Posted: February 22nd 2019 @ 10:12am
Colorado holds more elk and issues more permits for elk than any other state. It’s no surprise Colorado has a serious amount of great elk hunting outfitters. Over 250K hunters go each year between draw tags and over-the-counter opportunities. Colorado holds some of the best wilderness style hunting. Rugged mountains, rich forests, and beautiful desert plains make up some of the best elk hunting territory in the country.
Applications are easy with a period that opens in February and deadline in early April. They can be completed online and results are posted June. There are 4 rifle season dates and an early rifle season (Oct - Nov). Muzzle-loader and Archery which both come at a great time, unfortunately they both overlap a bit (Aug - Sept). That said, some units differ and you are best to ask your preferred outfitter for the best units and strategies.
Keep in mind, elk hunting in Colorado is managed for quantity over quality. So picking your outfitter is extremely important if you want to go for one of the handful of units that provide bulls that exceed 330”.
Without further adieu; here are the 20 Colorado elk hunting outfitters that give their clients the best chances to Colorado’s legendary elk.
Here are some tips you should do before or after you contact them.
You can do this by going to Colorado’s department of Regulatory Agencies website https://apps.colorado.gov/dora/licensing/Lookup/LicenseLookup.aspx and looking the outfitter up by License Type: “outfitter” and either Business Name or License Number. The beautiful part of that is you’ll see the original issue date of their license too. Some of the outfitters we mentioned were originally issued licenses as far back as 1988!
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