by admin February 20, 2014

Blue grouse and white-tailed ptarmigan hunting

alertOutWest Guides is one of the only Colorado outfitter to offer this unique horseback upland bird hunt for blue grouse and ptarmigan in the Colorado Rockies.


Horseback adventure in the wilderness
Our blue grouse hunts are conducted in the wilderness surrounding Marble, Colorado on horseback. We access the wilderness whichever way is most productive–by vehicle, horseback, or by hiking. This is truly a unique wilderness adventure that is very limited in scope. We have only a few days a year to offer this special hunt, so book early if you’re interested.


Top-notch gun dogs
We select only the finest pointers to guide our high-country upland bird hunts. You’re welcome to bring your own dog, but realize that your dog will probably run out of steam halfway through the first day. Our dogs are superbly conditioned and used to running hard at 11,800 feet in elevation. Not every dog can find blue grouse, either. Sometimes these birds confuse even experienced upland bird dogs from lower elevations.

Hunting dog

Who else does it?
There are a couple of other outfitters who mention blue grouse hunting on their websites. We’ve been seriously hunting blue grouse with upland gun dogs and shotguns since 1986. Very few if any other outfitter in Colorado offers horseback blue grouse hunts, and no one else combines the serious knowledge of upland bird hunting, horsemanship, and outfitting in the Colorado high country like OutWest Guides. OutWest Guides was featured in the March/April 2006 issue of Shooting Sportsman magazine, considered one of the premiere sporting magazines published today.

Blue grouse and ptarmigan season dates
Colorado blue grouse season begins on September 1 and goes through mid-November. Ptarmigan season usually begins between the 10th and 12th of September and goes through the first week in October in this game management unit. Check with the Colorado Division of Wildlife to make sure season dates are accurate.  We have an extremely limited number of hunts available for this rare trophy!! If you want to do this hunt, call now, because we usually book up quickly.  During the 2012 season our hunters did very well.  During one hunt, two of our hunters got their limit of Blue Grouse before lunch.  The hunters were thrilled with their experience.


GUIDED BIRD HUNTS (starting September 1)

Hunt packages We offer everything from walk-in day hunts to multi-day overnight pack trips and three-day lodge hunt packages. Blue grouse and white-tailed ptarmigan upland bird horseback hunts with OutWest Guides are a truly unique wilderness adventure.
BLUE GROUSE Day hunts (clients provide lodging, 2 gun minimum, lunch included) Vehicle hunts $650 per gun per day, Horseback hunts $750 per gun per day.
3-day wilderness hunt, including tent accommodations, horses, dogs, meals, and guides.  $3,000 per person (2 person minimum)

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