I consider myself a pretty good whitetail hunter, but after two DIY elk hunts to Colorado I consider myself a novice. My two biggest mistakes in my DIY hunts was 1) going with other novice elk hunters and 2) hunting elk too much like I hunt whitetails in that I sat in a spot that look good. I've been reading a lot on the internet in an attempt to increase my elk knowledge, but really need to hunt with someone who really knows what they are doing.
Bottom line, I need your help in recommending me an outfitter that can increase my chances in harvesting an elk and even more increase my knowledge level and experience of elk hunting. I may be 64. but physical fitness is not yet a concern. I have 2 preference points in Colorado, but I'm open to bowhunting elk anywhere. My budget for the outfitter is approx. $5,000 and I'm not looking at a trophy elk. I've looked at lots of Elk Outfitter web sites and quite frankly I'm overwhelmed and need your help. Thanks!!!
Anyway, if I were you I'd try and find an outfitter who strictly does private property and has a long history of customer service and success.
Public land Outfitters are always a gamble in my opinion.
I'd spend a little more if you had too
At that price point you can shoot some nice elk.
I've hunted the last 4 years for what it would have cost for 1 outfitted hunt. I am 100% satisfied with Joe and have actually became very good friends with him. His plans are so detailed you can't possibly use all the info in one year of hunting them. Contact him he'd be glad to chat with ya. He leaves for WY on the 14th though.