Overview of Colorado Elk Hunt and Mule Deer Hunt - Meeker
Looking for an extremely HIGH OPPORTUNITY FREE RANGE Colorado elk hunt and mule deer as well as big black bear and mountain lion? Here it is! The beautiful 7,500 acre private ranch is nestled in the middle of the nation’s largest migratory elk herds. It ranges from 6,500 to 9,000 feet in elevation.
Located only 13 miles south of Meeker Colorado, this beautiful lodge is located right in the heart of Colorado’s finest scenery. Nestled at the base of the valley floor, the lodge is surrounded with large natural meadow grass hay fields, oak, Juniper covered draws and hill sides leading to some of Colorado’s finest big game hunting. With 3 miles of prime, tender green fields the game loves to hang out here in the fall!
While there are an abundance of elk and mule deer this outfitter chooses to only offer 12 elk and 4 mule deer trophies each year to maximize trophy quality and minimize hunting pressure.
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!
Rifle and bow hunters have enjoyed a staggering 100% shot opportunity on elk hunts! Rifle only for mule deer hunts. 100% success on the mule deer hunts in the past.
If you are looking for a high success mule deer hunt on one of Colorado’s most magnificent private ranches, look no further.
HUNTER SAFETY CARD is required if born after January 1, 1949. Colorado has no exceptions to this rule.
Hunting Overview: All free range hunts!
The statistics tell you all you need to know about this outfitter and ranch:
100% shot opportunity on elk / deer rifle hunts!
100% shot opportunity on elk / deer muzzleloader hunts
100% shot opportunity on black bear
The ranch is a prime feeding ground in the valley hay fields and a prime bedding area up on the hillsides. The ranch installed a $2.5 million dollar sprinkler system down in the valley which has allowed them to plant over 3 miles of green fields. These green fields are like a magnet drawing large numbers of elk and mule deer into the fields each evening.
For elk the hunt is a classic spot & stalk style hunt, driving roads with trucks & ATV’s, glassing combined with hunting from very comfortable, large box blinds with comfortable chairs down on the green fields in the evening. Rifle hunters can shoot from these box blinds. Ambush tactics are possible trying to intercept bulls as they go in or out of the green fields as well.
AM & early PM hunts are usually spot & stalk style hunts shifting to blinds on the green fields in the late afternoons.
Mule deer hunts are the same hunt tactics as elk hunts except the box blinds are normally not used.
Elk Rifle – Mid October – Mid November
Elk muzzeloader – September
Mule Deer Rifle (no archery hunting here) – Late October/early November
Black Bear – September
Mountain Lion – Mid November to end of April
Black Bear: Lots of color phase bears
You will be hunting in pop up blinds or box blinds over food sources. Spot and stalk is available but not typically used. They have excellent genetics in this area with a high percentage of color phase bears. The average size is about 300-350 pounds with some up to 500 pounds.
Elk Details: Rifle
The hunt is a classic spot & stalk style hunt, driving roads with trucks & ATV’s, glassing combined with hunting from very comfortable, large box blinds with comfortable chairs down on the green fields in the evening. These nice blinds have large windows.
Travel patterns are used to intercept bulls as they go in or out of the green fields as well. AM & early PM hunts are usually spot & stalk style hunts shifting to blinds on the green fields in the late afternoons.
September/October/November rifle hunts use the same tactics mentioned above during your hunt. September will be the prime rut/ bugle season which is one of the best hunting experiences there is anywhere.
The first and second rifle hunts are usually during the end of the elk rut and therefore you tend to see bigger bulls. There is usually some bugling still going on but bulls won’t come to cow calls as they do in September. Later you see huge numbers as they are hitting the green fields hard before winter sets in.
Elk average around 270-320 gross SCI and their best was a beautiful 345 gross SCI.
Mule Deer Details: RIFLE ONLY
These rifle hunts have been 100% successful over the years. They only offer 4 bucks per year so they can minimize pressure and continue to manage the herd for the trophy bucks hunters desire. This ranch is in a prime area for great trophy mule deer!
Most rifle hunts are done during the 2nd or 3rd rifle season which are late Oct/ early Nov. November is the rut.
