Applications are due Monday for big game hunts that are being offered this season on the Collins Mountain Ranch near Meeker. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering five hunts for individuals who drew a limited deer or elk license for Game Management Unit 23, for this year’s big game hunting season. The Collins Mountain Ranch is located within the White River mule deer and elk heard units. The area houses two of the largest big game populations in the state of Colorado. Applications are available online and should be mailed to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office in Meeker to the Attention of Bailey Franklin or Collins Mountain Ranch Hunts at PO Box 1181, Meeker CO 81641. Additional information on the hunts is available below.
ONE UNGUIDED ANTLERED/BUCK DEER HUNT
Second regular rifle season – October 22-30
Applicants must have drawn a limited antlered deer license valid on private land in GMU 23, which includes the following eligible deer hunt codes:
Applicant must confirm eligibility and indicate interest in the buck mule deer hunt.
One hunter will be selected from a pool of eligible applicants to hunt a buck deer during the second regular rifle season.
ONE UNGUIDED ANTLERED/BULL ELK HUNT
Fourth limited rifle season – November 16-20
Only applicants that drew a limited, antlered elk hunting license for hunt code EM01204R are eligible to apply for this bull elk hunt, but would be restricted to the fourth, limited rifle season.
Applicant must confirm that they have already drawn a fourth rifle limited elk license for hunt code EM01204R.
Applicants must indicate interest in the bull elk hunt in application.
One hunter from the pool of eligible applicants will be selected to hunt a bull elk during hunt dates specifically listed above.
3 UNGUIDED COW ELK HUNTS
– Latter portion of Late, private-land-only rifle season: Nov. 21-30 (EF011P5R)
– Late rifle December PLO cow elk season – Hunt 1: Dec. 1-6 (EF023P5R)
– Late rifle December PLO cow elk season – Hunt 2: Dec. 7-12 (EF023P5R)
– Late rifle December PLO cow elk season – Hunt 3: Dec. 13-18 (EF023P5R)
To be eligible to apply for these hunts, the applicant must have drawn a limited antlerless elk license for one of the following PLO hunt codes: