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Old 01-17-2013, 06:08 AM
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Recommended Elk Guide

Looking to book a guided rifle elk hunt in the fall of this year. 3-5 hunters. Im not particular where.
What would be the going rate in a high percentage area?
Thank You for your suggestions!
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:03 AM
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Colorado and Idaho are two states that have various OTC tags. Idaho is limited and it's on a first come-first served basis. Colorado has unlimited tag numbers for certain seasons, but they are only five days long. Most of the other states have PP systems wher you need to be in a draw and tags may take years to draw. New Mexico may be the place to go because their outfitters get set aside tags for their clients that book with them, so it's a pretty good state to go to if you are late in the game like it sounds you guys are. Colorado also has a Ranching for Wildife (RFW) program where ranches that are enrolled in it set their own seasons and have guaranteed tags. However, you're talking 5 figures in most of them for an elk hunt. Google elk hunting outfitters and you'll get more than what you need for information. Then when you pick out one or two that suit your fancy contact them and ask for a full list of past hunters the last couple years and not just ones that filled their tag as that can lead to problems. Be aware that unless you do a DIY hunt in CO or ID that you will be paying big bucks for a guided elk hunt nowadays.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:27 AM
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Looking to book a guided rifle elk hunt in the fall of this year. 3-5 hunters. Im not particular where.
What would be the going rate in a high percentage area?
Thank You for your suggestions!
5 to 6 K per hunter plus tags out here.

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Old 02-12-2013, 01:42 PM
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I guide for my friend who is an outfitter. Most hunts in Idaho range from 5500-6500. You can also do a drop camp and hunt on your own from an outfitter camp. Cost depends a little more on the 1 on 1 or 1 on 2 guided hunts. Also, it depends on the class of bull you are looking for and whether it is rut or not hunt. Options are endless really, it is just a matter of budget. We have some trophy hunts but they can be priced pretty high due to the amount of networking and time spent locating 350 plus bulls. If you want big bulls with high success rates AZ, NM, etc have that......and it will cost you dearly.
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:58 AM
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These guys are spot on with how much money you will have to put up for a guided hunt. Just a small correction on some information in one of the above post. The Ranching For Wildlife program in Colorado is only open to residents of Colorado. This information can be found on page 6 of their Big Game Brochure.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:10 AM
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The last post is INCORRECT regarding the Colorado Ranching For Wildlife program. The public draw for free hunts that amounts to 10% of the tags they are given is what is no longer open to nonresidents. The ranches will gladly take an NRs money to set you up with one of those 5 figure hunts if you can afford it!
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:17 AM
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I guide for my friend who is an outfitter. Most hunts in Idaho range from 5500-6500. You can also do a drop camp and hunt on your own from an outfitter camp. Cost depends a little more on the 1 on 1 or 1 on 2 guided hunts. Also, it depends on the class of bull you are looking for and whether it is rut or not hunt. Options are endless really, it is just a matter of budget. We have some trophy hunts but they can be priced pretty high due to the amount of networking and time spent locating 350 plus bulls. If you want big bulls with high success rates AZ, NM, etc have that......and it will cost you dearly.
Thank you for the replies. My next question is this; With the increase from $6500 to $9500, would it be more of a sure thing with a trophy size bull? Spending $6500 and coming home with a spike bull or a cow, would be a disappointment for the $$ spent in the big picture.
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