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Old 07-11-2022, 08:12 PM   #1
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If you had to choose your hunting trip of lifetime what would it be? In 2023 I am looking at doing an elk hunt? I am trying to figure out where to go for the best rifle bugling hunt. Outfitted and 100% shot opportunity is a must. Price is depending on hunt but trying to keep around 8500.00 or less. I want the best experience and hunt as it will be my elk hunt of lifetime. Honestly would not mind a combo hunt with elk/deer/bear but some states are different.
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Old 07-11-2022, 08:18 PM   #2
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You will get hooked on the elk. September in the mountains is magical. I’ve killed a couple great bulls and will continue to hunt them when I can. Going on my dream hunt in September. DIY archery moose interior Alaska. Wanted to see remote Alaska since I was a kid.
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Old 07-11-2022, 08:33 PM   #3
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My 2009 bowhunting safari to Africa started out as "a trip of a lifetime". Then it turned into "a trip in a lifetime". Seven safaris so far.
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Old 07-11-2022, 08:35 PM   #4
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Africa would be my choice!
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Old 07-11-2022, 08:43 PM   #5
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Trip of a lifetime for me would be a bagging Marco Polo ram and mid Asian ibex in one hunt all at 13,000 ft.

Rifle rut action I would probably be looking for a trans pecos Texas hunt. Odds of killing an actual big bull for the price is probably better than most other states as people pay 8.5k$ and shoot some bull not much bigger than a raghorn. To each their own though on that.
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Old 07-11-2022, 08:46 PM   #6
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Going on my dream hunt in September. DIY archery moose interior Alaska. Wanted to see remote Alaska since I was a kid.
100$ says it’s not a once in a lifetime and you’ll be back there to do it again
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Old 07-11-2022, 08:56 PM   #7
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Hunt of a lifetime time for me would be a whitetail buck hunt in sesqachuan Canada or how ever you spell it.
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Old 07-11-2022, 09:07 PM   #8
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Yukon moose is my bucket list
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Old 07-11-2022, 09:11 PM   #9
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There are areas in the northern States that contain awesome upland bird, mountain trout on fly, WT deer, Mule deer, Elk, Moose, and Bear. Though I think bear dont share the same season. So a trip to Montana or Wyoming or wherever to nail all of the above. Even if you could score all the tags you probably would get skunked on something(s). That would be my dream “lifetime” hunt. The North American.


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Old 07-11-2022, 09:13 PM   #10
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If you had to choose your hunting trip of lifetime what would it be? In 2023 I am looking at doing an elk hunt? I am trying to figure out where to go for the best rifle bugling hunt. Outfitted and 100% shot opportunity is a must. Price is depending on hunt but trying to keep around 8500.00 or less. I want the best experience and hunt as it will be my elk hunt of lifetime. Honestly would not mind a combo hunt with elk/deer/bear but some states are different.
I'll decline to state my hunt of a lifetime, but I've got an outfitter up north that is within your budget, pm me and I'll forward you his info, but don't know about his availability for 23' nor the 100% shot opportunity. Rugged country but would be a fantastic hunt on horseback, true backcountry stuff....and they do have a high success rate.


