Our Migration Elk Hunts
Hunting migrating elk can put the odds of success in your favor. With the right weather this hunt can push large quantities of elk from the back-country down onto the winter range making them more accessible.
It may not be uncommon to see herds of elk in the hundreds or more this time of year. It can also be a great time to locate small bachelor groups of bulls that have broken away from the cows as they settle into their winter range.
This hunts is fully outfitted and includes all guiding, meals, lodging, and care of game. Not included are all travel expenses, licenses, processing, and gratuities.
How the hunt is conducted
During the migrations we start our hunt by glassing openings and feeding areas that attract the elk. We then move in on foot to where the elk have been feeding and either intercept them as they move into cover or set up and wait for them to come back out to feed in the evening.
This time of year we also hike into migration corridor areas. And glass for bachelor groups of bulls intercepting them as they make their way to the winter range.
Making it a combination hunt with wolf or deer
Although we sell all of our elk hunts with the intent that the primary hunt is for elk, we suggest that hunters this time of year purchase a wolf tag as it is the best time during the rifle season to run into wolves as they follow the migrating elk herds.
Because the mule deer season in most our units ends prior to this hunt we suggest that our hunters put in for mule deer in unit 270. This is the best mule deer unit in the state although the draw odds are slim if you do happen to get lucky and secure the tag you will be hunting world class mule deer at no additional charge. It is worth the little extra money if you happen to draw you will have one of the best deer hunts found anywhere.
If you don’t draw 270 for mule deer you are welcome to keep your whitetail tag as an incidental tag or turn it back in for a partial refund from the state.
Which week to hunt
Migration hunts take place the last two weeks of November. The first migration hunt starts the week before Thanksgiving the second is during the week of Thanksgiving.
Migration Hunt 1: Although this hunt can be dependent on weather to reach its full potential every year certain groups of elk move in at this time no matter what. The first migration hunt can be great if there are early snows because there are less people than around the Thanksgiving holiday. It also gives hunters a first crack at elk as they move out of the back-country.
Migration Hunt 2: The later hunt during Thanksgiving can be the great especially if there is weather and can be a great opportunity to take some of the larger bulls in the areas that have moved out after most the other elk. This week is great for family hunts as kids have most of it off school.