Seems Colpo has been guiding in Alaska for about 11 years now. He says he went to college in Alaska, intending to hunt when he wasn't in school. But he discovered that hunting here, as opposed to his home state, required more than a simple drive out of town. Eventually, he began guiding for another outfitter who used horses and about five years ago started his own hunting company.
Colpo has set up shop in an area just outside Delani National Park. This is mountainous country in a big river valley with a huge glacier system at the head of it. It can be difficult to walk in much of it due to boggy conditions. Motorized vehicles are prohibited here, so Colpo flies his clients into camp, then uses horses to get hunters into moose, caribou, sheep and grizzly bears. Depending on what they are hunting, rides to the hunting areas can be as long as seven or eight hours. Colpo uses a traditional elk camp, with wall tents and wood stoves as his base camp.
Rusty Rokita, who told us about Colpo, was thoroughly impressed with Colpo's entire operation, saying it provides a true Alaskan wilderness experience. He says that in 14 days of hunting, he and his wife never saw another hunter. As for the game, Rokita reports seeing large numbers of Dall sheep, taking a mature ram with a full, 38-inch curl and 14¼ inch bases. He also took a grizzly bear that squared seven feet, and he says his wife killed a 58-inch Alaska-Yukon moose. He highly recommends Colpo for the quality of his hunt area, his camp, his horses, his equipment and his guides.