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The food was good, the lodging was comfortable, the hunting was poor. My son and a friend booked a 6 day rifle elk hunt on the last week of the Montana rifle season. Cody himself recommended the last week of rifle for elk. Well, 7 hunters in camp, only one legal bull was even seen in an entire week of hunting (which my hunting companion did tag). Two hunters never saw an elk in a week of hunting.
On the third day of the hunt, Cody stopped by for evening meal. After dinner, while talking, several hunters expressed frustration at the lack of elk. Cody told us not to concentrate so much on the kill, but the "total experience", "enjoy the sunrise and sunset on the mountains" "enjoy meeting new friends". Cody did say he would check out google earth that night, look for new spots, and spot himself from afar and help us and our guides. On the last day of the hunt, I asked our guide if Cody had ever called and given him any such information, to which he had not.
Our guide, Darrin, was friendly, personable, and knew the area well. That being said, with the exception of 1/2 of one day, ALL hunting was done by either driving forest service roads, walking gated forest service roads, or walking marked forest service trails. Each and every place we went, we saw other hunters or tracks of other hunters.
If you want good food, good lodging, and enjoy sunrise and sunsets from beautiful and rugged country, go with Cody Carr. If you want the opportunity to see an elk, much less shoot a legal bull, go elsewhere.
Was the outfitter notified of problems? - YES
Hello, I would like to comment on Eric Ramsland's hunt. There is always two sides of every story. Eric brought his son and friend Marc on the hunt. Both Eric's son and Marc shot nice whitetail bucks and Marc even shot a 6x6 bull. This bull would have been shot by Eric's Son, but Eric put so much pressure on him his son decided not to shoot. Eric and Marc decided to shoot at the bull instead. As an outfitter you want to make every client in camp have a great experience, but there is those select clients its impossible to please. Eric's group was guided by Darrin, who is a 27 year veteran guide to the area that is the best of the best when it comes to guiding in western Montana. It was surely a bad week of weather for elk hunting as the elk were holding tight to the timber. The Week they were hunting was solid fog and rain on top of crunchy snow, very tough hunting conditions. We tried everything to make it the best experience possible given the bad weather and Mr. Ramsland trying to guide the guide. During this time we had just came home from our daughter being in the hospital for over 4 1/2 months who was fighting for her life on a breathing machine at one point. During the time of Eric's hunt I was glassing night and morning and taking our daughter to 5 days a week to therapy to learn to walk again. At the same time I was running our other camp and taking care of other clients. This was known ahead of time that I would not be in the other camp as much as I usually was due to our daughter. Eric did not seem to care of our situation with our daughter. Eric was just interested in the kill and missed out on giving his son and friend an enjoyable experience due to his poor me attitude. Please decide for yourself by checking our website out and looking at other ratings before believing everything Eric had to say. I truly wish the best for Eric on future hunts and pray he finds the right hunt some day. Sincerely Cody Carr
snowed most nights, rained most days.