Wyoming elk outfitter recomendations

JoeB

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A friend and I are looking into a guided elk hunt and are looking for recommendations. We discussed the thorofare and some other options. we now have one point and know we will have at least two years to wait to get into a good outfitter. Any advice or recommendations? Any small outfits that are doing a good hunt? or should we just book with one of the big well known outfitters? Any help is appreciated.
 

Longrifle

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What kind of hunt are you looking for? High country horseback or lower country private ranch?
 

Steven C

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Interested as well. I’m only looking at the Thorofare. I’ve read everything on here that I can find. Just wondering what everyone thinks after this season.
 
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JoeB

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Longrifle we haven't decided on any specifics yet. We both feel that a high country hunt would be awesome but as we returned from a private ranch mule deer hunt a couple weeks ago we know that style hunt can be challenging and very rewarding as well. Guess we are just wanting a good first hand recommendation, so we can start narrowing down our choices.

I'm thinking thorofare would be close to the top for us but I'm 54 at this time the longer we wait for an opening and points the more chance of my youth starting to catch up with me is possible and my body start refusing what I put it through LOL. We are both in decent shape at this time riding bike and running occasionally.
 

TN VOL77

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My son and I are looking at doing a Thorofare hunt currently..many outfitters are booked for the next 2-4 years out..
 

OMB

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Longrifle we haven't decided on any specifics yet. We both feel that a high country hunt would be awesome but as we returned from a private ranch mule deer hunt a couple weeks ago we know that style hunt can be challenging and very rewarding as well. Guess we are just wanting a good first hand recommendation, so we can start narrowing down our choices.

I'm thinking thorofare would be close to the top for us but I'm 54 at this time the longer we wait for an opening and points the more chance of my youth starting to catch up with me is possible and my body start refusing what I put it through LOL. We are both in decent shape at this time riding bike and running occasionally.
I'd really recommend just getting a Huntin Fool or Epic membership and calling those guys for recs to start narrowing it down. I planned a mule deer trip with my dad a few years ago and basically gave HF our budget and what we were hoping to accomplish along with what we had for points and I had roughly a dozen outfitters spread across 3 states to start dialing in on. Did the same thing with a Dall sheep hunt and it really helped focus what to look for. Forums are a great resource but those guys do it every day and if nothing else, make you actually re-prioritize things you hadn't thought of.
 

Longrifle

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Longrifle we haven't decided on any specifics yet. We both feel that a high country hunt would be awesome but as we returned from a private ranch mule deer hunt a couple weeks ago we know that style hunt can be challenging and very rewarding as well. Guess we are just wanting a good first hand recommendation, so we can start narrowing down our choices.

I'm thinking thorofare would be close to the top for us but I'm 54 at this time the longer we wait for an opening and points the more chance of my youth starting to catch up with me is possible and my body start refusing what I put it through LOL. We are both in decent shape at this time riding bike and running occasionally.
If that's the area you're interested in, the options for outfitters are more limited and easier to decide on one. If you're looking for a wilderness hunt, that's a great one. I think there are other great horseback hunts that you could get into sooner with fewer points. If trophy potential and moderate terrain are more desirable, a ranch hunt is definitely the way to go. Quick Tip though, any outfit advertising in the Wyoming Guides and Outfitters catalog or tag app services will be the highest priced. My personal opinion is that the best outfits are the low key, least advertised outfits. They seem to stay booked because of repeat clients, and that speaks volumes to me. The ranch hunts are going to be expensive, but you probably get what you pay for. The wilderness/NF hunts are tougher and a little less expensive. If you are interested in the latter, I can get you in touch with someone who can help you decide.
 
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JoeB

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Lonrifle I'm definitely interested in any information you can pass along to us. Thanks for your help
 

duckcarver

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If that's the area you're interested in, the options for outfitters are more limited and easier to decide on one. If you're looking for a wilderness hunt, that's a great one. I think there are other great horseback hunts that you could get into sooner with fewer points. If trophy potential and moderate terrain are more desirable, a ranch hunt is definitely the way to go. Quick Tip though, any outfit advertising in the Wyoming Guides and Outfitters catalog or tag app services will be the highest priced. My personal opinion is that the best outfits are the low key, least advertised outfits. They seem to stay booked because of repeat clients, and that speaks volumes to me. The ranch hunts are going to be expensive, but you probably get what you pay for. The wilderness/NF hunts are tougher and a little less expensive. If you are interested in the latter, I can get you in touch with someone who can help you decide.
Lonrifle - I'm in this same place and would appreciate contact information for the wilderness/NF hunts if you are willing to share privately.

Thank you.
 

Clrems77

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I spoke to many who have hunted Wyoming over the past several years as I built up some points. I ended up booking with Rough Country outfitters for their early season archery in September this year. Very very nice guys and the people who have hunted with them said the outfit is first class and the family who owns and runs the business are nothing shy of great. Keeping my fingers crossed we get into some big bulls,, then I’ll have a story to share with you from a first hand account.
 

NE1022

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I'll be listening for that first hand account. Been acquiring WY points and its getting time to make it happen.
 
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