Muzzleloader Elk

Elk - CO Unit 19  |  Elk - CO Unit 20

Close Encounters client with a nice muzzleloader bull elk from Colorado's unit 19.


2014 Muzzleloader Elk in Colorado unit 19

This is a classic alpine bugle hunt in the backcountry of Colorado’s unit 19, near Rocky Mountain National park. Call to rutting bulls near tree line in this beautiful wilderness, accessible by 6-10 mile trail ride by pack-string. Unit 19 is a controlled harvest unit, so they winter far more adult bulls than the general tag areas. You can expect to have good action, with an abundant supply of 300 class bulls, and occasionally one of the bigger "park bulls" will find his way into your basin. This is a 6-day full service hunt with quality guides and equipment. This hunt is conducted during the muzzleloader season.

Where: Colorado Big Game Unit 19 near Rocky Mountain National Park
Cost: $5,00 (based on 2 person), Deposit: $1000

What's included in the cost:

  • Licensed professional guide (2 hunters per guide) for 6 full days of hunting
  • All meals and accommodations (tent camp) needed during the hunt
  • Field preparation of trophies and meat and packing out to a road
  • Access to the backcountry with horses.
What is not included:
  • License – currently requires 1-2 preference points to draw
  • Gratuity for the guide
  • Meat processing & taxidermy work.
The area: Unit 19 is considered a "quality elk unit" in Colorado's limited draw system. The unit borders Rocky Mountain National Park on the parks’ East side. This is a rough area, and you’ll probably find the elk in the aspens just below tree line (10,000 ft elevation), where oxygen is thin.

Hunting strategy: A combination of spot and stalk while calling to rutting bulls during the peak of the bugling.

Trophy quality and success: While some hunters have the occasional tough hunt, bulls are usually available for hunters who are in good physical shape and will hunt hard all week. There’s a good population of elk, with a good supply of nice (5x5s and 6x6s) bulls with some from 300 to 350 B&C. It's not, however, an area where you’d expect to pick through several bulls over 300 B&C.

Prices subject to change without prior notice.
Contact Close Encounters for current prices and availability.
Tom Close: (715) 554 – 3302  |  Gary Martin: (262) 492 – 0309

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2014 Muzzleloader Elk in Colorado unit 20

Where: Colorado Big Game Unit 20 near Rocky Mountain National Park
Cost: $5,000 (based on 2 person), Deposit: $1000

What is included in the cost:

  • Licensed professional guide (2 hunters per guide) for 7 full days of hunting
  • Field preparation of trophies and meat and packing out to a road
  • Transportation during the hunt, including 4x4s, ATVs, or horses when needed
  • Access to private ranches.
What is not included:
  • License – currently requires 2-3 preference points to draw
  • Meals and Accommodations - Hunters stay in motel near Estes Park
  • Meat processing
  • Trophy Fee - $1000.
The area: Unit 20 is considered a "quality elk unit" in Colorado's limited draw system. The bull to cow ratio in unit 20 has been 40 bulls per 100 cows after the hunting season. The unit borders Rocky Mountain National Park on the parks’ East side. The resident elk tend to stay close to the Eastern and Central part of the unit on largely private lands with hard to access public land behind locked gates. This is a physical hunt so be prepared to hike and hunt hard for your chance at a 6x6 bull.

The Tag: Unit 20 is a controlled harvest unit, with strict quota on the number of tags. The muzzleloader tag can usually be drawn with 3 preference points, as few as 2 and as high as 5, depending on the mix any given year. A "landowner voucher" can be purchased for $750 if unsuccessful in the draw.

Trophy quality and success: While some have the occasional tough hunt, bulls are usually available for hunters who are in good physical shape and can hold out for the right animal. Several bulls over 300 will be taken every year, and most hunters will see bulls over 330 B&C. Success has run > 65% on the muzzleloader hunts and many years all the hunters will kill a bull.

Hunting strategy: A combination of spot and stalk while calling to rutting bulls during the peak of the bugling.

Prices subject to change without prior notice.
Contact Close Encounters for current prices and availability.
Tom Close: (715) 554 – 3302  |  Gary Martin: (262) 492 – 0309

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