Big Game Hunting

Proceed with caution! Hunting can be very addicting

WE DO NOT OFFER BISON HUNTS!

Quick Facts About Us

Big Game Species: Elk, Mule Deer (Draw Only), Black Bear

 

Game Management Unit (GMU): 131 (OTC Unit)

Access: 3,000+ Acres, Private & Public Land, Guided (Private or Semi)

Capacity: 4 Hunters per Season/Species (2 Hunters per Guide Max) 

Types of Trips: Fully Furnished Hunting Cabin, Semi-Guided Hunts, Guided Day Trips

Lodging: Off-Grid Furnished Hunting Cabin 

2022 Season Dates:

Archery Season: (Elk, Deer, Black Bear) September 2nd - September 30th

During Archery there is a limited concurrent Black Bear Archery/Rifle hunting license available. Unit 131 CPW Historic 5-Year Average Success Rate: 18%

Unit 131 CPW Harvest Statistics 2020: 15% (Down 5 points from 2019)

AVAILABLE

Elk Draw Odds - 0 Points Resident & Non-Resident: 100%

Mule Deer Draw Odds

Resident: 0 Points 37%, 1 Point 100%

Non-Resident: 0 Points 49%, 1 Point 100%

Muzzleloader Season: (Elk, Deer, Bear) September 10th - September 18th

Unit 131 CPW Historic 5-Year Average Success Rate: 37%

Unit 131 CPW Harvest Statistics 2020: 55% (Up 27 points from 2019)

AVAILABLE

Elk Draw Odds

Resident:  0 Points 60%, 1 Point 100%

Non-Resident: 0-1 Points 0%, 2 Points 67%, 3 Points 100%

Mule Deer Draw Odds

Resident: 0 Points 44%, 1 Point 100%

Non-Resident: 0 points 29%, 1 Point 100%

Rifle 1st Season: (Elk & Black Bear) October 15th - October 19th (WE SUGGEST YOU DRAW)

Unit 131 CPW Historic 5-Year Average Success Rate: 34%

Unit 131 CPW Harvest Statistics 2020: 22% (Down 26 points from 2019)

BOOKED FOR 2021 SEASON

Elk Draw Odds - 0 Points Resident & Non-Resident: 100%

Rifle 2nd Season: (Elk, Mule Deer, & Black Bear) October 29th - November 6th 

Unit 131 CPW Historic 5-Year Average Success Rate: 22%

Unit 131 CPW Harvest Statistics 2020: 26% (Down 5 points from 2019)

AVAILABLE

Elk Draw Odds - 0 Points Resident & Non-Resident: 100%

Mule Deer Draw Odds

Resident: 0 Points 35%, 1 Point 100%

Non-Resident: 0 points 17%, 1 Point 100%

Rifle 3rd Season: (Elk, Mule Deer, & Black Bear) November 12th - November 18th

Unit 131 CPW Historic 5-Year Average Success Rate: 18%

Unit 131 CPW Harvest Statistics 2020: 16% (Down 13 points from 2019)

AVAILABLE

Elk Draw Odds - 0 Points Resident & Non-Resident: 100%

Mule Deer Draw Odds - 0 Points Resident & Non-Resident 100%

Rifle 4th Season: (Elk, Mule Deer, & Black Bear) November 23RD - November 27th

Unit 131 CPW Historic 5-Year Average Success Rate: 28%

Unit 131 CPW Harvest Statistics 2020: 18% (Down 10 points from 2019)

AVAILABLE

Elk Draw Odds - 0 Points Resident & Non-Resident: 100%

About Our Hunts and Area

 

Lucky 8 Ranch is a licensed and registered Colorado hunting outfitter. We are firm believers in fair chase hunting. One-shot, one kill! We monitor the ranch all year and use our knowledge of the terrain and animal movements to provide you with the best hunting experience.  We will employ different types of hunting strategies, based on weather, experience, fitness, and comfort. Be prepared to work if you are hunting elk. The ranch has varying terrain, from scrub oak and aspen groves to wide-open hay meadows, ravines, draws, saddles, lookouts, creek bed, and breathtaking views.  We start early and end late.  Our camp is conveniently located for ease of access. 

Unit 131 is a great unit in Routt County.  It is the least hunted unit in Routt County. GMU 131 (about 1288 hunters on average per year) and has an above-average success rate compared to all other GMU's in Colorado.  The success rate fluctuates from many different variables.  The largest factor is the weather. Being able to hunt on private land increases that probability significantly.  We cannot guarantee a successful hunt, but we can guarantee a great hunting experience.

Archery (AVAILABLE)

Archery is our favorite time to hunt.  It is also the most challenging. Archery is very primitive and you have to work for your harvest. Our guides live for this season. Choosing the best week is very difficult for us to suggest.  Every year is different.  The early days usually give a better chance at a larger bull, whereas in the latter days the elk are more vocal and easier to locate.

We offer one 5 or 7-Day Hunt During Archery Season.

or

Two 5 or 7-Day Hunts During Archery, if booked before a Muzzleloader Hunt. 

