Hunting in NW Colorado is a little different than hunting in Mississippi, so we’ve put a list of frequently asked questions to help you better understand hunting with Vanatta Outfitters:

Do I need to apply for a tag?

Do I need a hunter safety card?

Do I need blaze orange?

What kind of boots should I bring?

Should I bring binoculars, spotting scope, range finder or shooting sticks?

What kind of weather should I expect?

Do I need a backpack?

Should I bring any food or snacks?

Do I need a sleeping bag?

Are there bathing facilities?

What caliber of rifle do you recommend?

How far of a shot will I have to make?


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Q Do I need to apply for a tag?

A – If you are hunting with VO at Wolf Mountain Ranch, you are gauranteed a tag due to the participation with Colorado’s DOW and the Ranching for Wildlife program.

 

 

Q.  Do I need a hunter safety card?

A – If you were born after 01/01/1949 you are required by CO state law to possess a hunter safety card in order to obtain a CO hunting license (no exceptions)

 

 

Q.  Do I need blaze orange?

A – 500 square inches of blaze orange is required as Colorado State law including a hat in combination with a vest or a jacket.

 

 

Q.  What kind of boots should I bring?

A –  We recommend bringing a Gore Tex lined leather boots given the opportunity for mountain weather and rugged terrain.

 

 

Q.  Should I bring binoculars, spotting scope, range finder or shooting sticks?

A –  Binocs, we encourage bringing them to increase your participation with your hunt.  As for spotting scopes, shooting sticks and range finders, your guide will provide these for your hunt.  They add weight to your pack that you may not wish you had.

 

 

Q.  What kind of weather should I expect?

A –  We’ve seen it snow in every month of the year here in Colorado so this is a tricky question.  We recommend checking the weather on our site prior to your departure.  Use the motto “better safe than sorry” when preparing.  We all dress in layers in order to shed them as the day warms up and reverse the trend of an evening.  Temperatures in the mornings are likely to be in the 30’s as our season begins and may drop significantly lower as the fall progresses.  We typically receive our first snow in mid September.  A good, lightweight camo rain jacket that is quiet (quiet is key) works good as that extra layer and comes in handy often times in the mountains.

 

Q.  Do I need a backpack?

A –  Packs are great for several reasons.  First, it gives you storage for extra ammo, snacks, water and clothes that you may be shedding or are going to need.  Finding the right pack is the tricky part.  There is a fine balance between having a light weight pack and enough room for all the gear.  We use Badlands packs because they seem to have it figured out including the camo patterns.

 

Q.  Should I bring any food or snacks?

A –  Meals are provided with your trip.  Our culinary staff will send everyone off in the morning with a full belly.  Typically we’ll have our main meal in the middle of the day and a lite soup, stew or chili toround out the evening.  Snacks will be provided but if you’re like me and have a favorite energy snack make sure and bring them with you.  We burn plenty of calories during the day.

 

 

Q.  Do I need a sleeping bag?

A –  All of our guest cabins are fully equipped with pillows, lenins and towels.

 

Q.  Are there bathing facilities?

A –  The bath house hosts 3 individual showers and a couple of individual toilets.  We do have running water that is powered by a generator system.

 

Q.  What caliber of rifle do you recommend?

A –  It’s not necessarily the caliber of bullet but the placement of the bullet.  If you’re looking for our recommendation, run with a .30 caliber such as a 300 WSM.  Know you  balistics, know you range and practice before you arrive in camp.

 

Q.  How far of a shot will I have to make?

A –  As you know, every hunting scenario is different.  Be prepared and practice shooting 200 – 300 yards.  It’s big country and the ability to shoot over 150 yards comfortably will open up opportunities.