Rifle Elk Hunting
Elk hunting is conducted on private land situated in the middle of one of the largest elk herds in the world (the White River Herd). The elevation varies from 7000’ to8500’ and the vegetation includes sage, oak, serviceberry, and aspen, as well as a variety of grasses and forbs. Water is abundant, which is a key component of wildlife habitat.
The elk we
hunt are typical northwest Colorado elk consisting mostly of 4-
to 6-point bulls (legal bulls are 4 or more points on one side)
scoring up to around 320-330" on the top end. Our elk aren't huge
but the sheer numbers are impressive.
Rifle elk hunting
at Nine Mile is great! It's not uncommon for some of our hunters
to actually see elk in the hundreds here during the rifle season.
Rifle hunters also experience nearly 100% shot opportunity. Along
with a good herd of "seasonal elk" that live here during the late
summer and early fall, we are also smack dab in the middle of one
of the largest migration routes of elk in the country. For those
hunters who are able to walk 1-3 miles a day and shoot their rifles
accurately out to 300 yards, opportunities abound. With ranches
at several different locations ranging in elevation and terrain,
we can assure you a good opportunity at the elk, no matter what
mother nature throws our way. Hunting is spot-and-stalk in the mornings, with evening hunting conducted from shooting houses, elevated stands, or from other strategic sites.
We get around in 4-wheel-drive trucks, all-terrain vehicles and
on foot; no horses here at Nine Mile.
Bull elk licenses
for first and fourth seasons are a draw in our hunting areas, but
we typically experience 100% draw success. Second- and third-season
bull licenses are sold over the counter.
If you wound an animal (draw blood), every attempt will be made
to recover the animal. If it is not recovered, then your hunt will