Beaverhead Outfitter


Published: February - 1999

Correspondent Mark Stapleton weighed in this month with a post-season report on an outfitter he has high regard for - namely, Jack Diamond of Beaverhead Outfitters. He writes: "Jack Diamond hunts antelope, elk and mule deer in New Mexico with help from his partners Ken and Susan Swaim. He says 1998 was good to him, right from the start when he had three handicapped antelope hunters take three great bucks that stretched the tape over 16 inches and scored above the B & C minimum for that species. The largest buck scored an incredible 90 inches! He was 100 percent on his standard rifle antelope hunts as well. On one ranch, he had five clients take bucks with an average horn length over 15 inches. Two of those green-scored over the B & C minimum. On another lease, he had nine rifle hunters take antelope that averaged 14 and 15 inches. Diamond's antelope hunts run two days and cost between $1,500 and $3,000 depending on the ranch hunted and available permits.

Turning to elk, he says his archery elk hunts went particularly well. In all, he had 30 bowhunters this past year, 95 percent of whom had shooting opportunities at branch-antlered bulls and 65 percent of whom connected. And get this - 16 of the 20 bulls taken qualified for Pope & Young, most with scores over 300 points! Several grossed more than 340 points.... After the archery elk hunts, Jack guided five handicapped rifle hunters, all of whom were successful in taking branch-antlered bulls. His traditional rifle hunters came next, with 37 hunters taking 27 elk for a success rate just under 73 percent. Several of the bulls taken were in the 330-point range. Diamond's elk hunts range in price from $2,400 for a seven-day archery hunt to $2,700 for a seven-day rifle hunt. Those prices assume you can draw a non-resident elk permit. Diamond has landowner permits available, but some of them are quite costly.

Finally, as for mule deer, Diamond says 23 of his 25 rifle deer hunters tagged bucks with racks between 22 inches and 28........(continued)

 
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