Plan on highs in the 50’s and lows dipping to 20’s. In some of the high elevation ranches 1 foot of snow may fall at anytime, although not the norm. Could it get any better than cold and snow in November? Nope!