Hunt results are now in for the 2011 western big game seasons. Many of the outfitters I reported on last year were affected by the severe and unseasonably long, cold winter of 2010/11 that much of North America experienced, yet still produced for their clients. Here are some of the more interesting results from last season.
Mike Bondurant, owner of La Garita Outfitters
, had a successful mule deer season on his premier Colorado lease - the 87,000-acre Chico Basin ranch near Colorado Springs. One of his two rifle hunters shot a buck scoring 195 points. The other hunter killed one-by mistake!-scoring only 175. Bondurant's lone archery hunter, Hunting Report
subscriber Noah Hiscox
, killed a buck scoring 182
, but saw two others estimated to be over 200! "I have never before seen such exceptional trophy size," Hiscox tells us. He gives Bondurant an all-excellent rating. Archers should take note: this late season hunt during the rut is an inexpensive option ($3,700 for seven days) with the potential for a giant buck. This is also an excellent ranch for a combo muzzleloader hunt for mule deer and a rifle hunt for a representative antelope.
Things didn't go so well on Bondurant's new Kansas lease. Weather was part of the problem, but worse was a car accident that left Bondurant with a broken neck just prior to the hunt. Still, the hunts took place on schedule with the help of a last-minute guide. Although Bondurant had seen several record-class bucks on the property over the last two years, his clients were unsuccessful. It was certainly no consolation that one of the rifle hunters missed a 160-class buck, or that others passed on decent bucks.....