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Drop camp
Contributors to this thread:
Pyrannah 04-Dec-20
Dale06 04-Dec-20
Aspen Ghost 04-Dec-20
skibuoy 05-Dec-20
Treeline 05-Dec-20
Pyrannah 08-Dec-20
coelker 10-Dec-20
Percy 10-Dec-20
txhunter58 13-Dec-20
altitude sick 14-Dec-20
altitude sick 14-Dec-20
Bowboy 14-Dec-20
Surfbow 14-Dec-20
brunse 16-Dec-20
Zim 16-Dec-20
Pyrannah 16-Dec-20
From: Pyrannah
So I am 0for2 on elk hunts right now

One in Montana, “guided” that was kind of a joke and one in wyo as DIY...

I am not 100% in on paying for a guide again, but I thought about maybe a drop camp?

I’m looking for thoughts and ideas... I really want to get in on some action..

What has your experiences been with drop camps? Do you really get placed in ideal locations? How do you end up trusting the person that you select? Is it better to just go guided or diy?

Open to any thoughts or suggestions

Thanks so much

From: Dale06
I’ve been on a couple drop camps, years ago. Never saw an elk. I was pretty inexperienced at that time. I’d save up and go guided on a private land hunt.

From: Aspen Ghost
I imagine there are good drop camps out there. I've never tried a drop camp though out of concern that if you get "dropped" in the wrong place it's kinda like being a dog on a tether.

From: skibuoy
I have done plenty of drop camps. It totally depends on the location. Some outfitters have great drop camp spots. Others put you in the (not so great) places where they don't guide...guided clients usually get better terrain.

The key questions are what is the terrain like, and how many Joe Public guys can get in there? If its not a limited draw unit, proceed with caution. You'll need really nasty terrain, quite a ways back in. Otherwise too many people . (Although all of my experience is in CO, possibly different some place else...but I doubt it.)

1/2 way through my last drop camp in an OTC unit in a Wilderness area, 4-5 hour ride in on horseback I swore I would NEVER hunt public land again. I have now modified that to say never in an OTC unit again. Next fall I hope to try again in a limited draw unit. We'll see if I'm swearing again after that.... Then just ask what they are providing, how often they will check on you, whether the price includes packing out an elk, how many days, how much gap between your hunt and the people before you, how long of a ride in. Then look at the maps and figure out how easy/hard for backpackers to get in. Good luck

From: Treeline
Talk to Forest!

Goes by Forestbows on here and picked up an outfitter license in the Flattops last year.

He is solid, trustworthy and can set you up where you will get into elk.

Would love to talk to ya about elk hunting.

From: Pyrannah
Aspen ghost, that is my concern as well.. I would hate to be “stuck” with nothing in the area..

Skibuoy, thanks for some good screening questions... very appreciated

Forest, I have reached out to you a few different times.. you said you were filling up fast and I followed up with a question or two and my email address but haven’t heard anything since

I just have to keep looking or go rifle or something... I know elk hunting is tough, but damn, finding the right place to go when you live on the east coast has to be just as tough

Thanks guys

From: coelker
You do realize that overall archery success on elk across all types of hunts is less than 10%? And in most cases below 5%. Just to put it in perspective. That being said I would quit hoping around and just pick a hunt and repeat. As mentioned Forrest Bows has a great operation from what I can see and seems to be a respectable hard working guy. But in all honesty if you are really worried about success then find and area and learn the area well and keep going back.

There is something about the idea that less than 10% success over all is met by the same 90% of hunters every year. Meaning that there are some of us archery elk hunters who kill every year... I would bet that those who are in the category of killing every year or close to every year tend to hunt the same places every year and avoid getting into the trap of bouncing around to new places all the time. If you are really considering elk hunting on regular basis then investing into an area and getting to know it will pay off. I went 9 bulls in a row with archery on an OTC tag in a low quality unit in Colorado. I have killed 13 bulls in 18 years of marriage. 11 of the bulls were from the same OTC lower quality unit in CO. One year I had a quality tag and did not kill and the other 2 years I spent a lot more time after certain bucks and all but ignored the deer. There really is not replacement for knowledge and experience in an area.

From: Percy
Drop camps are a waste of money and time. Been there, done that twice and finally learned my lesson. Do some homework and go DIY, in my opinion you will be a lot better off.

Pm sent. Sorry been busy killing whitetail in Kansas!

From: txhunter58
Money better spent for a private land DIY trespass hunt.

If you find the right drop camp and you have the skills needed. They are worth the money.

Im booking with Forest this year and giving him a try

"Get some scouting done that way, for next year on your own. G.p.s is a good thing." What a chicken shit move that would be..........

That’s not shocking at all. I’ve had people I took to my hard found spots. Go back without me and take others with them. I’ve always moved on and found other locations. But spots are much harder to find now.

From: Bowboy
People always trying to find out areas the easy way. That's why very few people know my areas!

From: Surfbow
Drop camps can be great!

From: brunse
Txhunter, any suggestions on HOW to go about finding a quality trespass hunt? With so many areas in CO and WY difficult to draw I would drop a few bucks to hunt either a large tract of private or a track that backs into private land locked public. I’m just not sure how to go about it. I’m not familiar with all the states landowner vouchers and the like. How much should someone expect yo pay for 10-14 days of access with no provided amenities??

From: Zim
Been applying for the same unit for ten years can’t draw despite 50% odds. But I backpack hunted it 4 times previously so I know it very well. Difference now is two compressed discs so must use drop camp.

From: Pyrannah
i must have missed something earlier with the "gps" thing..

yeah i see benefits of a drop first and foremost more affordable, but i suck at elk hunting so guided would certainly be better, but damn it stings when pay for guide and dont see shit....

thanks for all the comments

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