Eagle County offers limited pass-through hunting access to Hardscrabble Ranch | VailDaily.com

Eagle County offers limited pass-through hunting access to Hardscrabble Ranch

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EAGLE — Hardscrabble Ranch will offer limited pass-through hunting access during the 2017 season. The public will be able to access Bureau of Land Management lands by foot through Hardscrabble Ranch via the Trail Gulch trailhead. This access point hosts a small parking lot located along Old Salt Creek Road. Hunters accessing BLM lands through Hardscrabble Ranch via Trail Gulch are required to travel with unloaded firearms while on ranch property.

Eagle County reminds hunters that hunting and public access will be prohibited on the 1,540-acre Hardscrabble Ranch as the property transfers ownership from The Conservation Fund to Eagle County this fall. Hunters must call 970-479-2201 to contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife or an open space ranger before accessing the property to claim or dispatch wounded game. Eagle County or Colorado Parks and Wildlife will supervise all access to Hardscrabble Ranch.

Additional opportunities for public access, recreation and hunting on the ranch will be explored during the creation of a management plan for the property. The county will be working with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the public during the planning process. Management planning will start with the transfer of the property to Eagle County.

Eagle County Open Space, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and The Conservation Fund want to ensure public safety during the hunting season. For information on accessing Trail Gulch or access questions, contact Phil Kirkman at 970-328-8698 or phillip.kirkman@eaglecounty.us.

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