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Ranching For Wildlife

I have built up 3 pts for colorado to elk hunt. I am thinking about applying for a Ranching For Wildlife Ranch. Does anyone have information on any of the ranches, that offer Either Sex Hunts. ( I was thinking of Blue Gravel Ranch, Big Gulch Ranch, Williams Fork Ranch, Four Mile ranch or Wolf Mountain Ranch). ANY IDEAS???

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Re: Ranching For Wildlife

Without looking up all the ranches on the RFW site and just looking at them in the guide book they all offer either sex hunts. The first question I would have for you is are you a resident of Colorado since non-residents are not allowed to put in for the RFW tags.

One thing that I do not like about the RFW ranches that I have checked out for hunting are the restrictions that they place on you the hunter. Such as, only one non-hunter with you, no ATV's even on the roads on the ranch, the check in times (I like to be where I am going to hunt at least a hour before daylight and usually stay until after dark), along with most of them have a no camping rule. These along with them telling you what area you are to hunt. Perhaps I am too much of a free spirit but it is a lot funner doing it on your own without all of their restrictions.

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Re: Ranching For Wildlife

I am a resident of colorado, but Just moved here 3 years ago. So I don't really know many of the areas. I do not care if I shoot a big bull, just want to go hunting. Have any Ideas! Open to different suggestions.

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I agree with Critter, the restrictions are too much for me for a bull hunt. Some of the RFWs do guide you (Three Forks, maybe others), but I'm certain that they way the control where you go will limit you opportunities on anything above a raghorn. They get $5,000+ for those hunts, they aren't gonna send you into the spot where the big boys are. But they also shouldn't let all the public hunters fight over where they want to go. 3 points is kind of no man's land for elk hunting in Colorado. Too few for a trophy unit, too many for a typical limited draw area that only needs 1 point. You might consider looking over the rules for each ranch before applying to see what works for you. http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/BigGame/RanchingforWildlife/ParticipatingRanches.htm
Blue Gravel, for instance requires a check in time of 7 am, Cross Mountain allows game retrieval between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, it goes on and on, but you get the point. See what works for you. If you're gonna blow your points, you don't want any unpleasant surprises.

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If you truly don't care about shooting a big bull and just "want to go hunting" than maybe think about putting in for a cow tag on one of the ranches. Or just put in for a cow tag in a unit with a strong elk population. It all depends on if you want to spend your points or not.

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What part of the state are you in ? If you are in the denver area #49 is a great unit to hunt with 3 points and it's not a bad drive to do a few summer scouting trips.You may also look into a muzzleloader hunt ,some nice units to be had with 2 or 3 points, 9 days in september is hard to beat plus you have the rut.If you do a RFW in unit three go as late as you can , no snow no elk.I hunted with the folks at big gulch RFW on a antelope hunt a few years ago and had a great time they gave me a large part of the ranch and said have fun.It is NOT a trophy hunt there for elk at all so they won't be hiding the "big one" from you and filling a either sex tag should not be a problem on that late hunt.Almost all the roads on the ranch are county roads so you can check it out any time.

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Re: Ranching For Wildlife

Thank for the information I really appreciate it.

rcryan: I live just north of denver in Fort lupton, thanks for the info on the RFW area's. I have never been down or around to unit 49, what season would you recommend sending in for that area. Also I would not even know where to begin looking in that area, so if you have some tips or ideas I would really appreciate it. If you want to talk, let me know and I can give you my e-mail.

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Re: Ranching For Wildlife

DIY,find out some stats,get a map,go hiking in the summer to familiarize yourself with layout of the land(with fishin rod in hand),go back in hunting season and hunt your bum off! Whistling Mr. Cool!

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Re: Ranching For Wildlife

Big Gulch would be my first choice, the only thing is that most likely they will have a guide stick with you so you do not run the animals off. But is basically a for sure thing if you are a decent shot.

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