The leaves are changing, a chill is in the air, and we’ve seen our first snow of the season already. For many, the fall season means pumpkin spiced lattes, kids back in school, and prepping for the upcoming holidays. However, for the seasoned hunter, it means boots on the ground and trekking into the back country in hopes of glassing that coveted elk during the rut.
Under $3 Million
As the name implies, Elk Camp is a great hunting property. Located in a coveted trophy Elk Area that consistently produces elk in access of 360 inches, this private end-of-the-road gem includes some excellent big game habitat including excellent water resources, some great timber ground, diverse terrain, and access to thousands of acres of land locked public land.
Jack Creek Ranch offers some of the best big game hunting in the state of Wyoming. The ranch boundary adjoins the Bighorn National Forest for approximately 4.5 miles, and qualifies for for two landowner elk tags and over the counter mule deer tags. Other big game found on the ranch includes moose, black bear, mountain lion, and antelope.
Singing Elk Ranch is a 423 acre property that hunts like a much larger property due to its one mile long contiguous border with the National Forest. The White River Elk Herd, North America’s largest elk herd, is found here and takes up residence in the sprawling Flat Tops Mountains, migrating east right through the ranch to lower elevations during the fall hunting season. Trophy mule deer are also prolific on the property and adjoining National Forest lands. The ranch qualifies for private landowner vouchers and over the counter big game tags are readily available.
$3 Million to $5 Million
Situated at the eastern front Beartooth Mountains, Trout Creek Ranch sees is home to both elk and mule deer. Elk are numerous on the property during the fall rut as they move from higher summer ground into the lower reaches of the Stillwater Valley. The ranch also provides year-round quality habitat for trophy mule deer. The property falls within MT Wildlife Region 5, and Elk & Deer District 520, providing very realistic opportunities for harvesting nice bulls and big bucks on the ranch in both archery and rifle seasons with a General License.
Situated in the Wildcat Hills southwest of Scottsbluff, the ranch has all of the attributes of a trophy hunting property and wildlife refuge. With public hunting access on three sides, wildlife find sanctuary on this ranch increasing the opportunities for game.
This luxurious retreat sits on the doorstep of the magnificent Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, possessing its own private, backyard entry into it, where the public rarely, if ever, ventures. See the 350’’ trophy bull elk in the wildlife camera image near the residence? He was harvested later that season by an archery hunter on this property!
The 2,308 acre Burro Mesa Ranch is, acre for acre, one of the best elk and mule deer hunting properties in the Rocky Mountain region. The listing brokers, Jeff and Pat, have personally harvested bulls in excess of 350” and bucks in excess of 180” on the property! The ranch supports high densities of trophy elk and mule deer with abundant numbers of bears and turkeys. Current ownership has prioritized the wildlife resource through habitat enhancement, range management, and conservative hunting pressure/harvest principles. The adjoining property, Sandoval Ranch, is also home to great trophy hunting.
Located along the Apishapa River with the Spanish Peaks towering to the northwest, lies the diverse Brunelli Ranch. With the combination of irrigated hay lands surrounded by gently sloping timbered hillsides, meadows and canyons, wildlife abounds on this property. There is a healthy big-game population on the ranch which includes, elk, mule deer, black bear, mountain lion and Merriam’s turkeys. This ranch lies in Colorado big game hunting unit 85, a prime trophy hunting unit.
$5 Million to $15 Million
C Cross C Ranch represents a unique opportunity for the avid hunter with over 2,000 acres of well-blocked and productive habitat. The ranch features almost 1,000 feet of elevation change and has thick timber and open parks that create a haven for elk and deer, all within about 25 minutes of downtown Steamboat Springs.
Located adjacent to Pike National Forest with a foothill climate and terrain, a large variety of wildlife is seen on the Dakan Ranch. The property is important habitat for elk, mule deer, and black bear, and it’s rare to have a major big game hunting opportunity this close to town.
Part of Cross Mountain Ranch, Pyramid Peak is home to North America’s largest elk herd, offering quality big game hunting and recreation, adjacency to National Forest, as well as an LL Bean designed hunting lodge. Several ponds and numerous riparian areas located throughout the ranch provide water and feed for wildlife, and the current owners work cooperatively with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to maintain elk and deer herds.
Also part of Cross Mountain Ranch, Egry Mesa offers 6.5 miles of boundary with the Routt National Forest, a combined 5 miles of two rivers, and water rights that irrigate approximately 180 acres of meadows and pastures, providing feed, cover and water for wildlife. North America’s largest elk herd, the White River Elk Herd, calls Egry home as well, with the ranch expertly managed for wildlife.
Over $15 Million
Situated in southern Colorado at the headwaters of the Huerfano River, this ranch has valuable wildlife habitat for trophy elk, mule deer, bear, and bighorn sheep, as well as several other mammals and raptors. Singing River’s diverse terrain and adjacency to hundreds of thousands of acres of national forest affords endless recreational and hunting opportunities.
Available private land holdings of over four thousand acres in the greater Roaring Fork Valley near Aspen are definitely one-of-a-kind, and the critters know this, as the largest elk herd in the region loves to hang out on Three Meadows Ranch’s healthy, expansive habitat, as you can see from this video taken on the property’s largest irrigated meadow. This very lightly-hunted ranch is now ready for a new hunter owner to steward!
Consisting of 5 individual properties (available individually or in aggregate), both the Cherry Creek Ranch and Cotton Creek Farm tracts feature high numbers of trophy elk, deer, and antelope. It is not unusual to see 350” bulls, 180”+ mule deer, and 75”+ antelope. These tracts, with their ideal combination of food, water and cover, serve as a natural sanctuary for all three species. At times these tracts may hold 500+ elk.
Truly the Serengeti of the American West, The Cottonwood is prime habitat for elk and moose and is located in trophy hunting units for mule deer and pronghorn. It offers uninterrupted ecological connectivity with the Green River Basin and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The riparian zones amidst the upland grasslands elevates the ecological values providing superior wildlife habitat diversity for several key species and the longest ungulate migration corridor in the US passes through the valley. The Sublette Shiras Moose and the pronghorn antelope herds are the largest in the US outside of Alaska.
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