The Hunting Report Roundup brings you from-the-field hunter reports on hunts from around the world. This week we bring you classic hunts for elk across the West, with recommendations for hunts in Wyoming’s Grand Tetons, tule elk in California, Rocky Mountain elk in Utah and Montana, plus an elk hunt on the largest contiguous piece of privately owned property in the United States. We’ve also got reports on muskox in Nunavut, red stag in New Zealand, and on the recently classified East African savanna buffalo in Ethiopia.
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AMERICAN ELK ROUNDUP PART 2
Elk Calling. No animal is more iconic in the American West than the elk, the source of much of hunting’s greatest reading. An elk hunt is a chance to step back in time and experience the big country at its finest, and to connect with the roots of hunting conservation. Here are some great reports to get you ready for the season!
S. Swasey (10656) took a 276 4/8 SCI tule elk in California with Alfred Luis of Central Coast Outfitters. “I have hunted with Luis several times, always with great results. When he called me in August with a cancellation I jumped. The rut was early, and many of the larger bulls had broken antlers by the time the California season began, but we found a mature herd bull. A wonderful hunt for a quality tule elk.”
M. Morton (10688) scored a 300-class elk and a 176-inch mule deer with guides Doug and Tyson Rolfe of KR Hunting in Utah. “Great experience having a father-son team guide me to my best elk yet with the rut in full steam. I saw more bulls than I could count, and had eight bulls within 100 yards at one point. All eight hunters took big trophies. A spectacular ranch with excellent guides.”
A pack-in hunt for elk in Wyoming with Bud Betts Jr.’s Absaroka Ranch did the trick for H. Kassouni (10682). “We hunted south of Yellowstone after 4.5-hours on horseback from the lodge in Dubois. I missed a shot on a bigger elk, but took a fine 4x5. Guide Brooklyn Betts got me on good game. This is a little gem of an outfit, with small groups (four at a time), and excellent logistics. Great camp cooking.”
“The elk seemed healthy, and they were all over the place,” says A. Feltenstein (10695) of his Wyoming hunt guided by Lucas Turner of Triangle X Ranch. “I took a 5x5 after a nice stalk (on what was the third opportunity of the first morning of hunting!). Turner does a terrific job finding the elk and making sure you get one. Great ranch inside Grand Teton National Park, with extraordinary people.” Triangle X operates two hunting camps outside the park in the Teton Wilderness region of Jackson Hole. S. Quillman (10678) also gave a big thumbs up on his Triangle X hunt.
J. Boles (10445) took a 6x6 Rocky Mountain elk in Montana with guide Gill Deans of Story Cattle Company and Outfitting. “6x6 minimum on the hunt, with lots of elk. The outfitter and guides along with the hunters made for a fun group. This is an outfit that cares, and handles meat and trophies perfectly.”
W. Snow (10784) shot a heavy 5x5 in New Mexico with guide Kenny Espinoza of Graham’s Guide Service after lucking into a great nonresident tag (Unit 34). “Colder weather on the last day got the bulls in motion. This is a simple, well-run hunt in great elk country. There are certainly bigger bulls in the area, but I was very happy with my animals. Professional and hardworking people who go do what they say they will and a good bit more.”
M. Richards (10712) also sent in a detailed report on a management hunt on Ted Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch. Take a look at his report and more in our database!
More Reports Roundup
Hunting Report subscribers are the most adventurous and well-traveled group of folks in the hunting world, and we are here to cover all of their adventures. Here’s a roundup of some recent reports that you won’t want to miss...
North America. T. Glowka (10843) found B&C quality muskox with Ameri-cana Expeditions on a Nunavut hunt in April. “This was Fred Webb’s old territory. An exciting but not difficult hunt that is different from most. It’s worth the extra $250 to rent the big down jackets for the cold, and you’ll want boots rated to 40 below. Be ready for a somewhat rough ride behind the sled.”
Africa. B. & D. Welker (10858) hunted mountain nyala, giant forest hog, hyena, Menelik bushbuck and buffalo in Ethiopia with PH Jacques Meyer of Northern Operations Africa. “Everything was awesome, with each place hunted full of animals. Buffalo area was hot during the day, and had to drink my electrolytes, but I took one that will go in SCI’s new Eastern savannah buffalo category. Cool mornings and evenings and nice days in camps for mountain nyala and giant forest hog.”
Elsewhere. Here are two New Zealand reports for those looking for a getaway: J. Fallenstein (10844) hunted red and fallow deer, and Arapawa sheep with New Zealand Hunting’s Phil and Dani Wilson and guide Darren Moore. “Not a canned hunt by any means, but plenty of game. You can’t go wrong with these folks, and camp was like a home away from home. My personable guide seemed to have a sixth sense for game.”
“My wife (observer) and I had a great time with guide Jim Gibson of New Zealand Safaris, who found the stag I was looking for,” says R. Stretch (10827). “Gibson works well with hunters to get the most out of your abilities. Hard decisions about which animal to shoot! My wife said this was the most beautiful place she’s ever seen, and accommodations and food couldn’t be beat.”