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Welder Ranch and Outfitting Services, LLC Celebrating 35 years as Colorado’s backcountry specialist.

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White River National Forest – Flat Tops NW Access

Join us for Colorado’s Premier Big Game hunt!

For the past thirty-three years, the Welders have been hunting elk in the upper White River, the heart of the nation’s largest elk herd. Brian and Shawn Welder have been involved in guiding every single guided hunt that they have ever hosted for all those years. This is their life. You will find them and their team of experienced guides working hard to make sure each client has the best experience possible.

The Welders provide a western hunting experience using their horses as the main form of transportation in the backcountry. Welder Outfitting Services is based at the Welder Ranch location on the White River east of Meeker, CO.

From the ranch, the Welders outfit on over 100 sq. miles of backcountry in the White River National Forest east to Trappers Lake and on both north and south sides of the White River. This vast country offers clients a very broad range of hunting opportunities ranging from 8,000 ft elevations to 11,000 ft. We rarely encounter other hunters in this area of the Flat Tops Wilderness.

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ur guided hunts never have more than twelve hunters at a time and we provide at least one experienced guide per two clients. Our guides are in very good physical condition and are prepared for the most difficult conditions. Hunters that are in good shape will have an advantage over those that are not. However, patience and determination are the best assets!

We know that our hunters come back year after year because of these great accommodations that are only minutes away from the many hunting areas that we access, and after a long hunting day, they appreciate the hot and delicious meals prepared for them!

We have always been proud of our quality at Welder Outfitting services, not the quantity of our hunters. For more than ten years the majority of our clients have been returning clients. We are also proud to have been the only outfitter in western Colorado who has donated 25 guided hunts to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation with over $75,000 being donated for elk and wildlife habitat. You can count on us at Welder Outfitting Services.

The Welders provide a western hunting experience using their horses as the main form of transportation in the backcountry. Welder Outfitting Services is based at the Welder Ranch location on the White River east of Meeker, CO.

From the ranch, the Welders outfit on over 100 sq. miles of back country in the White River National Forest east to Trappers Lake and on both north and south sides of the White River. This vast country offers clients a very broad range of hunting opportunities ranging from 8,000 ft elevations to 11,000 ft. We rarely encounter other hunters in this area of the Flat Tops Wilderness.

Our guided hunts never have more then twelve hunters at a time and we provide at least one experienced guide per two clients. Our guides are in very good physical condition and are prepared for the most difficult conditions. Hunters that are in good shape will have an advantage over those that are not. However patience and determination are the best assets!

We know that our hunters come back year after year because of these great accommodations that are only minutes away from the many hunting areas that we access, and after a long hunting day, they appreciate the hot and delicious meals prepared for them!

We have always been proud of our quality at Welder Outfitting services, not the quantity of our hunters. For more than ten years the majority of our clients have been return clients. We are also proud to have been the only outfitter in western Colorado who has donated 25 guided hunts to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation with over $75,000 being donated for elk and wildlife habitat. You can count on us at Welder Outfitting Services.

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FALL HUNTING PRICES FOR 2024

  **** Full Service Guided hunts 

Archery, Muzzle Loading, and 1st Rifle Seasons (draw hunts)   $5,400/client

Guide service, good food, and lodging in an inclusive package. Hunter must apply for license. No min group size (Archery, Muzzle Loading, and 1st Rifle are 5 days of hunting.  (up to seven total days)        2nd tag no charge

***Second and Third Rifle Season (over the counter licenses)  $5,400/client

This inclusive package includes food and lodging. Bull licenses can be purchased over the counter without an application. No min group size. 

 ** Fully guided hunt, one on one guide service, add $1,000, when available.  

**** Guide Service, By the Day 

                  One guide/two hunters                        $700/client each day 

                   One guide/one hunter.   When Available         $900/client day

                                                                                  Additional Tag $600

Our expert guides and team provide the same backcountry guided hunt, by the day. Hunters pay for the number of days they reserve. Meals and lodging are not included. Game packing for guided clients is included in the fee.

                   (Two Shot Limit or additional fees apply!) 

**** Back country Base Camp and packing service,      $2,450/client 

 Price based on min group size of four. High quality fully outfitted camp, game packing, re-supply and camp support, nightly radio checks included.

