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Well... here goes.


If you have done an elk drop camp hunt please post your experiences. I don't care what state. Please do not post your guided hunt experiences. I just want to hear from people that have actually done one.


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I've done two to Colorado. Both in unit 24 on the edge of the Flat Top wilderness during the first season. We were packed in about 4 miles from the trailhead and given a tent, stove and wood. We provided everything else with a 160lb limit for each hunter (3 of us). We based our requirements on previous guided hunts and it worked out well. We pre-cooked all meals, vacuumed sealed and froze them. They all fitted into one cooler. When we got to the camp, the cooler was put in a stream with burlap over it. Everything stayed cold for the week. We saw plenty of elk and a few other hunters, probably less than 10 each time. The first hunt we got 2 bulls and should have had 3 but I had to hunt from camp. I broke my leg the day before the season opened. I stayed in for the week but it was a very long ride out. The second time we got one but the weather was all over the place. First 2 days were in the 80's and the next 3 we had snow and high winds. We even had a thunder snow storm one night. Quite an experience at 10k feet. If you go with a reputable outfitter it is a great way to hunt elk. Just make sure you do your homework and get in shape. Those mountains are nothing like the east coast. Good luck
 

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Never did a drop camp. Always flew out, rented a car and camped right behind it. Then either walked out from camp and hunted or drove down the road a bit and walked in. This was bow season. August and early September. Walked in about a mile and sometimes up to 2 miles to find elk. Shot 2 bulls in 7 years and could have shot more. Hunted with a long bow. Good luck.
 

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Make sure whoever you book with provides packing out an animal. My dad and I shot bulls within minutes of each other. There were 4 of us working on these two bulls and it took us the better part of the morning and afternoon to get then quartered and packed out on mules. We couldn't get the mules right to the kills and only had to walk 60 yards and it was the most tiring ordeal ever
 

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Well, figured I'd do a follow-up to this thread now that I went on the hunt. I ended up using Eagle Mountain Outfitters just outside of Gunnison Colorado. I ended up choosing them because they do not offer guided hunts, only drop camps. That eliminated the worry the camps were put in less desirable areas than where the guided hunters were. This outfitter's camps are in Unit 54, a draw unit, but we drew with 0 pts. I think drawing odds were about 75% with 0 pts this year. The services provided by Eagle Mountain were as advertised. The camp was comfortable and the horses were good. Other than that the hunting was left up to us. We hunted the first week of the season. I saw 32 elk for the week but nothing in bow range. I did see a couple other hunters (not from the outfitter) but it is public ground. Beautiful country, yet extremely rugged, and all-in-all a very fun hunt. I wouldn't hesitate to use them again. If anyone would like more details feel free to PM me.
 

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Well, figured I'd do a follow-up to this thread now that I went on the hunt. I ended up using Eagle Mountain Outfitters just outside of Gunnison Colorado. I ended up choosing them because they do not offer guided hunts, only drop camps. That eliminated the worry the camps were put in less desirable areas than where the guided hunters were. This outfitter's camps are in Unit 54, a draw unit, but we drew with 0 pts. I think drawing odds were about 75% with 0 pts this year. The services provided by Eagle Mountain were as advertised. The camp was comfortable and the horses were good. Other than that the hunting was left up to us. We hunted the first week of the season. I saw 32 elk for the week but nothing in bow range. I did see a couple other hunters (not from the outfitter) but it is public ground. Beautiful country, yet extremely rugged, and all-in-all a very fun hunt. I wouldn't hesitate to use them again. If anyone would like more details feel free to PM me.
I hunted 54 in 2012. You go in by Blue Mesa?
 

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I hunted 54 in 2012. You go in by Blue Mesa?

Yes, I forget the name of the road but headed North right by the dam. I'd have to look at a map again but I'd say we were hunting about 25 miles straight North of the lake.
 

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Yes, I forget the name of the road but headed North right by the dam. I'd have to look at a map again but I'd say we were hunting about 25 miles straight North of the lake.
Sounds like close to the same area. West Elk Peak, Porcupine Cone.
We spent a week in there on a DIY. No elk around so we packed out and relocated. Supposedly, 54 is not what it used to be.
 

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Sounds like close to the same area. West Elk Peak, Porcupine Cone.
We spent a week in there on a DIY. No elk around so we packed out and relocated. Supposedly, 54 is not what it used to be.

Yes, we were in between the two and to the North. I can't speak for what it used to be but we saw a good number of elk. For a unit that is not hard to draw it was pretty much what I expected; a good number of elk but not many big bulls. But then again, we would have shot any legal bull.
 
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