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Elk Hunting - From Arizona and New Mexico, up through the Rocky Mountain States of Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana - and finally north into British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, we?e put together a great selection of Elk hunts, 69 in total. Elk hunts from reputable big game hunting guides and outfitters for that once-in-a-lifetime hunting experience. Guided and self-guided (drop camps) bow and gun Elk hunts.


Top 10 Elk Hunts (Gun)

  Location  # of Outfitters  # of Hunts  Average Cost 
Colorado1414$3,695
New Mexico88$5,013
Montana33$3,950
Arizona33$5,500
British Columbia22$6,138
Idaho11$3,750
Alberta11$5,000
Utah11$5,500
Wyoming11$4,550

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Top 10 Elk Hunts (Bow)

  Location  # of Outfitters  # of Hunts  Average Cost 
Colorado1415$3,612
New Mexico88$4,609
Montana33$3,950
Arizona33$5,500
British Columbia22$6,138
Idaho11$3,750
Alberta11$4,250
Utah11$5,500
Wyoming11$4,550

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Elk Guide (Cervus elaphus)One of the largest of game animals in North America, predominantly makes its home in the Rocky Mountain regions. In the deer family, only the moose is larger. Elk have two lesser known sub-species.

  • Roosevelt elk primarily inhabits the dense rain forests of Vancouver Island in British Columbia and the coastal regions of Oregon, Washington and northern California. Mature Roosevelt elk bulls have antlers that are more massive than the Rocky Mountain elk, however they will usually be shorter and not as widespread.
  • The Tule elk is very limited in its range and currently only inhabits California.

Elk range in forest and forest-edge habitat, feeding on grasses, plants, leaves, and bark. Although native to North America and eastern Asia, they have adapted well to countries where they have been introduced, including New Zealand and Argentina.

Adult elk usually stay in single-sex groups for most of the year. During the mating period known as the rut, mature bulls compete for the attentions of the cows and will try to defend females in their harem. Rival bulls challenge opponents by bellowing and by paralleling each other, walking back and forth. This allows potential combatants to assess the others antlers, body size and fighting prowess. If neither bull backs down, they engage in antler wrestling, and bulls sometimes sustain serious injuries. Bulls also dig holes in the ground, in which they urinate and roll their body. The urine soaks into their hair and gives them a distinct smell which attracts cows.

Dominant bulls follow groups of cows during the rut, from August into early winter. A bull will defend his harem of 20 cows or more from competing bulls and predators. Only mature bulls have large harems and breeding success peaks at about eight years of age. Bulls between two to four years and over 11 years of age rarely have harems, and spend most of the rut on the periphery of larger harems. Young and old bulls that do acquire a harem hold it later in the breeding season than do bulls in their prime. A bull with a harem rarely feeds and he may lose up to 20 percent of his body weight. Bulls that enter the rut in poor condition are less likely to make it through to the peak conception period or have the strength to survive the rigors of the oncoming winter.

Bulls have a loud vocalization consisting of screams known as bugling, which can be heard for miles. Bugling is often associated with an adaptation to open environments such as parklands, meadows, and savannas, where sound can travel great distances. Females are attracted to the males that bugle more often and have the loudest call. Bugling is most common early and late in the day and is one of the most distinctive sounds in nature, akin to the howl of the gray wolf.

Elk are ruminants and therefore have four chambered stomachs. Unlike whitetail deer and moose which are primarily browsers, elk have a similarity to cattle as they are primarily grazers, but like other deer, they also browse. Elk have a tendency to do most of their feeding in the mornings and evenings, seeking sheltered areas in between feedings to digest. Their diets vary somewhat depending on the season with native grasses being a year round supplement, tree bark being consumed in winter and forbs and tree sprouts during the summer. Elk consume an average of 20 pounds of food daily.

As is true for many species of deer, especially those in mountainous regions, elk migrate into areas of higher altitude in the spring, following the retreating snows, and the opposite direction in the fall. Hunting pressure also impacts migration and movements. During the winter, they favor wooded areas and sheltered valleys for protection from the wind and availability of tree bark to eat. Roosevelt elk are generally non-migratory due to less seasonal variability of food sources.

Spotlight Elk Outfitter

Jim Bryce Outfitting
Jim Bryce has been a Colorado Outfitter since 1980, one of the oldest established outfitters in Colorado. With experienced guides, we are committed to making your Colorado deer and elk hunt an unforgettable experience.

FULL SERVICE
Bryce Outfitting offers full service guided hunts, drop camps, wildlife photography, pack trips, and horseback rides. If you want to go hunting or just want a relaxing vacation to get away from it all, we will do our best to help you have the trip of a lifetime. We care if you have a good time. So give us a call and come enjoy some good ole fashion western hospitality, whatever your vacation needs may be.

OUR HUNTS
Jim Bryce has been outfitting since 1980 and has the most experienced guides available. Our guided deer and elk hunts are on foot, horseback and 4-wheel drive. We will use whichever method or combination of methods that will be the most successful. The guides will hunt with you on private land, BLM land, and in the Grand Mesa National Forest.

POINT RESTRICTIONS
There is a point restriction on elk in this area and because of this; there is a better quality of big game animals to hunt. Elk have a four point restriction. There are a lot of black bears. The numbers of bear have gone up for the last several years. We have several color phases, blond, cinnamon, brown and black.

DROP CAMPS
Our drop camps are located on the Grand Mesa National Forest which offers some of the best elk and deer hunting in the state. We will pack you in and provide the tent, propane stove (for heat), propane cook stove, propane lantern, cooking and eating utensils, sleeping cots, and foam pads. All of our tents are insulated so that you are always warm and dry. Every one to two days our packer will be by to pack out your game and check on you. With an abundance of deer and elk right out of camp, this is one of the best ways to hunt on your own.
Species Offered
Bear - Black
Cow - Elk
Deer - Mule
DIY - Elk
DIY - Mule Deer
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