Meet John Stanley, the winner of this year's Colorado Grand Slam Adventure. John hails from Lawrenceville, GA and is a big-time bowhunter. This will be John's first CO elk hunt and he is stoked.
Our hunt is taking place on the lovely Kessler Canyon Ranch, about 45 miles northeast of Grand Junction, CO. It’s a 23,000-acre paradise, with incredible mule deer and elk hunting.
As I took the photo of this fence line, a huge flock of Merriam’s turkeys came strutting out in front of us.
John and I take a moment for a photo op at the entrance to Kessler Canyon Ranch.
John sighting in with Remington, 180-grain ammo. Groups from his Mossberg rifle were right at 1 1/2 inches at 100 yards- excellent accuracy.
One nice mule deer. We looked at this buck for 10 minutes. He is easily 28 inches wide and may very well be 30. We rough scored him somewhere north of 190 inches and he’s probably only a 3 1/2-year old. Think of what he may be in a year or two.
My room at Kessler Canyon Ranch- a far cry from the wall tents in most elk camps I’ve been in.
This is the view from the main lodge dining room. We’re told rainbow trout in this lake measure up to 22 inches. Can’t wait to try the fishing but elk comes first.
The fireplace in the main dining room. The art work and trophy mounts that fill the walls here are simply incredible.
John and Kelsey, one of the managers here at Kessler Ranch, in the lounge area.

Colorado Grand Slam winner and Editor-in-Chief head to the five-star Kessler Ranch in DeBeque, Colorado for a trophy elk hunt, one day of upland bird hunting for chukar and pheasant, and blue-ribbon trout fishing.