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Colorado announces private land big game hunt drawing

 

Bull elk in field
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Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has partnered with landowners on the Collins Mountain Ranch and Miller Creek Ranch in northwest Colorado for exciting private land big game opportunities. Hunters can apply for a chance to harvest elk and mule deer on one of these ranches through Friday, Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. While anyone can apply for this opportunity, CPW plans to give preference to youth and military veterans.

“We worked together with the landowners to protect and conserve critical habitat on these ranches, but at the same time allowing sportsmen’s access to these areas,” said District Wildlife Manager Bailey Franklin in a press release. “It’s a fantastic opportunity and we encourage eligible hunters to apply.”

Both ranches are home to large populations of mule deer and elk and offer hunters a variety of terrain to spot and stalk their animal. According to CPW, habitat ranges from mountain shrublands to sagebrush and pinyon-juniper woodland.

  • To apply to hunt the 2,400-acre Collins Mountain Ranch, click here.
  • To apply to hunt the 3,100-acre Miller Creek Ranch, click here.

When applying, hunters must specify which opportunity they are eligible for. According to CPW, here are the available hunts for each ranch:

Collins Mountain Ranch Hunts

The following hunts will be available and hunters should be specific about which of these hunting seasons/opportunities they are interested and eligible to apply for:

One unguided antlered/buck deer hunt

Second regular rifle season – October 21-29

Applicants must have drawn a limited antlered deer license valid on private land in GMU 23, which includes the following eligible deer hunt codes:

  • DM012O2R
  • DE011P2R

Applicant must confirm eligibility and indicate interest in the buck mule deer hunt.
One hunter will be selected from a pool of eligible applicants to hunt a buck deer during the second regular rifle season.

One unguided antlered/bull elk hunt

Fourth limited rifle season – November 15-19

  • Only applicants that drew a limited, antlered elk hunting license for hunt code EM01204R are eligible to apply for this bull elk hunt, but would be restricted to the fourth, limited rifle season.
  • Applicant must confirm that they have already drawn a fourth rifle limited elk license for hunt code EM01204R.
  • Applicants must indicate interest in the bull elk hunt in application.
  • One hunter from the pool of eligible applicants will be selected to hunt a bull elk during hunt dates specifically listed above.

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3 unguided cow elk hunts

Latter portion of Late, private-land-only rifle season: Nov. 20-30 (EF011P5R)

  • Hunt 1 - Late rifle December PLO cow elk season: Dec. 1-6 (EF023P5R)
  • Hunt 2 - Late rifle December PLO cow elk season: Dec. 7-12 (EF023P5R)
  • Hunt 3 - Late rifle December PLO cow elk season: Dec. 13-18 (EF023P5R)

To be eligible to apply for these hunts, the applicant must have drawn a limited antlerless elk license for one of the following PLO hunt codes:

  • EF011P5R
  • EF023P5R

Applicant must confirm eligibility and must specify which of the antlerless/cow elk hunts listed above they are applying for.


Miller Creek Ranch Hunts

The following hunts will be available and hunters should be specific about which of these hunting seasons/opportunities they are interested and eligible to apply for:

One unguided antlered/buck deer hunt on Miller Creek Ranch

Third regular rifle season – Nov. 4-12
OR
Fourth limited rifle season - Nov. 15-19

To be eligible, applicants must have drawn a limited deer license in either:

  • DM012O3R
  • DM012O4R
  • DE011P3R

Applicant must confirm eligibility and indicate interest in buck mule deer hunt in the application.
One hunter will be selected from a pool of eligible applicants to hunt a buck deer during one of the two potential buck deer hunt dates specifically listed above for 2017.

One unguided antlerless/doe deer hunt on Miller Creek Ranch

Third regular rifle season - Nov. 4-12

To be eligible, applicants must have drawn a limited antlerless deer license in either:

  • DF012O3R
  • DE011P3R

Applicants must confirm eligibility and indicate interest in doe mule deer hunt in the application.
One hunter will be selected from a pool of eligible applicants to hunt a doe deer during the hunt dates specifically listed above for 2017.

One unguided antlered/bull elk hunt on Miller Creek Ranch

Third regular rifle season - Nov. 4-12
OR
Fourth limited rifle season - Nov. 15-19

  • All hunters are eligible to apply for this public bull elk hunt during the third rifle season.
  • Applicants that have drawn a limited, either sex license for EM012O4R are also eligible to apply for this bull elk hunt but would be restricted to the fourth, limited rifle season.
  • Applicant must confirm that they are planning to purchase an over-the-counter bull elk license for the third rifle elk season, or have already drawn a fourth rifle limited elk license for hunt code EM01204R.
  • Applicants must indicate interest in the bull elk hunt in application.
  • One hunter from the pool of eligible applicants will be selected to hunt a bull elk during only one of the two potential bull elk hunt dates specifically listed above for 2017.

Seven unguided cow elk hunts on Miller Creek Ranch

  • Third regular rifle season - Nov. 4-12 (EF01203R)
  • Fourth limited rifle season - Nov. 15-19 (EF01104R)
  • Latter portion of the late, private-land-only rifle season. Nov. 20-30 (EF011P5R)
  • Late rifle December PLO cow elk season - Hunt 1: Dec.1-6 (EF023P5R)
  • Late rifle December PLO cow elk season - Hunt 2: Dec. 7-12 (EF023P5R)
  • Late rifle December PLO cow elk season - Hunt 3: Dec. 13-18 (EF023P5R)

In order to be eligible to apply for one of the seven public cow elk hunts, applicant must have drawn a limited antlerless or either-sex elk license in either:

  • EF012O3R
  • EF011O4R
  • EF011P5R
  • EF023P5R

Applicant must confirm eligibility and must specifically indicate which of the antlerless/cow elk hunts listed above that they are applying for in the application.

Good luck!

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