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HUNTING RANCHES FOR SALE

Hunting has been an important and valued activity since men hunted mammoths with spears. Today's hunters relish the challenge of the hunt as much as their ancestors did. Avid hunters enjoy being outdoors in beautiful surroundings whether alone or in the company of friends. The downside to hunting today is finding a great place to hunt. Hunters are forced to wait all year for the opportunity to track a deer, moose or bear. Some travel hundreds or thousands of miles in order to spend a few short days hunting the majestic and elusive Colorado elk. Deciding to take a look at a hunting ranch for sale could lead to the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Things to Consider When Purchasing a Property for Hunting Finding the perfect hunting property for sale can be a long process, but your own private hunting ranch is waiting for you. First locate a broker that specializes in property for sale for hunting. Ranch Marketing Associates offers Hunting ranches for sale in a number of states and, of course, new properties regularly come on the market. Ranch Marketing Associates offers hunting ranches for sale in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota and Wyoming. Please contact us for more information about any of these hunting ranches for sale:

Wolf Springs Ranch

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Colorado - Huerfano/Custer Counties - Westcliffe

Acres 55,486 |

Price $49,000,000

Wolf Springs Ranch is an an outstanding Colorado hunting ranch. The ranch offers exceptional elk hunting. A resident elk herd consisting of 600 offers hunters an opportunity to harvest bulls in the 320-340 range. There is also abundant mule deer hunting on the ranch with deer scoring up around 200. In addition, the ranch offers excellent hunting for antelope, bear, mountian lion. If a Colorado hunting ranch is your dream, Wolf Springs Ranch needs to be considered.

Under Contract – Horseshoe Ranch

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Wyoming - Sheridan County - Dayton

Acres 3,810.33 |

Price $17,500,000

Set in the scenic foothills of the Big Horn Mountain, this historic ranch is an sporting enthusiast’s dream, featuring hunting, fishing and unlimited outdoor recreation. This working cattle and horse ranch is also an environmental retreat and offers a Dye-designed golf course as well as a stunning residence, guest homes, river frontage and more.

Steamboat River Ranch

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Colorado - Routt County - Steamboat Springs

Acres 490 |

Price $12,950,000

Bordered by the Elk River, these 490 acres of prime irrigated and grazing land feature luxury improvements along a river corridor, access to national forest and nearly 2 miles of live water. With close proximity to quaint shops, fine dining and world class skiing, this ranch strikes a balance between productive ranchland, quality improvements and first-rate recreational amenities.

Sweetwater Lake Ranch

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Colorado - Garfield County - Gypsum

Acres 488 |

Price $9,300,000

One of the few ranches in Colorado encompassing a large, natural lake. The convenience to the I-70 corridor and ski resorts and the extensive prior planning and engineering for the water rights make this an attractive offering with numerous hold and exit strategies. The spectacular setting and the adjacent national forest, year-round access and privacy are attractive qualities not easily found in the West.

DEEP CREEK RANCH SOUTH

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Colorado - Routt County - Steamboat Springs

Acres 2,000 |

Price $7,250,000

Big Creek Ranch offers excellent hunting for elk, mule deer, black bear and mountian lion.  The ranch lies in an over-the-counter game management unit allowing owners to get hunting tags for Elk each year. Routt National Forest which is within a few mile of the ranch has one of the largest elk herds in Colorado. 

Muleshoe Ranch

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Wyoming - Platte County - Wheatland

Acres 4,161 Total Acres |

Price $5,500,000

The ranch has exceptional whitetail deer hunting amid rolling hills and sub-irrigated cottonwood-lined creek bottoms. The population has had excellent opportunity to mature and other species include antelope, coyotes, mountain lion and bobcat. Proximity of farm ground and Sybille Creek creates the excellent potential for duck and goose hunting and fishing opportunities. With both sides of the creek under ownership, the waterfowl population can be protected and managed.

 

 

VARA RANCH

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Texas - Uvalde County - Concan

Acres 1,200 |

Price $4,620,000

Vara Ranch has an abundance of native game including whitetail deer, axis deer, aoudad, turkey, javelina, hogs, dove and varmints. Two frame cabins with front porches do not have electricity and are currently used as hunting accommodations.

