Friday, October 7, 2011

Wyoming Elk Hunt (The Outfitter)

So you want to go on an adventure into the Rocky Mountains and hunt elk.  I have done it before and have not shot an animal yet, but the shoot is only a small part of the experience.  There is more to it than shooting an animal.  Packing in by horseback, living in the mountains, and riding through some of the most beautiful country you have ever seen is the best part of the experience.  You can drive through the mountains on the interstate, but you can never appreciate the beauty of the west until you are back in the dense forests, mountain meadows, and valleys 

This year I followed the advice of a previous guest writer Casey Schroeder.  Casey had recommended Bob Barlow owner of Barlow Outfitting.  The first thing I did was a check of references and they came back outstanding.  Next was to contact Bob and visit with him about how he operates and here was something new.  You have the choice of a tent camp back in the mountains or as Bob said, "I also operate as a day use outfitter."  That means you stay in a lodge every night with a private room, private bath, TV and all the luxuries of home.  In the early morning the horses are saddled and trailored to a trail head and you ride into the mountains with your guide.  I have always liked to camp out, and have done the wilderness camp outs before, but this sounded inviting.  I made it my choice. 

Teton Mountain View Lodge located in Tetonia, Idaho is where Bob puts his hunting guests. 
 Bob is a third generation Wyoming native. He grew up hunting and fishing in the mountains, prairies, and rivers of Wyoming. Bob's passion for the out of doors helps his clients enjoy the same. His businesses include horsepack fly fishing trips, river float trips during the summer, and guided snowmobile tours in Yellowstone National Park and surrounding areas in the winter months. He looks forward to hunting season absolutely all year.

Having personally hunted North America from Alaska to Mexico, as well as several African countries, Bob knows what it takes to put on a good hunt.  He provides hunting trips for all the big game in the area he operates in.  This includes deer, elk, mountain goat, bear, big horn sheep, antelope, and moose. 

Typical scenery you will see on a hunt.  How much better can it get than this!
Bob Barlow

Bob Barlow with Big Horn Sheep

After all my research, I scheduled an elk and bear trip with Bob and made the trip to Wyoming for opening day September 20, 2011.  Read more of the adventure next week.
Good hunting, good fishing and good luck.   Hank.

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