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Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« on: December 09, 2017, 03:30:46 PM »
So.....any state that holds them, Fall of 2019 outfitted/guided elk hunt. I have no points built up in any state. Don't need to shoot a monster. Rifle is the weapon of choice. Where would you go? Do you have an outfitter you have used? Would recommend? @bearpaw Dale, if you were going to make a recommendation or if a client came to you and said where can I go, one on one guided, best chance of being able to tag a decent bull that isn't behind a fence what would you suggest? Oh....and don't say Graham,WA!  :chuckle: :tup:
Yes, my FJ is pink, I'm all about Team Jacob, beer is not for the horses nor is whiskey for the men, they are both for me.

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Re: Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2017, 03:50:14 PM »
Budget?
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Re: Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2017, 03:51:16 PM »
5k to 7k
Yes, my FJ is pink, I'm all about Team Jacob, beer is not for the horses nor is whiskey for the men, they are both for me.

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Re: Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2017, 04:09:32 PM »
Saw a sign at the sportsmans show last time I went (2015 )for montana guaranteed guide hunt for about 6k. There were several booths if you have a cvhance to go it might be a good place to start.

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Re: Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2017, 04:11:32 PM »
Is that coming up in Feb? Trying to remember. I'd like to go down but don't want to fall for any flashy booths with photos of big bulls.
Yes, my FJ is pink, I'm all about Team Jacob, beer is not for the horses nor is whiskey for the men, they are both for me.

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Re: Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2017, 04:15:17 PM »
Is that coming up in Feb? Trying to remember. I'd like to go down but don't want to fall for any flashy booths with photos of big bulls.
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Re: Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2017, 04:16:34 PM »
Will have to put that on the 'ol calendar.
Yes, my FJ is pink, I'm all about Team Jacob, beer is not for the horses nor is whiskey for the men, they are both for me.

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Re: Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2017, 04:21:55 PM »
Is that coming up in Feb? Trying to remember. I'd like to go down but don't want to fall for any flashy booths with photos of big bulls.
you could just brochure shop then get on line and check reviews of the places.

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Re: Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2017, 04:23:02 PM »
Yup!
Yes, my FJ is pink, I'm all about Team Jacob, beer is not for the horses nor is whiskey for the men, they are both for me.

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Re: Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2017, 04:29:13 PM »
I still recommend mills in Montana. They outfit in the bob so rifle during the rut.
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Re: Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2017, 04:36:03 PM »
H2O, have you considered purchasing a hunt plan? I know a cat who does these in both MT and WY and I think folks are pretty darn successful with them (and equally important, happy with his customer service throughout the process).  Much less out of pocket than a full blown guided hunt.  He can also recommend a good outfitter in both those states if you wish to go that route.  Just another option in your tool kit sir :).  RJ   
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Re: Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2017, 04:42:16 PM »
H2O, have you considered purchasing a hunt plan? I know a cat who does these in both MT and WY and I think folks are pretty darn successful with them (and equally important, happy with his customer service throughout the process).  Much less out of pocket than a full blown guided hunt.  He can also recommend a good outfitter in both those states if you wish to go that route.  Just another option in your tool kit sir :).  RJ

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Re: Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2017, 04:45:53 PM »
 :yeah:

What's a hunt plan?
Yes, my FJ is pink, I'm all about Team Jacob, beer is not for the horses nor is whiskey for the men, they are both for me.

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Re: Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2017, 04:52:37 PM »
There are a few outfits that are now doing this.. The guy I know and endorse is a former, successful outfitting business owner (Montana) that sold his outfit a few years ago.  What he does now is sell said "hunt plans" for folks that perhaps, don't have the time or opportunity to travel to the elk states and research an elk spot (I believe he has plans for deer also).  He is not a sponsor here at this time so I won't offer his business name openly (respecting the head cook and bottle washer of Hunt WA) but will respond to your PM's if asked.  It really is a pretty damn cool deal.  RJ     

Edit:  Sorry, I'm trying to cook some chow and do some hunting forum page stuff at the same time.  The hunt plan pretty much provides you with pin point, previously productive, spots to hunt for the season/type of weapon, and, additional tips such as access points, campsites, etc. 

