Private land hunts available near Meeker
MEEKER — Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Collins Mountain Ranch in Meeker are offering big-game hunters an opportunity to apply for a limited number of private property, elk and mule deer hunts this fall. There is no cost associated with the application.
Five hunts will be available to those who drew limited deer and elk licenses for Game Management Unit 23 during the 2016 big game hunting seasons.
Interested hunters must submit a written application by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, to:
Colorado Parks and Wildlife – Meeker Office
Attn: Bailey Franklin/Collins Mountain Ranch Hunts
PO Box 1181, Meeker CO 81641
The application can be found by going to http://bit.ly/2dHj0V2.
The unique opportunity developed through a perpetual wildlife conservation easement agreement between CPW and the Collins Mountain Ranch. The large-scale big game habitat protection effort allows limited public hunting access in perpetuity on the 2,400-acre property in GMU 23.
Located within the White River mule deer and elk herd units, the area features two of the largest big game populations in the state of Colorado. Habitat varies between mountain shrub lands with some aspen up high, and sagebrush and pinyon-juniper woodland at the lower elevations.
The hunts are open to all eligible hunters; however, preference will be given to youth and military veterans.
In the application, hunters should specify which of these opportunities they are interested and eligible to apply for.
CPW staff will compile and sort all eligible applications that are received by the deadline for each of the separate public hunt opportunities.
Once selected, the five hunters will be immediately notified by email, including specifics and details, a hunt packet detailing special travel restrictions and hunting access rules.
For more information or questions, call CPW’s Meeker office at 970-878-6090.
The conservation easements and related access for these hunts are made possible with sportsmen dollars through the habitat stamp program.