Frequently Asked Questions


Do you allow smoking?

Eastern Plains Outfitters is a non-smoking operation.

What rifle or cartridge should I bring?

We recommend a minimum of a .243 for antelope and mule deer and .270 for elk. I use a 30-06 with a 165 grain bullet for all three animals as this allows plenty of distance and power. Remember that Colorado can be windy at times so you want a cartridge that will withstand the wind.

What is the average shot distance?

Most shots range between 200-300 yards. We've had some hunters successfully take shots over 400 yards. We will talk about your comfort distance while heading to the ranches.

Do I have to wear blaze orange? If so, how much?

Colorado law requires every big game rifle hunter to wear 500 square inches of blaze orange above the waist. It must be solid daylight fluorescent orange or solid florescent pink material on an outer garment while hunting deer, elk, pronghorn, bear, or moose during a muzzleloading or rifle season. Part of the fluorescent orange must be a hat or head covering visible from all directions. Camouflage orange or camouflage pink does not meet this requirement.

What is customary for tipping guides?

Gratuities are always appreciated for our hard working crew. A good rule of thumb is 10-15% of hunt cost, but tip how you feel.

Where can I stay and what do I need to bring?

If you’re hunting GMU 50 then you’ll stay at our hunting lodge cabin. If you’re hunting GMU’s 87 or 89 then there are several hotels in the area along with campgrounds. Give us a call and we would be happy to assist you with lodging.

Do you allow alcohol?

Yes. We know that people like to celebrate a successful hunt with a drink of their choice. However, alcohol will not be allowed while actively hunting.

What is the weather like?

I have seen temperatures from 80 degrees to near zero in October and November. GMU 50 averages in the high 50 degrees and GMU’s 87 and 89 average in the 60's. We always recommend planning for all weather types from warm days to snow.

What airport should I fly in to?

Denver International Airport (DIA). DIA is about an hour away from GMU's 87 and 89 and 1.5 hours from GMU 50.