84, 86, 861
||Nearest CPW Office|
||Pueblo Area Office|
|P.O. Box 103
||600 Pueblo Reservoir Rd.|
|Westcliffe, CO 81252
||Pueblo, CO 81005|
|719-746-2390 (office); 719-746-2005 (fax)
||719-561-5300 (office); 719-561-5321 (fax) |
Location: Ranch is 21 miles south of Westcliffe on Hwy 69.
Area Maps: USGS Quads: Beck Mountain, Medano Pass, Creager Reservoir, Devils Gulch
National Forest: San Isabel
BLM: Blanca Peak
Species Available: Deer, Elk, Pronghorn
Terrain and Access: The ranch lies at the southern end of the Wet Mountain Valley on the eastern side of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Most of the ranch drains to the east and south by Muddy Creek. About 7,500 acres lies east of Hwy 69. Some of the ranch is cultivated hay-alfalfa fields. Lower elevations are in pinyon pine and open short grass parks. Rising to higher elevations and vegetation of Ponderosa pine, aspen and mixed conifer forests. Access to the ranch is through ranch gates and existing ranch roads but the ranch is hunted best on foot from several parking locations.
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.
WOLF SPRINGS RANCH
Ranch Hunting Rules
Wolf Springs Ranch holds a hunter orientation prior to the cow elk, deer, and pronghorn hunts in order to provide hunters an opportunity to meet ranch staff, get familiar with the layout of the ranch and ranch roads, and to ask any questions they may have.
- All hunters must check in and out daily at the office in the main barn. This is to ensure no one is hurt or lost. Check-in will begin at 6:00 AM, and hunters will be required to check out no later than one hour after sunset. To get to the office, turn west off Highway 69 and stay to the right. You will see the barns about one mile up the road on the right and there is a little "OFFICE" sign at the door..
- Hunters will be provided with maps designating areas open to hunting. No access or hunting is allowed in the buffalo pastures – to keep you safe and unharmed.
- Upon your arrival, a Liability waiver will need to be signed and turned in to the office.
- Hunters may be directed into specific portions of the hunting units in order to regulate hunting pressure and meet hunting objectives. Hunting areas will be selected on a first-come basis.
- All hunters will be required to submit all required biological data, i.e. tooth samples, antler or horn measurements, reproductive tracts, etc. A form for reporting harvest will be available in the office.
- In order to protect habitat, reduce erosion and repair costs, vehicles are not allowed off any ranch road except for parking immediately next to the road. Specific roads may be secured for purposes of livestock management; however, hunters will be made aware of those restrictions.
- Motorcycle, ATV, snowmobile, horse or pack animal use will not be allowed.
- Consumption of alcoholic beverages will not be allowed on ranch property while conducting hunting activities.
- No fires will be allowed on ranch property, except in emergency situations.
- Please leave all gates as you find them.
- Hunters are required to abide by all state laws and regulations as well as ranch rules. Violation of any of these will result in expulsion from the ranch property, as well as any related prosecution.
- All hunters are permitted to be accompanied by no more than one non-hunter while hunting on the ranch.
- Hunters must use caution and respect safety zones around buildings, dwellings, and livestock areas.
- Camping is allowed only near the Ranching For Wildlife Headquarters; however, no water, electricity, or dump station is available. Please put all trash in containers at the check-in area.
- Any hunter not wishing to keep the hides can deposit it at the check-in area.
- No hunting of any other species other than what you are licensed for will be allowed.
- If it becomes absolutely necessary to drive off existing ranch roads, necessity must be determined by ranch personnel and permission granted from them. Please keep in mind that soils are thin and fragile, vehicle tracks can create major erosion problems.
- Much of the country is best accessed by driving to a point, then getting out and walking ½ mile or more from the road.
- We have had some unpleasant experiences with a few hunters being verbally abusive to Ranch personnel. Our personnel are expected to be kind and considerate to everyone and we ask the same treatment in return. We wish you a successful hunt and want you to leave our ranch healthy and happy, and we hope to see you again sometime.
Ranch is located on east slopes of Sangre de Cristo Mountains south of Westcliffe. Elevations run from 6800 to 9500 ft. The ranch also raises bison and some bison pastures are not open for public or private hunting due to safety concerns.