This Nevada Hunting Outfitter Specializes in Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Lions


Published: April - 2008

Keith Montes and Gary Coleman operate Nevada High Ridge Outfitters. They offer hunts for a full range of game but specialize in bighorn sheep and mountain lions. These guys have been outfitters for only three years, but they have been guiding in Nevada for over a dozen years. In addition, their guides all have extensive experience.

I spoke at length with Montes about his operation. Because I have witnessed a growing trend among long-time outfitters to rely on their past reputations and say almost anything to sell a hunt, I took the time to test Montes. For example, I asked about a sheep unit that I know well, and he proceeded to give me reasonable expectations for rams in that hunt area. He gave me facts I knew to be true rather than just telling me what he thought I wanted to hear. That was refreshing.

Another thing that impressed me is that Montes is willing to customize hunts and packages to match his clients' needs. He and his partner understand that a trophy to one individual does not necessarily meet the standards of another; some hunters are fit and others aren't; some are experienced and others aren't; nor are we all financially capable of paying the big bucks that some out-of-state hunts cost. Montes says they will work with the client to reduce the overall cost of an all-inclusive hunt, allowing the hunter to provide for his own lodging, transportation and fuel during the hunt, food and even his own camp. Another way to customize hunts is to help clients select units on their applications that are appropriate to their needs. Addressing all of these issues up front makes a huge difference in the success of the hunt and is more apt to make the entire experience a more positive one for the hunter.

As for what Nevada High Ridge offers in the way of hunts, they can outfit for everything from antelope to cougar to deer to elk and to both California and desert bighorn sheep. I'll concentrate on their sheep and........(continued)

 
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