Re: Hidden Creek Outfitters
You will do fine with Hidden Creek Outfitters. I used to guide for them and many other Outfitters in the area.
Yes they do hunt in the Thorofare and both camps are equally matched as far as killing elk. Yes, as the other member mentioned they are hunting resident elk, but in both camps! The elk don't even start to migrate till late in the hunt and sometimes after the season is over so for people to say one camp is better over the other is malarkey. The Hidden Creek Camp still gets some of the migration just from another direction, over the thorofare plateau, which is where I have seen my biggest elk ever... I have giuded in the HC camp for many years and have killed some whoppers in there. It depends on the guide you get and how good of shape you are in. GO RIDE A HORSE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN AND GET IN SHAPE.
I also personally know JJ (Justin Jarett) and Ron Dube.
JJ is on the up and up and you cannot go wrong there but STAY AWAY FROM RON DUBE if he is still in business!!!
Without going into detail, cannot recommend Ron.
I have guided in the thorofare for nearly 20 years and even worked for Ron Lineberger a few of them. You can kill big bulls anywhere in the thorofare, I have seen and taken (with hunters) bulls of that type (350-370+) from most camps in Open Creek, Hidden Creek, Pass Creek, Butte Creek etc. and yes also in Gates Lucky, Nate's old camp. Nate and I are friends also, LOL, Nate stretches the tape a little, just FYI... I have seen other camps put the hurtin on Nate's camp also.
All in all the area is one of the best I have ever seen around the country. It is rugged and a tough hunt but a rewarding one. One thing most hunters forget when booking with outfitters like the ones in the Thorofare. It is a hunt not a kill. You will have to work hard, be in the best shape of your life to increase your chances. Then again, I have guided a 83 year young hunter to his 360+ bull just outside camp in Hidden Creek. Its like finding gold, you find it where it is. A good guide will know where to find you a bull.