Ranches for Sale: HUNTING RANCHES

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:

Cloverleaf Ranch
  • Illinois
  • Bureau County
  • Tiskilwa

Cloverleaf Ranch

Approximately 2.5 hours from Chicago, the property is private enough that the animals serve as your closest neighbors. The 34-acre lake and scenic habitate draws deer, a variety of waterfowl and many more native wildlife to hunt throughout the expansive acreage. 

1,217.50 TOTAL ACRES$16,500,000
Pine Ridge Ranch
  • Colorado
  • La Plata County
  • Bayfield

Pine Ridge Ranch

This southwestern Colorado ranch offers outstanding wildlife, including, elk, deer, turkey and a host of other game animals. This is a great hunting ranch in one of the prettiest areas of Colorado.

700 TOTAL ACRES$8,750,000
Ed Joe Ranch
  • Colorado
  • San Miguel County
  • Norwood

Ed Joe Ranch

This Colorado hunting ranch offers 1,020 spectacular acres of some of the greatest hunting in southwestern Colorado. Irrigated meadows give way to alpine mountain lands bordering the Uncompahgre National Forest. This creates the perfect habitat for drawing in abundant native wildlife. the ranch sits in GMU 70 and provides great hunting for deer and elk. If you're looking for an excellent hunting ranch in Southwest Colorado, look no further than the Ed Joe Ranch and come see the wildlife for yourself.

1,020 TOTAL ACRES$3,500,000
Selby Ranch
  • California
  • Yuba County
  • Browns Yalley

Selby Ranch

This beautiful hunting ranch in the Gold Country Foothills at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains enjoys end-of-the-road privacy and frontage on the Yuba River empoundment of Englebright Lake. The seclusion and habitat make it a wildlife paradise with deer, turkey, quail, dove and the occasional availability of wild hogs. Excellent hunting includes a large population of deer, turkeys and upland birds and hunting in the Sierras is close. The Sutter Buttes Duck Clubs, some of the most famous in the world, are near Marysville, just a 30-minute drive from the ranch.

1,812 TOTAL ACRES$3,450,000
El Cercon Hunting Lodge & Resort
  • Chile
  • Patagonia
  • La Araucania

El Cercon Hunting Lodge & Resort

Due to its rich and varied water sources and dense regions of vegetation, this resort is well known for its hunting opportunities. Just beyond the lodge lies a high-fenced preserve and free-range area for Red Stag. In addition, one can hunt for fallow deer, wild boar, waterfowl and upland birds. In Patagonia, there is never a lack for trophy game and Chile is the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Plan a time to tour the property and you'll see your share of rare and exotic Patagonia wildlife who will be your closest neighbors.

2,582.25 TOTAL ACRES$3,000,000
Pine Creek Ranch
  • Texas
  • Red River County
  • Bagwell

Pine Creek Ranch

Even though the property operates heavily on cattle, Texas is well known for its excellent hunting areas and this property has the classic profile of a diversly populated Northeast Texas property. A number of wildlife call this area of Texas home and the ranch's diverse habitat, including fields, timber and abundant water sources of water supplied by creeks and ponds, ensure that wildlife is plentiful. Whitetail deer, feral hogs, geese, duck, dove, quail, teal, woodcock and turkey can be found right out your front door. Whitetail deer season runs from end of September for start of archery season to muzzleloader season in January. Use this as a weekend hunting reatreat or a full-time place to enjoy both working with cattle and the best wildlife Northeast Texas has to offer.

540 TOTAL ACRES$2,650,000
Camp Rock Ranch
  • Colorado
  • Clear Creek County
  • Evergreen

Camp Rock Ranch

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. 

162 TOTAL ACRES$2,525,000
Carroll Creek Ranch
  • Texas
  • Red River County
  • Clarksville

Carroll Creek Ranch

Loads of habitat diversity is offered: from fields to thick timber and numerous sources of water supplied by creeks and ponds wildlife is plentiful. Opportunities for whitetail deer hunting, goose and duck hunting, dove and quail hunting, teal hunting, woodcock hunting and turkey hunting are right out your front door.

380 TOTAL ACRES$2,397,000
Elk Tooth Ranch – UNDER CONTRACT
  • Colorado
  • Pueblo County
  • Rye

Elk Tooth Ranch – UNDER CONTRACT

For those who love hunting ranches, Elk Tooth Ranch is in the pathway for numerous species migrating from summer to winter pastures and back. Elk are numerous and deer are evident every time you drive the county road. One day, a small lynx found its way to the drive and lay curled up on a rock as it watched the goings on for a couple of hours. The Rio Grande turkey is abundant in the valley, with spring being full of little clutches of young birds following the adults. Whether you're an avid hunter or just want a glimpse of the native wildlife, Elk Tooth Ranch provides the opportunity for both.

110 TOTAL ACRES$914,000
39 Mile Ranch
  • Colorado
  • Park County
  • Guffey

39 Mile Ranch

These  280± acres offer excellent hunting for a variety of wildlife, including mule deer, elk and pronghorn antelope both on the ranch and the adjacent national forest in GMU 58. The unit is draw only for all three species. In addition, there is good varmint hunting and the ranch qualifies for the Landowner Preference Point Program (LPP). With so much diverse land and habitat, this would make a great private hunting retreat in the Colorado mountains.

280 TOTAL ACRES$875,000

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.