Our mission in managing the Harteis Ranch is to cultivate a habitat for all wildlife that supports sustained population growth through improved feed, cover and our water resources to reduce fire hazard. After 24 years of intentional land and habitat management, we have seen a dramatic increase in our elk, deer and bear populations. Through our continued commitment to our wildlife sustainability plan and mindful management of all resources, the Harteis Ranch will be a model wildlife habitat for all future generations to enjoy.


In 1871 when the first settlers, The Russell Family, in their covered wagon, entered this beautiful valley of mild climate and natural beauty, saw the “Great Wall,” fields of wildflowers, meadows of knee-high grass, tall pine trees, an abundance of game, the snow-covered Spanish peaks and Sangre De Cristos Mountains in the background. Mrs. Russell said (a quote from her autobiography), “God, it seemed, had decided to let us into the Garden of Eden.”

Today, in the “Great Stonewall Valley,” and on the Harteis Ranch there is still that same unspoiled beauty. The Harteis Ranch was established in 1995. The ranch had the nickname, “Ranch O Bella Vista” which translates into “Ranch of Beautiful Views.”


  • 9,000 sq. ft. lodge
  • 30+ ponds
  • First class hunting cabins
  • 3,000+ acres
  • Shooting & Archery Range
  • Wildlife Tours
  • Horse & Carriage Rides

Ranch Owner


Freddy has been a professional hunter, passionate outdoorsman, conservationist and television personality/producer for more than a decade. Freddy’s personal hunting experiences include travel to the remotest, wildest and most beautiful reaches of the world. He is a world class archer and has brought down some of the worlds most dangerous game with just his stick and string.

Freddy has successfully produced and hosted the Hollywood Hunter television series for the past eight years and only plans to continue forward with the quality of his productions.

He is also the founder of the Big Fred Tribute, an annual event fundraiser that supports amazing charities such as The Tiegen Foundation, The Way Outfitters, Fathers In the Field, and the American Heart Association. He has raised more than $100,000.00 for these great causes and is on a mission to continue giving back. “It’s the heart of the hunt that matters most.” Freddy says. 

Current & Ongoing Improvements


  • Of the 3,000 acres tract 2,400 is in a Conservatio n easement, which will remain in its present state – in perpetuity and will never be developed, to provide long term benefit s for wildlife.
  • Thinning program which improved 1000 acres plus for natural grass and reduced fire hazard to avoid a crown fire. Only 30 trees per acre now exist on the thinned acreage.
  • Planted legumes and grasses in 400 acres of plots for feed for Elk, Deer & Bear.
  • Installed 30 miles of Ranch roads to patrol for fire and poaching.
  • Built 29 ponds for wildlife and fire protection.
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