What was your success rate last year?
2015, 4 archery hunters killed 2 nice 6 point bulls, and 34 rifle hunters killed 27 bulls. That’s 79% success, with opportunity well over 90%. In fact, 33 out of our 34 rifle hunters shot at an elk.
is so much more to a hunt beyond whether a bull elk was killed or
not. A successful hunt to us is a hunt that that you remember over
the years and never forget. It is a hunt that combines incredible
scenery with ample game, good accommodations, wonderful food,
knowledgeable and capable guides. For me as a hunter, it is all about
the experience and the memories. It is a hunt that makes you feel
alive. You can go to a high fence area and shoot a huge elk, but
will your experience be one to remember? We understand that hunting
is about the experience and about your memories and if you get an elk
then it is the icing on the cake.
I have never ridden a horse, what do I need to do to get ready to hunt?
need to know the basics of how to ride a horse. The more experience,
the better. If you have never ridden a horse before, I suggest to
take some riding lessons back home. This will get you familiar with
riding and you will be much more comfortable. Riding before your
hunt will also help condition your muscles because riding uses
different muscles than most people normally use.
Do you have your own horses or do you rent them?
At this time, we have a herd of horses and mules in Cody, WY.
We will only put hunters on the safest horses in our herd. If we get a new horse and he is not proven yet,
then our staff will ride him until we are certain that he is safe. A
rented horse might be a wildcard, he might be safe and he might not be. We
value our clients and your safety is our responsibility and we take
that very seriously. It costs a lot of money to keep a herd of horses
this large, they eat a lot. It may be cheaper to rent horses, but in
our opinion, it is not the best way. A bad horse can ruin your hunt and
a good horse make your hunt a great experience.
What is for dinner?
know that a good cook in camp cooking fantastic meals helps make a
great hunt. In the past, we had prime rib, pork tenderloin, spaghetti and ham for some of the dinners. For breakfast we
will have bacon and eggs, pancakes, French toast, breakfast burritos
or biscuits and gravy. Our cook normally bakes fresh deserts just
about every day. Lunches are normally simple like soup and
sandwiches. If you like coffee, there will always be a pot ready for you.
you like coffee, then there will be a pot ready for you. There will
be plenty of snacks. Don't worry, you will have plenty to eat.
Will I see a lot of elk?
Most hunters will see elk every day. There is a lot of elk in this valley.
There are resident elk herds with many elk and we are only 9 miles from
Yellowstone National Park and many of these elk migrate through our
area in the later hunts.
What is the weather like?
in the mountains can vary drastically. Some days it my be below
freezing or warm up into the 70’s. Snow is possible on any of the
hunts and you will need to be prepared. On most nights, temperatures
will drop below freezing. We will give you a list of items that you
will need to bring.
How do I get a elk hunting license?
How do you hunt for elk?
For the younger hunters in good shape, we will spot and
stalk. For the older hunters, we will spot and stalk but
also slow down and sit and rest as you might require. In the
morning, we might ride and glass for elk and find a herd that has
a good bull in it. Next we get on our horses, ride and get close
to them paying close attention to the wind. Then we stalk them
bugling or cow calling depending on the phase of the rut. Now
this is real hunting -
absolutely no comparison to a truck
Do you offer drop camps?
No. Our elk hunt area is deep in the wilderness. Wyoming law prohibits
nonresidents from hunting in wilderness areas without a guide.
How long are your hunts?
elk hunts are in the
Thorofare Valley and are 8 days.
The first day
be your ride into camp.
It will take 7 to 8 hours to get to
camp. Day 2 to 7 will be hunting, a total of 6 days. On the last day, day 8, we will head back to civilization.
What else is there to do around Cody, Wyoming?
town is the Wild Bill Cody museum which has been featured on television numerous
times. Another great option is to rent a car and site see.
You can travel to
Yellowstone National Park. South of Cody is Kirwin which is a ghost town in the
mountains. Another nice drive is up in the Beartooth
Mountains on the Beartooth Highway. You could spend a week site
Do you guarantee that I will shoot a bull elk?
not! This is a wilderness hunt and there are no fences.
after year, this camp has averaged above 90% opportunity for 5 and 6
point bulls; however, there will be some that will go home empty
handed, but that is hunting. As a hunter, there are a lot of factors
such as being in shape, your ability to ride a horse and your
shooting ability that will affect your hunt.
me as a hunter, it is all about the memories. Some hunts stand out
in my mind more than others. For me, all my hunts in this camp are
the hunts I always think about. I hunted in this camp for three
years as a paying customer before buying the outfit.