I am wondering about getting a horse for hunting this year for unit 54, any input on this. I was gonna get a four wheeler because I'm hunting by myself and just figured that would be easier. Get back and hike from my four wheeler. Any input????
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Sat, 2012-08-04 14:38
Gunnison horse rental???
Sat, 2012-08-04 17:01#1
I checked into this last
I checked into this last year. To me both types of rentals were too expensive. Here are two web sites for rental companies.
You can decide for yourself. I am driving my 4WD on the trails in as far as possible and then hiking in the rest.
Sun, 2012-08-05 07:21#2
a pain in the butt! You are solo, go with a 4 wheeler and pick a spot you have good access to the back country, park and head in on foot!!2-3 miles at least!!! Get back, don't have to feed, water, and brush them down and put them up!!!!!
Sun, 2012-08-05 07:55#3
You think a 6 mile round trip
You think a 6 mile round trip hike is easier then feeding the horse? I won't even mention hauling the meat back to the ATV. Too late. I did already.
Nothing is as easy as a horse for elk hunting.
Sun, 2012-08-05 11:06#4
Nix the thoughts on the horse
Nix the thoughts on the horse and rent a quad if you want transportation. The CO native is a well seasoned horse guy that probably lives and breathes horses. If you aren't of that ilk, they are more of a pain than they're worth. Figure a lot of money to get it where you hunt, extra feed and water, knowhow on how to highline or hobble them properly, as well as shoe one if he tosses iron, etc. I rented horses out in Wyoming twice and they are fun to get around on, but not worth it IMHO if you have to take care of them yourself on a DIY hunt because of all the extra time involved.
Sun, 2012-08-05 11:35#5
This is Fred. He was my best
This is Fred. He was my best bud. I like Mules better than horses.
Mon, 2012-08-06 17:26#6
You can rent
The state's biggest horse rental outfit doesn't operate in the gunnison area, but John Ferro on blue Mesa can. He will even let you rent a horse trailer briefly to get where you need to go. Never used his horses, so don't know what they or his tack is like
Mon, 2012-08-06 20:41#7
My question would be have you
My question would be have you ever used horses in the mountains before? If not I would stick with the ATV and hiking. Between having to pack in feed and having to water the horses every day they just are not worth it.
Tue, 2012-08-07 06:17#8
Well, Fred ate what was
Well, Fred ate what was growing in the ground, and drank from creeks. I never considered him trouble. A 1000% better than hiking.
The problem with ATV's is you still have to do a lot of hiking and hauling, because you can't take them off the roads. I used to still hunt from Fred. Elk don't spook when they see a mule/horse. Even when a human is sitting on one.
Besides, people look at you funny when you talk to an ATV.
Tue, 2012-08-07 06:33#9
Not everywhere you are going
Not everywhere you are going to hunt or camp has enough feed to sustain a horse when it comes to hunting time not to mention that you are limited in your camping areas to those with water. If I took a horse into the area that I hunt elk he would have a hard time getting by on what feed there is not to mention having to take a two or three mile ride down into a canyon for a drink each day. Now I have hunted with horses and had no problems with the feed or water but we always took in a few bales of hay to help them out.
Talking to a ATV is like arguing with yourself. It is just fine unless you start to loose the arguments.