By Tim Jones, Editor
G. Rickabaugh is unhappy with the treatment he received on an Oct.
elk hunt in New Mexico's Unit 37 with Top Notch Outfitters. Rickabaugh's
overall complaint is that he received a different hunt than others in
camp. He has no complaints about his guides or the job they did, saying
that they were both nice and hardworking and that he was able to do
everything they asked of him. "I exercise five days a week and am about
10 to 15 pounds overweight. I shoot 500 rounds per year."
his particular hunt was second class in other ways. He says he was
taken one morning and one evening to a water hole that had numerous
other hunters' tracks around it. He suspects it was near public land,
where the season was not open. He also notes that other hunters were
taken to areas where they saw elk, but he saw only three bulls (two
shooters, one at 580 yards, the other at more than 1,000 yards) and nine
cows for a total of 12 elk in five days. He contends that the ranches
are overhunted (he says owner Brian Newell shot an elk off these same
properties two weeks prior to his hunt) and that repeat clients receive
Rickabaugh says he would not recommend this outfitter....