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Our ranch is
ninety minutes from
includes Mule Deer, Elk, Coyote, Black Bear, Mountain Lion and Eagles in
addition to the
technical name is "American Bison", the Mountain Men called them
The buffalo roaming the ranch are all
descendants of the herds of the great plains, our herd
originating with animals from such places as the
Sometimes we do have an older cow which makes a different trophy with more slender, longer curving horns. We also sometimes have animals that are not suitable for a trophy because of a horn that has been broken or deformed while fighting and these are available at a lesser price as a meat hunt. You will select the type of animal you wish to hunt at the time you book your hunt, though you can change your mind if you see an animal you prefer while you are hunting.
We do have mule deer hunts, but they are very limited. We allow the shooting only of bucks with at least four points on a side, giving the smaller bucks time to reach trophy size.
Elk hunting is exceptional. The number of licenses in our area are restricted by the State of Colorado, but as a ranch owner we do get a few permits each year, that allow our hunters to buy licenses at any time before you begin hunting. Our ranch is winter range for groups of “bachelor bulls”. Nearly every hunter will be in shooting range of mature bulls the first day of the hunt and it is rare that hunters go home with anything less than a 6 x 6. There are several different rifle seasons during the months of October through January.
Prime meat heifers hunt: $1750
Prime Bull meat hunt : $1850
Mature Trophy bull hunt : $5000
--All Fees subject to change--
--All Fees subject to change--
In looking at buffalo hunt prices remember that we can sell two year old bulls for meat for $1850. Many "hunts" you see advertised for cheaper prices are from ranches that simply have you drive into a pasture, kill a young bull, let you take the head and hide, and then they sell the meat. Our hunts are really hunts. They are on rugged foothills and mountains, our trophy bulls are older and bigger than two year olds, and you keep the meat. Some people suggest we keep the meat and reduce the price, but that doesn't work for us because our bulls are too old to bring prime restaurant prices for the meat and we can't get federal inspection of the meat when killed under hunting conditions. However, you will find the meat is excellent. Most like it better than either elk or moose, which are two of my favorites, and there is a lot of it. Your family will probably enjoy it even if they don't like venison. For meat hunts, please bring your own food to camp.
A tip for you guide is customary. The more exceptional your experience, the more generous a tip is appropriate.
Deer Hunt Fees:
$3500. Must be combined with a bison or elk hunt. Refund of 40% if you hunt at least five days and we don’t put you within 300 yards of a 4x4 or better buck.
Elk Hunt Fees:
$7500. 10% discount for two hunters in a party or if combined with deer or trophy bison hunt. Refund of 40% if we don’t put you within 300 yards of a 5x5 or better elk during your stay.
--All Fees subject to change--
No License is
required to hunt
We guarantee we
will put you within 100 yards of a
Every hunter in a party of two or more gets a 10% discount on all fees. Elk hunters get a 10% discount on their elk fee if they combine their hunt with a trophy buffalo or deer hunt. Maximum total discount per hunter is 10%. Please note that we normally have only one guide per party of hunters, though an additional guide can be provided for an additional $200 a day.
We will pick you
We can refer you
to local taxidermists who do excellent work and are specialists in
We can recommend a local meat cutter to cut and wrap and freeze your meat. On a two year old bull, live weight is usually 1000 pounds, plus or minus two hundred pounds.The carcass with hide, head and legs removed will weigh between 400 and 600 pounds and will result in about 200 to 400 pounds of frozen packaged meat. Older bulls can weigh as much as 2500 lbs live weight, though 1500-1800 is typical and carcass weight is usually 700-1000 lbs. If you do not wish to take all of the meat, you will be charged for processing only the meat which is taken. If you prefer to take the meat without processing, there is no charge. We will provide a styrofoam cooler packed with up to 50 pounds of your choice of meat if this is all you want. Frozen meat can be shipped to you air freight and costs about $75-$150 depending on the size of the bull.
We recommend you
bring rugged clothes, shoes with Vibram or similar
soles, a sleeping bag, binoculars, a camera, and your weapon. The minimum rifle
recommended is a 30-06 and 40 rounds of ammunition. We like to see magnums-- a
7mm or 8mm or .300 or .338, with the larger calibers preferred. It is very
important that you bring a rifle you are comfortable with because accuracy is
very important --where the bullet hits is more important then the size of the
bullet, though if you can hit a pie plate at one hundred yards you will do fine.
Your guide will be using a spotting scope and range finder, so you need not
bring one. We can supply a sleeping bag and/or a rifle if you prefer to avoid
shipping yours. We do not yet have fishing on the ranch, though if a person
chooses to continue their vacation in this area, there are nearby lakes and
streams. You might especially enjoy touring
Your hunt is a wilderness experience that is not going to be disturbed by running into other hunting camps and hunting parties on our ranch. This is the reason we schedule only one hunter at a time (unless you choose to bring more than one hunter in your partyt). Each year we limit the number of hunts to the number of trophies we believe can be responsibly harvested, so we can almost always book a hunt on or very near the exact days that work best for you.
In this day when a slip and fall can lead to a lawsuit for millions of dollars, we have to protect ourselves by requiring each hunter and guest to sign a waiver stating they will not pursue any legal claims for accidental injury. We suggest you review you insurance coverage to be sure you have adequate protection in the event of an accident. There are steep and rugged slopes and a slip is possible, especially when snow is present. We do our best to avoid hazardous situations and we encourage you to let us know if you want to avoid what you feel might be a hazard. We've never had an injury, but want to anticipate every possibility.
A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the cost of the hunt you choose is necessary to reserve your hunt. The balance must be paid in full before beginning the hunt. We will accept a personal check if received at least two weeks before the hunt begins or will accept cash, certified check or money order when you arrive at the ranch. If you decide to upgrade to a more expensive trophy when hunting, you may do so with the additional fee to be paid the day of the kill.
For more information, or to sign up for a hunt, contact my daughter and ranch Business Manager, Katherine Jonjak at:
or Call (303) 823-0640
or Write: Blue Mountain Bison, P.O. Box 1460 Lyons, CO 80540