Big Game Hunting:
“It is hard to find a more beautiful landscape, wildlife, weather, and people. The lodge and facilities are excellent! There is no way to suggest improvement. We have hunted and traveled a good part of the world…but nothing compares to our experience here at the Buffalo Creek Ranch” Roger Lacandro NJ
Nestled in a private, secluded valley and shadowed by the snow capped peaks of the Continental Divide, The Buffalo Creek Ranch provides the healthy habitat crucial for an abundant species of wildlife to thrive. Our valley provides a natural harbor for resident elk and acts as a natural funnel for elk migrating from nearby Rocky Mountain National Park and various Wilderness areas. Additionally, hunting on adjacent public lands often pushes elk on to our property as they seek reprieve from the pressure.
Think of it. Ten thousand private acres in the epicenter of prime elk territory that receives on-going habitat enhancement, careful management, and hunting pressure from fewer than thirty bull hunters a year. If that's not enough, in close proximity we also own and manage another three ranches encompassing an additional 9,000 private acres of prime elk hunting. Elevations range from 8,000 to 10,500 feet. The varying terrain encompasses a mixture of dark timber, forested hillsides, aspen groves, willow bottoms, mountain meadows, hay fields and sagebrush expanses. These combined ingredients create a recipe for an elk hunting nirvana.
While we manage for opportunities at the biggest and best animals possible and have an average 95% success rate in harvesting mature bulls and bucks, we believe the reason we all hunt is for the experience, and the “Buffalo Creek Experience” is surpassed by few. As all our guests quickly learn, your every need is met. From the field to the freezer; we have you covered.
“Thanks for a true experience of a lifetime. I've hunted out West the last 5 years and this tops them all. Hope to return again next year!”
Steve Cumming, MA
Accommodations are provided in our luxurious six bedroom lodge complete with all amenities. Meals are hearty and delicious. Despite the rigors of hunting in the West, most of our guests “complain” they gain weight during their stay. Hunts are fully guided by seasoned pros who have years of big game hunting experience.
Unlike many outfits, our guides live on the ranch year 'round and grew up hunting in Colorado. They know the land you're hunting and the animals you'll pursue. Most importantly, they truly delight in sharing their expertise with you.
“In the span of about ten minutes, I learned more about hunting than I had in 33 years! Paul was able to read the elk and set me up for an unbelievable opportunity for my first elk.”
Jim Sween, NE
A variety of hunting methods are utilized. From spot and stalk to sitting in a comfortable, heated blind, we are able to custom tailor a hunt to match a variety of hunting preferences and physical capabilities. All hunts are conducted by accessing areas in vehicles and hunting on foot. Long horseback rides into “elk country” aren't necessary here, elk country lies right out the lodge door!
We believe part of the hunting experience includes having excellent table fare from the game you harvest. We've gone the extra mile to ensure this by constructing our own meat processing facility where our staff will process your game according to your specifications. Should you be fortunate enough to harvest your game during the first days of your hunt, you'll actually be able to head home with your meat packaged and frozen.
“I had a totally enjoyable hunting experience. Everyone on the ranch worked very hard as a team. The accommodations and hospitality were beyond my expectations.”
John Loveday, NY
We focus our attention at providing high quality rifle hunts for elk, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, and moose. To maintain this vision, we offer only four archery hunts and no muzzleloader hunts which could interfere with our resident herds during the critical rut and we take no more than 26 rifle hunters per year. Rifle hunters will delight with this management practice as there is abundant wildlife, plenty of room to roam, and, often, bulls still bugling during our hunts.
Luxurious accommodations, delicious meals, abundant game, trophy-class animals, an attentive staff, expert guides, on-site game processing, and an extraordinarily high success rate ensure a great hunting experience; a Buffalo Creek Ranch Experience.
Packages and Rates:
At Buffalo Creek Ranch our rifle hunting packages include hunting private land, lodging, meals, guiding, transportation around the ranch, and meat processing. Guests are responsible for their licenses and any taxidermy work. Bull elk licenses are available “over-the-counter” for 2 nd and 3 rd rifle seasons and by drawing only for the 1 st and 4 th seasons. All mule deer, pronghorn, and moose licenses are by drawing only. Pre-planning of your hunting adventure is advised to ensure licenses and hunt availability. We continually maintain a waiting list of hunters looking to book a hunt after our existing clients have chosen their spots for subsequent years.
6 NIGHT/5 DAY RIFLE HUNT: (arrive the afternoon before the hunt, depart the morning after)
|1st Season: Elk Only||$7,900|
|2nd & 3rd Season: Elk or Deer||$6,900|
|2nd & 3rd Season: Combo Elk & Deer||$9,400|
4 NIGHT/3 DAY RIFLE HUNT: (arrive the afternoon before the hunt, depart the morning after)
|Elk or Deer:||$5,400|
|Combo Elk & Deer:||$7,900|
**Price of pronghorn hunt includes using our landowner voucher to obtain the buck license. Our area is managed for trophy antelope and it typically takes a hunter 10+ years of applying to obtain a license. We are usually able to draw a buck tag every three years, or so, through the Priority Landowner application process. This is a prime opportunity for a trophy pronghorn.
6 NIGHT/5 DAY ARCHERY OR MUZZLELOADER HUNT: (arrive the afternoon before the hunt, depart the morning after)
|Elk or Deer:||$7,900|
$200 per night per person (available on limited, space-available basis; includes food & lodging only, not able to accompany hunting guest in the field)
For summer and winter vacation packages, a 60% deposit is required to make a reservation. The balance of payment, including applicable taxes, is due upon departure from the ranch. Hunting packages require a 50% deposit to reserve a hunt with the remaining balance due 30 days prior to the hunt start. Payment can be made with cash, check, or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover). Payments made with credit cards will have a surcharge applied (currently 4%).
Due to the limited amount of guests we take during a very short season, cancellations of summer or winter packages made within 60 days of arrival date will forfeit their full deposit unless the space can be re-booked. Cancellation spaces that are re-booked or cancellations made prior to 60 days before scheduled arrival will be charged a 25% handling fee. Deposits made for hunting packages are non-refundable unless the space can be re-booked. Cancellations must be made in writing. To protect against unforeseen circumstances, we strongly encourage guests purchase travel insurance from an independent provider.
Our staff is paramount in providing memorable experiences and guests continually praise them for going the extra mile to ensure your every desire is met. As is customary in service oriented businesses, a gratuity of 10-15% of your package rate is suggested. Tips are preferably cash/traveler checks or they can be added to your final bill upon check-out. They will be divided equally among the entire crew.
Visit the Colorado Division of Wildlife website, http://wildlife.state.co.us/ , where you can:
Purchase fishing licenses
Purchase over-the-counter elk licenses
Apply for limited draw licenses (application deadline for fall hunts is usually around April 1 st )
Plan for future hunts by applying for preference points
Buffalo Creek Ranch
P.O. Box 2
2320 JCR 28A
Rand, Co 80473
John Ziegman, General Manager
Buffalo Creek Outfitters, LLC is an equal opportunity service provider operating under permit from Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest.
All or part of this operation is conducted on public lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
Colorado Outfitters' License Number 2119.
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