At Big Horn Outfitters, we offer fully guided archery and rifle elk hunts in Wyoming hunt areas 34, 35, 36 and 45. All of these areas are in our Special Use Outfitting permit on the Big Horn National Forest and take place from wall tents.. We also offer guided private land hunts elk hunts as well, which take place from our fully renovated lodge and cabins just outside of Buffalo. Whether you prefer a low-elevation, private land hunt or a back country in the beautiful Wyoming wilderness, Big Horn Outfitters has a hunt for you. Most of our elk hunts involve using a 4WD vehicle or ATV to access the area and then we begin hiking. We also utilize horses to access more remote areas when necessary.
All of Wyoming’s elk tags are distributed based on a preference point system. Due to the influx of hunter applications in the paster several years, the point requirement will increase each year. The amount of the increase varies depending on which area we’re looking at. Our private land hunt in area 34 will require roughly 5 points for the 2019 in the special (high price) draw. Area 35 type 1 (rifle or late archery) will take a minimum of 7 points in the special draw. The area 35 type 9 (archery only) should take a minimum of 5 points in the special draw. Area 45 type 1, may take as many as 11 points and the type 9 license should take 10. These requirements are estimates based on the point creep over the past 3 years and are our best guess at the points required, there is no way to know for sure what the outcome will be.
Physically Demanding Hunts
As a generalization, all elk hunts are physically demanding in some form or fashion, our elk hunts are no different. The success rate and caliber of bulls harvested correlates directly to the physical condition and shooting ability of the hunter. It is imperative that elk hunters, hunting with any weapon are prepared physically for these hunts, as a rule of thumb the guys that are prepared will have far more opportunities to harvest their animal and have opportunities at better bulls.
Archery Elk Hunts
There are few things that rival the excitement of hunting elk during the month of September. The bugle is a sound you’ll remember for the rest of your life. We are fortunate to have access to some of the best archery elk hunting in the state of Wyoming. Archery elk hunts begin around the second week of September and go through the end of the month. There isn’t a better archery hunt in North America than hunting rutting elk. We typically experience very high rates of opportunity, in the fall of 2018, 100% of our archery elk hunters had opportunities with an 80% success rate. At Big Horn Outfitters, we take pride in being hardcore bowhunters ourselves and we have the staff, skills and hunting ground to get the job done. Archery elk hunts are 6 day hunts and can be extended for an additional daily fee.
Rifle Elk Hunts
We offer both bull elk and cow elk rifle hunts in multiple areas. Both of these elk hunts have private land and public land opportunities. Bull elk hunts are 5 days and cow elk are 4, but these hunts can be tailored to fit your individual needs. We hunt both limited quota and general license areas. Rifle elk hunts involve lots of glassing followed by a spot and stalk style approach hunt to get within range.
Call us today to talk about your next elk hunting adventure!