Horse Creek Ranch (one of several by that name in Wyoming) is one the most beautiful properties I've seen out West. It is one contiguous block with limited access and lots of wildlife, including elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, antelope and cougars, plus, of course, coyotes. There is also lots of bird life and some great trout fishing in stream-fed lakes and ponds.
The property sprawls the Laramie Range, running over the summits and dropping onto the Laramie Plains. It encompasses about 100,000 acres, of which Magnusson hunts exclusively on about 75,000. There is no public land inside or around the ranch, so there are no public hunters pressuring the game or competing with Magnusson's hunters.
The ranch owner, Dave Berry, is an intriguing man from an old Wyoming ranching family and is very interested in the quality of the hunting and the success of the hunting operation. He keeps an excellent balance between cattle ranching and wildlife. Everything on the Horse Creek Ranch is done right. Fences are straight, roads are good, lakes and waterways clean and no junk piles anywhere.
The ranch features mostly open country, with lots of high rolling plains and rocky outcroppings. In some areas, the land is broken up with deep canyons and patches of aspen. For the most part, you can see out for five miles. The hill country holds good numbers of elk, and there are large resident herds that wander around here. It's possible to see 350 to 400 elk in one herd.
The elk I shot was with a group of about 500 - an awesome sight. That doesn't mean,........(continued)