(yes this was a rifle hunt but Mike does many successful bowhunts as well) This hunt was better than any of us could have imagined. We had the perfect storm of timing, weather and animals. A large storm greeted us and dumped over a foot of snow on the night we arrived. Temps dropped to -22 Celsius by the next day. Bucks were just starting to get REALLY interested in the ladies. Things couldnt get better honestly. My group (3 of us total from iowa) tagged out on Mule deer on day 4. Though we were begging to shoot deer daily! Mikes crew really did a great job helping us find GREAT bucks. My buck was the smallest taken.....look at the pics....Thats the SMALLEST buck taken. And I couldnt be happier. These guys put good deer down yearly and run an incredible early season bowhunt for anyone interested in some spot and stalk action on big velvet bucks. I witnessed that last year on the moose hunt.
In a weeks time we saw over 100 moose, 150 elk, Countless mulie bucks over 140 -160, several in that 170-185 range and one that will push that 200 mark easily. A 154" whitetail was taken, a missed chance on a 160+ buck and a pass on a 140+ buck by the 2 whitetail guys in camp. And a whitetailer passed (PASSED) a 400 yard shot on a black wolf....
Camp was comfy. Not sure what type of beds those are but I've never slept so well not at home. Our meals were great, plenty of food to go around all day long.
For anyone thinking of going, the drive up was easy both years. Phone service really sucks up there. The only guy with service from the states had AT&T. We all had US Cellular. I realize commenting on phone service seems silly but if your phone is your MAP service really helps. Service also helps if you are on moose stand or whitetail stand and want to talk to your guide....or play games.
In the end, i really cant wait to get back up there. Great guys. Great animals running around.
Thanks Luke, you your Dad an Chad were a pleasure to have in camp!
Weather sure did not hurt our hunt. The cold and snow probably did much more good than anything.