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Re: Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2017, 04:58:19 PM »
There are a few outfits that are now doing this.. The guy I know and endorse is a former, successful outfitting business owner (Montana) that sold his outfit a few years ago.  What he does now is sell said "hunt plans" for folks that perhaps, don't have the time or opportunity to travel to the elk states and research an elk spot (I believe he has plans for deer also).  He is not a sponsor here at this time so I won't offer his business name openly (respecting the head cook and bottle washer of Hunt WA) but will respond to your PM's if asked.  It really is a pretty damn cool deal.  RJ     

So its a private, supposedly for one person, public land scouting report ?

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Re: Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2017, 04:59:15 PM »
That is pretty cool. I've never seen where Dale is opposed to sharing info like that. I'll leave it up to you if you choose to post openly and if not, I'd appreciate a PM with the details.
Yes, my FJ is pink, I'm all about Team Jacob, beer is not for the horses nor is whiskey for the men, they are both for me.

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Re: Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2017, 06:07:07 PM »
$$$$ is a major factor if you want a high quality high success elk hunt.
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Re: Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« Reply #17 on: December 10, 2017, 06:56:57 PM »
I would do a Wilderness hunt in the McCall area, there is a couple excellent guides there. Remember it all about the experience.

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Re: Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« Reply #18 on: December 10, 2017, 07:02:44 PM »
I agree anout the experience.  Just want to do my homework to go 8n with the best odds I can.
Yes, my FJ is pink, I'm all about Team Jacob, beer is not for the horses nor is whiskey for the men, they are both for me.

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Re: Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« Reply #19 on: December 10, 2017, 08:35:02 PM »
Keep playing the Washington game or bust out your wallet. You need
To pay to play when it comes to Elk.

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Re: Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« Reply #20 on: December 11, 2017, 09:13:41 PM »
If you are willing to pay around 6 to 7 K then you should be able to go to some out of state outfitter that has landowner preference tags for those who are going to hunt with him or his outfitter.  This would solve your lack of points issue.  I think New Mexico has a lot of landowner vouchers for their guided hunts.  Wyoming and Montana have some good hunts in areas that are easy to draw.  These areas are not good for the DIY public land hunter but there are large ranches in some of these areas that are outfitter only and you can get a dandy bull with an easy tag to draw.  Once again, its just what your willing to pay for.  It also depends on what kind of shape and age you are.  If you are young and strong then I would look to Montana, Wyoming, or Idaho.  If you want a causal hunt, New Mexico is rolling hills and lots of flat land with Junipers and Cedars.
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Re: Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« Reply #21 on: December 11, 2017, 09:19:33 PM »
If you are willing to pay around 6 to 7 K then you should be able to go to some out of state outfitter that has landowner preference tags for those who are going to hunt with him or his outfitter.  This would solve your lack of points issue.  I think New Mexico has a lot of landowner vouchers for their guided hunts.  Wyoming and Montana have some good hunts in areas that are easy to draw.  These areas are not good for the DIY public land hunter but there are large ranches in some of these areas that are outfitter only and you can get a dandy bull with an easy tag to draw.  Once again, its just what your willing to pay for.  It also depends on what kind of shape and age you are.  If you are young and strong then I would look to Montana, Wyoming, or Idaho.  If you want a causal hunt, New Mexico is rolling hills and lots of flat land with Junipers and Cedars.

I've have no experience but have heard the same about New Mexico--apparently with the landowner tags you can get into some really great areas without playing the application game.

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Re: Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« Reply #22 on: December 11, 2017, 09:22:53 PM »
Have you thought about a diy hunt?  Or is that even an option?  You don't need to spend that much to be successful hunting elk out of Washington.  That budget will find a few years learning a new state.

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Re: Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« Reply #23 on: December 11, 2017, 09:26:28 PM »
I have. That being said mainly looling for outfitted. Had not looked at new mexico. Will take a look,  ty.
Yes, my FJ is pink, I'm all about Team Jacob, beer is not for the horses nor is whiskey for the men, they are both for me.

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Re: Need some elk brainstorming advice please
« Reply #24 on: December 11, 2017, 10:44:01 PM »
What kind of hunt, spot and stalk or ranch?  If a ranch hunt fits the bill, that is doable and much easier to line up.

 

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