Gator Lake Ranch

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Texas - Walker County - Huntsville

Acres 497.66 |

Price $4,400,000

Minutes to city amenities in Houston and The Woodlands, this unique ranch has 498 highly productive, manicured acres with 90%+ in improved hay pasture, a custom home overlooking a private 40-acre lake for fishing and abundant wildlife for hunting. Improvements also include multiple barns and access along two county-maintained rock roads. Owner would consider selling this ranch with 135 less acres for a reduced price.

Cherry Creek Valley Ranch

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Colorado - La Plata County - Hesperus/Durango

Acres 1,856 |

Price $4,350,000

Cheery Creek Ranch lies in GMU 741 and is an area that has been known to produce exceptional mule deer.  There is also excellent hunting for elk, turkey, black bear and mountian lion. The ranch has the added benefit of adjoining thousands of acres of BLM and state land that has limited to no public access providing additional land for hunters to access without added public hunter pressure. 

Riata Trail at Shadow Creek Ranch

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Colorado - Summit County - Silverthorne

Acres 5,835 |

Price $3,800,000

The owners of the 70 acre Riata Trail in the shared ranch community, Shadow Creek, located 20 minutes north of Silverthorne, Colorado can enjoy professionally guided hunts on the 5,000+ acres of the ranch as well as the Eagles Nest Wilderness. there is good hunting for elk and mule deer as well as upland birds. There is a 3,243 sq ft home as well as 4,910 sq ft party barn on Riata Trail and owners can enjoy all of Shadow Creek's amenities and activities. 

Sierra Madre Ranch

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Wyoming - Carbon County - Encampment

Acres 320 |

Price $3,000,000

The Sierra Madre Ranch provides excellent hunting in Wyoming game units  21 for elk , 82 for mule deer, 21 for bighorn sheep, 41 for moose  and 9 for black bear. The property is surrounded by public land providing access to thousands of acres of additional hunting and if hunted properly can be used as a sanctuary from public hunters drawing animals to the property when pressured. The ranch also provides critical winter range for elk and big horn sheep. 

Camp Rock Ranch

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Colorado - Clear Creek County - Evergreen

Acres 162 |

Price $2,525,000

Located in a prime hunting area, game managment unit 39, near Evergreen, Colorado (Evergreen is known for traffic jams caused by herds of elk with huge bulls crossing streets in downtown) this 160 acres is a great hunting retreat surrounded by national forest. Tags are easy to draw for both mule deer and elk as the unit consists of primarily private land and much of the public land is not easily accessible. The ranch is set up for hunting with a nice restored log cabin and has Bear Creek flowing through the property. 

Cripple Creek Ranch

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Colorado - Teller County - Cripple Creek

Acres 152 |

Price $1,250,000

This 152 acres less than an hour from Colorado Springs bordering national forest, offers great hunting and could also be used as a base camp for hunters having 24 campgrounds, 12 of which have electricty.  There is a 5,000 sq ft main lodge and a second home that can serve as hunter accommodations. The area offers good elk and mule deer hunting as well as the occasional bear or lion. With easy access via commercial airport at Colorado Springs, Cripple Creek Ranch offers great hunter access. 

Paint Rock Creek Ranch

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Wyoming - Big Horn County - Ten Sleep/Hyattville

Acres 160 |

Price $1,250,000

Paint Rock Creek Ranch offers excellent hunting on its 160 acres located near Ten Sleep, Wyoming. The ranch has good water rights providing irrigation for growing hay which is a natural draw for wildlife such as deer. Owners can hunt mule deer and whitetail deer on the ranch as well as enjoy hunting, turkey, pheasant, partridge, chukar, ducks and geese. Paint Creek makes an excellent hunting and fishing retreat with a nice 3 bed, 2 bath home and a caretaker's cabin which was just recently constructed. 

