About Colorado Private Ranches

DIY Colorado Hunting Leases

I begin hunting in Colorado over 20+ years ago on public land and after a few years, I saw more hunters than elk so with a few phone call leads, I begin looking for private land to lease for elk hunting. I found some good elk hunting ground and picked up a couple of leases in the Yampa, Rifle, and Silt areas. We now have 16 elk hunting and deer leases in the Yampa, Rifle, and Silt areas. We have had some of the leases over 19 years. My son, Kelly Kaufman, has a Colorado Division of Wildlife Outfitters license (#3163). We do not guide or furnish anything, except lodging on the majority of the leases. This is a non-guided Do-It-Yourself type hunt with help from land owners and/or ranch managers. They will meet you there two days before hunt and show you the ranch. You will receive property maps, along with your contract, before the hunt. Our leases all join a national forest and/or other government land (BLM). We find that the Do-It-Yourself hunt on private land to be the most fulfilling and productive. The land owners and I have designated a low number of hunters (4-6) on each lease. This helps guarantee a non-crowded hunting environment. We do not mix groups, so you must have one group of 4-6 to lease the property.