Your Name: Raymond Thomas
Your Location: Valley Grande, Alabama
Your Agent’s Name: Marc Warnke
Trip Taken: Idaho Wilderness Mule Deer Hunt
Hunt Date: 11-9-2015 to 11-15-2015
I went on this hunt with two of my sons. I chose it for the remote location (Frank Church Wilderness Area is largest in lower 48 states) and for the promise of a serious mountain hunt.
The country is beautiful. Even though I rated the hunt difficult, the Outfitter will match hunting terrain to the physical abilities of the hunter, so hunt will be physically challenging for all hunters.
Access to the hunting area was by taxi flight (from Challis, Idaho), then 4 or 5 miles and 3,500 ft. elevation by horse and mule to base camp. All gear and people were packed in (and out).
This is game rich country. Must have seen 200 or more mule deer plus a set of wolf tracks. Saw numerous bucks every day. My sons and I took deer that we were plenty proud of. There were five hunters in our camp. The largest deer taken was taped at 180″ and was a beautiful and symmetrical head. All five of us hunters were delighted with the deer we took.
The Outfitter and his team worked very hard for us the entire week. Food was great and cook tent time was always laid back and entertaining. Hunts were spot and stalk, either walking or riding. Plenty of challenge there. This was a once in a lifetime hunt for me and all my expectations were met or exceeded. I would recommend this hunt to anyone interested in a real back country hunt.
How would you rate this hunt?
- How likely will you be to refer friends to Outdoors International about this hunt?
- How was the outfitters pre-hunt communication?
- How would you rate the overall trophy quality?
- How would you rate the outfitters lodging?
- How would you rate the food?
- How savvy/knowledgeable was your guide?
- How was the Field Dressing and Trophy Preparation:
- Was your hunt successful?
Yes, I was successful
- Were you happy with your trophy and the overall experience?
Absolutely delighted. The outfitter keeps it simple and basic like a real hunt ought to be.
- How physically difficult was the hunt?
Is there anything that the outfitter should do differently in your opinion?
Would help if outfitter could arrange care of capes and antlers. As it is, hunters who arrive by commercial air should schedule at least one day after the hunt to get trophy care straight.
How would you rate your Agent?
- How likely would you be to refer Outdoors International booking services to your friends and family?
- How were your conversations with your agent?
- How was the agent’s pre-hunt correspondence?
- How savvy/knowledgeable was your agent?
- How was your agent’s post-hunt follow up?
What would you like to see Outdoors International offer or do more of or do differently?
Really the only thing I missed was help with handling of trophy heads and capes (and meat) for hunters traveling by commercial air.
I would recommend adding a day between the return to Challis and the air travel departure date to get all this taken care of._
Will you book another trip with Outdoors International in the future?
Yes. For sure.