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Home to the largest population of elk and migrating mule deer herd in the world, Colorado is one of the most popular states in which to hunt elk and mule deer. Most of the people that come to Colorado to hunt and fish, must rely on public lands. The Forked Horn Ranch offers a 1576 acre property of premier Colorado elk hunting and fishing land. Hunting enthusiasts come to Colorado each year in search of huge elk herds and trophy mule deer and hunting competition on public lands can be fierce. With enough private acreage to house it?s own resident population of elk and mule deer?Forked Horn Ranch offers private land hunting opportunities for the serious big-game hunter. Miles of trails for mountain recreation, including ATV trails, stretch throughout this property.
The Grand Mesa is known as the world?s largest flat-top mountain and encompasses about 500 square miles of territory. Situated east of Grand Junction, CO and lying between the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers, the Grand Mesa is home to the Grand Mesa National Forest and boasts some of the best Colorado elk hunting region in the state. The Grand Mesa is comprised of 4 hunting units?GMU?s 41, 411, 52 & 521 and over-the-counter elk tags are available for most seasons. Colorado elk hunting is quite popular in the area due to historically high herd numbers and a bull to cow ration of around 20-25 bulls to every 100 cows. The Forked Horn Ranch lies on the southern slope of the Grand Mesa and borders the National Forest on the northeast side of the property. When hunting pressure on public lands starts with the opening of Archery & Muzzleloading season in September and continues on with rifle seasons into late December, this private Colorado elk hunting property provides enough acreage of sanctuary for pressured animals to escape to and allows for more controlled hunting opportunities. Late season often finds elk herds coming down from higher elevations to find better forage and less hunting pressure of private land. This premier property is home to a large bear, turkey, mule deer, and dusky grouse population in addition to the elk.
Cedaredge, CO 81413?a town of around 2,200 area residents, located in Delta County sits a few short miles down the highway from this premier Colorado elk hunting property. Cedaredge is a small town with strong agricultural roots. The area surrounding Cedaredge is dotted with apple and peach orchards, hay fields, and cattle ranches. Due to the unique and abundant water supply and storage system from the melted snowpack of the Grand Mesa to the north?Cedaredge?s water and climate make it a great place to grow things. Cedaredge is home to the Cedaredge Golf Club, an 18-hole public golf course, and also has a grocery store, lumberyard and hardware store, and several restaurants to choose from. The Grand Mesa Historic Scenic Byway begins in Cedaredge and continues north on Highway 65, which splits the Fork Horn Ranch in two. A little over 600 acres lie on the west side of Hwy 65, in GMU 411, and the remaining acreage lies on the eastern side of the highway in GMU 52.
The Forked Horn Ranch consists of 1,576 acres of prime Colorado elk hunting habitat located in GMU?s 411 & 52. The ranch has diverse natural surroundings and terrain and ranges in elevation from 7,800? to 8,880?. Bordering the Grand Mesa National Forest on the Northeast side, the property is home to resident elk herds and also provides sanctuary for additional elk and mule deer pressured from the public lands to the north. The property has thick oak brush groves with many small parks and features Aspen forests to the north. The oak brush canopy is full of old-growth oak and the canopy stretches to an amazing 12? ceilings in some places, giving the wildlife plenty of cover and habitat to live in. This Colorado elk hunting property also has several large picturesque meadows and 4 year-round creeks running through the property as well as plenty of natural springs and wallows. In addition to elk and mule deer, the property is also home to many black bear, wild turkey, dusky grouse?formerly blue grouse and mountain lion.
Located right off of Highway 65, there is probably not a more accessible piece of prime Colorado elk hunting property anywhere. The feeling that you get when you step onto the Forked Horn Ranch can only be described as surreal. Two minutes onto the Forked Horn Ranch and you feel like you are 100 miles from anywhere. When a property is large enough, has the right attributes and is managed properly and animals are allowed to exist in a non-pressured environment and their behavior changes immensely. Resident herds of elk and black bear populate the ranch and proper game and property management keep them there.
This Colorado elk hunting property also has a rustic 1-room hunters cabin and a well has been drilled for domestic water use, however the well is currently capped and a useful water flow is unlikely without the use of a low-flow pump and cistern holding tank. The property is leased out for cattle grazing each summer, but extreme care has been taken to not overgraze the property as to maintain the hunting and habitat priority and the cattle are moved out well before hunting season begins.
4 creeks run through the property?Youngs Creek & Horse Creek on the east and Kiser Creek & Cottonwood Creek on the west. All four creeks run year-round through this Colorado elk hunting property.. Kiser Creek & Youngs Creek are nice sized creeks and not only provide watering spots for local wildlife, but also contain several species of native trout and feature a few choice fishing holes.
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