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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-11-2011, 05:25 AM Thread Starter
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Elk drop camps

Looking to book a hunt for the 2012 season out west. I no absolutly nothing about elk hunting and need some advice on where to start. Several buddies and I have been thinking very hard about a drop camp in Colorado. Anyone with experience with dropcamps? What should I expect? would it be cheaper/better to just find public land and do a totally DIY hunt?

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post #2 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-11-2011, 09:27 AM
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go with an outfitter or at least other hunters who have been there hunting. If not, your hunt will mostly be a scouting trip because you won't know the land or animal movements.

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The first year is a learning experience. Don't expect much if your going DIY. You need at least a few days to scout. Make friends with the locals, ask questions, and forget about the way you hunt here, its a different world. The best thing to di if you can afford it is go out in the summer and spend a few days doing all the above. Get a good gps and plot all the good spots you find, saves alot of time when you are new to the game. Oh, drop camps sound like a good idea, but seldom are, after hoofing 15 or so miles a day, a cheap motel room is like heaven compared to a tent or camper, trust me on that one ! Good Luck.

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If you are looking for a outfitter check out Ron and Debbie Hilkey owners of Adams Lodge in Meeker Colorado. I know they have a web site. They have excellant drop camps in the White River National Forest. (Camps are in the Flat tops wilderness Area) They pack you in by horse and pack your kill out.

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Re: Elk drop camps

Thank you for the input. Blueeagle, I did not receive the PM.

I was thinking a drop camp would be better then DIY because atleast the outfitter would be putting you in the right area. I Looked at an outfitter at the Hburg Expo who is charging 1500 for a 9 day drop camp. Best part is that includes packing your game out if you drop one.

My friends and I have decided we do not want to do fully guided because of both money and we feel we would not get the full experience of a true wilderness elk hunt.

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talk to Two Bear Outfitters, they are a sponsor here and would probably answer any questions you have.
http://www.elkoutfitters.com/

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outfitters save their best spots for the fully guided hunts, the drop camps get the leftovers.

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2 talking to 2 bears.Couple hundred more but he offers ALOT more.Elk are,on average,bigger in Mt. too.I suggest going in archery when bulls are vocal.If you want some great diy imfo go to elknuts.com.He's got the best dvd's and playbook on elk hunting there is.If your doing a drop camp, you better learn as much as you can about elk
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RIZ, I believe that is a very unfair statement.

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