Colorado Elk Hunting Outfitters | Free Range Elk Hunts
Colorado Private Land Guided Elk Hunts
You will have the opportunity to hunt four private ranches (55,000 acres) along with approximately one thousand acres of BLM land which reaches up to an altitude of well over 10,000 feet. Our elk hunts are fair chase and the terrain and scenery are breathtaking. With only 36% of Jackson County being private property, pressured elk seek out the protection of private lands for safety, which is where the majority of our hunting takes place. Our ranches are on the fringes of the timber and offers significant agriculture opportunities making this prime free range elk habitat and very productive for our hunters. The elk herd stands at almost 20 bulls for 100 cow elk and the Colorado Department of Wildlife’s studies show this ratio is increasing, which means your opportunity for a bull is significantly higher than public lands throughout other parts of Colorado. In 2018, studies showed that the harvest success rate for all elk across the state was around 18%, in the last five years our success rate was far better than the state average.
Elk Hunting Location - Top Colorado Elk Hunting Units
GMU's (Game Management Units) - 6/16/17/171
If you choose to use us as your Elk hunting outfitter, you will be hunting in Rifle units 16/17/171 (archery is a state wide over the counter tag, so no unit is assigned) located in historic Jackson County, CO. This region is comprised of over a million acres and holds one of the strongest elk migration routs in the state of Colorado. In fall and early winter the herd, which is estimated at over 10,000 strong, migrate down from the surrounding local mountain ranges and as far away as the Rocky Mountain National Park and move directly through our private hunting ranches towards The Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge located less than 10 miles to the north of our elk ranches where they will winter until spring.
Specifically, you will be hunting just outside of the towns of Rand and Coalmont, CO. Rand is located about 3 hours Northwest of Denver at the base of Parkview Mountain at the south end of the North Park Region of Colorado. Coalmont is located 25 miles to the west of Rand and sits at the Eastern end of the Rabbit Ears Pass. The North Park Region is surrounded by mountain crests of the Park Range, Medicine Bow Range, and Never Summer Range. This area offers open sagebrush country, willow flat marshes surrounded by aspen, fir, and pine forests all reaching up to elevations beyond the tree line. With breath-taking views of Parkview Mountain to the south, the Never Summer Mountain Range and the Continental Divide to the southeast, and the rugged Buffalo Peaks to the west, you will truly find your place in the world!
2023 Colorado Elk Season Dates
Muzzleloader Elk (Draw Only)
September 9 - September 17
Hunt Code: Either Sex E-E-006-O1-M
Early Rifle (Private Land Cow Only)
Aug 15 - January 31
Hunt Code: E-F-006-P5-R
Rifle Elk First Season (Draw Only)
October 14 - October 18
Hunt Code: Either Sex E-E-006-P1-R - Cow E-F-006-O1-R
Rifle Elk Second Season
October 28 - November 5
Hunt Code: Bull - OTC (Over the Counter) License - Cow E-F-006-O2-R
Rifle Elk Third Seasons
November 11 - November 17
Hunt Code: Bull - OTC (Over the Counter) License - Cow E-F-017-O3-R
Rifle Elk Fourth Season (Draw Only)
November 22 - November 26
Hunt Code: Either Sex E-E-017-O4-R - Cow E-F-017-O4-R
Common Questions About Colorado Elk Hunts
What supplies do I need to bring with me when I hunt elk on your ranch?
You will need to bring your weapon of choice. Make sure to bring an appropriate caliber for CO Elk. Hunting cloths & boots, pack, binoculars, range finder, and camp cloths. All towels and sleeping gear is provided at the ranch, along with a fully stocked kitchen where our cook provides delicious meals. You may want to bring cooler’s or a freezer to get your meat home.
Are elk hunts on public or private land in Colorado?
You will be hunting mostly on our leased private land. We have access to over 50,000 acres of privately managed ground along with access to thousands of acres of National Forest and BLM lands under special usage permit allowing us to guide clients in a variety of habitat, terrain, and elevation. 95% of our elk hunting takes place on our private leases.
Do you charge elk hunting Trophy Fees?
No, the price of the hunt applies if you harvest a 200” bull or a 350” bull.
How big of a bull elk should I expect to harvest on my hunt?
We harvest bulls that are a good representation of what Colorado has to offer. Client’s harvest bulls scoring in the low to high 200” range with an outside opportunity at bulls scoring 300” – 320”.
What is the price of an elk hunting package?
3-Day Fully Guided Cow Elk Hunt cost (Rifle Only – August): $4,500. 5-Day Fully Guided Bull Elk Hunt cost: $8,500. 6-Day Fully Guided Bull Elk Hunt cost: $10,200. 7-Day Fully Guided Bull Elk Hunt cost: $12,000.
What is included in the price of the CO elk hunt?
Meals, lodging, guide fees, incredible views, and an awesome experience are all included in the price of the hunt.
What is NOT included in the price of the hunt?
