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DHB Inc/Black Elk Outfitters Ltd. (Colo.Lic.#1313) offers self-guided trespass fee hunts on private, Colorado Ranches. We also offer fully outfiffed and guided Texas Hog Hunts on ranches near Amarillo, Texas.
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This site was last updated on 3-28-14 at 2227 hrs.
2014 marks our 29th year of serving hunters from all over the world. We hope we can be of service to you. With Colorado having the largest elk herd in the United States it's not hard to understand why many of our hunters return year after year. It also explains why we book up so early in the year.
We normally start taking resevations from new hunters on Jan. 15th and will do so again in 2015.
RECAP FOR THE 2013 SEASONS
The 2013 season was a pretty good year for archery, not bad for the first two rifles seasons, and then the bottom fell out in the 3rd and 4th rifle seasons. We had no antelope hunters in 2013 and we drew no landowner licenses for antelope in 2013. We drew 1 landowner license for mule deer in 2013 and it went unfilled. We only had three bear hunters this year (actually two as I had to turn my license back in due to health issues) and none of them filled. It was not because we didn't see bears, they were everywhere. Our black powder hunters killed 2 bulls for 6 hunters and it was wet. Lots of moose again this year just not during moose season. If you go to our Stats page you can see how we did on each of the ranches for each of the seasons and compare 2013 with the 2 previous seasons. Deer numbers were up but only for does and fawns, there must have been one really busy buck the previous year.
Our Early Season Deer produced no bucks, but we did see more bucks in 13 than in 12 which is a good sign. In 2013 weather was the biggest factor in our hunting success. It rained the entire 2nd week of the archery season, then it continued to rain in the third week. For the Rifle seasons we started the 1st season with snow on the ground and real cold at Indian Creek, that carried thru to the second season, third season was bitter cold and we had a lot of fog. 4th season was just down right crappy, bitter cold high winds, and more snow. We killed one bull at Indian Creek and saw no others in the 4th. At the Coyte thei also killed one elk in the 4th. As an aside at Indian Creek during the 3rd and 4th season we were overrun with lions. On the Coyte during the 4th season they had an abundance of bears.
I don't know where the elk were in 2013, they just didn't seem to be in our part of North Park. So in 2013 we got to see why it is called hunting and not killing. Buffalo Pass had its best year in a long time, but the hunters over there were all repeats.Elk movement was difficult to track in 2013, a lot of it occured at night, and some happened in large numbers (opening day of third season on the Indian Creek hunters reported 500 head on the far souih end of the ranch, (they killed two.) In 2013 we did not lack for water or forage. The rut itself was not clearly defined again in 2013, although more defined than 2012. We did kill several bulls that I am aware of that would score 320 - 360 these came mostly from Indian Creek and the Buffalo Pass. One of the high points of the year for me was our US Warriors Outdoors hunts. US Warriors Outdoors is a non-profit 501 (c) 3, which arranges hunts for disabled veterans.
We donated 4 hunts to them in 2013, 3 hunts were for PLO cows and one was a 3rd season bull hunt. In the PLO season one of the hunters missed a cow, the wheelchair hunter killed a cow, and the third hunter did not get a shot. Our third season hunter didn't get a shot either. Seeing these veterans get out into the field with the problems they suffer made me realize just how minor my problems are, (I had open heart surgery in July). We will be donating hunts again this year, anyone who would like to donate to this organization can contact us or call Gene Palumbo at 720-608-8796. The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife (CDPW) will post on their web site the success rates for the GMU's throughout the state in April or May of 2014. This will allow you to compare the rates of the game management units in North Park against our rates. We will also update this page when those rates are posted. We will be planting food plots in 2014 on both the Indian Creek and Coyte ranches.
New for 2014
In 2014 our PLO season on the Coyte will only be 4 days long, it will run September 27--30. The cost for this hunt will be $500. On the Indian Creek/Trownsell, Unit 17, the PLO will run September 20--26 and will be $650.
New regulations for ATV's and UTV's are being formulated for the ranches and those rules will be sent out with the contracts. Basically if a ranch has driving restrictions and you don't want to abide by them or you want special privileges you need to find someplace else to hunt. The only exceptions to these new rules will be for staff and for our US Warriors Outdoor hunters. While some of our ranches had no restrictions on ATV's before (Trownsell) all ranches will restrict them to trails and roads, no "bush banging'".
RESERVATIONS FOR 2014:
As in the past hunters who hunted with us in 2013 have until Jan.15th, 2014 to rebook their hunts for 2014. We will start taking reservations from new hunters on Jan. 15, 2014. All reservations are subject to acceptance by DHB Inc. Reservation can only be made by phone, not by email.
For 2014 the season structure will be much the same as 2013. There will be 4 rifle seasons for elk as before, but the 1st and 4th seasons will be by drawing or on left over licenses. The 2nd and 3rd seasons will be combined elk and deer seasons with bull elk being unlimited, deer by drawing. During the combined seasons bull elk licenses will be unlimited in the areas we hunt. All deer licenses for all methods of take are by drawing. Deer seasons are concurrent with the elk seasons, except for the Early Deer season which is the last week in September. The 2014 season dates will be posted on our ranch pages, The hunting license fees are finalized at the Jan. 2014 CPW Commission meeting.
