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- Tyler Rees


Colorado Flat Tops Elk & Deer  Drop Camp

ne of our specialties are Drop Camps, because we understand that many experienced hunters enjoy the challenge of hunting elk and deer on their own. They are knowledgeable hunters who are comfortable in the high country regardless of the weather. For these hunters, Winterhawk's high country drop camps are a perfect fit.

Winterhawk's drop camps are located in some of the finest elk and deer producing areas of the Flat Tops Wilderness and White River National Forest. They are accessible by horseback only and, depending on the camp, are one to four hours ride from base camp.

The country consists of small parks, rolling meadows, and stands of aspen with spruce pockets that run up to heavy dark timber near the timberline. Drop Camps are located from 9,000 to 11,500 feet to accommodate both early and late season hunters.

Drop camps include large wall tents with floors, rain fly, wood stove for heating your tent, L.P. hotplate for cooking, cots, foam pads, Coleman lanterns, fuel, ax, bow saw, aluminum pack frame and latrine. Water is supplied and firewood is near each camp. A Motorola two-way radio provides 24 hour communication with base camp for safety, and for calling when you have game to be packed out. Hunters are responsible for their food, cooking, firewood cutting, other camp chores, and field dressing and quartering game.

DROP CAMP INFORMATION

Personal gear (clothes, boots, hunting equipment, etc.) must not exceed 70 pounds and should be packed in one standard size army-style duffle bag. Food should not exceed 60 pounds per person. We must adhere to these restrictions without exception.

DELUXE DROP CAMPS

Our deluxe drop camps are perfect for the group that would rather spend all their time hunting. We supply the food, full-time cook, and camp caretaker. They prepare meals, cut firewood and maintain the camp. Food is hearty, back-country, home-cooked and plentiful. Equipment and camp set-up is similar to our regular drop camps except there is a separate tent for the cook and caretaker. This is still an unguided camp, and the cook and caretaker duties are limited as described. Only one deluxe camp is run per hunt and it is available on a first-come first-served basis.  We  require a minimum of 6 hunters in these deluxe drop camps.

2014 ARCHERY ELK & DEER DROP CAMPS / SEASON Aug. 30-Sept..28
8 Day Trip- 6 Full Days of Hunting
TripPack-InHuntPack-Out
1st Archery Drop Aug 28 or 29 Aug 30-Sept 4  Sept.5 or 6
2nd Archery Drop Sept 4 or 5 Sept 6-11 Sept 12 or 13
3rd Archery or Muzzleloader Drop  * Sept 11 or 12 Sept 13-18 Sept 19 or 20
4th Archery Drop Sept 21 or 22 Sept 23-28 Sept 29 
Full moon Aug 10 and Sept 8, 2014

*If your group is interested in hunting more than 6 days, please let us know.  Sometimes in the archery season we are able to be more flexible, allowing for longer hunts.  Give us a call.

1st  ARCHERY DROP CAMP HUNTS FOR 4 OR MORE HUNTERS

PRICE IS:$1800.00 PER HUNTER----$900.00 DEPOSIT PER HUNTER

PRICE FOR 3 HUNTERS OR LESS IS: $2200.00 PER HUNTER----$1100.00 DEPOSIT PER HUNTER

2nd. 3rd AND 4th ARCHERY DROP CAMP HUNTS FOR 4 OR MORE HUNTERS

PRICE IS: $2200.00 PER HUNTER----$1100.00 DEPOSIT PER HUNTER

PRICE FOR 3 HUNTERS OR LESS: $2600.00 PER HUNTER----$1300.00 DEPOSIT PER HUNTER



 

ATTENTION: Archery drop camp hunt dates shown above are somewhat flexible. We run 8 archery drop camps at the same time, so the pack in and pack out dates can vary 1-3 days either way at the beginning or end of your hunt. We simply cannot pack in and pack out all 8 camps the same day. This procedure may also help you get the exact dates you desire. These are 8-day trips with 6 full days of hunting. If you would like additional days of hunting, please let us know.  Sometimes, we can schedule camps to get you additional days of hunting at no additional cost. Please call to discuss the dates and number of hunting dates you want.

*  The 3rd archery drop camp dates correspond with the muzzleloader drop camp dates.  

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2014 ARCHERY DELUXE ELK & DEER DROP CAMPS   SEASON Aug. 30 to Sept .28
8 Day Trip with 6 Full Days od Hunting
TripPack-InHuntPack-Out
1st Archery Deluxe Drop Aug 28 or 29 Aug 30-Sept 4 Sept 5 or 6
2nd Archery Deluxe Drop Sept.4 or 5 Sept 6-11 Sept 12 or 13
3rd Archery & Muzzleloader Deluxe Drop Sept 11 or 12 Sept 13-18 Sept 19 or 20 
4th Archery Deluxe Drop Sept 21 or 22 Sept 23-28 Sept 29
Full moon Aug. 10 and Sept.8,2014

 


 PRICE: $3000.00 PER HUNTER---DEPOSIT: $1500.00 PER HUNTER
ATTENTION: We require a minimum of 6 hunters for a Deluxe Drop Camp.

