Early Season Muzzleloader Roosevelt Elk Rut Hunt

1-4 Guests • Lodge • Public • Guided



7-Day Hunt | 2x1 or 1x1 Guided




Roosevelt Elk

Our Washington State Roosevelt elk hunting takes place in the Coast Mountains in the Southwest corner of the State. This area is where we grew up hunting as kids and it also has one of the largest elk herds in the state. Roosevelt elk live in the thick dense forest and logging country of the Pacific Northwest. These coastal rainforests have absolutely breathtaking views, but they also average over 120 inches of rain annually, so bring your rain gear. With such a huge amount of annual rainfall the forest in this region has huge trees and is incredibly dense with very lush underbrush.

A dense forest has many hunting benefits but often makes for very limited visibility. With low visibility many of our rifle shot opportunities are well under 100 yards and often 75 yards or less. Bow hunters often have encounters as close as 5 yards with 20-30-yard shots being most common. Because of challenges with the diverse weather and habitat of the Roosevelt elk, they are said to be one of the most difficult species in the country to hunt.

Scouting never ends, but it really starts back up for us in the late winter, after the sport shows and about the time elk drop their antlers. During the spring and summer, we will place 10-20 game cameras and maintain miles of trails into new and old hunting areas. During this time, we will find and follow elk herds and keep tabs on as many mature bulls as possible. We will have thousands of game camera videos and pictures of elk each year and without questions have several GREAT bulls to hunt. During our scouting efforts, we locate herds of cows as well as bulls, so that we can put our archery hunters in the best locations depending on the stages of the rut.


We strongly focus on hunting mature and respectable representatives of our species but because of the difficulty of the Roosevelt elk, we recommend not passing a legal bull ( 3 point minimum) unless you are satisfied with the possibility of not having another shot opportunity. We cannot control the number of shot opportunities that you will have during your hunt, but we guarantee that every day of our hunt you will be in elk-rich areas that have been well-scouted. In Washington State, your average Roosevelt bull elk will be a mature 5×5 bull with exceptional 300+ class 6x and bigger bulls being present in all of our hunting areas.


As much as I’d like to say we are 100% our success rates for these hunts are all over the board. On many hunts, we are 75-100% shot opportunity and on others we are 25%. Your odds of getting a bull are much greater than not getting one but weather plays a big role in our success. We cannot control the weather or animal behavior, but you will be in the animals every day and the odds are in your favor.


Our favorite and most successful method is still-hunting through timbered canyons and river drainages combined with sitting in blinds in bedding areas and along travel routes. Spot and stalk hunting in open logging country are also a favorite during the sunrise and sunset hours. During the archery season, we will add calling to our arsenal for locating bulls. We then close the distance and use bugles and/or cow calling to bring them close.


There is a wide combination of lodging that can be part of this hunt. Base camps will be conducted from either a rental house, motel, cabin, or tent camp. From there we will hunt several different areas and spike out as needed for success. We will come back to the base camp every few days as needed for food, shower, dry clothes, and a good night's sleep. For the hardcore hunters, weather permitting, we can stay overnight in hammocks or small spike camps deep into elk territory.


All hunts are available on a first-come basis. To ensure quality and success, our clientele will be a maximum of 4 hunters (either one hunter per guide or two hunters per guide) per week, per camp, for rifle season, and a maximum of 4 hunters per week for all other elk and deer hunts.

Base price is per person for 7-Day Early Season Muzzleloader Roosevelt Elk Hunt guided 2x1. Make it a 1x1 Guided hunt for an additional fee. Sales tax not included.

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Your Host

Mike's Trip

Mike J

Mike has dedicated over 23 years to the outdoors, successfully guiding and hunting several major species of big game animals across the Western U.S and Alaska. Mike grew up hunting the coastal mountains of Western Washington where he learned to successfully hunt Blacktail deer, Roosevelt elk and Black bear at an early age. Being the oldest of three boys, his dad had him out in the woods as soon as he was old enough to walk.

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Base Price

$5775.00 Per Person Per Experience


$9405.00 Per Person


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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 Local Guide
  • Food & Lodging
  • Trophy Prep
  • Multiple Hunting Methods
  • Guaranteed Over-The-Counter Tags
  • 100% Fair Chase



Gear List

  • Weather Appropriate Hunting Attire
  • Valid Hunting License & Tags
  • Personal Hunting Gear
  • Arrangements for Transportation from/to Airport

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Rules & Guidelines

AVAILABILITY and BOOKING - All hunts are available on a first come basis. To ensure quality and success, our clientele will be a maximum of 4 hunters (either one hunter per guide or two hunters per guide) per week, per camp, for rifle season and a maximum of 4 hunters per week for all other elk and deer hunts.


All hunters in Washington must possess a valid hunting license in order to take or attempt to take game animals. Youth under 16 are eligible for reduced-fee licenses. First-time hunters must provide proof of successful completion of a hunter education course in order to obtain a license.

Additional information on bag limits, permits, and species-specific regulations can be found on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website.

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