Colorado Shiras Moose Hunting Outfitters - Guided Hunts
Shiras Moose Hunts in Colorado
You will have the opportunity to hunt seven private ranches (55,000 acres), along with approximately one thousand acres of BLM land, and hundreds of thousands of acres of Routt National Forest which reaches up to an altitude of well over 10,000 feet.
Tags in Colorado are extremely difficult to draw and with the increase in Moose populations in this region, there are some giant bulls that inhabit the area. Moose live in all the areas in the North Park Region, so we will hunt them from the valley floor up to the tree line in the surrounding mountain ranges.
Its normal to see up to 15 different bulls per day during the rut, this is an absolutely incredible hunt if you can draw the tag. We target mature bulls that will score in the 140" - 180" range, with width measurements in the 40 - 50" category. Both of our units have a high moose population, there is NOWHERE else in Colorado, the lower 48, or the Western US where you will see the number and size of bulls as you will in our units!
In the 1970's the first breeding pair of Moose were transplanted from Utah to our Parkview Ranch, so this is where the extremely successful conversation program started!
We hosted the Colorado Governors Tag holder in 2017/2018, we harvested two mature bulls one with a bow and one with a rifle.
Moose Hunting Location - Jackson County, CO - Units 17 & 171
GMU's (Game Management Units) 17/171
If you choose to book your Moose hunt with us, you will be hunting in units 17/171 located in historic Jackson County, CO. This region is comprised of over a million acres and is one of the best units in Colorado to harvest a giant bull. Specifically, you will be hunting just outside of the town of Rand, 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. 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!
2020 Colorado Moose Hunting Season Dates
Archery Moose (Draw Only)
- September 7 - September 29
- Hunt Code:
- Bull (Unit 17) M-M-017-O1-A
- Bull (Unit 171) M-M-171-O1-A
- Cow (Unit 17) M-F-017-O1-A
- Cow (Unit 171) M-F-171-O1-A
Muzzleloader Moose (Draw Only)
- September 14 - September 22
- Hunt Code:
- Bull (Unit 17) M-M-017-O1-M
- Bull (Unit 171) M-M-171-O1-M
- Cow (Unit 17) M-F-017-O1-M
- Cow (Unit 171) M-F-171-O1-M
Rifle Moose (Draw Only)
- October 1 - October 14
- Hunt Code:
- Bull (Unit 17) M-M-017-O1-R
- Bull (Unit 171) M-M-171-O1-R
- Cow (Unit 17) M-F-017-O1-R
- Cow (Unit 171) M-F-171-O1-R
Colorado Shiraz Moose Hunting Video
Common Questions About Colorado Moose Hunts
What supplies do I need to bring with me when I moose hunt at your ranch?
You will need to bring your weapon of choice, hunting cloths & boots, pack, binoculars, range finder, and camp cloths. All towels and sleeping gear are provided at the ranch, along with a fully stocked kitchen where our cook provides homecooked meals. You may want to bring cooler’s or a freezer to get your meat home.
Will I be hunting private of public land in Colorado?
You will be hunting mostly on our leased private land. We have access to over 50,000 acers of privately managed ground along with access to thousands of acers 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 Trophy Fees?
No, the price of the hunt applies if you harvest a 120” bull or a 180” bull.
How big of a bull can I expect to harvest?
We harvest bulls that are a good representation of what Colorado has to offer. Client’s harvest bulls scoring in 130 – 180” range with an excellent opportunity to take home a trophy book bull.
How much is a Moose Hunt?
6 Day Fully Guided Hunt cost: $9,500 (Bull), $4,500 (Cow)
What is included in the price of the 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
- 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)
How do I get a license or tag to hunt Moose in Colorado?
It is extremely difficult to draw a Colorado Moose tag, on average it takes 20+ years, however luck is a factor. Clients must apply for their moose tag each year, you would be eligible to draw after three years and we have guided clients who have drawn the tag after 6 years or in 1 case after three years. We help clients with the application process as it can be confusing if you have never applied before. Cost per year is around $200 to apply for a moose license.
How many clients per each guide on your moose hunts?
Our hunts are 1 Client for 1 guide. In addition, each guide has a spotter working with him.
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 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. What is the closest airport to your ranch? 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 in Colorado do you guide moose hunts?
GMU 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?
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)
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