Hunt #5025 DIY/Semi-Guided Mule Deer/Elk 3,000 Acres Private

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 3,000 acres of private land with the lodge or a drop camp on the edge of private with public land hunting up high and 2 cabins. The mountain is public at the top but you have to get through private land to get there so this is the perfect setup. And public hunters below the private are pushing them up to you.


Western Colorado, GMU421. The closest town is Collbran.

Hunt Type(s):

The following hunts are available:

  • Drop camp on back side of the ranch and 500 acres private to hunt as well as public.
  • Cabins on private land but public land DIY hunting
  • A-frame Lodge with 3000 acres private land DIY hunting.
  • Ranch mule deer hunt is guided on private.
  • 80 acre private land DIY/Semi-guided Honey Hole mule deer hunt

Species & Recommended Seasons:

Elk, mule deer and black bear. Archery and 1st rifle season for drop camp. 2nd through 4th rifle at the lodge and any season at the ranch. There is too much chance for snow and could get snowed out at the drop camp and cabin during 4th rifle.


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:

The A-frame Lodge:  The 3,000 acre ranch is reserved for the lodge hunters and runs from 7,000’ to 10,000’ elevation. So there is a mix of open parks, ponds, springs, creeks, aspen and pine. Some of the area is steep and other easier hiking.  There is a pond that the elk, deer and bear frequent.

Deluxe Tent Camp: The camp is in the back of the 3000 acre property and the only way to get there is with an ATV with 4WD due to its location up at around 9000 feet in altitude. The hunt provider will take you in and carry a load with him, but you are required to haul all your other gear in for your camp. He will show you the fence lines and where you can hunt. In addition, with this hunt there is a high success canyon, besides the National Forest property. This canyon is steep and because of its ruggedness it is walking only. Because it is difficult, the deer and elk move in there more and more as the hunters at the very bottom of the hills move around. They do not get up near you but human movement drives deer, bear, elk and coyotes there because of the access and the 500 or so acres is private property.  You are camping on private land, with a deluxe hunt provider tent. It is best to hunt this honey hole from the top to the bottom, so it is not so difficult. At the bottom of the canyon, you can walk out to one of the ranch roads and have someone pick you up and drive you around and back up to camp on your ATV. There is a 4-man deluxe outfitters tent and a small cooking cabin, where the propane stove and chairs are located so that you can eat there and sit around on chairs to swap stories and hunt information. There are no beds in there but up to 2 hunters can stay in the building to sleep if you bring mats and sleeping bags.

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 new cabin will sleep 4 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.  Since it is a new cabin the area has not been hunted for years, so the deer and elk feel like they have been living in a preserve all these years. It 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.

Silt Cabin:  The cabin has road access and 1000 acres private land sits at about 8500' elevation 1/4 mile from the cabin. It has timber, parks and water.  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 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.  There are 2 cabins, one for sleeping and one for cooking.  There is a propane cook stove so bring propane bottles.  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.

Mule Deer Trespass Hunt: Semi-Guided/DIY by Mesa Colorado. 80 acres private land of pinyon pines, 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):

Drop Camp 3 to 6, A-frame lodge 4 to 10, Bull Basin cabin 4 to 6 or Silt cabin 2 to 6, 80 acre Honey Hole for 2 min/max.

Mode of Travel:

Vehicle to lodge and cabins, ATV or 4WD to drop camp and on foot from there. Recommend ATVs for getting to/from lodging or game retrieval only so as not to spook game. Horses ok too.

Animal Quality:

Local herd of about 100 elk hang out on the property and move to and from neighboring ranches, up to public land and back again. 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.



Drop Camp for 3 to 6 is $1995/person.

A-frame Lodge for 4 to 10 during $2495/person.  Add a guide $250/day/group, 2 day minimum (available first come first served).

Bull Basin Cabin for 4 min to 6 max $1895/person.

Silt Cabin for 2 min to 6 max $1395/person lodging only or $1895/person with the 1000 acres private.

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

80 acre private land prime mule deer “Honey Hole” trespass fee hunt $1695/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
  • Meals (guided mule deer hunt at the ranch only)
  • Guiding (ranch mule deer hunt included or lodge for a fee, trespass gets guide tips)
  • 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.