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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 8878 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: October 12, 2012 to October 13, 2012
Place of Hunt: United States - Colorado
Hunt Area: Flat Tops Wilderness


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Larry Amos; Winterhawk. PO Box 425; Silt; CO; 81652; Tel. 970-876-2623; Email: hunts@winterhawk.com; Web www.winterhawk.com
Personal Guide (if any): John Williams
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Elk - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Average
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Average for the area.


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: Good
Name of Airline: Airline Service: N/A
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $4800
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $45
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: No problems!
Highlights of Hunt: Everything about this hunt exceeded my expectations.
Equipment Recommendations: High clearance 4x4 for base camp access.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Beautiful hunting country, reliable outfitting and reasonable expectations of taking quality game.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: GK Harkness
Contact Information: Tel. 719-727-4045 - 78403 College Avenue | Towner | Colorado | USA | 81071 E-mail: plainview@fairpoint.net
Hunting Experience: Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer, Pronghorn Antelope, Elk, Moose, Small Game & Waterfowl.
Physical Condition: Average


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
Speaking strictly for myself, I found everything about this hunt to be exemplary! I wanted a traditional pack-in (by horseback) wilderness hunt with a reasonable opportunity for an average-to-above-average bull elk. That is exactly what I got. The owners of Winterhawk, Larry & Laura Amos were congenial, friendly and efficient. The backcountry camp manager, Bob, clearly had enormous experience in wilderness hunting and made every effort to insure that hunting opportunities were matched to each hunters' expectations and abilities. The guide service was 2-on-one and mine was provided by John Williams, who has many, many years of experience in this region. All of the Winterhawk staff that I encountered were extremely courteous and helpful--extending from the Packers & Guides to the Cooks and Campjack. The meals provided by Karl B., the backcountry Cook, were the finest I have ever had in any camp. There were 5 other hunters in my camp, and by the luck of the draw, all were easy companions. The camps were clean, well provisioned and comfortable. If I had a complaint--and I don't--it would be that the hunt ended too soon. Unanticipated personal business concerns necessitated that I take the first bull that met my minimum standards and then cut the remainder of the trip short. I tagged out with an "average"--for the area--5x5 bull after only 6 hours of hunting. Better bulls were seen by my companions later in the trip. Only one note of concern---if you are getting yourself into their basecamp make sure that you have a very high clearance 4x4 vehicle. Leave your running boards at home :) I was very pleased with every aspect of my hunt and would not hesitate to recommend Winterhawk to other hunters.





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