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#6924075 - 10/17/17 06:09 PM Elk Outfitter Advice/Recommendations
J Bays Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 04/04/10
Posts: 48
My dad is retiring at the end of this year, and I want to take him on a guided elk hunt in 2018 as a gift. I've been elk hunting once and it was a DIY. I'd appreciate any advice/recommendations the group has. Here is some more info:

- I think we'd prefer NM or CO due to driving distance, but I guess we could do the 4-corners area of AZ/UT.
- Rifle only
- My dad is 65, but in decent shape for 65 (no physical disabilities). However, I'm not looking to physically stress the old man out on the top of some mountain.
- 2x1 guided hunt is fine. There will be 4 of us total going.
- Him having a legitimate chance at a trophy (hang over the fireplace) bull is important to me.

Again, any advice or recommendations is more than appreciated. Also, how much should I expect this to set me back?

Thank you.

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#6924079 - 10/17/17 06:11 PM Re: Elk Outfitter Advice/Recommendations [Re: J Bays]
BOBO the Clown Offline
decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 42730
Loc: Metroplex
Private land NM.

But really comes down to budget

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#6924268 - 10/17/17 09:30 PM Re: Elk Outfitter Advice/Recommendations [Re: J Bays]
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#6924345 - 10/17/17 10:50 PM Re: Elk Outfitter Advice/Recommendations [Re: BOBO the Clown]
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Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Private land NM.

But really comes down to budget


This for sure.
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#6924399 - 10/18/17 04:58 AM Re: Elk Outfitter Advice/Recommendations [Re: J Bays]
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#6924524 - 10/18/17 07:59 AM Re: Elk Outfitter Advice/Recommendations [Re: J Bays]
Buffs 1 Offline


Registered: 08/13/09
Posts: 482
Loc: Mansfield
I don't know what your budget is, but I've heard good things about New Mexico Trophy Hunt. It would be close too.

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#6924547 - 10/18/17 08:13 AM Re: Elk Outfitter Advice/Recommendations [Re: J Bays]
J Bays Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 04/04/10
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Is it the quality of animals that has people recommending NM?

Regarding budget, I'll spend whatever the market rate is to have a legitimate chance at a decent bull. What should I expect?

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#6924625 - 10/18/17 09:09 AM Re: Elk Outfitter Advice/Recommendations [Re: J Bays]
glb1955 Offline
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Registered: 07/21/11
Posts: 352
Loc: Brazos County Texas
As BoBo mentioned, budget. Lonestar Outfitters is a Texas based outfit but they hunt the southern part of Colorado. They book pretty quickly and I know a hunter that has been with them before. If you don't mind the drive to Utah, I can recommend Broadmouth Canyon Ranch. If your dad is not up to much of a walk then they can work with that. My guide and I were on horses for my hunt.

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#6925054 - 10/18/17 03:51 PM Re: Elk Outfitter Advice/Recommendations [Re: J Bays]
J Bays Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 04/04/10
Posts: 48
What is a reasonable expectation for cost? $5,000? $7,500? $10,000? $12,500?

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#6925058 - 10/18/17 03:59 PM Re: Elk Outfitter Advice/Recommendations [Re: J Bays]
glb1955 Offline
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Registered: 07/21/11
Posts: 352
Loc: Brazos County Texas
Originally Posted By: J Bays
What is a reasonable expectation for cost? $5,000? $7,500? $10,000? $12,500?


I believe that Lonestar Outfitters is over $7,000.00 now. Zane Streater hunts in NM and he is around that now. Broadmouth Canyon prices will depend on what you want. Go to their website and the prices are there.
With Lonestar or Streater there is no guarantee but when I hunted with Zane there was a herd of around 120 I was looking at one morning.
With Broadmouth I was on their Preserve (5,000 acres). I saw plenty of elk and the folks there were great. Kind of went over my budget with a 374 inch bull.

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#6925090 - 10/18/17 04:25 PM Re: Elk Outfitter Advice/Recommendations [Re: J Bays]
BOBO the Clown Offline
decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 42730
Loc: Metroplex
Originally Posted By: J Bays
What is a reasonable expectation for cost? $5,000? $7,500? $10,000? $12,500?


That's a loaded question. The higher the outfitter cost the larger the animal size is in general, as size increases "overall" bull opportunity increases also.

Example, book a hunt with an outfitter that runs a 330 average and 90% success. You will, with an extremely high probability, have shot opportunities at 260-300 bulls, and a very good opportunity at a 330 or better.

If they average 360 and 90%, it's pretty much a gaurenteed(99%) opportunity at a legal bull,


Most outfitters will be very upfront, I highly suggest you also be upfront with physical abilities and expectations

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#6925097 - 10/18/17 04:27 PM Re: Elk Outfitter Advice/Recommendations [Re: J Bays]
BOBO the Clown Offline
decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 42730
Loc: Metroplex
Originally Posted By: J Bays
Is it the quality of animals that has people recommending NM?

Regarding budget, I'll spend whatever the market rate is to have a legitimate chance at a decent bull. What should I expect?


Physical ability... mild mild terrain by majority. Still a few hell holes in a few units like 45 but in general less physical demanding hunts then say Colorado.

Quality and experience is also really good in NM. Highly restricted tag numbers

Montana and Wyoming have some less physical country also.

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#6925157 - 10/18/17 05:26 PM Re: Elk Outfitter Advice/Recommendations [Re: J Bays]
Creekrunner Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/19/12
Posts: 9047
Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Bobo has more experience than I do on this subject.

That being said, I'm headed to western MT in a week (driving). I know that's further north than you want to go. Outfitted/guided, short (1-1&1/2 hour) horseback in, we're in for a little under $4k each.

If you have any interest, PM me, I'll save it and reply how the outfitter was when I get back.

I've been on a couple of guided/horseback hunts in south-central MT, but it's been too long to remember, or extrapolate to today's numbers, what it cost.

Wherever you choose, you're doing a great thing for your dad and are to be commended! Good hunting.
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#6925167 - 10/18/17 05:39 PM Re: Elk Outfitter Advice/Recommendations [Re: Creekrunner]
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Registered: 08/12/05
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Originally Posted By: Creekrunner
Bobo has more experience than I do on this subject.

That being said, I'm headed to western MT in a week (driving). I know that's further north than you want to go. Outfitted/guided, short (1-1&1/2 hour) horseback in, we're in for a little under $4k each.

If you have any interest, PM me, I'll save it and reply how the outfitter was when I get back.

I've been on a couple of guided/horseback hunts in south-central MT, but it's been too long to remember, or extrapolate to today's numbers, what it cost.

Wherever you choose, you're doing a great thing for your dad and are to be commended! Good hunting.


Hey thanks for letting me know about that outfitter months ago.....


Seriously, let me know how you do, that is a great price.

Good luck
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#6925185 - 10/18/17 05:56 PM Re: Elk Outfitter Advice/Recommendations [Re: J Bays]
J Bays Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 04/04/10
Posts: 48
Very much appreciated, Bobo. Any pointers where to start a search (other than Google)?

Creekrunner - Best of luck! I'd love to hear how you do.

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