The Hills' Pacific Creek base camp is located only one mile from the east side of Grand Teton Park and a quarter-mile from the Teton Wilderness boundary. They headquarter many hunts here in the fall, as well as summer pack trips and trail rides. Their successful summer business, incidentally, is important to hunters because it makes it financially viable for them to own their own horses. Also, it ensures that the horse you are assigned on a hunt with them has been ridden regularly. You won't find green stock in this operation.
The Hills' other camp, known as Moss Lake, sits in the middle of the Teton Wilderness area. It takes a three-hour pack trip from Pacific Creek to get to this camp. The Yellowstone Park line is only 12 miles to the north. Both camps are located in pristine, prime elk country - full of meadows, dark timber and open high parks. Some of the timber area was burned in the 1988 Yellowstone fires and now provides improved elk habitat.
Swift Creek offers eight elk hunts. The first three are conducted out of Pacific Creek starting in mid-September. The other five are scheduled out of Moss Lake and run to the end of October. The cost of all hunts scheduled from the Pacific Creek camp is $3,200; pack-in hunts out of the Moss Lake camp are $100 more. Hunts from both camps require a general license elk tag issued in areas 70 or 71 (Teton Wilderness). The Wilderness Guide Law applies here, meaning that nonresidents must hunt with an outfitter. (See below for more details on applying for a tag.)
The first hunt from Pacific Creek is an archery hunt........(continued)