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Colorado Ranching for Wildlife

All, new hear to this forum.  I have heard some good and bad things about the ranching for wildlife program.  Does anyone have any experience with this program?  I have been thinking of making one of the following ranches my second choice for a Cow Elk:

Blue Sage Ranch

Kessler Canyon Ranch

Elk Springs Ranch

Silver Spur Ranch

If anyone has any recommendations, i would really appreciate it. Both good or bad.  

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Sorry cannot help with your

Sorry cannot help with your question but welcome to the site. Only thing I really know about the porgram is you need to be a Colorado Resident.

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Thanks SGM.  I should have

Thanks SGM.  I should have mentioned that.  I was born and raised and currently live in Colorado Springs.  I grew up hunting elk with my dad and his buddies.  Once i started college, i had to put all that on hold.  Then i got married and had kids, now i'm getting back into it and everything apears to be completely different, even the places we used to hunt are no longer in the same GMU's.

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better have a lot of

better have a lot of preference points built up, it's pretty hard to draw from most of the ranching for wildlife tags, but the success rate is pretty high.

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Thats true for the either sex

Thats true for the either sex tags.  The cow tags take between 0 and 3, one takes upwards of 5.  There are 8 seasons that i can actually draw as my second choice for cows.  I've got 7 points right now and i am going to be using them for something else.  I'm just looking for that "in the meantime" area to fill the freezer.  I will probably be using the points next year and then i can work on my long term goal of picking a unit and hunting it each year.  I've got a few in mind.

 

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We've hunted a few RFW

We've hunted a few RFW ranches with good success.  They can be good hunts, but can also be crappy.  It really depends on the quality of the ranch and the number of hunters they have on the property.  My son had a Blue Sage cow tag last year.  Put 60 hunters on the ranch, then remove 1 large property because of snow closing the only road to it, then remove 2 more large properties because they changed their leases and most of those hunters are stuck with a 6 square mile area. The elk got run off pretty quickly.  Was still fun hunting with my son, but wasn't nearly as good a hunt as we'd hoped it would be.

Of those list above, second choices will be tough to draw.  Good luck, hopefully you won't need the second choice.

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Thanks for the info

Thanks for the info COMeatHunter.  After doing some soul searching over the weekend, i decided to put my prefernce points to work for me this year.  I also decided not to utilize the RFW system.  I was very concerned about the 60 hunters on that property.  I sent an email to Kessler Canyon Ranch asking about their land and i think i would go with them if i decide to go this route in the future.  They only have 9 hunters...  I also hear that three forks ranch is very good too.

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Before you go with RFW look

Before you go with RFW look at the ranch on the Parks and Wildlife web page and see what their rules and regulations are.  After I did that I decided against hunting any of them, they were just too restrictive. 

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I agree with that assessment.

I agree with that assessment.  There were a few things that i didnt like about most of the ranches and i just dont feel that its right for me.  I guess when my sons are old enough to hunt, i may use it, but then again, Colorado bends over backwards for youth.  One of the guys i work with has his son hunt in the youth only season at the end of the year in area 4 and he has shot a cow 2 of the last 3 years.    

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