Drop camps are designed for the hunter who cannot afford a guided hunt or would prefer to guide themselves. This outfitter also gives you the option to pack into camp after the first day of season. This gives you the opportunity to use the horses on your first day of hunting and gives you a day with an additional guide to get your hunt started on the right foot. All drop camps are based out of canvas wall tents with wood stoves, cots, tables, chairs, and all cooking equipment. You will be packed in on horseback to your camp location, dropped off, and a packer will return to your camp to pack out any game.
Your group will have the area to yourselves. The outfitter does not mix groups on their drop camps. You are responsible for your own food and cooking. You hunt right out of your camp each day for elk, deer, and black bear. If you are successful, you are responsible for skinning, quartering, and caring for all game meat as well as packing the meat and horns to the nearest trail that can be accessed by horses. This is a 7-day hunt, 2 days travel and 5 full days hunting. They have a strict 225 lb. weight limit for all horseback hunts.
Spot and Stalk
These drop camp hunts take place on the San Juan National Forest in Colorado game management units 74, 75, and 751. This outfitter has one of the largest and most diverse permit areas in the state. They have many reserved camp locations, and most of them are between 6 and 10 miles in by horseback from the trailhead. Elevations range from 8,500 feet to 12,500 feet. They hunt everything from lower ponderosa pine and scrub oak country all the way up to sub-alpine meadows. Where you hunt depends on the season. Because of the size of the area, the outfitter is able to move their camps and follow the migration pattern of the game. Most areas they hunt can be accessed by horseback and then hunted on foot, Being in good physical condition will greatly increase your enjoyment and success on this hunt.