One in Montana, “guided” that was kind of a joke and one in wyo as DIY...
I am not 100% in on paying for a guide again, but I thought about maybe a drop camp?
I’m looking for thoughts and ideas... I really want to get in on some action..
What has your experiences been with drop camps? Do you really get placed in ideal locations? How do you end up trusting the person that you select? Is it better to just go guided or diy?
Open to any thoughts or suggestions
Thanks so much
The key questions are what is the terrain like, and how many Joe Public guys can get in there? If its not a limited draw unit, proceed with caution. You'll need really nasty terrain, quite a ways back in. Otherwise too many people . (Although all of my experience is in CO, possibly different some place else...but I doubt it.)
1/2 way through my last drop camp in an OTC unit in a Wilderness area, 4-5 hour ride in on horseback I swore I would NEVER hunt public land again. I have now modified that to say never in an OTC unit again. Next fall I hope to try again in a limited draw unit. We'll see if I'm swearing again after that.... Then just ask what they are providing, how often they will check on you, whether the price includes packing out an elk, how many days, how much gap between your hunt and the people before you, how long of a ride in. Then look at the maps and figure out how easy/hard for backpackers to get in. Good luck
Goes by Forestbows on here and picked up an outfitter license in the Flattops last year.
He is solid, trustworthy and can set you up where you will get into elk.
Skibuoy, thanks for some good screening questions... very appreciated
Forest, I have reached out to you a few different times.. you said you were filling up fast and I followed up with a question or two and my email address but haven’t heard anything since
I just have to keep looking or go rifle or something... I know elk hunting is tough, but damn, finding the right place to go when you live on the east coast has to be just as tough
There is something about the idea that less than 10% success over all is met by the same 90% of hunters every year. Meaning that there are some of us archery elk hunters who kill every year... I would bet that those who are in the category of killing every year or close to every year tend to hunt the same places every year and avoid getting into the trap of bouncing around to new places all the time. If you are really considering elk hunting on regular basis then investing into an area and getting to know it will pay off. I went 9 bulls in a row with archery on an OTC tag in a low quality unit in Colorado. I have killed 13 bulls in 18 years of marriage. 11 of the bulls were from the same OTC lower quality unit in CO. One year I had a quality tag and did not kill and the other 2 years I spent a lot more time after certain bucks and all but ignored the deer. There really is not replacement for knowledge and experience in an area.
Im booking with Forest this year and giving him a try
yeah i see benefits of a drop first and foremost more affordable, but i suck at elk hunting so guided would certainly be better, but damn it stings when pay for guide and dont see shit....
thanks for all the comments