The application deadline for all limited licenses, elk (1st and 4th season bull or either sex, cow elk and PLO cows), deer, antelope, and moose is the first Tuesday in April . In our areas there are always left over licenses available for the 1st and 4th rifle seasons as well as left over cow elk licenses. These left over licenses go on sale on August 12th in person or by phone and online the next day. We can purchase these licenses for you or they can be bought online. Feel free to contact us about this option for hunting this year. License fees for NON-RESIDENTS were as follows for 2013. Bull elk and either sex elk licenses were $586. Cow elk were $351. Antelope and deer were $351. Bear were $351.
Archery bear licenses and bear licenses for the 4 regular rifle seasons are over the counter with a cap. These bear licenses go on sale in July and are first come first serve. These licenses are available by phone, on-line, and in person. Left over licenses will go on sale in August 2014 in person and online the following day. NOTE: Muzzle loading license are no longer Statewide Licenses, they are all now unit specific. For our operation that means Unit 181 or Unit 17. The CDPW Big Game Brochures are usually available by mid February, if you need one call 303-297-1192 and request one.
We expect to hunt the same ranches for 2014 subject to lease renewals. The ranches will be the Coyte, Buffalo Pass, and Indian Creek/Trownsell. We hunt the Indian Creek and Trownsell ranches as one ranch and will continue to do so in 2014. This gives our Unit 17 hunters and our PLO hunters more ground to hunt and makes for easier staffing. All of our hunts are 7 days long except for the 1st and 4th rifle which are 5 day seasons, rifle antelope which is a 3 day hunt and the Coyte PLO cow hunt which is a 4 day season. Please note that Black Elk Outfitters Ltd. offers neither guided nor outfitted hunts.
All elk/deer hunts on the Coyte, Indian Creek/Trownsell Ranches will be $1100 for the archery hunts and for the first three rifle seasons. 4th rifle season hunts on the Coyte are $1000 for bulls or either sex and $650 for cows. Buffalo Pass will be $1000 per hunter, archery or rifle. In 2014 we will offer group discounts for 6 or more hunters depending on the ranch and season. Special restrictions will apply for discounted groups.
We will offer 4 Early Deer hunts on the Indian Creek/Trownsell (Unit 17) and on the Coyte (Unit 16) the last week in September first week in Oct., dates still to be set. These licenses are by drawing and the hunt fee is $950 per hunter.
In the past we have offered a number of free youth hunts for those ages 12 to 16 when accompanied by a paid adult hunter. We will continue to do this but with some changes: only 1 free youth hunt will be offered on each ranch during each of the archery and rifle elk seasons. Preference for these hunts will be given to kids who have not hunted with us before. We will offer other youth hunts for this same age group at a reduced rate of $400 per hunter, 1 to 2 hunters depending on the ranch. Youth hunters do not count towards the limit of hunters on a ranch.
Antelope hunts will remain at $350 per hunter but the lenght of the hunt will be 3 days. For those who want to hunt on a landowner voucher (if we have any available) the cost of the voucher is $500, this is in addition to the cost of the license.
Moose are $1250.
OTHER THINGS TO KNOW
Our ranches are all located near Walden, Colorado. This is the North Park area of Colorado, about 165 miles northwest of Denver and 40 miles east of Steamboat Springs. All of the ranches are primarily elk ranches but we do take some very nice deer every year. All of the ranches have a camping area with some type of sanitary facility. Drinking water is not available on 4 of the ranches and must be brought in by the hunter, clean up water is generally available on the ranch. All of the ranches REQUIRE A 4WD VEHICLE to get around the ranch with. ATC's and ATV's are allowed but are under the same restrictions as motor vehicles, as well a additional restrictions. . NO HORSES are allowed on any of the ranches. All of the ranches are working cattle ranches so they do have cattle out during the seasons. The ranches are staffed by our personnel to handle any problems and to provide 1st responder assistance in case of an emergency. These staff people are nearly all hunters who have hunted the ranches for years, most of them are law enforcement officers, either active or retired. They will help you with any questions or concerns you might have while on the ranch. These staffers are not guides and will not provide any services beyond those listed above. Staffers may or may not be hunting during their time on the ranch.
Additional services such as groceries, gas, motels, car rentals, meat processing, and airline transportation can be obtained in Steamboat Springs. Except for car rentals, airlines, and medical attention these same services can be obtained in Walden, which is about 25 miles from the ranches.
Out of state OHV's that are used on public lands must be registered in Colorado. If you plan to use your ATV on our ranches only then they do not have to be registered. Hunters on the Buffalo Pass during the archery seasons may want to register their ATV if they are camped on the forest. ATV permits can be obtained from most license agents or online. This is another example of the way the State gouges out of state hunters.