Planning started in January for another Elk hunt into the mountains. I made two trips in the last two years to national forests without harvesting an elk.
It is called hunting not shooting. In each instance, I had a really great experience. Excellent guides, outstanding food, and great accommodations were experienced. Plus, on each trip the horses had a lot of trail experience. It was never a concern in handling one.
|Sitting around the fire with Mike Branson, owner of Wind River Outfitters.|
|Heading out in the morning for a day of hunting.|
|The country was beautiful. We set up on the edge of a meadow that had a lot of elk signs. |
|My hunting partner got a shot in the meadow below. Small bull came out of the timber, looked around and headed back into the cover. |
|Looking toward the western side of the tetons. Jackson Hole is one the east side just beyond the peaks.|
|It is was warm again as evidenced by the guide. I peeled off clothes later.|
By searching the "net" a private ranch was found with a great price and excellent historical results. Smith Rancho is located north of Hayden Colorado, and west of Steamboat Springs. Hunting 50,000 acres of private ranch land with resident elk was the goal. The ranch has an excellent track record of success and posts references on line. The first thing I noticed was a reference from Cherokee, Iowa. Immediately, the call was made and the reference was excellent, plus there was a high record of success.
Guests stay right at the ranch and all meals are furnished. The reservation was made for October 29th through the 31st. This will work out perfectly for me since my wife and I will be getting back from a camera safari to Kenya and Tanzania. (http://www.smithrancho.com/index.html) Click on the link to learn more about Smith Rancho.
Good hunting, good fishing, and good luck. Hank