Mathews Inc.

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Hunter: Rick Arendsen
Ratings to date: 16
Average Rating 4.8
Hunter Comments
I recommend this outfitter

I was absolutely impressed with my hunt with Bud and his son Taylor. They do whatever it takes to get you on the goats. We were looking for hot and dry and mother nature gave us cool and wet which isnt' the best conditions for antelope hunting with a bow (42 degrees one morning and highs mostly in the high 70s). They moved blinds and scouted till we were in the best position to make it the best hunt possible. We hunted out of roomy 6x6x6 blinds that were steel frame with chip board(moved with a bobcat) covering it with the inside painted black which made the 13 hour days much easier than the pop up style blinds. The group of 8 was able to kill 5 of 8 and with those conditions I think they did a great job. My group had 3 guys and we were able to go 2 for 3. I was fortunate enough to shoot a Pope and Young buck that grossed 76-3/8 and my buddy shot a nice buck too. The antelope were good quality and if you are in the market for a mule deer they have even better quality in the mule deer department. I was able to witness some 175+ bucks at dusk several nights. We were allowed cereal, fruit and some homemade muffins in the morning and they supplies coolers and put sandwiches etc so we could pack what we liked along with poweraid and water. Each night Sandy made us a homeade meal which my favorite was the roast, mash potatoes/gravy and all the fixings and we always had something sweet/homemade to fill the gaps each night. I really liked the peace and quiet of the blind but make sure you bring a book(magazines don't cut it), gameboy, portable dvd player or a few things to occupy your time and rotate every few hours. Be ready to shoot from your knees and sitting in a chair. Most all the water holes are set up for short shots in the 15-30 yd range (mine was 26 yds and I know the of 3 others that were 15-20 yds BUT if the event you are on a spot and stalk (doesn't happen much) I noticed the antelope like to keep an 80 yd cushion between you and them. The chance of you taking that 80 yd shot isn't likely but if you are capable I would practice it to cover your bases. I also wouldn't eat much during the day and go hog wild when you get to the lodge. The lodge is comfortable/nice. TV/satelite was nice, beds have some spring issues but if you are there for the bed you may want to pick up golfing. This is a good quality hunt with comfortable conditions....they provide everything you need and put a lot of effort into your success. All in all I think you have a great quality hunt and a great price. It's a deal for an antelope and it gives you an oportunity to see those mule deer for your follow up hunt.

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Hunt Information
Date of Hunt - August 2009
Implement - Compound Bow
Hunt Type - Guided
Personal Guide - Bud and Taylor Williams
Number in Camp - 8
Outfitter Cost - $1,450.00
Other Costs - $350.00
Weather Information
Did Weather Affect your Hunt? Yes - Unusually Cold Conditions
Weather Comments:
Wet and cool. We had one moring 42 degrees. Most days were in the high 70s. Were able to have one day of over 90.
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