We often get asked about landowner tags when working with buyers who want to buy a ranch for hunting. In Colorado, in order to apply for Landowner Preference Program (LPP) the property must be at least 160 acres. This program was created to provide an opportunity for landowners to have a preference to draw tags and incentivize private landholders to improve habitat for wildlife. The landowner must apply by registering the deeded land with Colorado Parks and Wildlife prior to December 1st to be eligible for the coming year drawing and the land registration is good for 5 years.
A landowner must be able to meet the following requirements in order to qualify:
There are only 3 species that the LPP program is available for; Deer, Elk and Pronghorn. The quota for a species that qualifies for LPP is as follows:
For all GMUs west of I-25
For all GMUs east of I-25
The number of applications that a landowner receives is determined by the number of private deeded acres the landowner owns.
And so on. See CPW website for full table of acreages and application totals.
A landowner can maximize the number of applications by splitting ownership. For example, if a landowner only owns 320 acres they can split the acreage into 2, 160-acre parcels and title 1 in their name and the other in a legal entity or their spouse’s name and thereby they would qualify for 2 applications whereas if left as one 320 acre parcel they would only get one application.
Buying a ranch that qualifies for the LPP can be a great way to be able to trophy hunt on a regular basis. However, do not assume that you will draw a tag every year. We help our buyers research the drawing statistics so they have an understanding of how often they can expect to hunt a ranch if they were to buy it.
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