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I came into this hunt very excited after booking with Cody 10 months prior to the hunt. He was recommended by a good friend who had two very good early season archery hunts in the same area in previous years. Cody did a great job of convincing me how great the area is, and the trophy quality of game in the area. I was also timing my hunt with the mule deer rut. He said there were a large number of mule deer and it was perfect timing to see lots of bucks. This was a fully focused elk trip, with deer as an after thought. I have shot some nice muleys, so i was concentrating on any legal bull. I did not plan to be picky on a legal bull. Turns out I never saw a single bull elk the entire trip. The weather limited our visibility somewhat on the first couple of days. We only hunted public land , so we were constantly dealing with other hunters in our area. Typically the hunt would be riding around in the truck looking for a gated road or trailhead with no trucks parked that morning. We would hike to an overlook and glass , then go "walk that gated road for an hour and then come back" and go check another area. Cody told me when i booked the hunt the number one reason most hunters weren't successful was because they could not physically get to the areas with the game. I am in good shape and came to the hunt prepared. I consider myself an experienced elk hunter and have killed 4 bulls in prior years, mostly DIY. He said we would have the option to "spike camp" deep into the national forest in areas with more elk and fewer hunters. This was not even an option. He had our guide try to talk us into hiking 9 miles into a deer camp they had left from early season. Since we were there for elk, i declined the option. I did end up hiking 8 miles round trip up that mountain on the last day. Never cut an elk track in the fresh snow and only saw one muley doe. I did blow and great opportunity on a 180 class muley on day three. Hit high in the backstrap and dropped the deer. He jumped back up and ran off before i could get a follow up shot. Tracked for a mile in the snow and saw the buck once more. No shot opportunity but the deer seemed fine. This is an outfitter with beautiful lodging , knowledgeable guides and exceptional food. This was my first time on a rifle hunt for late season elk. This is definitely NOT the place to go for a hunt like this. A lot of money wasted on a low game populated area. Only two very small bulls were taken in our group of 8 hunters in camp. No deer were taken and I was actually the only person to see a decent muley buck all week. Only one small buck was taken the week before and no bulls. A huge let down on what i was assured was a great area. It was very cold and snowy most of the hunt. We did have visibility 4 days of the 6 i hunted. So, i do not feel that was a big factor on seeing game. Judging from the small amount of tracks ,and large number of hunters, i think early season archery is a much better time to hunt this area. Such a beautiful and scenic area, and i was very excited for this hunt to happen.
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Snowy and foggy first couple of days. 4 days of good visibility.