Muzzleloader (AVAILABLE)

Another primitive style of hunting is where you need focus, composure, and diligence in your shooting skills.  You will usually only get one shot because by the time you reload the animal will be long gone. You must also be comfortable shooting your firearm at 100 yards. 

Colorado Law requires hunters to wear a blaze orange vest and hat. 

 

We offer one 5-Day or 7-Day Hunt During Muzzleloader, during the 3rd week of Archery

or

If 2 5-Day or 7-Day Archery Hunts book before Muzzleloader, we will not offer a Muzzleloader Hunt. 

Rifle (2nd, 3rd & 4th Available)

Do you consider yourself a sharpshooter? It is not uncommon to take an Elk from well over 100 yards in Colorado.  However, we prefer to have a closer shot.  During rifle, we have many stands, blinds, and lookouts to choose from. Spot and stalk your prey or be patient and wait for your chance. 

Colorado Law requires hunters to wear a blaze orange vest and hat

2021 Hunt Fees

Day Trips

Semi-Guided: $700.00 per hunter

2 Hunters per Guide + Polaris Ranger Rental

Private-Guided: $1,000.00 per hunter

1 Hunter per Guide + Polaris Ranger Rental

Overnight Furnished Hunting Cabin Drop Camp

 

Amenities

Generator for Power (fuel included)

Wood Burning stove (wood included)

5 Twin XL Beds (bedding included) (2 beds can convert to a king)

Kitchenette (dishes & utensils included)

Dining Table & Chairs

Indoor Lounge Furniture

Outdoor Grill (fuel provided)

Outhouse with Incinerating Toilet & Shower

Fire Pit

Outdoor Lounge Chairs

Outdoor Picnic Table

Semi-Guided & No Services:

Details

Want to take some of the stress off of planning your hunt? Bring all gear, food, and drink you would need not listed above and we will provide the guides (2 hunters per guide). We will use Side by Sides to move to our hunting zones and pack out animals. 

Cost

5-Day Hunt (Archery, Muzzleloader, 1st & 4th Rifle): $4,800.00 per hunter

7-Day Hunt (Archery, Muzzleloader, 2nd & 3rd Rifle): $6,500.00 per hunter

Private-Guided & No Services:

Details

Want more of a one on one experience? Bring all gear, food, and drink you would need not listed above and we will provide the guide (1 hunter per guide). We will use Side by Sides to move to our hunting zones and pack out animals. 

Cost

5-Day Hunt (Archery, Muzzleloader, 1st & 4th Rifle): $7,600.00 per hunter

7-Day Hunt (Archery, Muzzleloader, 2nd & 3rd Rifle): $10,400.00 per hunter

Semi-Guided & Full Services:

Details

Relieve even more stress when planning your hunt? We will do a portion of the work for you.  All you will need to pack is your clothes and choice of weapon and ammo.  Semi-Guided (2 hunters per guide). We supply and cook breakfast, lunch, dinner, and beverages. Not including alcohol.  We will use Side by Sides to move to our hunting zones and pack out animals. 

Cost

5-Day Hunt (Archery, Muzzleloader, 1st & 4th Rifle): $6,000.00 per hunter

7-Day Hunt (Archery, Muzzleloader, 2nd & 3rd Rifle): $8,100.00 per hunter

Private-Guided & Full-Services:

Details

Want ZERO stress when planning your hunt? We will do a portion of the work for you.  All you will need to pack is your clothes and choice of weapon and ammo.  Private-Guided (1 hunter per guide). We supply and cook breakfast, lunch, dinner, and beverages. Not including alcohol.  Side by Side rental included moving to the hunting zones and pack out animals. 

Cost

5-Day Hunt (Archery, Muzzleloader, 1st & 4th Rifle): $8,900.00 per hunter

7-Day Hunt (Archery, Muzzleloader, 2nd & 3rd Rifle): $12,100.00 per hunter

All Guided Trips Include:

Field Dress, Pack Out & Transport to Processor:

(Hunter Responsible for Processing and Taxidermy Fees)

Added Fees:

Cabin Cleaning Fee: $200 per trip

Extra Animal Harvest Trophy Fee: $500 per tag

Black Bear Harvest Fee: $500 per tag

Non-Guided Pack Out & Dress Fee: $500 per tag

Discounts:

Returning Clients, Active/Veteran Military, First Responders

Call to Book Today!

(970) 846-5592

2022 Key Dates:

Fall Equinox: September 22nd

Full Moons: September 10th, October 9th, November 8th

New Moons: August 27th, September 25th, October 25th, November 23rd

ALL HUNTERS MUST KNOW COLORADO HUNTING LAWS & REGULATIONS:

Click the Link Below for Colorado Parks & Wildlife Big Game Hunting Regulations Brochure

https://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/RulesRegs/Brochure/BigGame/biggame.pdf

Colorado Parks & Wildlife Big Game Hunting Planner: 

https://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Hunting/HunterEd/HuntPlanner.pdf

 

All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under a special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management

Wondering What to Pack: Check out the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundations Website.

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