**   Drop Camp Service                                                 $1,350/client 

 Hunters bring their own camp equipment. Unlimited camp locations. Same packing service for clients, gear, and game harvested. Radio checks at night.         Prices based on min 4 hunters

** Game packing        $550/elk from corral. $250/hour for packing Services requiring horses to be transported or requiring more than four hours too pack out.

                       Welder Outfitting Services 970-314-5923                   

         www.welderoutftters.com   PO Box 823 Meeker Co 81641

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For the 2024 Deer and Elk hunting seasons in western Colorado, information:

Archery Season:

Elk Sept. 2-30. Draw only: Requires preference points 

North of the White River E-E-012-O1-A

South of the White River E-E-033-O1-A

Rifle Season:

– Moose: Oct. 1-14

Limited Elk (1st season): Oct. 12-16

Deer/Elk (2nd season): Oct. 26 – Nov. 3

Deer/Elk (3rd season): Nov. 9-15

Limited Deer/Elk (4th season): Nov. 20-24

For the 2024 Moose hunting season in western Colorado:

 Archery Season:

  • Moose: Sept. 2-30

Rifle Season:

  • Moose: Oct. 1-14

It’s important to note that these dates are subject to change and should be finalized in January 2024. For more detailed information and any updates or corrections, it is recommended to refer to the regulation brochures available online or at sales agents.

Guided Full Service Hunts

Hunters that come to the Welder’s for a full-service guided hunt can be sure that we will do everything possible to make their hunt a great experience!

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Please make sure your reservation is in place before making ANY payment!

Guided Archery Hunt

$5,400 per person

Guided Archery Hunt

$1,000 per person Deposit
Additional days upon request

All-inclusive services 5-day hunt
Does not include a license; hunters must apply or purchase leftover licenses.
Plan on arriving the day before your hunt
See our suggested Packing List

Guided Muzzle Loading Hunt

$5,400 per person

Guided Muzzleloading Hunt

$1,000 per person Deposit
Additional days upon request

All-inclusive services 5-day hunt

Does not include license; hunters must apply
Plan on arriving the day before your hunt

See our suggested Packing List

Guided 1st Rifle Season Hunt

$5,400 per person

Guided 1st Rifle Season Hunt (Elk only, by draw)

$1,000 per person Deposit
Additional days upon request

All-inclusive services 5-day hunt

Does not include license; hunters must apply
Plan on arriving the day before your hunt

See our suggested Packing List

Guided Combination Seasons

$5,400 per person

Guided Combination Seasons (2nd, 3rd & 4th Seasons)

$1,000 per person Deposit
Additional days upon request

All-inclusive services 5-day hunt

Does not include license; hunters must apply
Plan on arriving the day before your hunt

See our suggested Packing List

Daily Guide Service

$700 per person/day

$900 private client per day (One hunter: One guide/one hunter (when available)

$700 per person/day (One guide/two hunters)

Our expert guides provide the same backcountry guided hunt, by the day

Hunters pay for the number of days they would like to hunt
Game packing for guided clients is included
Meals and lodging are not included
See our suggested Packing List

Base Camps - Hunting (non-guided)

$2,450 per person

Base Camps - Hunting (non-guided)

$2,450 per person
4 person minimum
$1,225 per person Deposit

Base camp is set up and ready for your arrival
Everything provided except your license, food, and personal gear.
See our suggested Packing List

Drop Camps - Hunting (non-guided)

$1,350 per person

Drop Camps - Hunting (non-guided)

$1,125 per person
4 person minimum
$500 per person Deposit

You bring everything you need to set up and operate your camp
Packing elk and re-supplies for your camp though out your hunt
See our suggested Packing List

Game packing 

$550/elk from the corral. $250/hour for packing Services requiring horses to be transported or requiring more than four hours too pack out.

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Join us for Colorado’s Premier Big Game hunt!

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Thanks for a great few days at your cabin, Shawn. Wonderful view, great fireplace, peace and quiet. Just what we needed to get away this Christmas!

Cassie L.

HIPCAMP – Welder’s White River cabin, Colorado

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The location is beautiful! Our host was above expectations in accommodating our needs. It was definitely a hidden paradise. The horseback riding was a great addition to our stay!

Kathryn C.

HIPCAMP – Cabin on the White River

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