Colorado Shiras Moose Hunting Outfitters - Guided Hunts

Colorado Shiras Moose Hunting Outfitters - Guided Hunts

Shiras Moose Hunts Colorado

Shiras Moose Hunts in Colorado

With 7 Colorado ranches on private land totaling over 55,000 acres, you will have a great opportunity at a nice moose. We also hunt over 1,000 acres of BLM land.

Tags in Colorado are extremely difficult to draw, and with the increase in Moose populations in this region, there are some giant bulls inhabiting the area. Moose live in all the areas in the North Park Region so that we will hunt them from the valley floor up to the tree line in the surrounding mountain ranges.

It's normal to see up to 15 different bulls per day during the rut. This is an absolutely incredible hunt if you can draw the tag. We target mature bulls that will score in the 140" - 180" range, with width measurements in the 40 - 50" category. Both of our units have a high moose population. There is NOWHERE else in Colorado, the lower 48, or the Western US where you will see the number and size of bulls as you will in our units!

In the 1970s, the first breeding pair of Moose were transplanted from Utah to our Parkview Ranch, which is where the extremely successful conversation program started!

We hosted the Colorado Governors Tag holder in 2017/2018. We harvested two mature bulls, one with a bow and one with a rifle.

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Moose Hunting Areas in Colorado

Moose Hunting Location - Jackson County, CO - Units 17 & 171

GMU's (Game Management Units) 17/171

If you choose to book your Moose hunt with us, you will be hunting in units 17/171, located in historic Jackson County, CO. This region comprises over a million acres and is one of the best units in Colorado to harvest a giant bull.  Specifically, you will be hunting just outside of the town of Rand, CO. Rand is located about 3 hours Northwest of Denver at the base of Parkview Mountain at the south end of the North Park Region of Colorado.

This remote wilderness area is surrounded by peaks from Medicine Bow Range, Never Summer Range, and Park Range. The hunting terrain consists of open sagebrush and flat marshes surrounded by aspen, fir, and pine forests, all reaching elevations above the tree line. 
With amazing views of the mountain ranges to the South, the Continental Divide to the Southeast, and the rugged Buffalo Peaks to the West, this is a truly magical wilderness area!

Moose Hunting Photos

Colorado Moose Hunting Season

2024 Colorado Moose Hunting Season Dates

Archery Moose (Draw Only)

  • September 7 - September 30

Muzzleloader Moose (Draw Only)

  • September 14 - September 22

    Rifle Moose (Draw Only)

    • October 1 - October 14

    Hunt Codes:

    • Bull Moose - Season Choice Tags
        • Bull (Unit 17) M-M-017-O1-X
        • Bull (Unit 171) M-M-171-O1-X
    • Cow Moose Rifle 
      • Resident/Non- Resident
        • Cow (Unit 17) M-F-017-O1-R
        • Cow (Unit 171) M-F-171-O1-R

    Colorado Shiraz Moose Hunting Video

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    Common Questions About Colorado Moose Hunts

    What do I need to bring with me when I moose hunt at your ranch?

    Bring the appropriate weapon of choice, hunting clothes & boots, a pack, binoculars, a range finder, and camp clothes. All towels and sleeping gear are provided at the ranch, along with a fully stocked kitchen where our cook provides home-cooked meals. You may want to bring coolers or a freezer to get your meat home.

    Will I be hunting private or public land in Colorado?

    You will be hunting mostly on our leased private land. We have access to over 50,000 acres of privately managed ground and BLM lands under special usage permits, allowing us to guide clients in a variety of habitats, terrain, and elevations. 95% of our moose hunting takes place on our private leases.

    Do you charge Trophy Fees?

    No, the hunt price applies if you harvest a 120” bull or a 180” bull.

    How big of a bull can I expect to harvest?

    We harvest bulls that are a good representation of what Colorado has to offer. Clients consistently harvest bulls scoring in the 130 – 180” range with an excellent opportunity to take home a big bull.

    How much is a Moose Hunt?

    See our Shiras moose hunting packages on our rates page.

    What is included in the price of the hunt?

    The price of the hunt includes meals, lodging, guide fees, incredible views, and an awesome experience.

    What is NOT included in the price of the hunt?

