Hunt #5025 DIY/Semi-Guided Elk/Deer Private Land

Current Stock:

Species required
Combination Hunt required
1 on 1 Guide Option required
2 on 1 Guide Option

Hunt ID: CO-5025

About the Hunt Provider:

The hunt provider has private and blocked public land with ranch lodging, cabins and trespass.


Western Colorado, GMU421. The closest town is Grand Junction.

Hunt Type(s):

The following hunts are available:

  • Cabins with up to 2000 acres private land.
  • Ranch mule deer hunt is guided on private.
  • 80 acre private land DIY/Semi-guided mule deer hunt
  • 800 acres with a cabin or bring a camper

Species & Recommended Seasons:

Elk, mule deer and black bear.  Any season at the ranch. There is too much chance for snow and could get snowed out at the Bull Basin cabin during 4th rifle but Mountain Cabin may be ok that late.


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

Mule Deer all licenses a draw.

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

License and Season Information

Lay of the Land:

Bull Basin Cabin: A cabin on 40 acres private with national forest access 200 yards from the back of the cabin and walking access only. This cabin will sleep 3 to 6 hunters and make a great hunting cabin, not a lot of flash but in the great location.  The property is at 9500' elevation and perfect for elk with closest public access 2 miles away so it takes work for anyone else to get up there.  The cabin is on the back side of the private land, so no one hunts it. It is in a way that National Forest hunters do not go there but do push deer and elk to you. Do not forget you can shoot right out of the cabin door as you leave in the morning. The road to it is accessible by 4WD Truck or ATV. Pockets like this are famous for producing bucks and bulls that no one has ever seen before. The heat is wood stove, cooking is propane and since you are off the grid the electrical is from the cabin generator. Water is hauled to the cabin for you, so you have all the comforts of home in this well insulated cabin.

Mountain Cabin:  The cabin has road access with or without snow and 2000 acres private land sits at about 8500' elevation, perfect for elk and deer. It has timber, parks and a creek and it's adjacent to national forest.  It has a place for horses or bring ATVs but best not to be driving around on them as you will spook game off the property.  It's best to use them for game retrieval.  It can take 4 to 6 hunters. The area surrounding you in most directions is the Uncompahgre National Forest. Research will provide you the stats on this well-known area for elk and deer, with archery, muzzleloader and rifle every year. You can park your horses, ATV or truck here and pick your place where you want to hunt every morning. Bring your maps, GPS and compass because this is a self-guided hunt.  Elk are bedded and secure where they are safe mid-day.  Snow is common depending on what season you hunt.  Snow is your friend after September because it makes the elk move and are more exposed.  Warm weather makes the elk bed during the day when you are hunting so they will be there but makes them difficult to find.  There are 2 cabins, one for sleeping and one for cooking.  There is a propane cook stove so bring propane bottles and the sleeping cabin has a wood stove (see picture of interior above).  He has water available but you probably want to buy some bottled water and/or bring a 5gal can.  Bring some lanterns as people tend to walk off with them.

800 acres private and bring your own camper:  The property has road access with or without snow and 800 acres private land. The property is surrounded by national forest at 8500' elevation with pastures rising to 9000' with scrub brush and trees.  It has a place for horses or bring ATVs but best not to be driving around on them as you will spook game off the property.  It's best to use them for game retrieval.  It can take 2 to 4 hunters.

Mule Deer Trespass Hunt: Semi-Guided/DIY by Mesa Colorado. 80 acres private land of pinyon pines, aspen, pasture, and creek bottom.  Great mule deer hunting and you are able to hunt the private land.  All of the property around you is private so there is a high density of animals where you are and a low density of people. Since there is no public land around you will not have any fence jumpers because the neighbors watch the fences as well as we do, so you will be completely alone on the property.

Party Size (min/max for booking):

Bull Basin cabin 3 to 6, Mountain Cabin 3 to 6, 80 acre for 1 or 2, 800 acres with camping 2 to 4.

Mode of Travel:

Drive to cabins. Recommend ATVs for getting to/from lodging or game retrieval only so as not to spook game. Horses ok too.

Animal Quality:

Elk up to 300” and mule deer from 140”-190”.

Success Rate:

Success rate is not tracked for DIY hunts. Guided mule deer 99% success rate in muzzleloader season and 100% rifle season.

Hunt Difficulty:

Ranch is low impact meaning easier hiking than most hunts on the lower part of the ranch. Medium to difficult on higher ground.



Bull Basin Cabin for 3 min to 6 max $1895/person.

Mountain Cabin for 3 min to 6 max $1695/person with the 800 acres private.

Mountain Cabin for 4 to 6 with 2000 acres private land $2495/person.

Ranch guided multi-locations for mule deer $2495/person.

80 acre private land prime mule deer trespass fee hunt for 1 or 2 $1495/person

80 acre private land Spring Merriam Turkey for 2 Max $395/person

Additional $995 for 2nd animal, 3rd animal free, licenses extra.

Non-hunting Guest extra.

Deer vouchers may be available.

What’s Included:

  • Lodging (see above)
  • Meals (guided mule deer hunt at the ranch only)
  • Guiding (ranch mule deer hunt included or lodge for a fee)
  • Private land and access to public land that is difficult to get to by public hunters.
  • Information about the property and surrounding area and recommendations on where/how to hunt it.
  • Game pack out from the drop camp.

What’s Not Included:

  • Hunting Licenses
  • Transportation to Colorado
  • Meals (unless you are doing guided mule deer at the ranch)
  • Guiding other than from ranch deer included or lodge for a fee.
  • Game pack out to the drop camp or cabin.
  • 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.