Long Range Elk Hunt

Discussion in 'Elk Hunting' started by Long Time Long Ranger, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. Long Time Long Ranger

    Long Time Long Ranger Well-Known Member

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    Would there be any interest out there for a long range forum elk hunt? I know this has been tried before and seems like a lot of interest and it just goes away. I have a perfect area for long range if you guys are as good as you say. Shooting would all be off rimrock from close to several miles if you think you can hit it. Plenty of elk and virtually guaranteed tags. Everyone would see elk and a few would get a pretty good one. This is not trophy hunting, just elk hunting with a 280-320 class 6x6 being best in the area. My last bull there went 356 but that was very unusual. Plenty of country to hunt. I could easily scatter 20 guys in there and not be bumping into one another. Might could get up a little pot for biggest bull and longest shot. Could be a lot of fun.

    I can arrange for all the saddled horses anybody would need. It would be a wilderness pack in hunt in a large wilderness area with fairly light pressure except around the edges. Shooting would probably be about 100%. Killing depends on the hunter.

    If there is any interest or questions I can give more details.
     
  2. davewilson

    davewilson Well-Known Member

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    what state, time of year, needed gear, and of course, what would it cost?
     

  3. Retusmce7

    Retusmce7 Active Member

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    I would be interested, what state. is this your land?
     
  4. esshup

    esshup Well-Known Member

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    Ditto.

    If in Wy., a buddy and I have been amassing preference points and we really don't want to burn them yet, but that doesn't mean we wouldn't be interested!
     
  5. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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    I'm interested.
     
  6. Eaglet

    Eaglet Well-Known Member

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    You can't go! Remember?

    Greetings from Jeffersonville, Indiana.
     
  7. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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    You're sounding like my wife.:D

    Why not?
     
  8. Long Time Long Ranger

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    Hunting would be in one of the largest wilderness areas in Colorado during the first rifle hunt which is a drawing hunt with about 95% success. The hunt starts the second Saturday in October for five days but this is the last year of the five year Colorado schedule so it would depend if they adopt the same season structure for the next five years. From what I hear they will still offer the first season elk by drawing only in some format. No deer tags have been available during this hunt the past five years but they could change that with the new season structure. If they do I will have a deer tag. The elk in there are just average raghorn colorado elk but the deer hunting would be definitely trophy class.

    It would be a pack in hunt with camps from about 5-12 miles in. That would depend on the number of people. Horses are $450 per person saddled up. Elk tag runs about $550 in Colorado. I have done this as a backpack hunt since the mid 70's but that last big 356 bull about did me in. I have noticed the bulls are getting a little bigger overall the past few years with the new season structure but still a 300 class 6x6 would be exceptional. No problem glassing 5x5 and small 6x6 bulls but like I said, this is a long range elk hunt. The closest shot you could probably expect would be 300 or so yards. You will get shots that will test your skills. My last two bulls up there were nearly 700 and over 800 yards. My longest up there was over 1300 yards. Heavy, high BC bullets are required in your caliber. I have built guns from 264 on up for guys hunting this area. The 300 grain 338 bullet seems to be the most effective for bucking the wind and putting the elk down. But the most important thing is shoot what you can shoot the best.

    With a horse you can cover more rims and have a better chance for success. I hunt light and even with a horse I still use my backpack food because I go to hunt, not cook and wash dishes. My camp is the same as if I were backpacking so all I have cost wise is the horse, tag and transportation. But anybody can camp however they want. I can arrange for a full drop camp with tents and food but your probably looking at around $1500 per person. Or you can pack in any camp you want by renting packhorses. I can get into all the options if there is any interest.

    At times a couple of guys will go in early using the extra saddle horses to pack the camp in. Then come back, saddle them back up and everyone rides in the next day. Same thing going back out in reverse.
     
  9. chain

    chain Well-Known Member

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    I am booked this year in Wyoming, but I would be interested in the future.
     
  10. Long Time Long Ranger

    Long Time Long Ranger Well-Known Member

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    I forgot to say the hunt would be for next year since the Colorado draw has passed for this year. I will be up there this year if anyone wants to come shoot at cows. Tons of leftover cow tags.
     
  11. WesB

    WesB Well-Known Member

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    LTLR
    I sent you a PM
    Wes
     
  12. gcamp54

    gcamp54 Well-Known Member

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    PM sent. I know it's late, sorry.

    Gordon
     
  13. chain

    chain Well-Known Member

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    I am definitely interested for next year. I probably will be going solo, if there is anyone out there that wants to join me, let me know. I guess depending on the draw.
     
  14. magicofmt

    magicofmt Well-Known Member

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    Interested. Would love to stretch the legs out on my 338 Allen Mag. Sent you a pm.