Rio Blanco, Moffat GMU:
Nearest CPW Office:
|P.O. Box 212
||7345 Hwy 64|
|Meeker, CO 81641
||Meeker, CO 81641|
|970-878-5436; 970-824-1598 (fax)
||970-878-6090 (office); 970-878-6077 (fax) |
Location: Morgan Ck Ranch is located 26 miles north of Meeker on Hwy 13 or 26 miles south of Craig on Hwy 13. The ranch is located on the North end of a low mountain range known as the Danforth Hills.
Area Maps: USGS Quads: Axial, Easton Gulch, Price Creek, Devils Hole Gulch
National Forest: None
Species Available: Elk, Deer
Terrain and Access: Elevations vary from 6,400 to 8,200 ft. The small drainage’s run to the north and there are numerous low ridges covered with oakbrush, serviceberry, and sagebrush. The upper part of the ranch contains a 5,000 acre pasture that is closed to all motor vehicles but is open to walk in hunting. Ranch roads provide adequate access to rest of the ranch.
Average Success Rates: Please see Participating Ranches.
Check the Ranching for Wildlife main page for season dates.
There are no antler-point restrictions for any of the ranches. No over-the-counter licenses are offered on these properties. Ranching for Wildlife licenses are open to Colorado residents only. Licenses are only for the season and ranch on the license. For more information on season dates and application deadlines, see the Big Game Hunting Brochure.
Ranch rules from previous seasons are provided for a general perspective. Ranch rules are negotiated annually and some rule changes may take affect this year.
MORGAN CREEK RANCH
Ranch Hunting Rules
- Hunting access is not allowed on the Ranch until the day of your hunt. Agricultural operations are still occurring on the Ranch prior to hunting seasons and Colowyo is not staffed to patrol the Ranch - so for the safety of all parties involved we limit access to the Ranch.
- All hunters must check in at the check-in point. You should check in ½ hour before sunrise each hunting day. For safety and security all hunters must check out at this same check-in point at the end of each hunting day.
- Access to the Ranch is through three locked gates. A map is provided at the check-in point showing topography, existing roads, location of the gates and lock combinations to each gate. Hunters are asked to close the gate when entering or exiting in order to reduce trespass problems. Once inside ranch property, hunters are free to move about the Ranch on existing roads.
- Travel by motor vehicles is restricted to existing roads as shown on the topographic map. Four-wheel drive vehicles and tire chains are recommended due to weather, safety, and road maintenance cost concerns.
- Each hunter is limited to one non-hunting guest while on the Ranch. The guest must remain the same during the length of your hunt. The non-hunting guest cannot hold a regular Colorado hunting license for the same time frame as your hunt.
- All hunters and guests are asked to sign a liability release form. This form also serves as a permit to be on the ranch, and must be kept in possession of the hunter while on the Ranch.
- There are no off limit areas of the Ranch to any hunter. The Upper Straight Gulch drainages are walk-in access only for all hunters. This area is clearly shown on the map you will receive at check in. The walk-in area is fenced and the gates are locked and signs posted indicating walk in access only.
- No ATVs or snowmobiles are allowed on the Ranch unless there is need to retrieve an animal or to assist a hunter that has a problem. During or prior to your hunt, if you need assistance you should call Jarrell Massey, the Morgan Creek RFW contact, or Tonia Folks at Colowyo Offices. Phone numbers and contact information will be provided to successful applicants.
- Each licensed hunter is allowed to carry one gun while hunting on the Ranch.
- All areas of the Ranch are available to all hunters, except: areas around dwellings and livestock handling facilities are closed for the safety of all hunters, residents, and agricultural lessees; mine operation areas are closed to all hunters for safety reasons.
- Some new areas of the ranch may be removed from the Ranching for Wildlife program this year due to changes in mine operations. Successful applicants should consult maps provided by the ranch for more information on areas open for hunting.
- After you have harvested your animal and are checking out please notify the person at the check-in point that you have harvested an animal and provide them with a location of harvest. This is needed to provide accurate harvest data to the Division of Wildlife and for monitoring our own management efforts.
- No services are available on the Ranch such as phones, towing, gas, tire chains, etc.
- No overnight use of the Ranch is allowed, no fires, no littering and no target shooting.
- Once you have harvested your animal we ask that you leave the Ranch property to give the next hunter a chance to have a successful hunt.
Motels located in Meeker and Craig. Camping permitted on BLM land in Axial Basin 8.5 miles west on County Road 17.
Hunters are responsible for retrieval of game.