Colorado – Mule Deer

Colorado has long been known as the elk hunting capital of the West, but it’s also got some of the best mule deer hunting around!  Here in Colorado with us on mule deer hunts you can use your points to draw, or we can get you landowner tags as well.

We are pleased to be outfitting in the beautiful La Garita Wilderness, of the Rio Grande National Forest, Colorado unit 68 as well as permitted in the San Juan National Forest units 73 & 74. We also are a permit holder on BLM lands in unit 66, unit 74, unit 75, unit 79, unit 80/81 and we manage hunts in unit 82/861.  Within our permitted areas we are the only outfitter allowed to offer full service guided camps as well as drop camps insuring our hunters access to the finest areas within our permitted area with no other guided pressure.

Mule Deer Hunts unit 68

Mule Deer Hunts unit 79

Mule Deer Hunts unit 80/81

Mule Deer Hunts unit 73

Mule Deer Hunts unit 74

Mule Deer Hunts unit 82/861

La Garita Wilderness, Colorado Unit 68

La Garita Wilderness is a great choice for your Colorado dream hunt.  Our mule deer hunts in Colorado take a number of “points” to draw.  Please call me on the phone, its really the only way to help you understand the points and landowner tag system in Colorado.  Our bow and muzzleloader hunts are one of my favorite hunts in the state with very few points needed.

Our main drive in base camp is located at about 10,500 feet right on the wilderness boundary. Here we can offer a few more comforts as like hot showers and full time cooks. Our more rugged back country spike camps are located on the edges of black timber just below tree line.  There is also a very high chance that we could plan to use spike camps as well on your hunt from our base camp to stay right in the middle of the action!

Drive-in camps: Rio Grande National Forest, La Garita Wilderness boundary, Unit 68

These camps are right in the middle of the migration routes as well as in the wintering areas and the home range to year round resident herds of Colorado Mule deer. Early season bow, muzzleloader and rifle hunts can all be great from this base camp.  My set up here in unit 68 is not the best choice for the later season hunts (3rd and 4th rifle). Camps are easily accessed by 4×4 trucks and hunting is done on foot with the aid of trucks, ATV’s and only if you desire or plan for it, horseback.

You will be sleeping in canvas wall tents with cots, sleeping mats. There will be 2 people in each 10×12 tent or 4 people in a 14×17 tent. There is also a dining tent that has a wood stove as well as tables and chairs to relax and enjoy dinner or a game of cards at night. We have hot water showers and full time cooks in base camps.

Wilderness spike camps: La Garita Wilderness, Colorado Unit 68 mule deer hunting

These very basic camps are located very remote in the wilderness areas of unit 68. These camps are much more basic than our main base camp but offer what you will need to stay in the action. You and your guide will be the only residents of these camps. Clients will “enjoy” freeze dried meals and bare bones amenities as the only access is horseback or hiking in on foot.   We will pack you and your gear into your location horseback or mule back and drop you off.  You will stay in small one man tents and reside in the middle of the action for the entire hunt.  With a call to the wrangler he will pick up your meat, or you can call for a major area move one time on your scheduled hunt.  Day hunting from the spike camps will be entirely on foot and at 11,500+ feet in elevation.  This is a backpack sheep style hunt for hardcore hunters!

Colorado Mule Deer Hunts Colorado unit 79

Our guided mule deer hunts in here in Colorado unit 79 take a number of “points” to draw, or you can also allow us to help you find landowners with guaranteed tags here.  Please call me on the phone, its really the only way to help you understand the points and landowner tag system in Colorado.  If you have 3-9 points or are willing to buy landowner tags, we should be talking about this incredible hunting area.  Colorado unit 79 is a unknown gem of a hunt and the 3rd and 4th rife season could get you a great shot at some real slammer deer!

Because of the limited number of tags here in this unit, and the weather on the best hunting weeks, (3rd and 4th season) we often choose to base from a small cabin in the area or local motels.  We will often also offer a guided only options on Colorado mule deer hunts on the 3rd and 4th seasons.  The guided only option with camping or hotel and meals at your additional expense will be priced to reflect a discount of $700 from the list season price. 

Colorado Mule Deer Hunts Colorado unit 80, unit 81

Our guided mule deer hunting here in Colorado unit 80 and unit 81 take a number of “points” to draw, or you can also allow us to help you find landowners with guaranteed tags here.  Please call me on the phone, its really the only way to help you understand the points and landowner tag system in Colorado.  If you have 6-14 points or are willing to buy landowner tags, we should be talking about this incredible hunting area.  Colorado unit 80/81 is a killer hunt and the 3rd and 4th rife season get you a great shot at some real slammer deer!

