2018 Year In Review - Harvest Stats
December 26, 2018 by Earl
Although we faced some big challenges on the ranch this year, we had one of our best years ever from the standpoint of opportunity Rate (90.0%). Early in the year we faced two major forest fires, one of which was burning less than 10 miles from our western leases, the air was smoked filled and nothing like trying to hunt with ash raining down and temperatures well above average, this made hunting conditions as tough as we have ever seen them, but that didn't stop the elk from their normal routine. We had to pick and choose our hunting locations all based on the wind direction, but there were elk going crazy all over our ranches, the smoke did not seem to bother them in any way!
Colorado's drought did have a negative effect on some of our early cow hunts, hot temps, lack of water, and finally the full moon phase all combined to slow the hunting way down for two of our groups, we still managed to harvest our fair share of cows, however a couple clients had a hard time finding the cow elk herds late in August. Thankfully, the snows showed up in early October and we had a lot of action in all the rifle season.