- Hunting license & tag
- Game processing (we will gut and skin your elk and prepare it for processing)
- Guide/Cook Tips (Recommend a minimum of 10% to guide, and $100/hunter or guest to cook)
- Transportation to our lodge from your home (Once you are at the lodge, we transport clients to the daily hunting spots)
Do you offer self-guided/semi guided elk hunts of drop camps in Colorado?
No, we are 100% Fully Guided only.
How many clients per each guide?
Our elk hunts are 2 Clients for 1 guide.
Can I upgrade to 1:1 elk hunt?
You can in select seasons only, please talk to Earl about this availability and cost.
How do I purchase an elk hunting license and tag in Colorado?
Some of our seasons offer over the counter licenses (Archery, Second Rifle, Third Rifle). Others are draw licenses (Muzzleloader, First Rifle, and Fourth Rifle) Muzzleloader is the hardest to draw, clients will require 2-6 points to draw depending on if you’re a resident or non-resident. First/Fourth Rifle will require 0-1 point to draw. We help all clients with the application process if needed.
Do you help take care of my animal after it’s down?
Yes, our guides will gut the animal in the field. It will then be loaded up on our ranch equipment and taken to our skinning shed to be hung, skinned, and caped if applicable. We will also pull the ivory’s and clean them up so you can take them home with you. We will then help transport to our preferred partner processor in Walden CO, around 20 miles north of our lodge. If you are taking it home to have it processed, we will help quarter and pack your meat in your coolers or freezers.
Do you have a list of references I can talk to who have hunted with you before?
Yes, we will provide references upon request, and you can check out client reviews on our website home page. Scroll down to the bottom to find the reviews, and you can check out more reviews on our Facebook or Yelp pages as well.
How do I book a hunt with I&A Outfitters?
We require a 50% deposit to hold reservations. The hunt balance is then due either 90 days prior to your hunt start date, or by July 30th if your hunting in November.
What if I book a hunt and then need to cancel?
We understand that life sometimes interrupts your plans. Because of our hunt schedule and Colorado’s license system, we most likely will not be able to move you to another date in the same year, however we do allow you to move your hunt to the following year provided that we are notified at least 60 days prior to your hunt start date, anything with-in 60 days of your hunt start date will not allow for any refunds or change in schedule. Cancellations are not allowed.
Do you offer any discounted pricing for youth hunters?
No, we work just as hard for a youth hunter as we do for any other clients, therefore we do not offer any youth hunt pricing breaks.
Do you offer ay discounts for more than 1 hunter in a group?
No, with our 2:1 client to guide ratio, we are set up to handle client who come in by themselves or with groups.
What is the closest airport to your hunting ranch in CO?
Denver International airport is 120 miles from our ranch. You can rent a car at the airport and drive to our ranch (drive time is approx. 3 hours) You can also fly into Cheyenne Wyoming or Steamboat Springs to shorten your drive by around 1-2 hours. If you have your own plane, you can land in Walden Colorado and we can pick you up! We DO NOT do pick-ups at any other airport.
What Game Management Units do you guide in?
GMU 16, 17, and 171
How physically demanding are your hunts?
Moderate to difficult. Our hunts are not easy, but they are not hard either. What makes our ranches more difficult, it the elevation of 8,600 – 10,000 feet. Its not steep country, it’s more rolling hills with every habitat the west has to offer. Physically that can be an adjustment from sea level or lower elevations. Clients hunt open sage flats, timber fringes, groves of aspens to hillsides of dark timber, so being physically prepared is important, not from the aspect of climbing a mountain, but from the aspect of seeing elk and being able to move quickly to get in front of the herd in order to get into position for a shot.
What kind of weather can I expect on my hunt?
The Rocky Mountains have some of the most torrent weather in North America, it could be 20 degrees in the morning, 70 degrees during the day, and drop to sub-freezing in the afternoon if a storm blows in. One thing is for sure, clients should be prepared for all seasons in one day!
Do you use horses or ATV’s to get into your hunt areas?
We leave the lodge in the morning using the guides vehicles, from there you will walk into your hunting spot and hunt until midday where you will head back in for lunch, then the same in the afternoon. We do not use horses or atv’s to hunt the ranches, you will be doing that on foot or sitting on a high bluff overlooking huge expanses of land trying to locate elk. We also use elevated heated blinds as stage points to glass for elk, makes it nice on those cold and snowy days!
What kind of success rate to your clients see?
We measure client opportunity rates as success can mean different things to different people. On a whole our average our opportunity rate runs around 65%, however some groups see opportunity rates closer to 95%, and some groups see opportunity rates closed to 20%. It all depends on the weather and other environmental factors that have been in play all year. Each year is different on our ranches, and each season is different on our ranches. Clients who book with us are looking for the experience not so much the kill. Hunting free range elk can be one of the most difficult hunts in North America, but the landscape and the people your hunting with are really the best part of the experience!
Do you charge guest fees for non-hunters?
Guest’s are allowed and there is a fee, but guests are only allowed if we have room at the lodge. Our priority is the hunting clients, then if room we allow guests at a rate of: $975 (3 Days) $1,625 (5 Days) $1,950 (6 Days) $2,275 (7 Days)