Originally Posted by emmagator
But after hunting in Oregon on public lands our whole life, my dad and i dont know if we would be satisfied with being guided to the elk.
I wish it was that easy.
I've been on 4 guided elk hunts and so far have 1 cow and 1 bull to show for it. My Dad (also now 70, like yours) has a spike bull to show for it from our first trip. Now, last year's hunt he strained his ankle and also turned down a shot so he could also have had two to his credit, but don't think for a minute that you get "guided to the elk", pull the trigger and go home. If so I'd be 4 for 4.
My first year I had zero opportunity as the elk all stayed on the non-hunted land next door and I didn't take a cow on the first day, the second trip I shot the cow because it ran at me, stopping at 31 yards
, 3rd trip never even saw a bull or cow with a "high opportunity" outfitter in NM, and 4th trip got a bull.
I just want to be sure you go into this with the correct frame of mind.
My Dad at 70 will probably have another elk hunt or two, and since he has no bull to his credit I'm gently pushing him to buy a landowner tag in the big bull areas of New Mexico and "get it done" so to speak.
Good luck in your quest.