    • Hunting license
    • Game processing (we will gut and skin your moose and prepare it for processing)
    • Taxidermy
    • Alcohol
    • Guide/Cook Tips (Recommend a minimum of 10% to guide, and $100/hunter or guest to cook)
    • Transportation to our lodge from your home (Once you are at the lodge, we transport clients to the daily hunting spots)

    How do I get a license or tag to hunt Moose in Colorado?

    It is extremely difficult to draw a Colorado Moose tag, on average it takes 20+ years, however luck is a factor. Clients must apply for their moose tag each year, you would be eligible to draw after three years and we have guided clients who have drawn the tag after 6 years or in 1 case after three years. We help clients with the application process as it can be confusing if you have never applied before. The cost per year is around $200 to apply for a moose license.

    How many clients per guide on your moose hunts?

    Our hunts are one Client for one guide. Each guide also has a spotter working with him.

    Do you help take care of my animal after it’s down?

    Yes, our guides will gut the animal in the field. It will then be loaded up on our ranch equipment and taken to our skinning shed to be hung, skinned, and caped, if applicable. We will then help transport it to our preferred partner processor in Walden, CO, around 20 miles north of our lodge. If you take it home to have it processed, we will help quarter and pack your meat in your coolers or freezers.

    Do you have a list of references I can talk to who have hunted with you before?

    Yes, we will provide references upon request. You can check out client reviews on our website's home page. Scroll down to the bottom to find the reviews, and you can also check out more reviews on our Facebook or Yelp pages.

    How do I book a hunt with I&A Outfitters?

    We require a 50% deposit to hold reservations. The hunt balance is then due either 90 days before your hunt start date or by July 30th if you are hunting in November.

    What if I book a hunt and then need to cancel?

    We understand that life sometimes interrupts your plans. Because of our hunt schedule and Colorado’s license system, we most likely will not be able to move you to another date in the same year. However, we do allow you to move your hunt to the following year, provided that we are notified at least 60 days before your hunt start date. Anything within 60 days of your hunt start date will not allow for any refunds or changes in schedule. Cancellations are not allowed.

    Do you offer any discounted pricing for youth hunters?

    No, we work just as hard for a youth hunter as we do for any other clients, therefore we do not offer any youth hunt pricing breaks. What is the closest airport to your ranch? Denver International Airport is 120 miles from our ranch. You can rent a car at the airport and drive to our ranch (drive time is approx. 3 hours). You can also fly into Cheyenne, Wyoming, or Steamboat Springs to shorten your drive by around 1-2 hours. If you have your own plane, you can land in Walden, Colorado, and we can pick you up! We DO NOT do pick-ups at any other airport.

    What Game Management Units in Colorado do you guide moose hunts?

    GMU 17 and 171

    How physically demanding are your hunts?

    Moderate to difficult. Our hunts are not easy, but they are not hard either. The elevation of 8,600 – 10,000 feet makes our ranches more difficult. Its not steep country, it’s more rolling hills with every habitat the west has to offer. Physically, that can be an adjustment from sea level to lower elevations. Clients hunt open sage flats, timber fringes, aspens groves, and dark timber hillsides. Hence, being physically prepared is important, not from climbing a mountain, but from seeing moose and being able to move quickly to get in front of the herd to get into position for a shot.

    What kind of weather can I expect on my hunt?

    The Rocky Mountains have some of the most torrent weather in North America; it could be 20 degrees in the morning and 70 degrees during the day, and it could drop to sub-freezing in the afternoon if a storm blows in. One thing is certain: clients should be prepared for all seasons in one day!

    Do you use horses or ATVs to get into your hunt areas?

    We leave the lodge in the morning using the guides vehicles, from there you will walk into your hunting spot and hunt until midday where you will head back in for lunch, then the same in the afternoon. We do not use horses or atv’s to hunt the ranches, you will be doing that on foot or sitting on a high bluff overlooking huge expanses of land trying to locate moose. We also use elevated, heated blinds as stage points to glass for moose, which makes it nice on those cold and snowy days!

    What kind of success rate do your clients see?


    Do you charge guest fees for non-hunters?

    Guests are allowed, and there is a fee, but guests are only allowed if we have room at the lodge. Our priority is the hunting clients, but if there is room we allow guests at a rate of $1150 (3 Days), $1,750 (5 Days), $1,950 (6 Days), $2,275 (7 Days).

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