Deadline for private-land hunts near Meeker is Friday
MEEKER — Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Miller Creek Ranch in Meeker are offering big-game hunters an opportunity to apply for a limited number of private property, elk and mule deer hunts during certain hunting seasons this fall.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is accepting applications until Friday, Oct. 7. The hunts are open to all eligible hunters; however, preference will be given to youth and military veterans that apply. There is no cost associated with the application.
Interested hunters must submit their application by 5 p.m. Friday to:
Colorado Parks and Wildlife – Meeker Office
Attn: Bailey Franklin/Miller Creek Ranch Hunts
PO Box 1181, Meeker CO 81641
The application can be found at the CPW website, or visit cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Hunting/2016-MCR-Special-Public-Hunt-App.pdf.
Nine hunts will be available to hunters who have already drawn limited deer and elk licenses for Game Management Unit 23 during the 2016 big game hunting seasons. In addition, one public bull elk hunt will be available to any big game hunter that plans to purchase an unlimited, over-the-counter bull elk license for the third rifle season in 2016.
“This is a very rare, private land hunting experience,” said District Wildlife Manager Bailey Franklin. “We encourage sportsmen to take advantage of this chance to enjoy a free hunt on a private ranch in the White River Valley.”
The unique opportunity developed through a perpetual wildlife conservation easement agreement between Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Miller Creek Ranch landowners. As part of their efforts in a large-scale big game habitat protection, local wildlife managers reached an agreement to allow limited public hunting access in perpetuity on the 3,100-acre ranch property, located in GMU 23.
The Miller Creek Ranch is within the White River mule deer and elk herd units, two of the largest big game populations in the state of Colorado. The ranch features a variety of habitat, including high elevation aspen and conifer forest, mountain shrub lands and lower elevation pinyon-juniper woodland and sagebrush.
Applicant must confirm eligibility and must specifically indicate which of the antlerless/cow elk hunts listed above that they are applying for in the application.
CPW will select seven hunters from pool of eligible applicants to hunt cow elk during any of the potential cow elk hunt dates specifically listed above for 2016. Hunters will be distributed among various hunt dates listed above to minimize crowding and maximize hunter success rates.
The ten hunters will be notified by email soon after the deadline. In addition, those selected will receive specific dates and details from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, including a hunt packet detailing special travel restrictions and hunting access rules.
The conservation easements and related access for these hunts are made possible with sportsmen dollars through the Habitat Stamp program.
For more information or questions, call Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Meeker office at 970-878-6090.
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