Hunt ID: 5061-CO-S-M-2000-003-ElkMDeerAntelope-YG3AR
20,000 acres to Hunt, and we still call the Rifle Hunts a, “Senior Citizen Hunts.”
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WE ARE OFFERING A SPECIAL COMBO ELK/DEER HUNT OFFER FOR THE 2ND ELK SEASON THIS YEAR ONLY. If you book for a Bull or Cow elk hunt this year for the second season, we will supply a Mule Deer hunt at the same time for free. This is the best deal this year. Only taking the first 4 hunters that book. This will not be available this year. (Licenses DE003P2R, EF003P5R, the bull license is over the counter. We do recommend that you use Watchdog® to get you the correct licenses, and help you with your points planning because most hunts are requiring points to draw a license, this is the exception.
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Welcome to the center of the world, the place where east meets west, the plains meet the mountains, the elk and the deer meet the antelope. From here you can drive to any place in the United States or even fly there. You are not only in the place where you hunt in the highest elk density in the world, but you are in the legendary elk capitol of the United States, the famous Craig Colorado. From this town of 10,000 people draw an imaginary 100-mile circle and you will not find anywhere that a circle of this size can encompass so many elk.
The NW corner of the state is home to over half of the states 455,000 elk. If you come to Craig to see people you may as well stay home.
Historically the elk were in the mountains in this area. Later when the found the low altitude migration route, across open country that had alfalfa, CRP Grass, easy travel the elk numbers exploded to 60,000 head and they continue to grow even with the high success rate of hunters. Even the large harvest of Cow elk each year doesn’t seem to make up for the high harvest, it is just an area that “Builds Elk Quickly.”
The elk have greatly increased in numbers when the CRP program took over most of the wheat farmers fields in a program to build the nations soil bank. A mixture of broom grass, ranger alfalfa and other hardy grasses we required to be planted and not mowed or grazed for 10 years. Durring the time the farmer would receive a set amount in a check every year.
This worked well until a 3 year drout began in the early 90’5 when hay was in short supply. The ban of mowing and grazing was lifted for a few years and the program was altered then minimized. Many did not go back to winter wheat, and lift it in CRP Grass anyway. Elk had found that they can bed and feed in the hardy grass. Deer and antelope used it more for cover but it was a benefit. It made the habitat more diversified than miles and miles of sage brush.
This made many elk quit migrating each year and the made their new home in the Craig Valley. Now about 25,000 elk live year around in the Craig Valley and another 60,000 head from the bears ears head migrate through the Craig valley to winter at Godiva's Rim some 27 miles west of Craig.
home. The area has become a Big Game Hunters Paradise with the town of Craig becoming, “The Elk Capitol of the World.” Recognizing its extremely high elk populations in the late fall and winter months. The radius of 30 miles around Craig harbors the elk through the earlier months. Pressure on the mountain lions and coyotes along with bear hunting has kept all the predators somewhat under control except for the large Golden eagles and his smaller bald eagles are still extremely hard on deer and antelope fawns and even older animals up to 1 year of age. All of these have little to no effect on the elk fawns because of a cow elk going off by itself to have its calf like the standard for deer and antelope they handle this very exposed situation differently. Cow elk go to traditional calving grounds which may have anywhere from 5-30 cows.
In this way if a cow leaves it calf to eat in the area, she leaves her calf with a herd of other cows as babysitters. No Coyote, Mountain lion or bear would enter the area to get a calf. A sample of nature working with nature the bears do come to the area for the after birth but knows the calves are off limits. The cows will move away from the after birth and the bears will clean up as sort of a mutual agreement. Being the calving grounds are in the timber the eagles are not comfortable maneuvering in the close quarters.
If you came here to see elk do not waste another minute come, see where the elk are made and the highest elk density in the world wraps around you like the glamor of nature at its finest. Colorado is home to the largest elk population in the world and within this big game hunting mecca, Moffat County boasts to two of the largest migratory elk herds in North America and is also a hunting hot spot for deer, antelope and small game. With over 20,000 acres to hunt on 7 different ranches you will be swimming in prime private land and enjoying the success it provides.
That is important to an elk hunter but there continues to be more as Craig unfolds to welcome you into the hunt of your life. Craig is a bustling town with an extremely strong pro guns attitude that is as strong as its pro-hunting attitude that is extremely refreshing in today’s world. Friendly town it is, don’t hesitate to say high when you meet someone on the street, they will certainly say hi back. The area is known for its record class Mule deer and not to be slighted the pronghorn Antelope that thrive here have the very rare genes to be able to put the sportsman that kills one in the Boone and Crockett or Pope and Young record book, not to mention SCI’s book also.
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