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CPW and Collins Mountain Ranch offering private land elk and mule deer hunts in NW Colorado, application deadline Oct. 1

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 during certain hunting seasons in fall of 2018.

The ranch is located in Game Management Unit 23, home of the White River mule deer and elk herds, two of the largest big game populations in the state of Colorado.

The hunts are open to all eligible hunters; however, preference will be given to youth and military veterans that apply. There is no cost associated with the application.

Interested hunters must submit their application by 5 p.m., Oct. 1, 2018. In the application, hunters should be specific about which of these hunting seasons/opportunities they are interested and eligible to apply for.

Send completed application to:

Colorado Parks and Wildlife – Meeker Office
Attn: Bailey Franklin/Collins Mountain Ranch Hunts
PO Box 1181, Meeker CO 81641

The application is on the CPW website, at this link.

The following hunts on the Collins Mountain Ranch will be available this year.


Second regular rifle season – Oct. 20-28

Applicants must have drawn a limited antlered deer license valid on private land in GMU 23, which includes the following eligible deer hunt codes:
– DM012O2R
– DE011P2R

Applicant must confirm eligibility and indicate interest in the buck mule deer hunt.

One hunter will be selected from a pool of eligible applicants to hunt a buck deer during the second regular rifle season.

Fourth limited rifle season – November 14-18

Only applicants that drew a limited, antlered elk hunting license for hunt code EM01204R are eligible to apply for this bull elk hunt, but would be restricted to the fourth, limited rifle season.

Applicant must confirm that they have already drawn a fourth rifle limited elk license for hunt code EM01204R. Applicants must indicate interest in the bull elk hunt in application. One hunter from the pool of eligible applicants will be selected to hunt a bull elk during hunt dates specifically listed above.

– Latter portion of Late, private-land-only rifle season: Nov. 19-30 (EF011P5R)
– Late rifle December PLO cow elk season – Hunt 1: Dec. 1-6 (EF023P5R)
– Late rifle December PLO cow elk season – Hunt 2: Dec. 7-12 (EF023P5R)
– Late rifle December PLO cow elk season – Hunt 3: Dec. 13-18 (EF023P5R)

To be eligible to apply for these hunts, the applicant must have drawn a limited antlerless elk license for one of the following PLO hunt codes:
– EF011P5R
– EF023P5R

CPW will select three hunters from pool of eligible applicants to hunt cow elk during any of the potential cow elk hunt dates specifically listed above. Hunters will be distributed among various hunt dates to minimize crowding and maximize hunter success rates.

CPW Staff will compile and sort all eligible applications that are received by the deadline for each of the separate public hunt opportunities listed above. 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.

The unique opportunity developed through a perpetual wildlife conservation easement agreement between Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Collins Mountain Ranch, made possible with sportsmen dollars through the Habitat Stamp program.

The large-scale big game habitat protection effort allows limited public hunting access in perpetuity on the 2,400-acre property in GMU 23. Habitat varies between mountain shrub lands with some aspen up high, and sagebrush and pinyon-juniper woodland at the lower elevations.

For more information or questions, call Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Meeker office at 970-878-6090.

Visit the CPW website for more information about big game hunting in Colorado.

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