CO: High-Quality Hunts Announced in Meeker

MEEKER, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife, in cooperation with
two local landowners, is offering big-game hunters an opportunity
to apply for a limited number of high-quality elk and mule deer
hunts on private ranch land in the Meeker area.

A total of 27 hunts will be available to hunters who have
already drawn limited deer and elk licenses for Game Management
Unit 23 for the coming big-game seasons. Hunters who are interested
in applying for these hunts must do so in writing by October 3.

“This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for hunters,”
said District Wildlife Manager Bailey Franklin. “We encourage
everyone to take advantage of this chance to enjoy this rare,
high-quality private land hunting experience.”

This unusual opportunity grew out of the working relationship
between local rancher Mike Grady, the Klinglesmith family and
wildlife managers with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Local wildlife
managers are spearheading a large-scale big-game habitat
improvement effort in the region. Grady and the Klinglesmith family
have placed conservation easements on more than 13,000 acres of
important big-game habitat in the area and are participating in the
habitat improvement program.

The properties are within the White River mule deer and elk herd
units, which are the two largest big-game populations in the state
of Colorado. Habitat varies on the 13,000-acre properties,
consisting of high elevation aspen forest, mountain shrub lands and
lower elevation pinyon-juniper woodland and sagebrush.

A limited amount of public access for mule deer and elk hunting
was negotiated as part of the perpetual conservation easement
agreements on both the LK Ranch and the Grady properties, which are
jointly managed as a big-game recreational hunting enterprise. Some
limited form of public access will now occur annually on these
properties.

Between now and October 3, the Meeker Service Center of Colorado
Parks and Wildlife will be accepting applications from hunters with
valid tags for GMU 23. These hunts are open to all eligible
hunters, though special preference will be given to youth and
military veterans. There is no cost associated with the
application.

The following hunts will be available:

FOUR UNGUIDED BUCK MULE DEER HUNTS

– Second regular rifle season – 10/22 through 10/30/2011

– Applicant must have drawn a limited deer license for
DM012O2R

– Applicant must confirm eligibility and indicate interest in buck
deer hunts

– Five day access – Days are selected by landowners and the Meeker
District Wildlife Manager

FOUR UNGUIDED BULL ELK HUNTS

– Fourth regular rifle season – 11/16 to 11/20/2011

– Applicant must have drawn a limited elk license for
EE012O4R

– Applicant must confirm eligibility and indicate interest in the
bull elk hunt

19 UNGUIDED LATE-SEASON COW ELK HUNTS

– First Cow Season – 11/25 to 11/29/2011

– Five hunters will be selected

– Applicant must have drawn a limited license, or purchase a
leftover license for hunt code EF011P5R

– Applicant must confirm eligibility and indicate interest in the
first season cow elk hunt

– Second Cow season – 12/3 to 12/7/2011

– Five hunters will be selected

– Applicant must have drawn a limited license or purchase a
leftover license for hunt code EF023P5R

– Applicant must confirm eligibility and indicate interest in the
second season cow elk hunt

– Third Cow season – 12/11 to 12/15/2011

– Five hunters will be selected

– Applicant must have drawn a limited license or purchase a
leftover license for hunt

code EF023P5R

– Applicant must confirm eligibility and note interest in the third
cow elk hunt

– Fourth Cow Season – 12/19 to 12/23/2011

– Four hunters will be selected

– Applicant must have drawn a limited license or purchase a
leftover license for hunt code EF023P5R

– Applicant must confirm eligibility and indicate interest in the
fourth cow elk hunt

To be considered for these hunting opportunities, eligible
hunters must submit an application to:

Colorado Parks & Wildlife – Meeker Service Center Attn:
Bailey Franklin/Special LK Ranch Hunts PO Box 1181, Meeker CO
81641

All applications must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, October 3,
2011.

Applications can be printed from our website at the following
link:
http://wildlife.state.co.us/SiteCollectionDocuments/DOW/Hunting/BigGame/LKRanchSpecialHuntApplication.pdf

Hunters who have qualified will receive notification and
specific dates and details in early October.

All selected hunters will be required to follow travel
restrictions and access rules designated on a LK Ranch public hunt
map.

Please call the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office in Meeker
with any questions, at (970) 878-6090.

 

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