We offer quality full service Colorado guided hunts or equipped drop camps for archery, muzzleloader and rifle seasons on public land in the Routt National Forest. We hunt elk the month of September for archery and muzzleloader while the bulls are in rut. Our archery guided elk hunts are on horseback with our guides doing the calling to try and bring a bull within range for our hunters to get a shot. Mid-October through mid-November we are rifle hunting. Our guided rifle elk hunts are also done on horseback to and from the areas we hunt every day. Fully equipped drop camps are also available. Mule deer hunts are the third week in October through the second week in November and the setup is the same as with elk hunts.
We are permitted to hunt on three Game Management Units in the northern section of the Routt National Forest (#4, #441, and #214) have excellent elk and mule deer populations and are in mountainous terrain. They are located just north of Craig. They have some areas of thick, black timber, lots of Aspen trees and are integrated with many open parks and meadows. Some of the more well-known areas in these GMUs are California Park, Saddle Mountain and Mount Welba. GMU #214 is a non-draw archery area (licenses are sold Over-The-Counter).
We are also permitted to hunt in one BLMarea (GMU #12)which has similar terrain. It offers mule deer hunting (28-30′ plus bucks) especially in 2nd and 3rd rifle seasons. It is located in the southern section of the Routt National Forest in the Beaver Flattops area and is southeast of Craig, CO. This is also a quality elk and deer area.
All these hunt areas are about a 1 -1 1/2-hour drive from Craig, CO and then 1-3 hours on horseback to camp.
Clients are responsible for travel to Craig, CO. You may fly to Denver and then drive to Craig, if time allows (a beautiful drive of about 200 miles) or you may fly to Hayden, CO and we’ll arrange to meet you there. Transportation of our clients and their gear will be provided from Craig to the trailhead, the point of departure for the pack trip. All transportation from that point is by horseback. Our horses are gentle and well trained, allowing for all levels of terrain and rider experience. You will be assigned a horse to use throughout the trip and our wranglers will provide all horse and tack care.