You are with us seven days and you hunt five days for most hunts. We also have two 3-day hunts available. Plan on arriving the day before your hunt starts, after 1 p.m., please. We’ll fix you dinner and have an orientation session. If you arrive earlier than the day before your hunt, you will need to make hotel reservations. We can make recommendations if you wish. Departure after breakfast on your last day, ideally by 9 a.m.
Due to our remote location, we have a lack of current weather information. Therefore, we turn to the Internet to obtain the closest local weather reports. By entering the local zip codes into a weather based web site, (like www.weatherchannel.com), we get a semi-accurate idea of what the upcoming weather might be.
Here are the zip codes we frequently enter:
- Norwood – 81423, Telluride – 81435, Naturita- 81422, Nucla – 81424 , Montrose – 81401
Usually we take an average of several reports. The last few years we have had unusually warm and dry weather. Archery and Muzzleloader hunters can expect average low’s in the 30’s to 40’s, with average high’s in the 60’s and 70’s, and monsoonal flows bringing mid to late day thunderstorms (which can include rain, hail, snow, and lightening). Rifle hunters can expect average low’s in the 20’s to 30’s, and average high’s in the 40’s to 50’s, with a greater chance of precipitation turning to snow. So come prepared for any temperature range.
Guests flying commercially into the area will be met at the Montrose airport. There is no charge for pickup and return. Tiedowns are available for private aircraft at multiple airports. If you are flying commercially, please contact your airlines regarding weight limitations and transport of weapons, game and antlers.
Licenses (ALL DEER BY DRAWING)
Bull elk licenses for two rifle seasons are available over-the-counter, but must be purchased before the season opens. All other licenses are by drawing, and must be applied for by the first week of April. Through our License Application service, we can obtain your license(s). Plan early!
All hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1949 must have hunter safety cards.
Hunts are strictly limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. A 50% payment with reservations is required, then a payment of 25% of the balance is due by May 1 and the remaining 25% is due by July 1. No refunds are made unless a substitute hunter can be found.
Meat Processing and Shipping
We have a game processor in Montrose. We can arrange to have your wild game taken to the meat processor for you. There is a $60 transport fee for this service, as it is a 176 mile round trip. As stated before, the game processing is a separate transaction. It is $135 for deer cut, ground and wrapped. It is $235 for elk cut, ground and wrapped. There is also the additional cost of shipping your meat home. The processors can also help with shipping. Usually, they process the meat, flash freeze it, and then Federal Express it, on dry ice, to your location. The cost depends on the weight of your meat and your shipping zone. Shipping your meat on dry ice through Federal Express can be expensive, for an estimate please call Federal Express at 1-800-463-3339.
*Prices are subject to change without notification.
Getting Your Trophy Mounted
We use Brumfield Taxidermy Studio, out of Clifton, Colorado. Greg Brumfield is the owner and can be reached at 970-434-9299. Greg’s company will pick up your trophy at the lodge. This too is a separate transaction with the following starting costs (this does not include your final shipping cost):
- Starting at $725.00 for deer
- Starting at $1200 for elk (based on body size)
- Starting at $950.00 for bear
All mounts require a 50 payment made payable to the taxidermist. The taxidermist does accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard). Greg does outstanding work, but be prepared, the whole process can take a little more than a year.
*Prices are subject to change without notification.
We insist upon absolute safety and adherence to ethical sportsmanship at Colorado Trophies. Consequently, we follow these guidelines:
- Colorado Trophies values our elk and deer herds. We are committed to placing great effort in recovering wounded animals. A wounded animal will be considered a kill and your hunt for that species is complete.
- We provide an orientation session your first evening at the lodge, to address Colorado hunting and fishing regulations, and to answer any questions you may have.
- We respect our environment, and ask that you bring your trash back to the lodge to dispose of properly.
- We require every hunter to demonstrate their shooting proficiency at the range prior to the hunt to determine their ethical shooting distance in the field.
- We require that all weapons are unloaded with the bolts open at all times when you are in the lodge and in the vehicles. Your guide will tell you when to load your gun.
- We prohibit the use of pot in all forms/uses.
Your safety is always our primary concern. However, any hunting activity is potentially hazardous and it is essential that all directions and advice of Colorado Trophies be followed. We cannot assume responsibility for any illness, accident or loss whatsoever incurred in the course of a hunt, nor for any expenses arising from such illness, accident or loss.
Why We Have Two Addresses
We live and work from our home, which is in Redvale, Colorado. Wing Shadow Ranch is our guest ranch (south of Norwood) and is where our guests stay.
Shipping Your Gear, Meat and Antlers
Do NOT use the postal Service. If you would like to ship your gear to the lodge you may UPS it to yourself at the following address:
C/O WING SHADOW RANCH / COLORADO TROPHIES
7000 County Road 44Z S Norwood, CO 81423
One of the most frequent questions we get is in regards to tips. Tips are greatly appreciated by your guide and the chefs. Customarily, tips start at 10 percent and average 15% of the hunt for your guide, $200 for the chefs, and $30 for housekeeping.
What to Bring
Download our Packing Checklist (PDF).
We provide all transportation within the hunting area, meals and accommodations during your hunt. You are responsible for your weapon, ammunition, hunting license, hunter safety card, clothing, personal effects, game processing, and taxidermy.
Trip Insurance is now available through Allianz Global Assistance, 1-800-284-8300, code: ACCAM: F206814. Protect the investment of your trip.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Click here to be connected with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
- Find out limited license draw results and preference point status
- State regulations
- Hunter education