1. Opening Page
2. Opener big cropped
3. 30 Big! Green limit*
4. 5 Miles of River 1
5. _Deer Creek_ (river)
6. Whitetail 1
7. Outlet 1
8. East MS With Blind
3. East Flood Field
10. River 42
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13. Waders in Mudroom
14. Looking across from Great Room
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18. DU Project (north) 2
19. Painting 1 (excellent!)
20. Lots o Ducks 2
21. GER Moist Soil Cold*
22. River 35
23. River 37
24. DeadHead (Excellent!)
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27. From on top
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29. Hunters in Pit Blind
30. Wardens in the River*
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37. Layout of Components

Golden Eagle Ranch

Iliff, Colorado

2,074 Acres$17,629,000


  • Over 5 miles of the South Platte River (both sides) with all its multiple braided channels, islands, and diverse riparian habitat
  • The hunting of 8 game species, 4 on a world-class level
  • Annual populations of wintering mallards and Canadas numbering in the thousands
  • Whitetail deer in the 190-200” class.
  • Abundant turkey, pheasant, and quail with enhancement opportunities for each
  • 4 moist-soil flood fields constructed by Ducks Unlimited that attract, hold, and provide the tremendous hunting of ducks and geese
  • Water rights, both senior and adjudicated, and permitted to be used for irrigating crops in the summer as well as flooding waterfowl habitat in the winter
  • Large 6-bedroom/ 5-bathroom lodge with detached storage building, kennels, and game cleaning station

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Property Details

Golden Eagle Ranch is a +2,074 acre hunting and wildlife refuge with incomparable size, quality, and water resources; an exceptional offering that rarely sees the open market. With over five miles of the South Platte River and seven miles of riparian corridors, including the primary river channel, side channels, sloughs, and ditches, Golden Eagle Ranch offers the best of the best for waterfowl hunting in northeast Colorado. This legacy Colorado ranch could produce the next state record whitetail buck very well. The deer on the ranch have been archery hunted exclusively for the past 30+ years. Ownership has seen 190-200” bucks that could have been harvested were it not for the steadfast commitment to archery-only hunting practices. In addition to the trophy-quality deer and masses of ducks & geese that descend upon the ranch during waterfowl season, the ranch also holds substantial populations of turkeys, pheasant, and quail. 

Ranch improvements include a six-bedroom, five-bathrooms hunting lodge with an additional storage garage complete with kennels and commercial-grade game processing facilities. The lodge is well positioned with great privacy and is set up with a series of gear lockers – well-suited for an incoming partnership group or multiple families. Additionally, there is a modest ranch manager’s home at the primary entrance to the ranch. The ranch is located 2 hours from Denver/Denver International Airport and 2 hours from Fort Collins.

Golden Eagle Ranch controls extensive senior water rights, which are utilized for production under pivot and flood irrigation via several ditch systems and via two high-volume irrigation wells for flooding wetland complexes during the waterfowl season. 150 CFS of water rights dating to 1883 and 40 CFS of rights with priority dates of 1895 are among some of the rights controlled by the ranch. The result of the extensive water rights is a productive agricultural component of the ranch, producing abundant forage and cover for the vast wildlife. Working in close collaboration with Ducks Unlimited, the current ranch owners have completed extensive habitat improvement projects to benefit migratory waterfowl on the land. They have protected the ranch by way of a conservation easement in favor of DU for the long-term benefit of the ever-improving. A new wetland complex is breaking ground in spring 2021 in collaboration with Ducks Unlimited; this will only further improve the already exceptional waterfowl habitat on site.

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