Fife provides a basic in-the-field, one-on-one guide service but offers no amenities such as horses, camp, food or transportation. I stayed in my own travel trailer in a park about 14 miles from the hunting area, used my truck for transportation and cooked my own meals in the trailer - none of this was a problem. For his guide service, Fife charges $700 for up to a five-day, 1 x 1 hunt, plus a trophy fee that ranges from $200 to $800 depending on the horn size of the animal taken. An animal measuring 360 inches or more costs $800. My trophy fee cost turned out to be $500, which was actually a bit low because Fife underestimated the size of the elk I shot. The bull ultimately measured 53.5 inches x 54.25 inches and had a 44-inch inside spread. It grossed 375.75 inches, and netted 359.75 B & C.
As for the hunt itself, it was exciting. The first day out I missed a shot at a large six-pointer about 100 yards away. He was in a herd with a five point and about 15 cows. Later that day, we saw another big........(continued)