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ElkQuest, Trophy Elk Business and Operation, Colorado
Property Types: Ranches for Sale, Homes, Recreational, Commercial

$2,250,000 / 80.00 Acres / Available
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La Plata County
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Ranches for Sale, Homes, Recreational, Commercial
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Hunting - Big Game
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Fully Agricultural
6,512 ft
Rolling Hills
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Hand Hewn Log
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Horse BarnHeated Shop & Equipment Bldg5000 sq. ft hay barn



Property Description

ElkQuest - Trophy Elk Hunting Operation

For the first time in history, ElkQuest, one of the most successful trophy elk hunting operations, is on the market! Based out of Durango, Colorado, this 20+ year, very successful trophy elk hunting operation is one of the few high-fence elk operations that have turned a 6-digit net profit year after year (Gross Revenues 2016 $500K +, 2017 Income projections $500k+).The ElkQuest business is a complete package, including fencing to feeders, extensive equipment and the only substantial herd in the world which is highly resistant to Chronic Wasting Disease. ElkQuest has incredible name recognition and a deep client base. With the highest herd health status of any herd, the operation can be transferred to any ranch that has the acceptable acreage to continue the operation. It is being sold at a wholesale price, about 1/3 of replacement costs.


The Operation

ElkQuest has been producing 400 to 528 inch typical trophy bull elk for 20 years. ElkQuest is located in Southwest Colorado near Durango. Commercial air service is just minutes away.

 Presenting an unequaled opportunity, this operation, with a lifetime of research, breeding and operational experience, is being offered with continued guidance from the Seller who is retiring. The reputation and database of ElkQuest, known for delivering an outstanding and consistent trophy experience, will also be conveyed to Buyer. With international travel becoming less and less desirable and trophy elk tags becoming more and more unavailable, the trophy elk ranch experience demand is ever increasing.  

The Elk

ElkQuest will be conveying its entire breeding and bull inventory +/- 150 bulls and +/- 100 cows. Through meticulous selective breeding, ElkQuest has created the number one typical antler producing elk herd in the country, besides being the only large herd in the world which is genetically CWD resistant. ElkQuest has repeatedly taken top honors at the North American Elk Breeders annual competition for typical antlers.


Equipment - Breeding and Handling facilities & a Lifetime of Experience

Nothing would please the Seller more than to see his lifetime of work and experience being taken to an even higher level, but ultimately that is the new owners prerogative. Over the years the ElkQuest owners have developed cutting edge practices for breeding, raising and handling this unique herd. All equipment, breeding facilities, fencing, custom elk trailers and feeders are being offered. The Seller will make available for consultation the knowledge and experience to transition the new owner into all aspects of the operation for up to two years following the sale.


The Elk Herd and Breeding History

ElkQuest has spent 20 years researching and developing the only substantial CWD resistant elk herd in existence in the world (see attachments). This breeder has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars promoting the specific genotype, which is known to provide CWD resistance.  Only about 1 to 3% of wild elk have the genetic makeup which makes them highly resistant. This is widely accepted among researchers and veterinarians and confirmed by research papers and testimonials. ElkQuest’s selective breeding has also focused on typical antlers. The bulls have massive racks with long tines and main beams, with great width. The mature bulls have very symmetrical antlers scoring between 400 - 528 inches. These large typical racks, which are very highly desired by hunters, are much more difficult to produce than non-typical racks making ElkQuest the go to place for hunters.

(Equipment and elk herd list available to qualified buyers.)

ElkQuest offered at $2,250,000 (Actual price may vary depending on time of year, elk inventory, new elk calf inventory, hunts booked, revenues collected, etc).

Prospectus and financials

ElkQuest will make available current prospectus and financials for qualified financial prospects. Confidentiality agreement required.


Property – Headquarter property available if sold with ElkQuest operation

If closed simultaneously, the Seller will also make available for sale the existing elaborate breeding headquarters, which includes +/- 60 irrigated acres and 4500 square foot custom home.  There is plenty of water backed by some of the best irrigation rights in Southwest Colorado. There’s also a horse barn, a large heated shop, equipment building, handling facility, and a 5000 square foot hay barn. This property has been extensively developed for ease of maintenance. Automatic stock waters are throughout the property. There is a high-pressure water line served by a diesel-driven irrigation pump extending to all areas with stationary sprinklers and a traveling sprinkler. The fields have been graded for perfect flood irrigation and the pastures have been renovated on a continual basis. 

Headquarters offered at $1,450,000.


ElkQuest and Headquarter property available together for $3,700,000.

 ElkQuest, a one of a kind opportunity to step into a turnkey, world-renown elk breeding and hunting operation. This select opportunity can’t be duplicated anywhere in the world today. Call today for additional information and a qualified showing.


Book Hunt

Should you wish to book a hunt with ElkQuest for a trophy bull elk hunt for the 2017 season, please contact me for additional information.

Greg Liddle – 970-946-0374


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