Mule deer average in the 170-190 gross SCI range. In 2018 they took a 184, 191 and 207 gross SCI! Their best was the 207.
Mountain Lions: Mid November – April
Looking for the experience of a lifetime? Try your hand at stalking Colorado’s most fierce predator, the Mountain Lion. Our hunts are located in the northwestern corner of Colorado where mountain lion numbers continue to climb. You will stay at a hotel for these hunts and not at the lodge!
Lion Season runs from mid-November through the end of April; tags are available on an over-the-counter business per quota fill. With a 100% success rate over the last 25 years, we are sure you will enjoy this breath-taking adventure.
Our team focuses on harvesting mature males ranging from 140 pounds to more than 200 pounds. The team has more than 100 years combined experience with lion hunting including a pack of hounds that are sure to get it done in the toughest of conditions.
We offer both a 5-day hunt and an “on-call” service hunt; allowing you the opportunity to harvest your cat with your preferred method of take.
Licenses / Preference Point / Voucher Needs:
Elk license is 100% over the counter for bow
Elk license is a draw for rifle but with 100% success
Mule deer is available by purchasing preference points or by buying landowner voucher
Black bear tags are 100% draw but have had 100% success so far
Mountain Lion is over the counter tags
Outfitter will handle the application process for you.
Tags / Preference Point / Landowner Voucher:
For your convenience our outfitter will handle purchasing preference points, applying for your license, and purchasing leftover tags for a small service fee. The fee applies to each transaction. See fee details below in the “not included” section.
Elk tags are easy and guaranteed. Elk bow tags are available over the counter while rifle & muzzleloader tags are by draw with a 100% success rate. Buy your tag, your non-resident small game hunting license and habitat stamp. See pricing below.
For mule deer you need 2 preference points to draw a mule deer rifle tag for the 2nd hunt date and 8 points to draw the 3rd hunt. You can purchase 1 preference point per year for about $105.
For a faster mule deer tag you can apply for a landowner voucher for an additional $1,500. Landowner vouchers are a draw as well and have been 100% successful in the past.
Landowner voucher results are released the end of June.
If you purchase the voucher you still buy the Non-Resident mule deer tag, non-resident small game license and Habitat Stamp. See pricing information below subject to change by the state.
Preference point purchases and license applications for the draw are both in April.
This nice 5,500 sq ft comfortable log ranch house has 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Four of the bedrooms have a queen bed and the 5th bedroom has 3 twin beds. There is a kitchen, den area with TV and nice covered decks on this 2 story house.
There is good Wi-Fi for your convenience. AT&T works decent from the lodge and works well 3 minutes away. Verizon works well.
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!
BYOB: Alcohol is not included or provided. Please bring your own.
Length of Stay / Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive the afternoon of arrival day to shoot your rifle and settle in.
Day 2 – 6: Hunt the next 5 full days.
Day 7: Depart after breakfast the following day.
Travel Details & Location
Commercial and private planes fly into Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT) where you can rent a vehicle for the 1 1⁄2 hour drive to the ranch or have the ranch pick you up for an additional fee.
Internet & Communications
The lodge has internet and cell phones work in the area.
$8,000 2×1 Guided
$9,000 1×1 Guided
$9,000 2×1 Guided
$10,000 1×1 Guided
Trip Insurance & Cancellation Info
Trip insurance is highly recommended to protect your investment on this trip. We will assist you with trip insurance upon booking. See links at the bottom of this page for the two providers we suggest for our clients.
Antlers & Anglers Worldwide, LLC confirmation and refund policy:
If your trip is more than 90 days out from date of departure, a 50% non-refundable deposit confirms your reservation and must be received within 10 days of booking to confirm your dates. All trips must be paid in full at least 90 days prior to the departure date. If your trip date is within 90 days, FULL payment for the trip is required. All payments to Antlers & Anglers Worldwide, LLC are non-refundable. Should you need to reschedule or cancel your trip, we will do everything in our power to assist you in finding a suitable substitute or transferring your dates per the lodge/providers/government requirements. Trip insurance protects your investment!