Ranging from 8,000' oak brush and aspens down to 5,300' rolling sagebrush hills, the Visintainer properties are home to an incredibly diverse ecosystem. This ranch has been managed for wildlife and hunting opportunities and is well known as one of the premier ranches in Northwest Colorado for trophy antelope, trophy mule deer, and incredible numbers of migrating elk. Ranch owners Gary Visintainer and his father, Dean, of Visintainer Sheep Co. received the 2013 Leopold Conservation Award in Colorado for outstanding commitment to range health and emphasis on wildlife. The practices employed by the Visintainer Sheep Company have created a refuge for many wildlife species including but not limited to antelope, mule deer, elk, sage and sharptail grouse.
Being part of the Ranching for Wildlife program allows us to have a 90-day season for each individual species and set our own season dates. This means we can offer some very sought-after rut hunts for antelope, mule deer, and elk, as well as late-season elk hunts for huge herds of migrating elk that winter on the Visintainer properties. And all this can be done with any legal weapon. We will also have guaranteed tags for all species available for you.
Two features of Ranching for Wildlife that make it a special opportunity are the fact that tags are guaranteed (once you book your hunt) and you can use any legal weapon during the designated seasons. Each species - antelope, mule deer, elk - will have a 90-day season.
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 be over.
You must have a Hunter's Safety Card to purchase a hunting license and hunt in the state of Colorado if you were born on or after January 1, 1949. You must also carry your Hunter's Safety Card with you in the field unless your license is verified with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW).