How to Pick the Right Outfitter For You

A good list of questions is as important as your tag

by Fred Eichler

As an outfitter of 30 years, as well as an avid hunter who has hired multiple outfitters to take me hunting, I’ve been on both sides of the equation. Like any relationship or business deal, good communication up front can help you avoid misunderstandings with an outfitter about what kind of hunt you want. Here are some of my top tips to help improve your discussions and avoid a bad experience.

Elk Hunt with Traditions Vortek Muzzleloader

Mountain Hunting Success With A Muzzleloader

The good thing about catching an early-morning flight to Denver is that the plane was landing as the sun was breaking on the eastern horizon. Another short flight to the northwest corner of the state put me less than an hour's drive from my elk adventure for the next five days. With the special elk license I had under the Ranching For Wildlife program, I was able to hunt during the September rut.

Elk Calling: What You Need to Know Before You're in Elk Country (infographic)

When the rut is on, you know Bull elk are tearing it up across the Rockies. You know it’s time to get out there and get after them. Our elk hunting experts have compiled a few need to know calling tips to up your odds of locating a monster bull and getting within shooting range. And remember, in calling to elusive elk, less is usually more!

For the Best Elk Bow Hunting: Find Food, Cover & Water (video)

Bow hunting elk with the GrowingDeer.tv team! Setting their sights on bow hunting elk the team has some close encounters and tag a nice bull! One of the best ways to bow hunt elk in Southern Colorado is to locate the scarce resources of food, cover, and water.

Forget What You Know About Elk Hunting and Use These Tips Instead

Silence is sometimes golden, and when the woods are full of loud bugling and constantly mewing elk hunters, pressured elk simply go silent—and hunker deep into thick cover. Maybe you should also go silent and move less. The less you do, the greater your chances of filling an elk tag.