 


2014 MUZZLELOADER  ELK & DEER DROP CAMPS / SEASON SEPT. 13-18,
 6 Full Days of Hunting*
TripPack-InHuntPack-Out
Muzzleloading Drop Camp Sept 11 or 12 Sept 13 to 18 Sept 19 or 20
 Full moon Sept 8th. 2014

GROUPS OF 4 OR MORE
PRICE:  $2200.00 PER HUNTER   DEPOSIT: $1200.00 PER HUNTER

GROUPS OF 3 OR LESS
PRICE:  $2600.00 PER HUNTER     DEPOSIT: $1300.00 PER HUNTER

Muzzleloading Elk Licenses:
"Statewide" muzzleloading licenses are no longer available in 2011. All muzzleloading elk licenses are valid in specific Game Management Units (GMUs) or Data Analysis Units (DAUs) only.  Either-sex licenses are also available in specific units. This change should make it easier to draw muzzleloader elk licenses in GMU 25 and 26. You will need 3 or 4 Preference Points to draw a Muzzleloader Elk Licenses. Muzzleloader Elk licenses are either-sex licenses. Deadline for Muzzleloader elk licenses is April 1,2014.

You may also hunt Deer at the same time that you hunt Elk for the same at no extra cost at Winterhawk. Deer Licenses are on a drawing, the deadline for the Deer Licenses Applications is April 1,2014.

If your group is interested in hunting more than 6 days, give us a call to discuss.  We have some flexibility in this season, and may be able to provide additional hunting days.

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2014 MUZZLELOADER ELK & DEER DELUXE DROP CAMPS / SEASON Sept. 13-21.
8 Day trip, 6 Full Days of Hunting
TripPack-InHuntPack-Out
Muzzleloader Deluxe Drop Camp Sept 11 or 12  Sept 13-18 Sept 19 or 20 
Full moon Aug. 10 & Sept. 8, 2014

We require a minimum if 6 Hunters for a Deluxe Drop Camp.

PRICE: $3000.00 PER HUNTER     DEPOSIT: $1500.00 PER HUNTER

Muzzleloading Elk Licenses:
"Statewide" muzzleloading licenses are no longer available in 2011. All muzzleloading elk licenses are valid in specific Game Management Units (GMUs) or Data Analysis Units (DAUs) only.  Either-sex licenses are also available in specific units. This change should make it easier to draw muzzleloader elk licenses in GMU 25 and 26.  You will need 3 or 4 Preference Points to Draw a Muzzleloader Elk Licenses. Application deadline is April 1,20143. All Muzzleloader elk licenses are either sex licenses.

You may also hunt Deer at the same time at no additional cost to you at Winterhawk. The Deer Licenses are on a drawing also and the deadline for the applications is April12, 2014

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2014 RIFLE DROP ELK & DEER  CAMPS - SEASON DATES (SEE BELOW)
5, or 6  Full Days of Hunting
TripPack-InHuntPack-Out
1st Season (5 full days of hunting)* see statement below Oct 9 or 10 Oct 11-15     Oct 16 or 17
2nd Season (6 full days of hunting) Oct 16 or17 Oct 18-23 Oct 24 or 25
3rd Season (6 full days of hunting) Oct 30 or 31 Nov 1-6 Nov 7 or 8 
4th Season (5 full days of hunting) Nov 10 or 11 Nov 12-16 Nov 17

Full Moon Oct 8 and Nov 6, 2014

GROUPS OF 4 OR MORE
PRICE:  $2200.00 PER HUNTER     DEPOSIT: $1100.00 PER HUNTER
 
GROUPS OF 3 OR LESS
PRICE: 
$2600.00 PER HUNTER     DEPOSIT: $1300.00 PER HUNTER

* Indicates Elk Only Season, with licenses available on a Drawing Basis.

First Rifle Season:  For many years our first rifle season was the most popular season, and very successful.  Because it was so successful, it drew more hunters to the field than the 2nd or 3rd rifle seasons.  In an attempt to even out the number of hunters in the field each season, the Colorado Division of Wildlife put the 1st rifle season licenses on a drawing.  Now, our first rifle season is not as crowded, and our hunters are still enjoying a very successful hunt.  The best news is that although the tags are on a drawing, the success rate in getting the license is very high.  According to the Colorado DOW, in our units the success rate in 2013 for hunters with no preference points was 100%.  Although the licenses are on a drawing,  your chances of successfully drawing a license is very high, over 99%.  So please do not let the drawing scare you away from the first rifle season.   The applications for first rifle season licenses have an application deadline of April 1. 2014. Feel free to give us a call for more information.

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2014 RIFLE DELUXE ELK & DEER DROP CAMPS - SEASON DATES (SEE BELOW)
5 or 6 Full Days of Hunting
TripPack-InHuntPack-Out
1st Season (elk only, license on draw) Oct 9 or 10 Oct 11-16 Oct 16 or 17 
2nd Season (combo elk & deer) Oct 16 or 17  Oct 18-23 Oct 24 or 25 
3rd Season (combo elk & deer) Oct 30 or 31  Nov 1-6 Nov 7 or 8 
4th Season (combo elk & deer,  both licenses on draw) Nov 10 or 11  Nov 12-16 Nov 17
Full moon Oct 8 and Nov 6, 2014

We require a minimum 6 Hunters for a Deluxe Drop Camp. 
  PRICE:
$3000.00 PER HUNTER     DEPOSIT: $1500.00 PER HUNTER 

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