We have both elk and deer hunts in the price range but not in western Canada. Mostly in Colorado for the around $2000 price. Elk and deer hunts in BC and Alberta are usually quite a bit more. Let me know if you would like more info on what we do have, either in your price range in other states or in western Canada. Great luck in your search and take care.
If your going to try and do an elk hunt on a $1500-$2000 budget you will probably get the most for your money by trying to do a DIY hunt. Do some research and find a good public area that has a good elk population and backpack in far enough off the roads to get away from the crowds and set up camp in an area with a decent elk population and you can have a pretty good hunt for that kind of money. You may be able to get a decent drop camp hunt for that kind of money but outfitters usually don't do drop camps for just one hunter. If you can get a couple of buddies together drop camps or trespass fee hunts on private property can be done for the amount you have listed per hunter. With guided elk hunts you usually get what you pay for so do your homework.
You said western Canada and I will stick with that. If you are talking fair chase, not behind fence, then NO..........you will not find an elk hunt for $1500-$2000 with an outfitter, nor deer for that matter. You would be restricted to Alberta or BC for a real hunt as wild elk in Saskatchewan and Manitoba are resident only.
Regular guided hunt for elk out there are from $4500 to $7300. Mule deer or whitetail $3000 to $4500.
You can find a guided resident Canadian whitetail hunt for about $2000.
Your other option is to go on a hunt with a 'hunter host' in BC or Alberta. You would need a relative in BC to do it, or a friend in Alberta that would be willing to do it. They have to apply for a permit and basically act as your guide but cannot do it for money.
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I didn't flame your post.......I specified that the ballpark prices I was quoting the poster were for free range hunts with an outfitter, not fenced hunts. So their is no clash here in my opinion. Sorry if you took it that way.
Try to put your tree stand in a tree with plenty of background cover, keep the prevailing winds for that time of the year to your face, and take care of those pesky squeaks and creaks your stand may have developed while sitting in the shed. A good treestand lube can be made by heating petroleum jelly until it reaches a liquid form. Some hunters have reported success by including a cover scent in this mixture before applying it to their stands.