Good And Bad News About McAfee Outfitting


Published: May - 1999

I have some good news and some bad news to share. First, the bad news. I'm sorry to say that we are about to lose yet another qualified and experienced outfitter team - namely, Bill McAfee and his wife, Judy, who run McAfee Outfitting. I have kept in close contact with this outfit and reported on its developing operation for over a decade. It was a class act all the way. Near press time, I asked McAfee what prompted him to quit, and his response speaks volumes about the problems facing the entire outfitting industry today. Aside from the rising demands of his construction business (few outfitters can make a living on a full-time basis), he was frustrated with the constant struggles within the industry and between the government, the public and hunters themselves. It's a common story these days.

But that's enough dwelling on bad news. The good news is what McAfee had to say about the hunting in his old stomping ground, Montana's Yak Valley and surrounding country. It was unclear at press time who would be buying McAfee's right to guide hunts here but he promised to keep us posted. He also said he would be happy to talk directly to Hunting Report subscribers who call him at the above number. Suffice it to say, McAfee is happy with what's happening in his area. He says whitetails are having a fantastic year here after the second mild winter in a row. The herd continues to expand rapidly, and he expects hunters will take very good bucks this fall. Anyone following my columns on this outfit knows that McAfee's hunters have accounted for a number of trophy whitetails.

Regarding other game in this area, McAfee says bears also are doing well here. His son saw 20 bears last fall alone. Those of you who took my advice and purchased a Montana bear tag by April 14 should find great hunting this spring. McAfee says the bears are coming out of hibernation early this year, with several seen in mid-April, which is almost unheard of in this area. Bears........(continued)

 
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