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Colorado Elk Horseback Hunt & Mule Deer


Colorado Elk Horseback Hunt & Mule Deer


This free range high opportunity elk and/or mule deer hunt is located 15 miles south of Montrose near Colona, CO in west, southwest Colorado in Unit 65.  You will have the option of a Colorado elk horseback hunt or mule deer hunt on this property. Alternatively, choose a classic spot and stalk using vehicles and ATV’s.  The beautiful 12,000 acre ranch has long been the home of some great Colorado mule deer hunting. The deer migrate up the mountain with the first grass of spring and back down to the hay fields in the fall. The ranch has excellent habitat for the large local elk herd as well ranging from cedars and pinions down low to the Gambrel Oak, Aspen and pines up on the mountain.

Colorado Elk Horseback Hunt
Colorado Elk Horseback Hunt

The ranch ranges from 6,000’-9,000’ elevation with a mix of prime grazing lands to sage brush areas to Aspen forests to dark timber. It has a lot of tall timber country with beautiful high mountain meadows; the perfect mix for great elk and mule deer hunting.

Elk have enjoyed 85% success rate and mule deer hunts 100% so far.  A great place for an elk, mule deer combo hunt. Fantastic FREE RANGE hunt.

This is a family owned and operated business since 2002 committed to excellence.  Antlers & Anglers Worldwide is excited to partner with this high opportunity outfitter who is known for some of the finest hospitality, guides and experiences the West has to offer.

You will want to think a year or even two or more ahead to secure your hunt on this ranch unless there is a late cancellation.  This outfitter offers a limited number of elk and mule deer hunts each year to maximize trophy quality and minimize hunting pressure.  Book early!

HUNTER SAFETY CARD is required if born after January 1, 1949.  Colorado has no exceptions to this rule.


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Species: Elk and Mule Deer
Capacity: 2 - 4 hunters
Location: Near Montrose, Colorado
Season: Mid October - Mid November
Method: Rifle
Lodging: Clean and comfortable cabin
Food: Home cooked meals
Trip Length: 6 nights/5 days
Transport: Guides trucks, ATV's and horses
Guided: 1x1 or 2x2 fully guided


Hunting Overview: RIFLE ONLY

This is your classic western style Colorado spot & stalk hunt driving in trucks or ATV’s, hiking and glassing. And yes, you can enjoy an old fashioned horseback hunt if you wish. These are experienced, good horses but obviously you need some experience riding.

Offering a limited number of hunts each year means minimal pressure on the game and lots of room for the hunter. There are only 2 deer hunters in camp at a time and a maximum of 4 elk hunters.

Rifle mule deer hunters have been 100% successful and elk hunters have been 85% successful.

Elk hunts: there is a large, thriving local elk herd on this ranch that provides you with the chance to bag a beautiful elk. The lodge only offers 15 bulls each year to minimize the hunting pressure. Realistic expectations are a bull in the 260-300 gross SCI range with some up to 330 gross SCI. Their best bull was 310.

Bow hunters should plan a date mid-September or later to avoid summer heat and to be closer to the prime bugle. Bow hunters will enjoy the fun and excitement of spot & stalk/ calling these bulls. Hunting in pop-ups over watering holes is an option as well.

Mule Deer hunts:  While overall numbers here are less than some other places, this ranch and general area have a great history for some great mule deer. The lodge only offers 4-6 bucks each year to continue to improve the overall trophy quality. November is prime rut.

Historically bucks range from 170-180’s gross SCI with 190’s possible. Best is about 190 B&C.

Season:  Mid October to Mid November

License / Preference Points / Vouchers:

For your convenience our outfitter will handle purchasing preference points and draw applications.  Don’t worry, we take care of all of this for you!  What you need to know is that we make sure you are able to get an elk tag and a mule deer tag one way or another.  What a mule deer tag costs is the difference and we will explain further when we visit about your hunt.


Travel Schedule:

Arrive the afternoon of arrival day to shoot your rifle and settle in. Hunt the next 5 full days. Depart after breakfast the following day.

Travel Suggestions:

Commercial and private planes fly into Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT) where you can rent a vehicle for the 1 ½ hour drive to the ranch or pay an extra fee for the lodge to pick you up.



Cabin: There is a small clean, comfortable cabin on the mountain top that has one bunk-room with an attached bathroom. It has electricity, hot water, shower and toilet. The bunk-room can sleep 5 on twin beds and bunk beds. There is a complete kitchen, a sitting area and a large porch with a spectacular view of the San Juan Mountains which are only 20 miles south of the ranch.

There are a couple of other cabins close to provide 2 more bedrooms if needed.

No Wi-Fi  but cell service is good.

Apartment: There are 2 nice garage apartment room options down at the bottom of the mountain at Headquarters which are great for couples or families. Each has a large bedroom with a vaulted ceiling, queen bed and a trundle bed. There is a nice full bathroom as well as full kitchen. There is a comfortable breakfast room table/ sitting area as well.

There is Wi-Fi in the apartments for your convenience as well as cell service.


Good meals are a part of this experience. Start your day with a continental breakfast consisting of various Danishes, fresh fruit, juices and coffee before heading out for the morning hunt. Return around 11:00 AM for a big, hot brunch consisting of favorites like breakfast burritos, French toast, pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon and more. Dinners will be favorites like steaks, spaghetti, fajitas, chicken fried steak and more. Everyone loves the meals and no one goes hungry!

Alcohol is BYOB


2020 Prices:

Elk Hunt:
$7,500 1X1 Guided
$6,500 2×1 Guided

Mule Deer:
$5,000 1×1 Guided
$4,000 2×1 Guided

Combination Elk/Mule Deer: 2nd or 3rd season ONLY
$8,500 1×1 Guided
$7,500 2×1 Guided