Sawtooth OutfittersBritish Columbia
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Last October, I was fortunate to join Ryan Berard and guide Kyle Temple of Sawtooth Outfitters for a “one in a lifetime” incredible Elk Hunting Trip. It was truly an amazing experience – an exceptional outdoor hunting adventure. Sawtooth has access to an incredible hunting area. In search of elk, we hunted in the mountains, along creeks, roads and trails. There were many beautiful panoramic views. I took a lot of pictures as even though I have been to the Canadian Rocky Mountains many times, this country was truly incredible.
Ryan did a good job setting me up with a compatible guide. Kyle Temple – proved not only very knowledgeable as a guide, but also demonstrated an intimate knowledge of the territory based on years of guiding and hiking in the area. We used a variety of hunting approaches. Hiking horse trails, driving a side-by-side RV to access back country, glassing avalanche slides – always searching for fresh track to locate elk prior to pursuing on foot. We saw deer, several moose (which were out of season), and one large bear. During the week we also saw several bull elk and a fair number of cows, but after 6 days we did not see a bull large enough to shoot. It was very apparent to me that even with lots of effort, a good guide and a plentiful territory that there are no guarantees!!
Keeping a positive outlook – on the last morning, I had the most exhilarating experience of my hunting lifetime. Out before sunrise, back to an area where we had seen elk before, we located a small herd. Kyle called in the big 6 X 6 bull. It took a couple shots – but I dropped him at about 180 yards. I cannot adequately describe the adrenaline rush or the excitement that came with that kill. After a full week of effort – it was truly incredible. A fairy tale ending to a perfect hunt.
While it is all about the hunt, I should note that Sawtooth also has very nice accommodations. The main log cabin is spacious and comfortable. A big roaring fireplace, hot showers, and pristine drinking water “right out of the tap” - coming from the nearby creek. Sawtooth also has a “spike cabin” which was pretty rustic but all part of what made this an incredible experience.
Overall, I consider my hunt with Sawtooth Outfitters to be one of the most incredible experiences I could have ever hoped for. I hope you find it to be the same !!
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