CO Guided Horseback Muzzleloader & Archery Hunting

2-4 Guests


Guided Horseback Wilderness Elk or Deer Hunt

Lodge hunts are afternoon arrival, 5 full days of hunting, and morning departure.

This hunt is available for both Archery and Rifle Seasons. A mix of private land, forest service and wilderness area will be hunted. Horseback hunting will be our primary means of transportation, but 4×4 and hiking will be used to access some areas. The majority of hunting will be done on public land. Lodging and meals are provided in our high-end lodge adjacent to the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. In some cases, the option to spike camp for a night may be available. You can focus on several species (including elk, mule deer, and bears – based on season/tag availability) or focus on a single species.

Success Rates, Tag Availability, and Other Information

Success Rates:

Bear - Dedicated 5-day hunt – 75%+. As an “opportunity” tag added on to a deer/elk-focused hunt – 20-25%

Elk - All of these hunts are true wilderness hunts where being in good shape, being able to ride a few hours each day, and being able to bare inclement weather will pay off with the hunt of a lifetime. Rifle hunts average 40-80%+ shot opportunity on legal bulls for those that hunt every morning and afternoon/night of their hunt. Archery hunts run roughly 1/2 the success rate of rifle hunts. The biggest variable is weather and the hunter’s persistence. The majority of bulls are medium-sized, 4-6 point animals. Roughly 1/10th of our harvested bulls score 300+.

Mule Deer - During 2nd and 3rd rifle seasons our hunters with deer tags have 50-80% shot opportunity on bucks. 4th Season rifle hunters generally have a 90-100% opportunity to harvest a mature buck. Dedicated muzzleloader hunters will have a 50-70% chance of getting an opportunity at a mature buck. Archery deer hunts are highly variable on the hunter’s shooting abilities. Shooting opportunities under 70 yards are 60-70% on a five-day deer-focused hunt.

The primary focus of these hunts will be mature mule deer in the 160″+ class. We have taken many deer in the 170-180″ class and some over 200″.

Tag Availability:

September – Archery Deer are easy to draw, Archery Elk are over-the-counter, Rifle Bear is easy to draw

Muzzleloader – Deer tags are easy to draw, and Elk tags require 2-4 preference points.

1st season – Elk are easy to draw, Bear tags are over-the-counter

2nd season – Deer are easy to draw, Elk are over-the-counter

3rd season – Deer require 0-1 preference points to draw. Elk are over-the-counter

4th season – Deer require 2-3 points for residents, non-residents should expect to draw with 4-6 points. Bull tags take 0-1 points to draw.

The Lodge

  • The lodge sets against the Flat Tops Wilderness Area and is extremely private.

  • The lodge is 3,500 sq. ft. and can sleep up to 8 people.

  • It is 100% log construction with high-end finishes.

  • There is a large master bedroom, two sleeping lofts, a large great room, and two guest bedrooms with log bunk beds with full-size bottom bunks.

  • The lodge has three bathrooms, a high-end kitchen, and wrap around deck.

  • We rent out the entire facility to one group at a time. You will be the only guests in the lodge. It is the ultimate in private retreats.

Base price is per hunter for a 2x1 Guided Hunt. Make it a 1x1 Guided Hunt for an additional fee per person.

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Your Host

undefined's Trip

Jimmy O

Jimmy has taken his passion for the outdoors and turned it into a way of life. He is an avid hunter, angler, skier, and backpacker.

from $6435/Experience

You can also pay a 50% deposit now and a final payment before your trip.

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$6435.00 Per Person Per Experience


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Please note that there is a 50% non-refundable deposit included with your booking fee. In case of cancellation, and in accordance with the Host's cancellation policy, the remaining 50% may be returned to you or applied towards rescheduling a future trip.


  • Experienced/Professional Local Guide
  • Seasoned Trail/Pack Horses
  • Beautiful Log Cabin Lodge
  • 4x4 Transportation if Necessary
  • Spike Camp Options
  • Hunt for Several Species or Focus on One
  • Hearty Home Cooked Melas



Gear List

  • Weather Appropriate Hunting Attire
  • Valid Hunting License / Tags
  • Personal Hunting Gear
  • Overnight Supplies

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Rules & Guidelines

Early September Season Dates: Sept 2nd - 30th 2023

All hunters must possess a hunting license in Colorado. Hunters under the age of 18 may purchase a youth license. Additional licenses, stamps, or permits may be required.

Hunters between the ages of 12-18 may purchase a youth big game license.

Colorado does not offer a hunting license specifically for senior citizens.

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