Wilderness Deer and Elk Hunts

Rifle Hunts

You must pack-in a day or two days before the season.

1st season is an easy draw, but you must go through the draw to get a tag. The first season is a great time, with fewer hunters, better weather, and it is likely you will catch the tail end of the rut. In 2013-2017 seasons, the elk were still bugling through 1st season.

2nd and 3rd season are over the counter purchased tags. By the 2nd and 3rd rifle season, you need to be prepared for the possibility of heavy snow. These later seasons can produce massive bulls that are pushed out of high elevations.

wilderness mule deer hunt
wilderness elk hunt

Every year some good high country mule deer bucks are also taken by hunters. You must draw a deer tag for the season you will be hunting if you want that opportunity. We can also focus on mule deer if you choose. Our 3rd and 4th season, base camp hunts are a good option if deer is your focus. During 4th season, due to the rut, the opportunity to harvest a 4×4 buck is above 90% and more than 50% of hunters will have an opportunity to harvest a 170″+ buck. 3rd season we will be hunting the same quality deer but success is slightly lower due to the rut just starting. It varies year-to-year but residents can draw 3rd season tags with no points with nearly 100% chances. Non-residents have a 30-40% chance without points. With just 1 point, you will draw a 3rd season tag. 4th season tags vary from 3-6 points for non-residents and 1-2 for residents.

We only hunt from our base camp in the 4th season because of the possibility of dangerous snow fall at our high elevation camps. If you are willing to ride a horse every day and enjoy the “lodge” type hunt, our 4th season hunts are the ticket. We offer basic housing in our bunk house or an upgrade into our high end lodge.

Unit 25 Bear
Unit 25 Bear

All of these hunts are true wilderness hunts where being in good shape and being able to bare inclement weather will pay off with the hunt of a lifetime. All of our rifle elk hunts average 50%+ shot opportunity on legal bulls. The majority of bulls are medium sized, 4-6 point animals. Roughly 1/10th of our harvested bulls score 300+.

Dates Drop Camp Full Service Guided Full Service Base Camp
1st Rifle Oct 14th-18th 2017 $8,000 per camp (5 hunter max) $5,000 per person, ($36,000 for entire camp, max 8 hunters) NA
2nd Rifle Oct 21nd-29th 2017 $8,000 per camp (5 hunter max) $5,000 per person, ($36,000 for entire camp, max 8 hunters) NA
3rd Rifle Nov 4th-12th 2017 $8,000 per camp (5 hunter max) $5,000 per person, ($36,000 for entire camp, max 8 hunters) $5,000 per person
4th Rifle Nov 15th-19th 2017 NA NA $5,000 per person

*Drop Camps – We will purchase, organize and pack in your hunt’s entire week of food for $450 per hunter. This service simplifies the process for out-of-state hunters and helps us on packing logistics.
**Discounts available for non-hunters and children under 13. Groups not meeting size minimums but willing to be with a different group (separate tents), can be negotiated.
***Base camp hunts are great for individual hunters or pairs. Must be willing to ride horses each day you want to hunt. Click here to understand the difference between Base Camp and Full Service Guided.
****All above guided pricing is based on one guide per two hunters. For one guide per hunter pricing, add $1,600 per hunter.

Please reference our resource page for gear lists, descriptions of hunt/service types, and payment details.

Call (970) 343-4460 or Email Web@FTGuides.com

Archery Hunts

Archery pack-in and pack-out dates are somewhat flexible because the season is four weeks. The second week of the season and the last week (after muzzleloader is over) are the most productive times for archers. You have to have a patient mindset to hunt the first week of archery season. However, some of the biggest bulls are killed in the pre-rut before they have gotten their cows together.

Archery season is the best time of the year to be in the Flat Tops. The weather is good and the elk are bugling. It is also the time of year where it isn’t abnormal to go an entire hunt without seeing another hunter.

Our unit, 25, is one of the few Flat Top units that still offers OTC archery bull and cow tags. Our shot opportunity rate runs around 30-60% depending on weather/rut.

Guided hunters should expect a physical hunt. We prefer to use a base camp (wall tents) in combination with overnight backpack setups as spike camps.

Dates Drop Camp Full Service Guided
Aug 26-Sept 24th 2017 $2,000 per hunter $5,000 per person ($26,000 to book full camp, 6 hunters max)

*Drop Camps – We will purchase, organize and pack in your hunt’s entire week of food for $450 per hunter. This service simplifies the process for out-of-state hunters and helps us on packing logistics.
**Ask about small group drop camps the first half of archery season. We usually have several options for groups of 2-3 that are economical.
***Discounts available for non-hunters and children under 13.
****All above guided pricing is based on one guide per two hunters. For one guide per hunter pricing, add $1,600 per hunter.

Please reference our resource page for gear lists, descriptions of hunt/service types, and payment details.

flat tops spot pack bull
Cliff Gray Unit 25 Buck

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Muzzleloader Hunts

You must pack-in a day or two days before the season. Muzzleloader is, hands down, one of the best times to be hunting elk. The season starts when the elk rut is getting into full swing. The weather is still comfortable. Tags are by draw only. For non-residents it takes 1-3 preference points, but the hunt is well worth it. Shot opportunity on legal bulls is 60%+.

Dates Drop Camp Full Service Guided
Sept 9th-Sept 17th 2017 $2,000 per hunter $5,000 per person ($26,000 to book full camp, 6 hunters max)

*Drop camps have a 3 person minimum.
**Drop Camps – We will purchase, organize and pack in your hunt’s entire week of food for $450 per hunter. This service simplifies the process for out-of-state hunters and helps us on packing logistics.
***Discounts available for non-hunters and children under 13. Groups not meeting size minimums but willing to be with a different group (separate tents), can be negotiated.
****All above guided pricing is based on one guide per two hunters. For one guide per hunter pricing, add $1,600 per hunter.

Please reference our resource page for gear lists, descriptions of hunt/service types, and payment details.

Big Unit 25 Bull Elk
Flat Tops Mulie Buck
Flat Tops Bull Elk

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