RANCHING FOR WILDLIFE RANCHES

The ranches within our organization are run under the Ranching For Wildlife Program (RFW) and are not subject to many of the traditional restrictions that are mandatory on other ranches state wide. The RFW Program is a cooperative agreement between the State of Colorado and a limited number of premier ranches within the state. For certain concessions that we make to the state, we as private land owners are allowed a much greater say in the management of the game herds within our borders. In conjunction to having a greater say in the management we also receive certain other benefits such as:

  1.)  The ability to set our own season dates.

This means that we can pretty much tailor the dates of a hunt to fit a groups needs. It allows us to spread the dates out, therefore reducing hunting pressure and makes it possible to have much smaller groups booked over a longer time frame.

  2.)  The ability to hunt by any legal means.

This simply allows you to choose your weapon. You can literally hunt with a bow one second and a rifle, pistol or muzzle loader the next and be perfectly legal. This feature together with the ability to set our dates allows a hunter to hunt in mid September with a rifle, or early November with a bow. It is your choice.

  3.)  Guaranteed Licenses.

All licenses are issued directly to the ranch. These licenses are purchased by the hunter from our distributor prior to hunting, without the hassle of applying or drawing. We basically stop by the store and with proper identification and a copy of your hunter safety card, you may then buy a license. Anyone born after 1948 is required to have a hunter safety card. If you have booked an Elk/Mule Deer/Antelope Combination Hunt, then you will need to buy all 3 licenses at one time, and regardless of when your hunt is booked, the licenses are guaranteed.

As you can see, there is a large management difference between a traditional ranch and our ranches in the RFW Program. Is one better than the other? No, not necessarily. But, the RFW Program does give you, the hunter, three distinct advantages and much more flexibility than a traditional system.

All or part of this operation is conducted on public Lands under special recreation permit from the US Bureau of Land Management.