Hunting Info

Now we get to hunt. For most of you, it’s taken a while getting drawn so it’s really great having you! Here are some things you need to know:

Online Hunting Application

Forms:

You need to complete the hunter health form, the rules and regulations form, and pay special attention to the “what to bring list”. We need the health form and contract as soon as possible – please email to elkgide@gmail.com

Lodge Hunts:

All hunts except 4th rifle will begin on Saturday and run through Wednesday evening, it is customary for all gear to be removed from the house by noon on Wednesday (4th rifle begins on Wednesday and runs through Sunday).  Clients will be welcomed after 12 noon on the Friday before the hunt.  Meals will start with Friday evening dinner and finish with Wednesday morning brunch.  Sodas and bottled water will be provided, all other beverages you will need to bring.

High Camp Hunts:

For all high camp hunts, which are 5 days long, we will be packing you in Friday morning and bringing you out Wednesday evening. You should be at our cabin by 8am the Friday of your hunt. There is a limit of 75 pounds of personal gear per hunter not including your weapons.

Accommodations:

For Lodge hunts, you will be staying at our luxury cabin at 9200 ft above sea level. All beds are covered with bedspreads so just bring your sleeping bag. There is a shower so bring your own towels. We are totally off the grid but have all the modern amenities. Cell service from ATT and Verizon work the best. Wi-Fi is available along with Satellite TV and radio.

What to Bring:

You are responsible for your own personal gear and your weapon. Some things not to forget: your hunter safety card (if you were born after 1949), your hunting license, a blaze orange hat and vest (no camo blaze orange is allowed).  All gun hunters please have your guns sighted in before you arrive. Most shots are between 50 and 250 yards, archers should be prepared for 50 yds and under. High camp hunters are limited to 75lbs of personal gear not including weapons. There will be bow scabbards on horses for the pack-in.

Gratuity:

Gratuity is at your discretion, but since we get so many inquiries, the following is normal and customary:

Lodge Hunts: You will have both a cook and a guide.

The cook is responsible for preparing a 5 days of hearty home-cooked meals, and normally receives at least $100 per hunter.

The guide is responsible for your hunt and normally receives between 10 and 15% of the price of your hunt. Please remember that regardless of the success of your hunt, they are working for your success all week.

High Country Hunts (pack-in): On these, your guide is also your cook so normally they receive a gratuity of between 15 and 20% of your hunt price

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to call. I am looking forward to seeing you and can’t wait to start hunting………… See you when you get here.

Hunting Tag and EPO Reservation Information

Estes Park Outfitters requires a 50%, non-refundable deposit to secure a reservation. The cash balance is due upon arrival. Once your deposit is received, you will be supplied with your contract that needs to be signed by all parties and sent back.  Next you will need to apply for the limited draw license/tag.  All hunters must apply for a license and if born on or after Jan 1, 1949, must have completed an approved hunter education course or bowhunter education course sanctioned by a state or province before applying for or purchasing a license.

The limited draw application is on line at Colorado Parks and Wildlife and is available usually in late February. The deadline for the draw is the first week of April.  We will be happy to assist you with the application process to ensure a good application.  Applications improperly filled out are rejected so let us help you. The results for the draw are usually posted online by mid June.  Upon drawing your license, contact us and we will then send you a suggested list of gear and clothing to bring, along with the rules and regulations for your hunt.  If you are not successful in the draw, please contact us for other options.

*Note that a rifle tag for Unit 20 (Trophy Elk Hunts at Estes Park) requires at least three preference points*.

All prices and dates are subject to change without notice.
All booked hunts with deposits are locked in until you draw your license.

Hello and congratulations on drawing!

Now we get to hunt. For most of you, it’s taken a while getting drawn so it’s really great having you! Here are some things you need to know:

Forms: You need to complete the hunter health form, the rules and regulations form, and pay special attention to the “what to bring list”. We need the health form and contract as soon as possible – please email to elkgide@aol.com

Hunt Start:

Lodge Hunts: All hunts except 4th rifle will begin on Saturday and run through Wednesday evening, it is customary for all gear to be removed from the house by noon on Wednesday (4th rifle begins on Wednesday and runs through Sunday). Clients will be welcomed after 12 noon on the Friday before the hunt. Meals will start with Friday evening dinner and finish with Wednesday morning brunch. Sodas and bottled water will be provided, all other beverages you will need to bring.

High Camp Hunts: For all high camp hunts, which are 6 days long, we will be packing you in Friday morning and bringing you out Thursday evening. You should be at our cabin by 8am the Friday of your hunt. There is a limit of 75 pounds of personal gear per hunter not including your weapons.

Accommodations: For Lodge hunts, you will be staying at our luxury cabin at 9200 ft above sea level. All beds are covered with bedspreads so just bring your sleeping bag. There is a shower so bring your own towels. We are totally off the grid but have all the modern amenities. Cell service from ATT and Verizon work the best. Wi-Fi is available along with Satellite TV and radio.

What to Bring: You are responsible for your own personal gear and your weapon. Some things not to forget: your hunter safety card (if you were born after 1949), your hunting license, a blaze orange hat and vest (no camo blaze orange is allowed). All gun hunters please have your guns sighted in before you arrive. Most shots are between 50 and 250 yards, archers should be prepared for 50 yds and under. High camp hunters are limited to 75lbs of personal gear not including weapons. There will be bow scabbards on horses for the pack-in.

