Elk Hunting

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 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 mountain hunt 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.


Wyoming Elk Hunting Preference Points

All of Wyoming’s elk tags are distributed based on a preference point system.  Due to the influx of hunter applications in the past 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 2024, in the special (high price) draw.  Area 35 type 1 (rifle or late archery) will take a minimum of 7-8 points in the special draw.  The area 35 type 9 (archery only) should take a minimum of 8 points in the special draw.  Area 45 type 1 and type 9, should take 14 points to draw the tag.  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.

Montana Archery Elk Hunting

We hunt big bulls in Southeastern Montana in the 700 units.  The archery tag required for this unit is a 799-21.  We do a very limited amount of these hunts each year, the quality of these hunts has been exceptional in past seasons.  Bulls between 300-340″ have been the average, and we see bigger bulls frequently.  Montana’s preference point system is different from Wyoming, but 3-5 Montana bonus points offers you a great chance at drawing this tag.  Please feel free to contact us if you have more questions about this hunt.

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.

Wyoming 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 2023, 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.

Wyoming 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.

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