Colorado Archery Elk Hunting and Black Powder-Muzzle Loader Elk
Some Quick Facts:
• Only six archery or muzzle loader hunters are booked each
season! (could be a combination of either archery or black powder).
We only offer two five day hunts for the entire month of September.
This protects our area from being over-hunted.
• You must be in very good physical condition or you won’t
be capable of hiking on foot into the areas where the elk are. At
a minimum, you must get into a physical conditioning program by
• You can purchase an archery tag over the counter-no
draw is required for our hunting area
• Entering a draw for a muzzle loading/black powder tag is
• For prices and dates offered click prices
For archery and black powder, we hunt the same territory as we do
during rifle season.
However, you get the first opportunity of the year to hunt it!
We utilize the same base camp, spike camps, use horses to pack
into camp and support our hunting operation as explained in other
pages of this website.
We are avid archery hunters and hunt during archery season ourselves
(not at the same time or area as our clients). Hunting archery ourselves
makes us to be very much in tune with the skills that are required
to get a successful shot.
You may feel slighted to know this, but we feel that our guiding
skills for archery are superb since we practice and implement them
year after year. We walk the talk. Of course, we have made some
mistakes during some approaches or set ups, but we have always remembered
what we would have done differently. Learning from these mistakes
is critical to future successful hunts. Throughout the years, we
have gone through the school of hard knocks on tactics. Now, we
have a pretty good recipe that works. Of course, hunting is hunting.
Archery elk hunting is the toughest sport hunting around. Our harvest
ratio has been better than the statewide average of 10%. However,
get your expectations in line when you come archery hunting. Closing
in on that last ten yards (from forty to thirty yards) is always
the most difficult. It is not easy.
You can expect….
While hunting archery we will always get into the middle of the
elk. So… you will see elk and hear the bulls bugling. Some
days the bulls are more active than other days. The elk move around
very, very much at night. One canyon during one day may have no
elk in it… the next day the canyon will have elk in it.
They have gotten smarter and wiser over the last twenty years.
However, we always hunt hard and never give up. You can expect to
work hard hunting on foot. If you choose to go hunting with us,
you will get very tired and exhausted. However, it is very rewarding!
Which is the best time to Colorado Elk hunt
All of the guides have gotten into a great debate whether the first
part of September or the last part of September is better.
The reality…one time period (earlier or later) is not better
than the other. The bulls may be bugling more during the latter
part of September, but they are not as aggressive to come into a
cow call, as they may be earlier in September. By the end of September,
the herd bulls have gathered up the cows for the most part. Consequently,
they are reluctant to come into a single cow call risking they could
lose the entire cowherd to a satellite bull.
Our guide "Michael"
with 2006 Bull Elk taken with a bow.
Brian 2006 Bull Elk taken with
Hunting Colorado Elk with a Muzzle Loader or Black Powder
This is absolutely the most premium time to hunt elk! During this
time, a hunter receives the same benefits an archer does since the
elk are in the middle of their rutt. However, the success ratio
of a muzzleloader is much greater at 75% since the shooting distance
is much greater at 80 yards!
You must draw for a license for this hunting season. For a non-resident,
it will take two to three years to draw an elk muzzle/black powder
We can assist you with applying for a muzzle loading/black
powder Colorado elk hunting license.