Elk
We offer fully guided elk hunts with both bow and rifle. Our hunts are guided 2-x-1, and 1-x-1 hunts can be arranged for an additional fee. These hunts include lodging and meals. We offer elk hunts in four separate areas. Two of these areas are in the Bighorn National Forest, limited quota areas 45 and 34. The other two areas are general area 116 in the Bear Lodge Mountains and limited quota area 123.

Areas 45 and 34 are within our Special Use Outfitting permit, in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming. This 250 square mile, National Forest permit is known to be the best elk area in the Bighorn Mountains and also one of the top five elk areas in the state. This is a huge area that holds a large population of elk, known for its quality bulls. The same efforts and professionalism that we give to our other highly successful hunts are also offered at this elk hunting camp. This includes highly experienced, successful guides and top-notch equipment and camps. We use horses, 4x4 pickups, and side-by-side ATVs to access the country. 30,000 acres of this permit lies in the Cloud Peak Wilderness Area where no motorized vehicles are allowed. Non-residents must be accompanied by a licensed guide in wilderness areas in Wyoming. Area 45, type 1 (any weapon), needs approximately five preference points to draw the non-resident elk tag. Area 45, type 9 (archery only), needs approximately three points. 30,000 acres of this permitted area lies within elk area 34. Area 34, type 1 (any weapon), needs only one point, with good odds with no points. The bulls in area 45 average from 300-340 and the bulls in area 34 average 260-300. Both produce higher-quality bulls, but we like to give a client a reasonable expectation and hope they exceed it.

Area 116 is a general license area. This area encompasses the Bear Lodge Mountains where we hunt both private leases and our National Forest permitted areas. Trophy quality bulls in this area are from 280-320, with some larger bulls taken. The success rate in this area with a bow has been approximately 50% harvest and 75% shooting through the years. Success with a rifle has been 75% harvest and around 85% shooting. General license is 100% draw on the special license, without any preference points. It is 100% draw on the regular license, with one preference point.

The last area—area 123—is a very limited quota area. We hunt this on an 82,000 acre private lease in Weston County, south of Upton, Wyoming. This area holds exceptional quality bulls ranging from 320-360 class, with some larger. Success with a rife has been 85% harvest with 100% shooting opportunity. This hunt is conducted every other year. It is a very hard to draw area. A few of our hunters buy Commissioner's tags for this area.

Areas 116 and 123 are accessed with 4x4 pickups. Hunting is done on foot along with the use of ATVs and horses. Lodging in these areas is typically hunted from the Smith Lodge.

We assist our hunters with all the licensing and preference point applications.

2013 was an exceptional elk-hunting season. We took 11 elk archery hunters and harvested 4 bulls. Of the 11 hunters, 8 shot for a 72% shooting opportunity. These 11 hunters also had 6 misses and 2 cripples. The largest bull taken was a 355 P&Y. Our 24 rifle elk hunters harvested 18 mature bulls. This made this season a 75% success rate. 20 of the 24 took shots and had 3 misses. This would be an 83% shooting opportunity. The largest bull taken was a 365 B&C. Average on the bulls taken was around 310 B&C.

The 2012 season was also a very successful elk season. Our archery hunters took six elk and harvested three bulls. The hunters were 4 for 6 shooting, including 2 cripples and 1 miss. Our 12 rifle hunters harvested 12 mature bulls.


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