3106 County Road 342, Silt, Colorado, 81652
One of Colorado’s finest outfitting businesses has come on the market, with terrific income, a land base with irrigated acreage and a hunting lodge, vast BLM permit areas, and excellent private land hunting leases for high success rates on trophy mule deer and elk. This property is situated in Western Colorado along the I-70 corridor, in an area that is known for outstanding Colorado big game hunting. The business operates in several game management units, all of which have over-the-counter tags for elk.
This business has two separate Bureau of Land Management hunting permits that allow the outfitter access to hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands to guide elk, mule deer, bear, and mountain lion hunts. One of the permits is the North Camp, north of I-70, and hunting is excellent. Access is primarily by vehicle and hunters can be lodged in local motels or at a local home or ranch. Horseback guiding is not necessary. This permit can accommodate up to 130 hunters a year.
The second permit is on the south side of I-70, where the vast BLM permit offers outstanding hunting for elk and trophy mule deer. This is also in an over-the-counter area. In this area, the outfitter has secured leases on several thousand acres of private lands for exclusive hunting access, and the hunting is terrific. This part of the business also has a very suitable hunting lodge situated on 40 mostly irrigated acres, surrounded by thousands and thousands of acres of hunting lands. Landowners supply coveted landowner deer tags as part of the hunting lease. It is a dream scenario for successful hunting.
This outfitting business and guide service puts clients on game, averaging about 120 hunters a year on the South Camp and a terrific 85% success rate. Most of the hunts are fully guided, with guides taking the hunters out by vehicle. Very little horse packing or riding is needed. Hunts average $5,000-$7,000, depending on whether it’s an elk or mule deer hunt and if a trophy fee is involved. Obviously there is a very high cash flow with this business, and given that horses are not necessary, the profit margins are high than normal. One of the highest expenses for this business is the land leases, which help guarantee excellent success rates. Hunters are booked years in advance.
This business is offered in its entirety—North Camp, South Camp, and lodge with 40 acres—for $1,500,000. This is a very large outfitting venture that can outfit well over 200 hunters a year. Alternatively, the outfitter is offering the North Camp and its BLM permits for sale for $300,000. The South Camp, with its private land leases, hunting lodge on 40 irrigated acres, and vast BLM permits, for $1,200,000. Buyers must sign a non-disclosure agreement to access more information about the business, and must be able to provide proof of ability to purchase before information will be shared.