There are several options you have available, all depends on what tickles your fancy.
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Old 07-11-2022, 09:13 PM   #11
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If ONLY one elk hunt it would have to be on a Indian reservation but doubt it is going to be 8,500 or so.
My next one is Brown Bear in Alaska in 45 days. Then start getting ready for Greenland muskox and caribou. As noted, once in a lifetime is not really a thing after you get a taste of high adventure hunting.
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Old 07-11-2022, 09:14 PM   #12
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If ONLY one elk hunt it would have to be on a Indian reservation but doubt it is going to be 8,500 or so.
My next one is Brown Bear in Alaska in 45 days. Then start getting ready for November in below zero Canada. Then then my mind ready for Greenland muskox and caribou. As noted, once in a lifetime is not really a thing after you get a taste of high adventure hunting.
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Old 07-11-2022, 09:18 PM   #13
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Hunt of a lifetime time for me would be a whitetail buck hunt in sesqachuan Canada or how ever you spell it.
Going back again this year in late November.........beautiful place!!!
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Old 07-11-2022, 09:22 PM   #14
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broadmouth outfitters
https://www.utahelkhunt.com/idaho/
there are a couple threads on them
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Old 07-11-2022, 09:28 PM   #15
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Old 07-11-2022, 09:28 PM   #16
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I have been fortunate enough to bow hunt a lot of places, nothing like hunting the continent of Africa
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Old 07-11-2022, 09:53 PM   #17
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Hunt of a lifetime king eiders. Bering sea of Northern Alaska or a Moose hunt in Maine during the fall
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Old 07-11-2022, 09:59 PM   #18
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African Safari. Chamois and Tahr in the super high-high country would be great if I could handle it.
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Old 07-11-2022, 10:12 PM   #19
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Old 07-12-2022, 08:16 AM   #20
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Dall sheep, caribou and mountain grizzly would be my dream hunt.
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Old 07-12-2022, 08:20 AM   #21
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Old 07-12-2022, 08:22 AM   #22
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Elk is top of my list too. I want to do a back country elk hunt.
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Old 07-12-2022, 08:30 AM   #23
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Dream hunt? Moose and Caribou on the north slope, well above the Arctic Circle.

I might make a suggestion on your expectations. Your criteria is $8500 or less, elk of a lifetime, and 100% success rate. Imagine each one of those criteria is the leg of a three legged stool. Right now, two of the stool legs are about 3' long, and the other is about 2' long. Expectations might need to be adjusted, or the $ might need to be adjusted.

Good luck in 2023 and let us know what you come up with!
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Old 07-12-2022, 08:38 AM   #24
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Did my hunt of a lifetime in 2019, my bighorn sheep hunt- it was DIY though.
For a big bull elk guaranteed shot it won't be in Wyoming.
For a guarantee it may have to be a high fence elk and that's a pass for me, only because I live in elk country.
You might find a RFW place in Colorado that has both deer and elk to hunt at same time.
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Old 07-12-2022, 08:42 AM   #25
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A trip to sacred ground where my roots run deep, chasing roe buck and stag in Scotland with my son. Dad and I never got the chance. There's a plan for this to happen in April of the year he turns 16 if all comes to fruition.
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Old 07-12-2022, 08:48 AM   #26
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Lord Derby Eland ! My trip of a lifetime.

Landrover, not sure you can touch a trophy bull on a Rez these days for less than $12-$14,000+ and that's if you can even get in line to do so. I know the Mesacerlo is $14k plus guide.
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Old 07-12-2022, 09:26 AM   #27
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If you had to choose your hunting trip of lifetime what would it be? In 2023 I am looking at doing an elk hunt? I am trying to figure out where to go for the best rifle bugling hunt. Outfitted and 100% shot opportunity is a must. Price is depending on hunt but trying to keep around 8500.00 or less. I want the best experience and hunt as it will be my elk hunt of lifetime. Honestly would not mind a combo hunt with elk/deer/bear but some states are different.
With all of your criteria, you're looking at a canned hunt. Is that your expectation?
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Old 07-12-2022, 10:18 AM   #28
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If you had to choose your hunting trip of lifetime what would it be? In 2023 I am looking at doing an elk hunt? I am trying to figure out where to go for the best rifle bugling hunt. Outfitted and 100% shot opportunity is a must. Price is depending on hunt but trying to keep around 8500.00 or less. I want the best experience and hunt as it will be my elk hunt of lifetime. Honestly would not mind a combo hunt with elk/deer/bear but some states are different.
Thats a tall order to fill for that $
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Old 07-12-2022, 10:25 AM   #29
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Unless its high fence nobody offers a 100% shot opportunity
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Old 07-12-2022, 10:30 AM   #30
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Lord Derby Eland ! My trip of a lifetime.

