The main subject for this month's column is Wyoming outfitter Grover Dahn, owner of Teton Horseback Adventures. Dahn is relatively new to the business, but in only two years he has successfully guided clients to B & C-class bull elk. I introduced myself to Dahn at a convention in 1996 after noticing that his booth contained two sets of trophy-sized elk antlers that were obviously harvested just that past season. One of those bulls grossed in the 370s, the other in the high 360s. Turns out those bulls were produced during Dahn's first season as a big game outfitter, having recently purchased the outfit from long-time outfitter Bud Nelson, who recently passed away. Dahn himself had previously lived in Oregon and had been hunting in Wyoming for many years, until he and his wife Kayce decided to escape the corporate world to make the move to northeastern Wyoming. They now offer clients a wide variety of outdoor activities including pack trips, trail rides and exceptional fishing in addition to guided big game hunts for elk and mule deer.
Their base camp is located on Pacific Creek between Yellowstone and Teton National Parks, and next to the Teton Wilderness Area. Some hunts take place there, but most clients hunt at Moss Lake wilderness camp, a fully outfitted spike camp located about 14 miles away from the Dahns' main property. The only access to this camp is by horses and pack mules. The ride takes 2 1/2 hours. Elk hunting from this wilderness camp has been highly successful over the past two seasons. The first rifle elk hunts here get underway in late September during the rut. Clients have had 100 percent hunter success on this hunt, and all hunts are conducted on a one guide per person basis for $3,500 per hunter. The last rifle hunt at Moss Lake runs from approximately October 22 through 31. Again, all guiding is 1 x 1, and the hunt costs $4,300 per person for 10 days.
Dahn highly recommends that his Moss Lake elk clients also apply for a Region E deer........(continued)