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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 d Texas Hog Hunts on ranches near Amarillo, Texas.

PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR EMAIL ADDRESS IS NOW blackelk@frii.com However the old one will still work.

This site was last updated on 12-4-16 at 1940 hrs.

2017 marks our 32nd 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.

The Big Game brochure has been mailed out by the State, if you don't have yours yet call 303-297-1192 to get one.


RECAP FOR THE 2015 SEASONS

The 2016 season was the worst year we have ever had, it was hot and dry and the elk never showed up. We didn't get any moisture until the 4th season , and it was only a couple of inches of snow. The Coyte Ranch was the best producer in 2016, this is probably because of the consistant water sources and the dark timber. We had no rut in the archery season.  Even with low sucess rates bulls made up a fair amount of the take early on, especially on the Coyte.  Later the take consisted of mainly cows. The deer seasons, were actually pretty good this year. . The deer are coming back after a decline of several years, we saw some really good bucks on all the ranches. Our Early Deer Season had a 100% success rate.  We only had three rifle antelope hunters  this year. He took a very good buck from the Coyte, which scored 80 5/8 " . Again this year we only had 4 bear hunters on Indian Creek for the September season, and we saw no bears during legal shooting hours. Big bears were seen on the trail caneras but only after 9pm. Black powder hunters killed only one elk on the Indian Creek. The best serason for 2016 was the 1st rifle season on the Coyte. The Buffalo Pass was also good this year in the firsrt and second rifle seasons.. The disabled veterans hunt on the Indian Creek/Trownsell was not good this year with only one elk killed. Herd numbers were down for 2016 but the hot weather and the road closures on the forest provided the animals with plenty of area to hide out in. Lots of moose again this year but we had no moose hunters.. If you go to the stats page you can see how we did on each of the ranches for each of the seasons and compare 2016 with the 2 previous seasons.

.  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 2017. 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.

Again for 2017

In 2017 we will have two 2 PLO season on the Coyte, one the middle of August and one in late September. Cost of these hunts is $750.  On the Indian Creek/Trownsell, the costs and dates for PLO will be the same as on the Coyte..

New regulations for ATV's and UTV's were 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 disabled veterans hunts. 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 2017:

As in the past hunters who hunted with us in 2016 have until Jan.15th, 2017 to rebook their hunts for 2017. We will start taking reservations from new hunters on Jan. 15, 2017. All reservations are subject to acceptance by DHB Inc. Reservation can only be made by phone, not by email.

For 2017 the season structure will be the same as 2016, we hope. 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 2017 season dates will be posted on our ranch pages.

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 in August  in person or by phone and online.. 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 2016.  Bull elk and either sex elk licenses are $626. Cow elk are $466.  Antelope and deer are $376.  Bear are $351. Season dates will be listed on the Hunt pages.

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, in person and online.  Left over licenses will go on sale on in August 2017 in person and online on August .  NOTE: Muzzle loading license are  all now unit specific. For our operation that means Unit 181 or Unit 17 on Indian Creek.. The CDPW Big Game Brochures are usually available by mid February, if you need one call 303-297-1192 and request one.

 

LATE BOOKED HUNTS

These are any hunts booked after August 10, 2016. Prices for these hunts are $1500 for regular rifle hunts and $1050 for cow hunts.  Special retrictions apply to these hunts and are as follows:

!.  These hunts are only available by calling 970-215-9595.  Our office phone (970-221-95950 will neither be answered nor will messages left on this phone be returned.

2. Once a hunt is booked you will have 5 business days to send us a certified check, cashiers check or money order (no personal checks) for the hunt fee in full. At this same time you must submit proof of NRA membership.

3.  We will send you the contract and waiver along with your map and property restriction by overnight or Priority Mail. You will then have 10 days to return the completed forms to us.

4.  These late booked hunts have NO cancellation privileges except for the death of the Client as set out in Paragraph #4 of the contract.

5.. Failure to adhere to these restrictions will result in your hunt being canceled.

 

CUT-OFF DATES FOR RESERVATIONS

The last dates for reservations are as follows:

ARCHERY               August 1st

BLACK POWDER     July 29

PLO early               July 22

PLO late                 Auguet 10

EARLY DEER           August 10

IST & 2ND RIFLE    September 2

3RD & 4TH RIFLE   October 1

MOOSE                 September 2

 

RANCHES

We expect to hunt the same ranches for 2016 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 2016. 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 late Coyte PLO cow hunt which is a 4 day season. Please note that Black Elk Outfitters Ltd. offers neither guided nor outfitted hunts.

HUNT FEES

All elk/deer hunts on the Coyte, Indian Creek/Trownsell Ranches will be $1200 for the archery hunts and for the rifle seasons.  4th rifle cow hunts on the Coyte are $750 for cows. Buffalo Pass will be $1200 per hunter, for rifle, no archery on this ranch.  In 2016 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) in laste September These licenses are by drawing and the hunt fee is $950 per hunter. We may have landowner vouchers available for the Coyte Ranch for early deer, these are private land buck licenses and are gauranteed licenses. Cost of the voucher is $100 plus the cost of the license.

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 in 2016 with the following restrictions, 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.

Payments may be made with a personal check, business check, cashiers check,or money order. We do not take credit cards or PayPal.

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.