A Wyoming Elk and Mule Deer Hunt Gone Awry


Published: November - 2012

Subscriber Casey Robinson does not recommend an elk and mule deer combo hunt in Wyoming handled for him in October 2010 by Justin Jarrett of Wapiti Ridge Outfitters. Out of six hunters in camp, Robinson says only two killed elk and the largest was in the 260-range. He says there were few elk and no one saw any mule deer bucks. Robinson complains that despite booking 1x1 hunts, there weren't enough guides in camp and most clients hunted 2x1 with no reduction in price. Robinson says he had a guide to himself but ended up hunting 2x2 with another hunter and guide. He goes on to say that the guide area was too small for so many hunters and that they just rotated spots every day. "We were almost always within sight of another hunter," he says. Robinson says he spent a night in a spike camp just to get away from the other hunters, and says his guide later told him the camp was outside the legal guiding area.

At the end of the hunt, Robinson says Jarrett offered to take him to another camp for a few days since he had not seen any elk. "I thought that was a nice gesture. He was going to contact me when everybody got back to town after the hunt. He never got in touch with me, so I headed home," says Robinson. "I don't believe the hunt was as advertised. Too many people in camp for such a small area. Lack of overall game. I'm sure there has been some success in the past but not on this particular hunt. If you're looking for a backcountry horse back hunt with good horses and food, this is the hunt for you. If you're looking for a challenging hunt with an opportunity to kill a quality bull, then look elsewhere."

In a rebuttal letter, Jarrett says, "I have only one thing to say: Let's have the subscribers read all of the great reviews of my company! I am not sure how many reviews are on file with you, but I can say........(continued)

 
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