Nine Mile Guest Ranch









Our Hunting Guides

Successful hunts are a combination of many factors, not the least of which is guides who are proficient hunters themselves. At Nine Mile Guest Ranch and RTS Hunting, guides are a huge part of the success story. Most of them are native to our area, and the ones who aren’t have been with us the longest and have learned the properties top to bottom. Our guides love to hunt and love to help others have successful hunts.  

 

Rocky Pappas is the foundation of Nine Mile Guest Ranch and RTS Hunting. He has guided hunters since the 70’s and has been an outfitter since 1981.
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Travis Flaharty grew up in the mountains of central Pennsylvania hunting and fishing from an early age, following a family tradition of being an “outdoorsman.”
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Dick Welle has been with the Nine Mile / RTS Hunting crew since 2014, but has guided for 35 years. Now that he’s retired from a job as CEO/GM at the local Rural Electric Coop...
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George Rienau is a fixture at Nine Mile. He has lived “next door” where his grandparents homesteaded for most of his life and has been helping out with the hunting...
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Dusty Allen grew up here in Meeker and was raised hunting and fishing by my dad, Steve.  I guided for a couple of other ranches earlier on and came to Nine Mile in 2010...
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Mike Seely is a Meeker native whose easy way with people and his passion for a good hunt are noticed and appreciated by every hunter he guides.
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Mike Tate  has been working with RTS Hunting since 2014. He is a farrier (horse shoer) in the off season, but he is a hunter at heart. He started hunting with his dad, who was a big elk hunter...
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Dayton Madison was born and raised in northwest Colorado and grew up hunting and fishing with his dad, a Colorado Game Warden. He started guiding for Nine Mile Ranch/RTS...
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Cory Ruchti is a Meeker native (of several generations) who started guiding with Nine Mile in 2006, becoming a full-time guide for RTS Hunting in 2014. Cory has hunted his whole life...
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Will Drake is one of the “oldest” guides at Nine Mile. Actually, he has worked for Nine Mile since 1999. Because he lives in Pennsylvania, he guides when there is a need...
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Steve Allen is Dusty’s father (and the influence he references). He is an expert hunter and outdoorsman who loves hunting and guiding, whether with a first-time hunter...
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Eric DeKam is more part-time than any of the other guides, but when he is able to guide at Nine Mile, he is superb.  He started guiding for Rocky before the turn of the century.
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Dennis Pappas is Rocky’s brother, and even though his regular job is very different from the job of guiding - he is the person at CenturyLink who is responsible for all Colorado construction...
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Jake Butler is new to the Nine Mile crew starting in 2015. He has a lot experience guiding big game hunting in this area as well as in Utah and most of the mountain west states...
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Austin Seely is the newest and youngest of all our guides and is Mike’s son. He started helping in 2016, and is a Meeker native, a good hunter, and an enthusiastic guide.
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Nine Mile Guest Ranch
Rocky & Sparky Pappas
Travis Flaharty
50735 Highway 13   -   Meeker, Colorado 81641
Phone: 970.878.4656     Fax: 970.878.3432
Colorado License #2321 - Licensed, Bonded & Insured



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