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Looking for a good guided hunt

For our 30th anniversary I would like to give my husband a guided big game hunt (as a surprize.) I know next to nothing about doing this. He has mentioned that he always wanted to hunt elk in Colorado. There is a local outfitters guided hunt that I found on the internet. The company is not far from where we live. It is called topgunoutfitters.com. Is anyone familiar with it or could give me some advice? I want to make sure that I book something that he will love. Most of the hunting he has done is for deer so I like the idea of it being guided. I would appreciate any help. Thanks so much!

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Re: Looking for a good guided hunt

Where do you live? Has your husband expressed an interest in a specific type of elk hunt? Meaning, would he prefer a wilderness hunt or lodge? Private or public land? Does he simply want the experience of an elk hunt, or is he into trophy hunts? What is your budget?

I would start out by checking out the outfitters here in Colorado:
http://www.biggamehunt.net/outfitters/United_States/Colorado/

It appears that the outfitter you mentioned doesn't even live in Colorado. I'd go with someone that actually lives here and knows their hunting area intimately and accurately.

I live in Colorado, but don't forget that other western states offer excellent elk hunts as well. It's well worth investigating.

Good luck!

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Re: Looking for a good guided hunt

That's a good point. Colorado is easy to get tags for in about half the state, which is also why it's not known as much of a trophy hunting state, but if you're looking at a guided hunt, the price of a tag becomes a minor cost of the overall hunt. If you are open to out of state hunts, it's already too late for Wyoming and Arizona for this year, but New Mexico and Montana have guaranteed tags for outfitters, Colorado has transferable landowner tags in the trophy areas, and Idaho has a ton of good tags available over the counter and would be my pick for a combination deer/elk hunt. Montana, Wyoming and Idaho all have rifle hunts available during the rut, which would be a real thrill for your husband.

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Re: Looking for a good guided hunt

Always ask for and call the references. Go with someone who lives where they are outfitting from. Contact the fish and game department of that area and see what the elk numbers are. How does the hunter success rate for the outfitter compare to the state average. How much of the outfitters business is repeat business. How long has he been in business. Hope this helps.

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Re: Looking for a good guided hunt

i know of a good one in colorado

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Re: Looking for a good guided hunt

I have a buddy that guides on the Buffalo Creek Ranch neer Rand, CO. Really a great group of guys that will really take care of you. Some really nice bulls have been coming off the ranch the last few years (320"+) and a 216" buck. That just speaks for itself. Ask for Paul and tell him Steve From the Whistling Elk Ranch sent ya.....

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Re: Looking for a good guided hunt

The Louisiana Purchase Ranch near Meeker might be a good option for you. I've met the guys through work I do with the Elk Foundation. They're good guys and I'm sure you'd have a great time with them.

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