Elk Tooth Ranch

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Colorado - Pueblo County - Rye

Acres 110 |

Price $914,000

Located at 7,600 feet along the eastern face of the Wet Mountains, this picturesque ranch offers national forest border, great privacy and year-round access, as well as a modern custom home, garage with loft and beautiful mountain views in every direction. Just hours from Denver or Colorado Springs, this spectacular mountain ranch is a place to relax, retreat, hunt and enjoy the Rockies. Co-listed with Beacon Mountain Farm & Ranch

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5 Additional Things to Consider When Looking to Purchase a Hunting Ranch

What Sort of Game are You Most Interested In Hunting?
Hunters in Colorado are primarily interested in elk, deer, pronghorns, moose and bear. Most would also enjoy the chance to put waterfowl or other birds on the dinner table. A trout stream would certainly be nice to have also. While it could be possible to get all of that on one property, it's more realistic to prioritize. There might be a great deer hunting property for sale that has limited wetlands so duck hunting would be limited.

The average real estate agent won't really understand what you're looking for. When someone is looking for hunting property, it's nice if there's a suitable house, but it's seldom what's most important. It's not hard to have a house built, but you can't produce an elk herd and the habitat they need on demand.

Elk are Becoming Harder to Find, but Deer are Everywhere

As public lands have become more crowded, the elk have retreated to more secluded private properties. Quality game can be difficult to find now in many locations.

However,, there are still more elk in Colorado than can be found anywhere else. Almost half of Colorado's more than 250,000 elk are found in the northwest region of the state. Throughout the state, there are other locations with decent concentrations of elk.

This has caused elk hunting properties to be in demand. There is no reason to believe that this trend won't continue, making these properties great to enjoy in the present and a worthwhile investment for the future.

There will be deer on just about every hunting property in Colorado. The state hunting units in the mountains, however, contain about 90% of Colorado's deer population. In the northwest, between 3-600,000 deer can be found. The ideal habitat for both deer and elk is at an elevation of between 6,500 to 9,000 feet.

It's important to know if a particular property has resident herds or only migratory herds. Are those herds there during hunting season or only during the winter?

While a certain amount of farming is done on many hunting properties, it will not usually have much impact on the game animals. A hayfield would be too great an attraction for any grazing animal to pass up though. Usually, all game animals require is water and good grass for browsing and they're happy.

Access is Essential

Hunting can become impossible or cut short if the property doesn't have the necessary access. On some properties, access to the property itself is sufficient, but on others, it would also be important to have the proper access to surrounding private and public lands. Having the access to public land directly from your private land can greatly increase your hunting opportunities.

Water Sources

Look at the availability of lakes, ponds, rivers and streams on the property. Without adequate water, there won't be game. Migrating animals also depend upon and come back to familiar sources of drinking water. A good hunting property will have adequate water.

Game Management Units

It's important to understand that Colorado and most western states such as Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and Montana are divided into Game Management Units (GMU). When you are looking at a particular property, find out which GMUs the property is in. This has a dramatic effect on your hunting opportunities.

In Colorado, there is/are:

  • Four big game rifle seasons
  • An archery season
  • A muzzle loader season

Season in other western states vary so make sure to research the season in the state you are interested in.

You will want to know which seasons are best on the property you are considering and also find out whether the herds are resident or migratory.

Many elk tags and all deer tags are draw only with a preference point system. The number needed to hunt the property could range from zero to several, meaning that it might be necessary to wait to go hunting. If a property is in a trophy game unit, landowner tags are usually available. The minimum acreage needed to qualify is 160. As the size of the property increases, so does the number of available tags.

Conclusion

Colorado or one of the other western states can be a hunter's dream come true, with more than ten species of big game animals, including bighorn sheep, mountain goats, mountain lion and black bear in addition to deer and elk. If the property will only be used at certain times of the year, find out the hunting seasons available for that time. Also be aware that Colorado and the West's winters, especially at higher elevations, can have significant snowfalls.

Prime hunting properties are great for recreation, but can also be both profitable and a good investment. Check out the current listings at Ranch Marketing Associates. You may spot that perfect property that will bring you decades of hunting enjoyment.