Affordable Hunting Trips for Elk - Self-Guided DIY Drop Camp Elk Hunts

Self-Guided Affordable Hunting Trips and Drop Camp Hunts for Elk

 

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Cheap/Affordable Self-Guided Elk Hunting

We offer a great selection of Cheap Self-Guided & Drop Camp Elk hunts, 43 in total. Cheap (price relative to guided hunts) Elk hunts from reputable elk hunting guides and outfitters in Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Canada, and more.... Self-guided bow and gun elk hunts, some with no lodging, and some drop camps with tent lodging, at very reasonable prices for the hunter that doesn't need or want a guide - just access to great elk properties. Many of these hunts also allow the hunter to take a mule deer and/or black bear.


Top Self-Guided & Drop Camp Elk Hunts (Gun)

  Location  # of Outfitters  # of Hunts  Average Cost 
Colorado1313$2,252
New Mexico33$2,875
Idaho22$3,813
Montana11$3,000
Utah11$4,625
Wyoming11$3,000

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Visit our Find a Hunt page for all species/location hunt options.


Top Self-Guided & Drop Camp Elk Hunts (Bow)

  Location  # of Outfitters  # of Hunts  Average Cost 
Colorado1313$2,252
Idaho33$3,375
New Mexico33$2,875
Montana11$3,000
Utah11$4,625
Wyoming11$3,000

To contact these professional Elk Hunting guides and outfitters, select 1 to 3 locations above and then click

Visit our Find a Hunt page for all species/location hunt options.


Drop Camp or Guided Elk Hunt?

Before you go off and book a Drop Camp elk hunt to save a little money, you may want to review the Pros and Cons of a DIY drop camp elk hunt versus a fully or semi-guided hunt.

Outfitted Elk Hunts (Fully or semi-guided)

Pros:

  • Everything is provided
  • Experienced guides and operations
  • Camp is set up, or hunters stay in a lodge/cabin

Cons:

  • "Everything" is rather subjective. Some outfitters have "valet" service, others have "bare-bones" operations.
  • Experienced guides and operations are also subjective. Some outfitters have more experience with construction or computers they used in their former professions than with hunting and outfitting. Young (or old) inexperienced guides may know less than you about elk or the area being hunted.
  • Hunts are scheduled to maximize the number of hunters that can be taken in one season. You may have to hunt when you really don't want to. Weather is important.
  • Since outfitters try to fill each hunt, you may end up hunting with someone who isn't quite your type.
  • In some states, non-residents that book with an outfitter get the more expensive guaranteed license, but can only hunt with an outfitter. They can't come back later and hunt on their own.
  • Bad things can happen on fully-outfitted hunts, as well as the non-outfitted ones.

 

Drop Camp Elk Hunts

Pros:

  • Much less expensive.
  • Allow the new hunter/rustic camper a chance to get experience while still under the outfitter's protective umbrella.
  • Most drop camps have camp set up and the outfitter's crew usually takes care of caping, quartering and packing game out.
  • Day-to-day you are on your own. This can be pro or con. You may learn more on your own, you may not.

Cons:

  • The learning curve for those new to elk hunting or rustic camping is steep. Getting experience on your own can be expensive and life-threatening.
  • Usually requires a minimum of 3 or 4 friends/hunters.
  • Many drop camp hunts require 1 day of time to pack-in, and 1 day of time to pack-out. This cuts into actual hunting time.

If you've been wanting to go on a Cheap Hunting Trip (Semi or Self-Guided Elk Drop Camp hunt) in Colorado, New Mexico, Canada, or anyplace else that offers great elk and mule deer hunting, you can start here at OutfitterPros.com

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