High Wire Ranch

Dave & Sue Whittlesey
27497 Buffalo Road
Hotchkiss, CO 81419
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High Wire Ranch's natural elk breeding program

Highlighting our natural elk breeding program is Bootleg, a son of White Lightning. White Lightning scored 375 2/8 official typical as a 7 year old at the 2000 Southwest Regional Antler Competition. White Lightning cut 43.43# of velvet in 1999 and ranked 5th place mature at the International Velvet Competition with a CWI-I of 128.62.

Our breeding program paid off in 2002. High Lightning, a yearling son of Bootleg took first place at the International Antler Competition with a score of 193 4/8. The Whittleseys are founding members and past officers of both the Colorado Elk Breeders Association (CEBA) and North American Elk Breeders Association (NAEBA).

Dave was the very first vice-president of both NAEBA and CEBA. He then became president of CEBA. As CEBA president, he spent most of the legislative session of 1994 in Denver where he was successful in getting a bill through the legislature transferring elk farming authority from the Colorado Division of Wildlife to the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Sue has served as Secretary/Treasurer of CEBA and became the Southwest Director as well as a three-term Treasurer of NAEBA.

Dave Whittlesey's Political Elk Award

In 1992 Dave was awarded NAEBA's "Political Elk" award for leading national political issues promoting elk ranching in Washington DC, including getting elk federally classified as livestock. In 1998 Dave was awarded NAEBA's "Elk Breeder of the Year" award for outstanding service to the industry. He was recognized for his extraordinary dedication in endeavors involving the representation of NAEBA at USAHA and state legislation issues throughout the nation. Through his efforts and promotion, many enjoy the benefits of elk ranching today.