Mckenzie and Ashley Flanigan purchased the Rafter Y Ranch in 2013, where they began growing their Black Angus cow/calf herd. Half of the year they focus on running their 650 head of All-Natural NHTC cows and calves, but when hunting season comes around, it’s all wild game all of the time.
Mckenzie has been hunting since he was a very young boy growing up in Heeney, CO on his parent’s cattle ranch with his three brothers.Splitting time working at his parent’s ranch in Heeney, CO and what is now the Rafter Y Ranch in Mack, CO, he became very educated in the cattle and hunting industries. Ashley grew up in rural Illinois with her parents and two brothers before moving to Colorado. There, she graduated from Bel-Rea Veterinary Technical Institute. She practiced at a local clinic on the western slope for 4 years before she left to work on the ranch full-time. Mckenzie and Ashley take pride in being good stewards of the land to ensure that the elk and deer populations continue to thrive. They are a family that love wildlife, love the outdoors, and love passing their family tradition onto their two young boys, Ryett & Hollis. Come join the Rafter Y family and enjoy our passion for the outdoors.
Mckenzie is the back bone to the Rafter Y Ranch. His work ethic is like no other. Nothing makes him happier than ensuring our clients have a hunt of a lifetime. His guiding expertise will go above and beyond to take down your trophy animal. He gets as much joy from a client taking down his or her dream animal as much as if he had done it himself.
Ashley is the heart and soul of the operation. When she’s not chasing her two boys around, she’s making sure your stay at the Rafter Y Ranch is exceptional. She handles all of the marketing and scheduling. She is also the one who will make sure your belly is full and satisfied with 3 delicious homemade meals each day. It’s rare, but if time permits, she’ll sneak in some time to chase down some elk.
Fletcher and Mckenzie have been hunting together their entire lives growing up on their family’s ranch. Fletcher has tagged the name “Billy Goat” by some on the ranch due to his incredible determination to scale to any mountain top to put a stalk on any animal. Don’t be fooled by his kind-hearted nature and quite demeanor when it comes to hunting. He cannot be stopped!
Taylor is a large part of helping out on the ranch. She is key when helping with just about anything, whether it’s picking guys up off location, fixing up the rooms for the hunters, or helping Ashley with the kids or meals. Taylor also grew up hunting with her family in Kremmling, CO. She is very knowledgeable about the land and makes a great guide in a pinch. Fletcher and Taylor look forward to teaching their new little girl, Taygen all about hunting in Colorado.
You name it, “Old” can do it. When it comes to guiding, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, branding calves, pretty much anything at all, “Old” is your go-to guy. Not only is he incredibly well-rounded, he has been hunting and guiding across North America his entire life. He knows this country extremely well. He’s been a part of the Rafter Y family from the very beginning.