Well I just got back from my first scouting trip. You guys were right...there up pretty high. I saw a few bulls around 10,500 ft and another pack of elk around 9500ft. I started to take the Kalamzoo rd, but I didn't like the road for my Dually. I had heard that Piermont was a good trail to take so I took it instead with my Quad. I glassed around for a couple of hours and saw 50 + elk ...all cows. except one spike bull.
I'm planning on taking 2 more scouting trips, and possibly a third if I need to. One of those trips I will probably take my horses on, and see how they do with the terrain. Does anyone have a suggestion on a good horse trail ...maybe one that doesn't require them to have to walk all the way from the main rd? In other words are there any well maintained rds where I can pull my trailer up, and then off load my horses, and ride from there to some of these high hilltops?
If the horses don't work out, not a biggy...everyone in my party knows its stair-climber time
We all have Eberstock backpacks with expansion packs so I'm hopefull that we will be able to carry down a bull in one hike. If not we draw straws
Anyways besides the expense factor with a guide service, as you can see I love to hunt with my family..its a great time for all of us to get away and do something we enjoy...so with the size of my party and the way their fee structure is set up I just don't think its going to be feasible. It would work out better for me to be able to pay one guide individually for him to tag along and point us in the right direction. And instead of them providing everything...I would...I don't know of any outfits like that. In addition to that I really wasn't expecting to pull my Bull tag this early as you guys are aware...don't get me wrong I'm thrilled about the opportunity, and the hunt, but 2 years later after I'm In my first house, and settled in my new residence ...I guess that would have been ideal. So thank you all for all your input...it really means a lot to me and family. Take care. Sniper12