If you want to hunt elk in Colorado, there are tons of options!
We have over-the-counter rifle elk hunts; archery elk hunts; elk hunting on private land; and limited entry trophy elk hunts. Success rates and trophy quality are both very good for over-the-counter elk hunting units. The State of Colorado manages this herd for quantity, therefore the elk are plentiful and active.
Why you should consider elk hunting in Colorado:
- Colorado has the largest elk herd in the country.
- Our hunters have high success rates.
- Archery over-the-counter elk tags are available.
- There are plenty of private ground hunts, and even some great remote backcountry options with very little hunting pressure.
- Good combo options with mule deer and/or pronghorn antelope.
Colorado Elk Hunting Lodge
This is a great elk hunt for large groups or corporate events.
Within a stone’s throw of Steamboat Springs, Colorado lies more than 12,000 acres of pristine elk habitat on private land. This isn’t typically classified as a trophy hunt opportunity – rather a fun, exciting and rewarding elk hunting experience.
Most hunting is spot and stalk with multiple encounters for hunters on each trip out. On average guests can expect to harvest a nice 5×5 bull elk. We provide this as an average because some guests harvest smaller than 5×5 bulls and some guests harvest larger 6×6 bulls. Opportunities do exist for bigger bulls that are 300″ or bigger, but cannot be represented as an average. Maybe you will be the lucky one!
Luxury Hunting Lodge
Lodge suites are luxuriously appointed and finished with beautiful tile and hardwood flooring, each guest accommodation features character, class and rustic elegance.
All rooms are equipped with plush linens and towels, soft robes, cozy slippers, and majestic window views. Master suites, junior suites, and a festive bunk room accommodate a variety of group sizes and dynamics at this Colorado dude Ranch.
The lodge offers gourmet cuisine… their experienced chefs create artistic menus of regional cuisine using fresh ingredients and quality local organic produce. A fully stocked bar and wine list is also available for your enjoyment. They are happy to cater to any dietary special requests or restrictions, simply advise upon booking your Colorado elk hunt.
*As an alternate to the lodge, they also offer luxury wall tent hunts.
Colorado Elk Hunting on Private Ground
Our outfitters have multiple Colorado elk hunting ranches depending on the type of hunt you want to do.
We have so many private ground elk hunting options in Colorado that they’re hard to keep track of. No matter what kind of elk hunt you are looking for, we probably has something that will fit… if there are spots available. The best hunts book really fast, so if you want to hunt in Colorado, be sure to contact us soon!
Many of these ranches are enrolled in the Ranching For Wildlife program, which gives the outfitter as well as their clients special advantages:
- On the private ground hunts, we have guaranteed tags for all big game species – No deadline or applications are necessary.
- Hunters have their choice of weapon – Use any weapon that is legal to hunt with in the State of Colorado on any hunt.
- Allows the outfitters to set their own hunting season dates – Not tied to the general hunting seasons.
The success rates are excellent, because he number of elk on the private property is amazing.
On some ranches, and during the right time of year, hunters can expect to see 100’s of elk every day. For the last three years, and over 300 hunters, only two not not having an opportunity to harvest a bull. There were other who did not take a bull, but they had multiple opportunities. If you’d like to hunt elk in Colorado during the rut with your rifle, or maybe a late hunt, or even a combo hunt… we can make that happen for you without having to draw tags.
Archery Elk Hunting in Colorado
If you enjoy archery hunting, you will LOVE hunting with our guides in Colorado!
This is an incredibly fun hunt as the elk are numerous, active and in the rut. The action is endless and you will be in the elk, every day. Excellent opportunities also exist for the muzzleloading hunter as the elk are in the rut and receptive to calls.
Backcountry Elk Hunts in Colorado
Our backcountry elk hunts in Colorado are high success at a reasonable price!
These hunts take place in limited license areas that you can draw for, which hold more game and some bigger bulls. But if you don’t draw, we have some great open units. This means you can buy your license over the counter. These units usually have more hunting pressure, but there are more areas to hunt and still a large number of elk.
They don’t guarantee 6-point bulls like some of the private land hunts can. Expect to hunt hard for “real elk.” Their success rate hovers around 50%, but their opportunity rate is 80%. Not bad for an over-the-counter elk tag. If you’re a serious hunter, then you will appreciate this hunt. Their hunts are physically demanding, so be prepared. Both rifle and archery tags are available, and this can also be a combo hunt for mule deer.