Colorado's Ranching For Wildlife Program


Published: March - 1998

After Part II of our report on Colorado's Ranching for Wildlife Program went to press last month (see pages 5-8), we learned from program coordinator John Seidel that two more ranches have been enrolled in this innovative hunter-access program. That brings to 25 the number of ranches that are enrolled. The first of these new ranches is 20,000-acre Buffalo Horn Ranch (c/o Jim Walma) located in northwestern Colorado near Meeker. The owners have permits for deer and elk. Public draw hunters will be able to try for one of three buck permits and three bull permits.

Hunters must check in before the hunt and check out each day. No camping is allowed on the ranch, but hunters may pay to stay at the ranch lodge. Assistance from ranch staff is available for a fee. No vehicles are allowed, which means all hunting must be done from horseback or on foot. Elevations range from 6,500 to 8,500 feet. All-inclusive guided package hunts are available. Prices are $5,000 for elk, $3,000 for deer and $7,000 for combo elk/deer.

The other new ranch is called Bijou Springs Ranch (c/o Jeff Bornamayer). This 18,000-acre spread is located northeast of Colorado Springs and has permits for deer and pronghorn antelope. Public draw hunters will receive two buck deer and four buck antelope permits this coming season. Hunters who are successful in the draw will receive an orientation packet. Ranch staff will assist hunters by providing general advice and some help packing out trophies.

Terrain varies from flat-top mesas to riverbottom. No camping or lodging is available on the premises. All-inclusive package hunts are available through outfitter Richard Petrini of Tri-State Outfitters, though late word is he is unlikely to have any openings for this year. For more information on applying for a public draw permit for these two ranches, or any other ranch participating in the Ranching for Wildlife Program, contact the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

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