The price of these trespass hunts is only $1,200 this year, but next year Carrico is raising it to $2,000. Too pricey, you say? Not in my opinion, because I know what kind of access it buys to fantastic habitat. There are enough big bucks on this property to make the hunt well worth your while.
Unfortunately, it is too late now to apply for a 2001 license in Wyoming, which means you will have to drop back a year before you can get in line for this hunt. Before you do, consider well the fact that the hunting here is damned hard. The country is desolate, with elevations of 6,000 to 8,000 feet. Two-tracks crisscross the landscape, but tightly strung fences now cut off many travel lanes. More often than not, the weather is hot and dry and, according to some hunters, not worth a whit for hunting mulies. When it rains or snows, the roads turn to snot. Last year, I ran into two hunters who had been hunting here for six long days and between them had seen just one small buck. The two assured me that they knew what they were doing, and that they had been on many trophy mule deer hunts prior to this one. I pointed them in a somewhat different direction, and one of the two later phoned to tell me that they both had scored nice bucks. One buck seemed to have been a very nice 4 x 5 with a 26-inch inside spread and quite a bit of mass. The other he termed a basic 4 x 4.
The really intriguing thing about this hunt is the kind of deer you just........(continued)