Because of the limited number of tags here in this unit and the weather on the best hunting weeks, (3rd and 4th season) we often choose to base from a small cabin in the area or Local motels.  We will often also offer a guided only options on Colorado mule deer hunts on the 3rd and 4th seasons.  The guided only option with hotel and meals at your additional expense will be priced to reflect a discount of $700 from the list season price.

Colorado Mule Deer Hunts Colorado unit 73

Our mule deer hunts in here in Colorado take a number of “points” to draw, or you can also allow us to help you find landowners with guaranteed tags here.  Please call me on the phone, its really the only way to help you understand the points and landowner tag system in Colorado.  If you have 6-14 points or are willing to buy landowner tags, we should be talking about this incredible hunting area.  Colorado unit 73 is a unknown gem of a hunt, and the hunts here get you a great shot at some real slammer deer!

Our camps on this hunt are a mix of wall tents and campers on early season hunts and hotel on later season hunts.

Colorado Mule Deer Hunt early rifle above tree line in Colorado unit 74

Our early rifle mule deer hunt here in unit 74 on the early rifle season will require 16 points to 100% draw, there are no landowner tags for this hunt.  Please call me on the phone, its really the only way to help you understand this high country above tree line hunt.  If you have 14-16 points call me and we can start planning.  Colorado unit 74 is a great choice for guys looking to burn your points on a nice fun hunt.  We will be hunting on foot and moving from area to area with ATV and trucks, looking for your buck.  Hunters need to be in superior shape to attempt this hunt, and to enjoy this hunt.  It’s a 5 day sheep style backpack hunt for the most part.  All camps will be at 10,000 feet plus and most hunting will be 11,000 and up.

Colorado Mule Deer Hunts Colorado unit 82/861

This hunt is managed by us but run through a fellow outfitter that does not have the guide staff that specialize in trophy mule deer for this particular  hunt.  All payments will be made to him and we are hired to manage and guide this great hunt.  If you are looking for 180+ velvet deer here is your hunt.  This  guided early rifle mule deer hunt in unit 82, unit 861 on the early rifle season will require 15 points to 100% draw, there are no landowner tags for this hunt.  Please call me on the phone, its really the only way to help you understand this high country above tree line hunt.  If you have 14-16 points call me and we can start planning.  Colorado unit 82/861 is a great choice for guys looking to burn your points on a nice fun hunt.  This hunt will be horse or mules to get you into the back country but that’s it, after the pack in you will be hunting on foot and moving from area to area, looking for your buck.  Hunters need to be in superior shape to attempt this hunt, and to enjoy this hunt.  It’s a 5 day sheep style backpack hunt for the most part.  All camps will be at 10,000 feet plus and most hunting will be 11,000 and up.   This is our most extreme hunt and most people require a year to get ready for it.  You will be backpacking all of your gear.  Once a deer is killed packers will pick you up but in order to move and adjust quickly to the deer movements its all on foot.  We also offer limited bow hunting here on this hunt, it’s not an easy hunt but a fun early velvet hunt!

7 Day Bow (0-2 points)

$5,500 1×1

7 Day Muzzleloader (0-2 points)

$5,500 1×1

2nd Rifle (0-4 points)

$5500 1×1

3rd Season (2-6 points)

$5500 1×1

4th Season (6-18 points)

$6500 1×1 (plan to be very cold)

Early rifle Season unit 74 or 82/861 (15 points)

$6500 1×1

 

IN COLORADO YOU MUST HAVE A HUNTERS SAFETY CARD IN ORDER TO HUNT.
There will be no refunds if you arrive without your hunters safety card!

Reservation and cancellation policies:
50% deposit is due at the time of booking; final payment is due no later the 60 days before your hunt date. There are no refunds for canceled hunts for any reason in Colorado camps unless you can supply another hunter to fill your spot. On all draw hunts, a $500 deposit is required.   If you don’t draw 100% of your money will be refunded or moved to the next year, your choice. For draw hunts the remaining 50% deposit is due within 30 days of the posted draw.

Colorado GUIDED hunts include:
All in field transportation for hunting, all meals, fully guided hunting days, tent lodging, and field work of elk including caping, quartering and packing out to trail head.

 Colorado trips do NOT include:
Hunting license fees, transportation to and from home to base camps, sleeping bags, towels, pillows, personal items, rifles or ammunition, meat packaging, transportation to Gunnison to have meat butchered, taxidermy, gratuities for guides and cooks, alcohol.

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Permits and insurance information:

Equal opportunity employer and provider, operating under permits from the San Juan National Forest as well as the Rio Grande National Forest, and on BLM lands in Colorado.  We are fully permitted, and licensed by DORA (#1929) since 1997, insured by Philadelphia and bonded by Western Surety, copies furnished on request.

 

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