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HUNT REPORT -- ELK - LRH Group Hunt -2013

 
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:38 AM
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re: HUNT REPORT -- ELK - LRH Group Hunt -2013

The hunt was a lot of fun. The Greys River area is some of the best scenery in the Mountain West! The Outfitter was accomodating and well organized. The camp was spartan but clean and very comfortable. The guides were young, enthusiastic, and full of energy! The food was all home cooked and excellent. The horses were sturdy, safe, and quite the climbers.

The weather came back to bite us a little bit however. Day 1 was too nice with "blue bird" weather. The animals were high and not real active. However we glassed several herds with bulls to go after the following days. Day 2 brought rain and low clouds. I hate hunting in the rain, so I stayed in and nursed sore quads and a painful arse. One of the persistant hunters did however shoot a 5x5 bull that day! Day 3, 4, and 5 were snowy and socked in. Visibility was tough and the bulls spent a good bit of time in the trees. Despite this, two more bulls were taken at lower elevations and one was missed at long range (missed only because of a miscalculation of wind where the bull was bedded). We had hoped for the weather to clear the last couple of days which would have changed our fortunes for sure but it did not happen that way.

I never fired a shot, yet I had a great time. Seeing the country and getting more comfortable on a horse in the steep mountains were high on my priority list. We also saw several "monster" bucks that the area is famous for. They got my heart rate going faster than the bulls as well!!! Finally, it was fun to get to know, share stories with, and hunt with fellow "Long Rangers" from different parts of the country. We had lots of laughs! Len was a great host and provided a little entertainment himself as well. I would love to hunt with this group again and would also recommend Non-Typical Outfitters as well! They did their part... we just couldn't control the weather.

Finally, a word to the wise. Even with horses, the hunting in the high elevations and very steep mountains was very strenuous. Conditioning goes a long way to determining success on hunts with this outfitter. They will put you in position for success, but you still have to do your part, long range capabilities or not! I think most of us were feeling pretty "whipped" a good bit of the time.

Great trip!
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Old 11-06-2013, 10:35 PM
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re: HUNT REPORT -- ELK - LRH Group Hunt -2013

That stinks about the weather, but I'm glad you guys had a good time. I'm going on the 2014 hunt and I can't wait!
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:31 AM
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Todd, that was a very good account of the hunt. I agree, everyone seemed to have a great time. I enjoyed meeting a bunch of new friends.

I'll post some pictures and make a few comments. I hope others will chime in with their own comments.

First off, I want to say that Robb Wiley was the most knowledgeable outfitter about shooting that I have some across. He did an awsesome job at the rifle range set up for us to check our zeros. Here is a picture of him demonstrating a side hill shooting method that is the most significant new idea I've come across in a long time.

Robb had told me on the phone that one of the most typical shot opportunities would be seated with shooting sticks across a canyon to the other side. So I had been practicing.

But he taught us how to use the hillside for support of our shooting arm and shoulder. That made a HUGE improvement for me and the others who tried it. I am convinced I could shoot moa or better groups out to 700 yards or more by adding this support method to my seated shooting sticks technique. That is Robb seated next to the shooters.

After checking zeros at 100 yards off of a sturdy bench, we were invited to shoot at rocks out to about 600 yards on the very steep hillside across the draw. There also was a 12x12 inch steel plate near the top at 600 yards. A couple of us hit the steel on our first shots from a goofy and awkward steep shooting position off the bench at 600 yds in a slight wind, giving us added confidence on the day before the hunt was to begin.
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:31 AM
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One hunter couldn't make the trip so we were left with an odd number. I volunteered to pay the extra cost to go one on one with my guide who ended up being Robb, himself. Here is a picture of him and his Big Eyes optics on the first morning.

The snowy days were fantastic!
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:32 AM
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We saw more and more elk and elk tracks each day. They were starting to come down out of the treed heights.
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:32 AM
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reserve 3
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:50 AM
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  1. Group shot with me on the far right guarding my plate of apple bars.
  2. Our cook, Jim.
  3. Tommy pointing at my "inside-out & backwards" tag showing on my black shirt. I decided after September's hunt to make this a ritual look for each hunt.
  4. We came home each night to a fire outside.
  5. You never know what kind of exotic wildlife you'll run into out west.
  6. THE END of a beautiful trip!
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