These public hunt licenses are awarded through a special drawing that is held by the Division. Hunters interested in entering the lottery should contact the Colorado Division of Wildlife to request a copy of the proclamation for the year they plan to hunt. The proclamation includes complete instructions and applications for entering the drawings for antelope, black bear, elk and mule deer. The Ranching for Wildlife properties are listed in the proclamation and given a hunt code number, which must be shown on the application to enter the drawing. The Division mails each successful hunter his license, while the ranch itself sends the licensee a packet including the rules of the ranch. For example, some ranches require only that the successful hunter check in and out with them each day. Others provide guide service and help with the meat and antlers or skin.
Keep in mind that the ranchers derive no income from the hunters who are drawn in the lottery. As Ranching for Wildlife Director John Seidel puts it, the beauty of the program is it gives the ordinary hunter who's lucky enough to get drawn an opportunity to hunt trophy animals on private land for nothing more than the cost of his license. Those costs in 1997/98 for a non-resident,........(continued)