Meeker ranch offers rare chance to hunt private land

Deer and elk hunters holding a 2013 limited license for Game Management Unit 23 are eligible for one of nine private-property hunts this fall on the Miller Creek Ranch near Meeker.

As part of some large-scale efforts to protect big-game habitat, local Colorado Parks and Wildlife managers reached an agreement with ranch owner Richard Bachmann to allow limited public hunting access in perpetuity on his 3,100-acre ranch, located in unit 23.

“This is a very rare private-land hunting experience,” said Bailey Franklin, Parks and Wildlife district wildlife manager. “We encourage sportsmen to take advantage of this chance to enjoy a hunt on a private ranch in the White River Valley.”

All hunts are cow elk and doe deer. In addition, one bull elk hunt will be available to a hunter purchasing an unlimited, over-the-counter bull elk license for the third rifle season.

The Meeker Parks and Wildlife office is accepting applications until Oct. 7. The hunts are open to all eligible hunters; however, preference will be given to youth and military veterans who apply. There is no cost associated with the application.

The Miller Creek Ranch features a variety of habitat, including high-elevation aspen and conifer forest, mountain shrub lands and lower-elevation pinyon-juniper woodland and sagebrush.

Hunts are unguided and begin Oct. 28.

Details about the various hunts are available online at

Interested hunters must mail a written application by 5 p.m. Oct. 7 to: Colorado Parks and Wildlife — Meeker Office, Attn: Bailey Franklin/Special Miller Creek Ranch Hunts, P.O. Box 1181, Meeker, 81641.


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