Landrover, not sure you can touch a trophy bull on a Rez these days for less than $12-$14,000+ and that's if you can even get in line to do so. I know the Mesacerlo is $14k plus guide.
Yep.........Chama & Mescalero are $15K and up but I had never looked to see if they have other "types" of bowhunts that are not trophy level. Either way I will do a reservation in the next 3 years just because i am booked for that long. Also, thanks for the reminder to get in line now!!!
Lord Derby & Bongo would definitely be INCREDIBLE adventures. I have all the information in my bowhunting files......lol.......
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Old 07-12-2022, 10:32 AM   #31
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Africa for me.
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Old 07-12-2022, 11:40 AM   #32
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Yep.........Chama & Mescalero are $15K and up but I had never looked to see if they have other "types" of bowhunts that are not trophy level. Either way I will do a reservation in the next 3 years just because i am booked for that long. Also, thanks for the reminder to get in line now!!!
Lord Derby & Bongo would definitely be INCREDIBLE adventures. I have all the information in my bowhunting files......lol.......
The off Reservation land at the Lodge in chama is 13k for non rut hunts and 14k for rut hunts
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Old 07-12-2022, 11:42 AM   #33
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Of all the various hunts I've done elk hunting is my favorite hunt ever. Bulls bugling day and night. Mountains on fire with color. Air delicious. Outstanding.To get the hunt I was on $15,000 maybe more today but was absolutely worth it

Africa would be second. Argali or Marco Polo sheep third.
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Old 07-12-2022, 11:49 AM   #34
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Yea the 100% success rate would have to put you inside of a HF and even a lot of those cant guarantee..

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Old 07-12-2022, 12:10 PM   #35
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White lipped deer, Alaskan Moose and Caribou
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Old 07-12-2022, 12:11 PM   #36
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Old 07-12-2022, 12:35 PM   #37
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My dream hunt is a trophy (10ft plus) Brown Bear with my bow, probably Alaska. Second is Africa.
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Old 07-12-2022, 12:54 PM   #38
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Alaska Yukon moose with a bow is my trip of a lifetime

Like stated early on, the mountains in the fall are magical
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Old 07-12-2022, 01:05 PM   #39
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As of right now Africa with a wide open budget would be the dream. Sable, Kudu, Eland, Gemsbok, etc... Cape buffalo would be cool as well.

Close second is a legit elk hunt. This is a hunt I dream about because I'm going to make this one happen. I'm going to spend the money for a once in a lifetime hunt, and then start working up the nerve to go to Africa on that 20 hours plane ride across the pond.
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Old 07-13-2022, 10:43 AM   #40
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I would look into an archery elk hunt with that budget. However, if you are hunting a wild animal, nothing is 100%. Try to find something that is guided 1 to 1.

I wouldn't rule out a really good black bear hunt. That might give you some wiggle room on the budget. Heck the more I think about it, I wouldn't rule any big game animal out. You sure you only want to do this once?

Note: sorry I rearead your post and you are looking for an elk hunt specifically. You might look into Top Notch Outfitters in New Mexico with Brian Newel. He does private land hunts.

https://topnotchoutfitters.com/

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Old 07-13-2022, 10:56 AM   #41
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Old 07-13-2022, 11:07 AM   #42
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Old 07-13-2022, 11:14 AM   #43
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Is 8500 include taxidermy? Can whack quite a few animals for 8500 in Africa


It’s a incredible experience and I would love to go back someday
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Old 07-13-2022, 11:28 AM   #44
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AZ White Mountains Elk Hunt would be my go to.
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Old 07-13-2022, 11:59 AM   #45
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Old 07-13-2022, 12:48 PM   #46
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bow hunt New Zealand for Red Stag.
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Old 07-13-2022, 12:50 PM   #47
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this! ...or Alaskan moose with bow.
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Old 07-13-2022, 12:55 PM   #48
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Old 07-13-2022, 02:14 PM   #49
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Never heard of a guaranteed shot opportunity on an Elk hunt outside a high fence. Not sure how a guide could ever promise that. $8500 will get you a good guided elk hunt but I doubt it will be a trophy 300”+ or guaranteed shot.


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Old 07-13-2022, 02:16 PM   #50
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For reference I went on a $20,000 per person elk hunt on private land in Utah. We were targeting 350” bulls. I shot a 330” bull and the other guy went home empty handed. This was with a big name guide service.


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