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Hunters looking for private land hunts in northwest Colorado, you have more opportunities to apply, offered by CPW and Miller Creek Ranch

MEEKER, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Miller Creek Ranch in Meeker are offering big-game hunters an opportunity to apply for a limited number of elk and mule deer hunts on private property during certain hunting seasons this fall.

The hunts on the Miller Creek Ranch are in addition to hunts available on the Collins Mountain Ranch.

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
Attn: Bailey Franklin/Miller Creek Ranch Hunts
PO Box 1181, Meeker CO 81641

The application is available on the CPW website.

Nine hunts will be available to hunters who drew limited deer and elk licenses for GMU 23 during the 2018 big game hunting seasons. In addition, one public bull elk hunt will be available to any big game hunter that plans to purchase an unlimited, over-the-counter bull elk license for the third rifle season in 2018.

PLEASE NOTE ALL REQUIREMENTS:

ONE UNGUIDED ANTLERED/BUCK DEER HUNT ON MILLER CREEK RANCH

Third regular rifle season – Nov. 3-11
OR
Fourth limited rifle season – Nov. 14-18

To be eligible, applicants must have drawn a limited deer license in either:
– DM012O3R
– DM012O4R
– DE011P3R

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

One hunter will be selected from a pool of eligible applicants to hunt a buck deer during one of the two potential buck deer hunt dates specifically listed above for 2018.

ONE UNGUIDED ANTLERLESS/DOE DEER HUNT ON MILLER CREEK RANCH

Third regular rifle season – Nov. 3-11

To be eligible, applicants must have drawn a limited antlerless deer license in either:
– DF012O3R
– DE011P3R

Applicants must confirm eligibility and indicate interest in doe mule deer hunt in the application.

One hunter will be selected from a pool of eligible applicants to hunt a doe deer during the hunt dates specifically listed above for 2018.

ONE UNGUIDED ANTLERED/BULL ELK HUNT ON MILLER CREEK RANCH

Third regular rifle season – Nov. 3-11
OR
Fourth limited rifle season – Nov. 14-18

All hunters are eligible to apply for this public bull elk hunt during the third rifle season.

Applicants that have drawn a limited, either sex license for EM012O4R are also eligible to apply for this bull elk hunt but would be restricted to the fourth, limited rifle season.

Applicant must confirm that they are planning to purchase an over-the-counter bull elk license for the third rifle elk season, or 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 only one of the two potential bull elk hunt dates specifically listed above for 2018.

7 UNGUIDED COW ELK HUNTS ON MILLER CREEK RANCH

– Third regular rifle season – Nov. 3-11 (EF01203R)
– Fourth limited rifle season – Nov. 14-18 (EF01104R)
– Latter portion of the late, Private Land Only rifle season. Nov. 19-30 (EF011P5R)
– Late rifle December Private Land Only cow elk season – Hunt 1: Dec.1-6 (EF023P5R)
– Late rifle December Private Land Only cow elk season – Hunt 2: Dec. 7-12 (EF023P5R)
– Late rifle December Private Land Only cow elk season – Hunt 3: Dec. 13-18 (EF023P5R)

In order to be eligible to apply for one of the seven public cow elk hunts, applicant must have drawn a limited antlerless or either-sex elk license in either:
– EF012O3R
– EF011O4R
– EF011P5R
– EF023P5R

Applicant must confirm eligibility and must specifically indicate which of the antlerless/cow elk hunts listed above that they are applying for in the application.

CPW will select seven hunters from pool of eligible applicants to hunt cow elk during any of the potential cow elk hunt dates specifically listed above for 2018. Hunters will be distributed among various hunt dates listed above 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 ten hunters will be notified by email soon after the deadline. In addition, those selected will receive specific dates and details from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, including 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 Miller Creek Ranch landowners, made possible with sportsmen dollars through the Habitat Stamp program.

As part of their efforts in a large-scale big game habitat protection, local wildlife managers reached an agreement to allow limited public hunting access in perpetuity on the 3,100-acre ranch property. The ranch features a variety of habitats, including high elevation aspen and conifer forest, mountain shrub lands and lower elevation pinyon-juniper woodland and sagebrush.

For more information or questions, call Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Meeker office at 970-878-6090. Go to http://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/BigGame.aspx for more information about big game hunting in Colorado.

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