“A Smile on my face thinking of the fun I had”

eht image“Even as I write this, a smile is on my face thinking of the fun I had with Adam and the Ruggs Ranch crew.Being in the midst of so many elk in such a pristine setting was something I didn’t think I’d experience again in my lifetime. I was back to the good old days of elk hunting and glad they exist in places like the 85,000 acre Ruggs Ranch. And did I mention the food? That was an excerpt from a story I wrote for Sports Afield magazine and still rings true today. The lodge and bird hunting was better than I’ve ever experienced and the wall tent camp was the nicest I’ve been in. And the food, this is the only elk camp I’ve ever experienced where you ate meals prepared by an executive chef. The number of elk we encountered was something I hadn’t seen for a couple of decades and they were much calmer than most elk I’ve interacted with. This was truly an enjoyable hunt from start to finish and the whole Ruggs crew and facilities were top notch. I hope I can fit another hunt to Ruggs Ranch in my near future.

James C. Reed
Director of Sales
Sports Afield

I’ll be back for sure ! ! !

My guide was the best! I’ve hunted with lots of guides and he gets it. I’ll be back for sure! Great experience and a successful first archery hunt.

-Don M.

Great experience watching my two sons take their first bull elk…

Adam/Tim couldn’t be more pleasant and knowlegable, work ethic and intensity. They are both a credit to Ruggs…Great experience all around. Already booked another hunt. What a great experience watching my two sons take their first bull elk

-Perry G.

Very Impressed with both…

Very impressed with both Adam and Tim. When I come back I will request to hunt with both. I really appreciate their attantion to detail and insight for a new hunter. I really enjoyed the entire experience !

-P.G. – IV

There were 3 hunters in our party…

There were 3 hunters in our party for a cow elk hunt. I want to say from the minute we stepped on your property we met Vicky and she made us feel very welcomed. Everyone we met was extremely polite, friendly and professional. Our hunting guides were awesome. They all were very professional and they worked there tails off to try to get everyone an elk. This was my 4th elk hunt and my first with Ruggs ranch. I was impressed how the guides talked between each other and strategized on each and every move. I can’t say thank you enough. We had a great time and truly incredible experience with Ruggs ranch we won’t soon forget. We are already planning on coming back. The elk country is breathtaking and beautiful in the fall. The camp cook needs to be congratulated for her outstanding dishes and service. Overall this was the best hunt I have every been on.

THANK YOU Ruggs Ranch, guides and staff.


I have been to almost a hundred hunting and fishing lodges in my television career, some good, some not, several abysmal and very few exceptional. The list of those who consistently deliver on their promise of excellent hunting and hospitality is short. Ruggs Ranch belongs in that top tier.

Over and above everything (actually, I guess it would be under everything) is the land. I have never seen such variety and sheer volume. One of the reasons my viewers cite for going hunting is to be enveloped in natural beauty. Ruggs has it in spades, from stately timber strands and hushed forests, to limitless vistas of sage and bunchgrass. Thank goodness your string includes cockers for the wicked-thick bunchgrass and riparian areas, and horses for the big-sky chukar hills.

That abundant and high quality habitat leads to incredible hunting. Wild chukars, valley quail and Huns in their native surroundings, elk, deer, turkey ghosting through the pines, and of course pheasants skulking in the CRP and crops. It only gets better when you hunt horseback.

Your staff is top-drawer, driven to meet the needs of guests. Guides go out of their way to help, Gene takes dogs to the highest level, Vicky in the office is relentless in her attention to detail, and of course, Keith’s food is to die for. I warn you every time I visit that you’d better count your cocker spaniels before I leave because someday I will dognap one!

As their leader you’ve instilled in staff a willingness to go the extra mile and strive for excellence. A successful businessman told me years ago that the key to success was to be ten percent better than one’s competitors. In every respect Ruggs is that, or more.

Every time we broadcast an episode at Ruggs, my viewers express awe at the vastness, the “westernness” of Ruggs Ranch. It is every hunter’s dream to “cowboy up,” explore the wild west, be part of our rugged bast. Nowhere but at Ruggs can one live the dream.

Scott Linden
Wingshooting USA TV


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