Beattie specializes in elk hunting and has been guiding in Wyoming since 1976, outfitting since 1980 and operating Five Star since 1991. He runs a tented elk camp in central Wyoming during the month of October on a ranch of nearly 50,000 acres. About 600 to 800 head of elk permanently live on the ranch. That number sometimes swells to 1,200 during the hunting season, when the elk get pressured off surrounding public lands. Beattie takes about 10 trophy bulls a year, scoring an average of 300-plus. Last year, his best two were over 340 each. His hunters have enjoyed 100 percent success on elk for the past eight seasons.
Drawing for Beattie's area isn't a guarantee but, Beattie says that hunters who apply for his area for three consecutive years enjoy a 43 percent success rate. During those three years, clients don't have to worry about the price of Beattie's hunt going up either, because for a $500 non-refundable deposit, he will allow you to book a hunt with him at today's price while you apply for the permit. If you don't draw in three tries, you can re-book and re-apply for three more years, but you'll have to pay whatever the new hunt price is then. This year, Beattie hosted elk hunters who paid 1999 prices for their 2001 hunts due to this system.
Currently, Beattie's five-day elk hunts run $4,995. He provides 2 x 1 guiding, using 4 x 4s to get around the ranch. Once in the hunt area, hunters set out on foot to spot-and-stalk and still-hunt. Back at camp, Beattie provides a shed for hanging and caring for meat. Hunters sleep on military cots in 12 x........(continued)