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- Bruce Bailey

Colorado Rifle Hunting

Rifle Hunting with over 250 square miles of country ranging from 8,500 to 12,000 feet and including a wide variety of terrain, Winterhawk can tailor a rifle hunt for almost any hunter. We offer guided hunts from our base camp, which can be reached by four wheel drive vehicle,and wilderness pack-in camp hunts at mid to high elevations.

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INDIAN CLIFFS BASE CAMP ELK & DEER GUIDED RIFLE HUNTS
Indian Cliffs Base Camp and Big Spring Base Camp are the hubs of our Rifle Hunting operation. They sits at 9,300 feet on the edge of the Flat Tops Wilderness at the end of  rough five-mile road and can only be reached by 4-wheel drive vehicle.

These have been our most popular hunts, as they are less physically demanding than pack-in hunts, but they have been every bit as successful. The country is typically parks and meadows, surrounded by stands of aspens and pine thickets.

We ride out of Indian Cliffs base camp approximately an hour before sunrise and still hunt or hunt on stand. Depending on weather and game movement during mid-day, we may do some riding to spot elk and deer out feeding, still hunt the stands of aspen and spruce, or make drives through the timber.

These are fully guided two-on-one full service rifle hunts with everything provided except rifle hunting licenses and personal gear. For hunters, the camp has four heavy-duty wall tents with canvas floors, rain flies, and wood burning stoves. They accommodate two to six hunters each and are furnished with cots, foam pads, rack for drying wet clothes, lanterns and firewood. The base camp has a separate cookhouse, guides tent, riding saddle tent, pack saddle tent, outhouse and a shower house with hot and cold running water.

Don't expect to lose weight on your hunt. When Rifle Hunting with Winterhawk, a typical breakfast is French toast, eggs cooked to order, thick sliced bacon, potatoes, orange juice and coffee. Our hunters pack hearty lunches to pack in day packs or saddlebags, so lunch doesn't interrupt the hunt. Evening meals may include baked ham, roast turkey, roast beef, stuffed Cornish hens or prime rib.

2014 INDIAN CLIFFS & BIG SPRING BASE CAMP
GUIDED RIFLE ELK & DEER HUNTS-DATES & PRICES
2 hunters per guide    5 and 6 full days of hunting
TripArriveHuntDepart
1st Rifle Season (elk only, licenses on draw) * Oct 10  Oct 11-15 Oct 16
2nd Rifle Season (combo elk & deer) Oct 17 Oct 18-23 Oct 24
3rd Rifle Season (combo elk & deer) Oct 31 Nov 1-6 Nov 7
4th Rifle Season (combo elk & deer, licenses on draw) Nov 11  Nov 12-16 Nov 17
Full moon on Oct 8  & Nov 6, 2014
PRICE: $4600.00 PER HUNTER     DEPOSIT: $2300.00 PER HUNTER

First Rifle Hunting Season:  For many years our first rifle hunting 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 hunting 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 hunting season licenses on a drawing.  Now, our first rifle hunting 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 Colorado Parks & Wildlife, 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.  So please do not let the drawing scare you away from the first rifle hunting season.   The applications for first rifle hunting season licenses have a deadline of April 1, 2014.  Feel free to give us a call for more information.


WILDERNESS PACK-IN CAMP GUIDED RIFLE HUNTS
Winterhawk's pack-in camps are typically a three-hour ride from base camp. They are set at around 10,000 feet, allowing us to hunt down to 9,500 or up to 11,500, depending on game movement. The country consists of stands of aspen and spruce, small parks, meadows, and heavy dark spruce pockets with blow downs that somewhat restrict game to traveling on trails. Guided Hunts can be two-on-one or one-on-one.

The area is excellent bull country, but every year we take some nice timberline bucks while hunting elk. A flat shooting rifle is a must here, as game is often spotted crossing or feeding in the big parks and meadows.

This is not an easy hunt, and to enjoy it to its fullest, hunters should be in good physical condition. We have an experienced, hard-working crew and you can count on them to give 100% effort. If you're a serious hunter, and want to experience a traditional wilderness pack-in elk and deer hunt, this is the hunt for you.

Please remember that this hunt takes place in very high elevation where a snow storm can change everything. If a early snow storm should come and dump heavy snow in the Pack-in Camp Hunting Area, we may have to retreat to the Base Camps to conduct the hunt or finish the hunt. The weather can be your best friend or your worst enemy in the high Country. Keep this in your mind.   

Our pack-in camps include the hunter's tent, separate cook tent, guides tent, and a latrine tent. Meals are complete, balanced and plentiful. You'll work hard on this hunt, but you'll have comfortable accommodations.

 

2014 WILDERNESS PACK-IN 
GUIDED ELK & DEER RIFLE HUNT DATES & PRICES
2 hunters per guide   5 and 6 full days of hunting
TripPack-InHuntPack-out
1st Rifle Season (elk only, licenses on draw)* Oct 10 Oct 11-15 Oct 16
2nd Rifle Season (combo elk and deer) Oct 17 Oct 18-23 Oct 24
3rd Rifle Season (combo elk and deer) Oct 31 Nov 1-6 Nov 7
Full moon on Oct 8 and Nov 6, 2014
PRICE: $5000.00 PER HUNTER     DEPOSIT: $2500.00 PER HUNTER

First Rifle Hunting Season:  For many years our first hunting season was the most popular hunting season, and very successful.  Because it was so successful, it drew more hunters to the field than the 2nd or 3rd hunting seasons.  In an attempt to even out the number of hunters in the field each hunting season, the Colorado Division of Wildlife put the 1st rifle hunting season licenses on a drawing.  Now, our first rife hunting 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 Colorado Parks & Wildlife, 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.  So please do not let the drawing scare you away from the first rifle hunting season.   The applications for first rifle hunting season licenses have a deadline of April 1. 2014.  Feel free to give us a call for more information.


NEW HUNT !!
Trophy High Country Rifle Mule Deer Hunt

We recently learned that the Colorado Division of Wildlife has just announced a new High Country Trophy Deer Season in the Flat Tops Wilderness.  This is a mule deer season that serious trophy hunters have been waiting for. Dates are Sept. 6-11, 2014

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