Gratuity: Gratuity is always at your discretion, but since we get so many inquiries, the following is normal and customary:

Lodge Hunts: You will have both a cook and a guide.

The cook is responsible for preparing a 5 days of gourmet meals, and normally receives $50-$100 per hunter.

The guide is responsible for your hunt and normally receives between 10 and 15% of the price of your hunt. Please remember that regardless of the success of your hunt, they are working for your success all week.

High Country Hunts (pack-in): On these, your guide is also your cook so normally they receive a gratuity of between 15 and 20% of your hunt price

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to call. I am looking forward to seeing you and can’t wait to start hunting………… See you when you get here.

Thanks,  Tim

Rules and Regulations

Estes Park Outfitters Inc. takes pride in running a safe, enjoyable, and ethical hunting operation. The reputation we are earning is one we take very seriously. Hunting, in many circles, does not have a very good name; therefore we are constantly striving to set an example that others will look up to. In order to achieve this goal, we need our client’s cooperation. There are certain guidelines and rules that we ask you to follow during your stay with us at Estes Park Outfitters.

  • First and foremost, know your weapon and its limitations. Archery shots will range from 10 to 50 yds. Rifle shots will be from 100 up to 400 yds. We strive to get you into around 250 or less.
  • Gun safety is paramount; always know where your muzzle is pointed. We may be shuttling hunters on ATV’s and all guns must be unloaded in the chamber and magazine. We will have hard cases mounted on our ATV’s for your convenience. If you have an over-sized scope or a tri-pod your gun will not fit in our ATV scabbards, so you’ll need to bring your own.
  • Make sure of your shot, one shot – one kill. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t take it. We will redesign the shot, and try to reduce the yardage.
  • Follow your guide’s instructions. Your cooperation is essential in this category. We have averaged around an 80% kill ratio. Our guides know the land, the movement of game, and your success is our success.
  • Respect the property by not throwing out trash or cigarette butts. Pack it in, pack it out. Leave no trace!

Thank you for your cooperation. We will do everything in our power to insure you a quality hunting experience.

HUNTING CAMP

EQUIPMENT CHECK LIST

 

  • Sleeping bag-(Beds will be provided)
  • All food is provided and prepared.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Blaze Orange Vest and Cap - (during all muzzleloader and rifle hunts) No camouflage with blaze orange).
  • Flashlight with spare batteries, waterproof matches, compass or GPS, daypack, knife with sharpener, granola bars will be provided for day packs.
  • Current hunting license with conservation certificate along with your hunter safety card.
  • Personal hygiene accessories
  • Boots – 1 pair hiking, 1 pair snow packs are recommended.
  • Clothes – try not to bring too many, but be ready for 60 degree days and 0 degree nights.
  • Rain gear
  • Engineers tape – for marking location of kill, bright colors are best.(tape will be removed from the National Forest.)
  • You will be staying in a very comfortable hunting lodge with all the amenities. We do have Wi-Fi, some cell service, (ATT works the best but Verizon is ok), and satellite TV & radio It sleeps 8 comfortably and all beds have bedspreads, so just throw your personal sleeping bag on the bed of your choice. The lodge is @ 9200ft so if you think you may have altitude problems, please talk with your doctor and see what he recommends.
  • Binoculars are very helpful.

Hello

Thanks you for choosing Estes Park Outfitters Inc.!

I believe you will find the drop camp an excellent facility for a do-it-yourself hunt. I am committed to providing you everything necessary to remain comfortable in the backcountry for a quality experience. The camp will consist of everything from tents, cots, mattresses, lights, tables, chairs, cooking utensils, drinking water and firewood for heat. All you need to provide is your personal gear and food. You will be supplied with a 2-way radio that we will touch base with every morning and evening at a designated hour. If you do have an elk or deer down, it will be your responsibility to gut, quarter and make it ready to be packed out. Packing service is included in your hunting fee. The drop camp is accessed by foot or horseback There is a 75 lb limit for personal gear, not including food, per person. All hunts are 5 days unless exceptions need to be made. You will be taken in the morning before opening day. An equipment and what to bring list is included, along with a health form that need to be signed and returned as soon as possible. Please feel free to give me a call with any additional questions.

Tim Resch

Estes Park Outfitters Inc.

DROP CAMP EQUIPMENT CHECK LIST

  • Sleeping bag-(cots will be provided)
  • There is drinking water provided, along with a spring for dishes and cleaning purposes.
  • Personal gear weight not to be over 75lbs…. not including food
  • All food, drinks and cooking ingredients.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Blaze Orange Vest and Cap - (during all muzzleloader and rifle hunts) No camouflage with blaze orange).
  • Flashlight with spare batteries, waterproof matches, Game bags, compass or GPS, daypack, knife with sharpener.
  • Current hunting license and hunter safety card if born after 1/1/1949
  • Personal hygiene accessories
  • Boots – 1 pair hiking, 1 pair snow packs are recommended.
  • Clothes – try not to bring too many, but be ready for 60 degree days and 0 degree nights.
  • Rain gear
  • Engineers tape – for marking location of kill, bright colors are best.
  • You will be staying in a wall-tent camp on Roosevelt National Forest.
  • Binoculars are very helpful.
  • There will be 2-way radio communication between the outfitter and your camp daily.