Are you talking about the outfitters in gmu 74? If so, we used them in '08 during the 2nd week of archery. They provide excellent camps and service. The terrain is up and down. There are some big bulls there. We tagged 2 elk out of 5 of us.
I can't imagine packing out a quarter of a mature bull elk on my back. This has got to be a game for young hunters with strong backs and young legs.
You said you did it once and that was enough - I don't blame you. I've heard of some guys going so far back that they had to get a chopper to bring it out. That would definitely add to the price per pound, eh?
Good luck on your quest - both for a nice bull and for an outfitter who will pack it out.
Packing one out is definately a lot of work and I surely don't enjoy it like when I was younger. The key for me is trying to get in shape before the seasons get here. Last year I was too lazy and paid for it when the packs were full.
If I can get motivated I try to hike with my pack lightly loaded about 3 days a week all summer. I have a long paved county road that goes up and down fairly steeply for about 3 and a half miles from my home and then I turn around and head back for 7 miles total. takes me about 2 and a half hours and is a killer when it's pushing a hundred degrees outside. But I tell you what, my 18 year old son can't keep up with me with a loaded pack when I've gotten ready like that and I smoked for a couple of decades also.
Yeah, training really adds to the enjoyment on a hunt. I've hunted in "ok" shape a lot, then last year I hunted in "really good" shape. It's amazing how much easier everything is. While training can help, we're all bound by our genetic limitations. I'm an ex-distance runner and have really good cardio potential. With a summer of training last year, I could make serious time up the mountain with my bow and day-pack every morning. Hauling those 80+lb loads down off the mountain is not something I'm ever likely to be strong enough to do comfortably. Next time I'll trade off with my brother, he was working the knife while I was hauling the loads.
Great people. Used them for a fourth rifle last year. Provided everything we needed for a great hunt. It was our first elk hunt and I was blessed with a nice 5X5.I quartered and hung it up. Rollo showed up the next morning and packed it out. We were in unit 75, saw lots of fresh sign but not many elk. I would highly recomend.
Accuracy. What an incredible way to give yourself a true advantage.
Go to your club and get a bunch of guys together - and put a target out there at 250 meters. Break out the deer rifles and see who can shoot a decent group, even off of the bench, at this distance. I think you will be shocked at how few can do it.
So - with that in mind, I recently set out to try to develop a semi-custom rifle that I could afford and that would shoot - repeatedly - at MOA.
I started with a platform that I love...