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Last Updated: Aug 6, 2010 - 1:11:39 PM
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Trophy Mule Deer & Whitetail Hunts
By Matt Burrows
Mar 13, 2010 - 1:01:50 PM

Eastern Colorado Trophy Mule Deer/Whitetail Hunts

 
Stick & String Outfitters (SSO) is excited to announce that we have joined forces with one of the best trophy mule deer/whitetail outfitters in eastern Colorado, Tom Tietz of Natural Hunting Adventures, Inc. (NHA).  SSO has become partners with NHA and will now be in the outfitting business, in addition to continuing our booking agency.  The reason we pulled the trigger on this deal is because we are very confident in providing some of the best trophy mule deer and whitetail hunts in the West.  We are very familiar with Tom's operation as we have booked numerous clients with him over the years with great success.  We jumped at the chance to join him.  Tom is a very experienced outfitter, bowhunter, outdoor writer and wildlife photographer.  He has run NHA for over 20 years.
 
Chris Green WT 2 
 
Chris Green with his 158-inch gross 2009 whitetail
 
Private Land Leases 
 
We lease several of the best ranches the area has to offer. We have exclusive outfitting rights to 60,000+ acres of private ranch land which includes over 25 miles of creek bottom inhabited by both muleys and whitetails. Our leases are hand-picked and provide the habitat to produce trophy class bucks. These ranches are spread over four game management units and offer a diverse selection of habitats for our clients. The leases are managed for both trophy class animals and a quality hunting experience.

Trophy Quality
 
Many hunters are beginning to realize that eastern Colorado holds some of the largest whitetail and mule deer bucks in the country. This is because genetics are excellent, the vast majority of the land is private, rifle licenses are very limited, the winters are mild, and there are an abundance of crops for growing huge racks.
 
bob fromme MD
 
Bob Fromme, owner of Performance Archery, with a 200+ inch nontypical muley 
 
Without exaggerating, eastern Colorado rivals any place in North America for trophy mule deer and whitetails. Trophy quality is just unbelievable! Mature muley bucks generally range from an incredible 160 to 190 gross, with some of our clients fortunate enough to take bucks grossing over 200.  Mature whitetails generally range from 140-170, again with the occasional buck grossing over 200.  We believe our whitetail hunting would rival hunting anywhere in North America, including Canada.
 
WT 200 incher
 
A 200-inch gross whitetail buck taken on the World of Beretta TV Show
 
MD 2005 wide, heavy
 
I have personally bowhunted eastern Colorado for whitetails and muleys for over 20 years and have been fortunate enough to harvest 7 Pope & Young muleys and whitetails there.
 
Matts 150 8 pt WT
 
My 150-inch net 8-point whitetail taken on a NHA property a few years ago
 
Hunts Offered
 
To keep costs to our clients at a minimum, we offer self guided archery hunts. Hunting for both the mule deer and whitetails is largely from treestands along the river bottoms.  Although these hunts are self guided, it really is not a detriment to your success because many treestands are already placed in the best spots or you can add your own treestands where you like.  We will also meet you at the ranch before your hunt and show you the treestand locations and best places to hunt.  We can do fully guided hunts if that is what you want but to be honest we will generally just take you to your treestand and you will be on your own anyway.  So by going self guided, you save money and still have the same opportunity for harvesting a buck.
 
  Pat Reeves 
 
Pat Reeves of North American Whitetail Magazine with a nice whitetail taken with NHA

Obviously treestand hunting is very effective for whitetail hunting but can also be incredibly effective for hunting big muley bucks during the rut.  I shot this 205 inch nontypical muley from a treestand in eastern CO a few years ago the day after Thanksgiving Day.

matt co md 

Our archery season is very generous and runs from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 although most of the hunts are conducted during the peak of the rut in November.  Colorado is nice in the fact that there are no rifle seasons in November during the rut so the entire month is dedicated to archery hunting. 
 
Some ranches are better for mule deer and some better for whitetails.  Other ranches have good numbers of each.  And your license is generally valid for either species which is a bonus (i.e., unless you apply for a whitetail-only license).  We only allow a very limited number of hunters at a time on each ranch.
 
The main whitetail hunting area is on the famed Arkansas River is southeast CO where we lease several miles of prime river bottom.  Most of the muley hunting (and whitetails) is in eastern CO where we lease tens of thousands of acres and several miles of creek bottoms.
 
harry suprenant buck
 
Harry Surprenant with a nice Arkansas River whitetail 
 
Rifle Hunts
 
We also offer a very limited number of rifle hunts during the early season (Oct. 23-Nov. 2) and the late season (Dec. 1-6).  Because the rifle hunts occur in October and December, they do not interfere with our archery hunting.  Also, the number of hunters taken is so small (2 hunters per ranch per season), there is negligible impact from rifle hunting.  Rifle success rates are nearly 100% and book up early. 
 
MD super high 
 
WT huge 10 pt
 
Licenses
 
Archery licenses are relatively easy to draw, usually only requiring 0-1 preference points.  Also, if you don't draw we can provide you with a landowner permit for no additional charge.
 
Rifle licenses require anywhere from 0-3 preference points but again we can generally provide you with a landowner permit for no additional charge if you don't draw.
 
The application deadline is April 6 so is approaching fast and we will help you with the application process.
 
 
 
Hunt Price
 
Self Guided Archery Hunts - 7 days for $2500
Early Rifle Season - 5 days for $5000
Late Rifle Season - 5 days for $5500
 
For the archery hunts, we only take a maximum of 4 hunters per huge ranch during the entire archery season.  However, some of these have already booked up.
 
Food and lodging are extra.  A nonrefundable 50% deposit is required to book your hunt.
 
Antelope Hunts 
 
We also offer unguided archery and rifle antelope hunts on the properties and there is a large population of goats.  For the archery hunts, we have several box blinds placed at waterholes or you can bring your own popup blind.  Again, we meet you at the property the day before your hunt and show you the blinds and best hunting spots.  Spot and stalking can also be performed.
 
Self Guided Archery Hunt - 5 days for only $550
Self Guided Rifle Hunt - 5 days for only $800
 
Archery licenses are available over the counter and rifle licenses are draw.
 
Food and lodging are extra.  A nonrefundable 50% deposit is required to book your hunt.
 
Closing
 
Please check out the details of the hunts on Natural Hunting Adventures' website by clicking on the link below.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 303-524-2461. 
 
Also please check out the photos below.  Hopefully they speak for themselves!
 
 
 

 
Mule Deer Success Photos
 
  MD woman 2
 
MD tall nontyp
 
 


MD 2005 full body 
 
MD very heavy
 
  MD nontyp
 
MD tall w stickers

 
Whitetail Deer Success Photos
 
  WT heath finley
 
A nice longbow buck taken on the Arkansas River.
 
WT 2006 woman
 
WT big 10 pt
 
 


WT wide 10 pt
 
WT massive 
 
 
WT avg


If you are interested in a hunt, please contact me via email or phone.

Matt Burrows
Stick & String Outfitters
P.O. Box 441
Pine, CO 80470
303-524-2461
 
 

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