Hunt #5024 DIY/Semi-Guided Elk Private Land

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Hunt ID: CO-5024

About the Hunt Provider:

Good DIY property is difficult to find.  Well this hunt provider is different. They not only provide you with the whole ranch in a prime Colorado big game area but does it on 5 different ranches in the area.  Not only does he put you in elk country but also when you do shoot the elk, he will help you get it out which depending where you shoot it can be overwhelming in the timber and rugged elk country.  The information below details some of the ranch highlights but depending on what you are hunting and when he will put you where your success will be the highest.

His hunts are very successful and one of the highest of any DIY private land I have ever seen which has a lot to do with the quality of the land you are hunting and the limited number of hunter he allows on a ranch. This is the downfall; it books up extremely quickly due to the high quality of hunting habitat. In addition his repeat clientele continue to re-book 60% of his hunts every year leaving only a few available each year.

With over 20 years of providing this service for hunter all over the world he has built a proven plan on how to make the hunters on his property successful. These are working Colorado cattle ranches so road access is good and ATV’s are allowed in some areas.

The best way is to reserve a spot with a deposit and then put in for a license. This way when you draw you will have a prime place to hunt. Some of the hunts require drawing point’s but an application for a elk license will always be drawn,

All of the ranches are elk ranches. All of the ranches have a camping area with some type of sanitary facility. Drinking water is not available on 4 of the ranches and must be brought in by the hunter; clean up water is generally available on the ranch. All of the ranches require a 4wd vehicle to get around the ranch with. ATV's are allowed but are under the same restrictions as motor vehicles. NO HORSES are allowed on any of the ranches. All of the ranches are working cattle ranches so they do have cattle out during the seasons. The ranches are staffed by our personnel to handle any problems and to provide 1st responder assistance in case of an emergency. These staff people are nearly all hunters who have hunted the ranches for years, most of them are law enforcement officers, either active or retired. They will help you with any questions or concerns you might have while on the ranch. These staffers are not guides and will not provide any services beyond those listed above. Staffers may or may not be hunting during their time on the ranch.

Additional services such as groceries, gas, motels, car rentals, meat processing, and airline transportation can be obtained in Steamboat Springs. Except for car rentals, airlines, and medical attention these same services can be obtained in Walden, which is about 25 miles from the ranches.

You will be given a map of the property boundary fences. It is also the proof that you have permission to be on the ranch.


North Central near Walden, CO.  GMU016 and GMU017.

Hunt Type(s):

DIY on private land.

Species & Recommended Seasons:

Elk and black bear any season.


Muzzleloader, 1st and 4th rifle for bull and cow elk tags are a draw.  Archery, 2nd and 3rd rifle elk licenses over the counter.

Black bear a draw and may be leftover.

License and Voucher Watchdog will get you the licenses you need.

License and Season Information

Lay of the Land:

All ranches are either surrounded by or border private and national forest, BLM or state trust lands.  Unit 16 has about 11,000 acres and unit 17/181 has 7,300 acres private among multiple ranches in both units.  Elevation tends to be 7500' to 9000'.  You will be assigned a ranch to hunt.  They consist of creeks, ponds, irrigation channels, meadows, willows, dark timber, pines, aspen, scrub and sage brush, open bowls and hay meadows.  Early elk herds can be upwards of 300 head.  Archery hunting tends to be tree stands and blinds.  Access is by 4x4 vehicle and ATVs are allowed.

Party Size (min/max for booking):

Mountain property for 4 minimum to 6 max.

Mode of Travel:

Drive to property. Horses and ATVs ok.  No horses.

Animal Quality:

Elk up to 300”.

Success Rate:

The state wide average for elk harvest is down around 10% and 25% during rifle seasons combined archery 13% and muzzleloader 20% but on our ranches it's much higher so you can see why we are proud of our continual high harvest success rates.  Average success on the ranch for archery is 28%, muzzleloader 51%, rifle 32%, cow elk 70%.

Hunt Difficulty:

Easy to difficult on higher ground.


Elk/Black Bear

All hunts are 7 days except for 1st and 4th rifle which are 5 day seasons.

Bull elk any season $2595/person

Cow elk $1695/person

Black bear free during elk seasons.

Non-hunting Guest extra.

Extra hunting days $350/person/day when available.

What’s Included:

  • Access to plenty of acres of private land.
  • Exclusive use of the property by your group.
  • Game retrieval when available.
  • Maps of the property
  • Information about the property and surrounding area and recommendations on where/how to hunt it.

What’s Not Included:

  • Hunting Licenses
  • Transportation to Colorado
  • Meals
  • Guiding
  • Game processing
  • Taxidermy

Use the Hunt Request Form or call us using the phone number at the top of the page to check on availability, ask questions or book it.


Disclaimer: All prices are per person unless otherwise noted.  No additional fees for booking, the price is the price except for NM adds sales tax.  Unless otherwise noted price is per person, no licenses/tags included, game processing and taxidermy costs extra.  There is no guarantee in hunting.  Availability and prices subject to change by the outfitter or landowner and they have the last word.  If there is a discrepancy between our posted price and what they say it is then we do our best to negotiate for you but offer no guarantee.  We do our best to audit them making sure what they say they offer they actually do by visiting them or going on hunts we pay for.  No refunds for early tag out.  No guarantee on filling hunting licenses.