He hunted in Unit 15 with Timberline Outfitters (575-547-2413; www.timberlineoutfitters.com) and guide Perry Hunsaker. This appears to be our first report on this outfitter; there are outfitters with similar names in Nevada and Wyoming (see reports 8032, 7132, 3180 and 1736 in our database.) "As I planned on bringing important clients, I spent a great deal of time researching the outfitter for this hunt. I kept seeing a few names repeatedly, and after seeing references to Perry's frequent hunt donations to SCI and RMEF, and his lifetime NRA membership, I called him. Perry is a class act, ethical and all around good man."
Fallenstein gives Timberline across-the board excellent reviews, noting: "I wanted a 350-plus bull, but they were scarce. Still I had opportunities, but couldn't close the deal. One of the highlights of my hunt was a very quick (but missed) opportunity at a 6x7 360-class bull. This was my fault, as I just couldn't make it happen. There were no problems on this hunt that were within the control of the outfitter; my lack of seeing big bulls is why it's called hunting and not killing."
Fallenstein makes it clear that this is a top-notch outfitter in a quality area, which is a primitive-weapons-only unit. "There are lots of elk in this unit; this outfitter has been here for a number of years and knows the area well. I would have had no problem taking a 320- to 330-class bull, but I was only focused on 350-plus. All the guides worked hard for their hunters. This hunt is not as demanding as some other regions in the West, but wear good boots, well broken in. This outfitter will adapt the hunt around the hunter's physical ability. I had three clients with me, and........(continued)