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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 9810 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 30, 2014 to September 5, 2014
Place of Hunt: United States - Idaho
Hunt Area: Priest River, Selkirk Crest


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Bruce Duncan; Selkirk Guiding and Outfitting. 3411 N Arden Rd; Otis Orchards; WA; 99027; Tel. 509-893-3414;
Personal Guide (if any): Bruce Duncan (owner/outfitter)
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Deer, Mule - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: By all accounts, the mule deer herd in this area seems to be doing well. Preseason scouting by the outfitter showed a number of good bucks, along with several in the age/trophy class that were contenders.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Airline Service: N/A
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $10000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $350
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None!
Highlights of Hunt: Simply hunting with outfitter Bruce Duncan and guide Rick Johnson is itself worth the price of admission. If you're not laughing, it's only because there is some striking view or hunting tip or interesting story that interrupts. Bruce and Rick made 8 preseason scouting trips into the likely areas (Bruce has hunted this country for nearly 40 years) and located several bucks. Through careful planning and of course some hunter's luck, we took the buck I wanted on the second day. With a big drop tine and wearing full velvet, he was everything I had imagined.
Equipment Recommendations: Gear for the high country, especially good boots that work well on steep sidehills. Otherwise, standard sheep or early season gear will work.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Absolutely yes. There are very few opportunities to rifle hunt for velvet mule deer and this outfitter has the only tag available for this allocated controlled hunt (no draw). The guide area includes some of the best country in Idaho and success on good bucks over the years has been high. Beyond that, Bruce is a hunter's hunter - a true man of the mountains. He spends the majority of the year out in his guide area and knows where to find game. I've hunted with Bruce several times in the last few years (taking huge mountain lion and bobcat) and waited in line for this deer permit for a long time. When it came available, I took it immediately, and it was one of the finest hunting experiences of my life. Right now, the permit is open for 2015.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Dwight Van Brunt
Contact Information: Tel. (406) 212-0344 - 163 Lake Blaine Drive | Kalispell | MT | U.S.A. | 59901 E-mail: kodiak_454@hotmail.com
Hunting Experience: Extensive throughout North America and Africa, with some time in New Zealand.
Physical Condition: Average for age 55.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
This was, without a doubt, one of the finest North American hunts I've ever experienced. The opportunity to pursue big mule deer bucks in the high summer range is certainly unique, and every aspect of this trip exceeded my expectations. The experience reminded of a sheep hunt, and because of the early date not another hunter was in the woods. I have wanted this permit for many years and it was well worth the wait.



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