We are Slick Rock Outfitters. We specialize in premium trophy mule deer and epic mountain lion hunts. You can’t have one without taking care of the other. We take pride in managing both of these really well. Our hunting grounds cover over 50,000 private acres in Southwestern Colorado.
This area of Colorado is known for big mule deer and is home to the typical world record taken back in the early 1970’s. So, the genetics you are looking for in big deer are here. The terrain is conducive to growing big deer as well. Most of the country we hunt is rolling hills covered with oak brush and surrounded by agricultural fields. Big bucks don’t have to travel very far to eat and they can quickly get themselves into cover. This as well as only harvesting mature deer allow our animals to grow to their maximum potential.
We harvest a good number lions each and every year which often prey on larger bucks coming out of the rut when they are tired and in recovery mode. Harvesting these predators provides for a great hunting opportunity as well as aids in allowing more bucks to reach maximum maturity.
Colorado is home to the largest elk herd in the United States which is somewhere around 300,000 animals. Southwest Colorado has their fair share of those animals and we offer quality elk hunts too. There have been bulls taken in this area that exceed 400” Boone and Crocket, but this isn’t the normal.
We traditionally harvest two and three year old bulls that are usually 4 to 5 points, but about 50% of the elk we harvest are good 6 point bulls. We will occasionally harvest a really big one. We don’t specialize in elk hunting, but with 300K in the state, we definitely have our share and the ranchers love to see more of them go home with you than eating their crops.
I’m Trent Daves and I grew up right here in Dove Creek and I’m raising my family here as well. We pride ourselves on being part of the community and we enjoy running our outfitting business in this small rural area. The relationships we have developed here over a lifetime come in handy when we are pursuing both big deer and cats. We are limited on the amount of ground we can lease, but it is amazing how some good local hospitality can help you make things happen sometimes.