Hunter: ERIC LABELLE
Date: October 15-19, 2021
Hunt Taken: Greys River, WY Horseback Rifle Elk Hunt
Consultant: Patrick Kissel | Outdoors International
My dad and I had a ton of fun on this hunt. The Outfitter and his staff was great to work with.
We were the first hunters to arrive at camp and met the guides who were very friendly. We hunted hard and on the fourth day I was able to shoot a 5×5 and my dad missed a smaller branch antler bull. There was 8 hunters in camp. The first day 3 bulls were killed, including a really nice 6×6.
The next two days were hard hunting and nobody was able to fill their tags. We combined a few groups and my dad and I hunted with another hunter and his guide and on the 4th day, the other hunter with us, another hunter with another group, and I were able to fill their tags, and my dad had an opportunity to fill his tag. We left late on the 5th day after the guides packed out my bull (my dad took day 5 off, he was smoked from the day before) and we had not heard if that final hunter had a shot at filling his tag.
We slept on comfortable cots in wall tents with wood burning stoves that slept 3. We stayed warm every night. The food was the best part of this hunt. The camp cook did an awesome job with preparing breakfast and dinner, and after breakfast there was plenty of food to pack your own lunch.
Our elk hunting guide was a young first year guide that went through the Outfitters’ guide school this past summer. He was a very friendly guy and we got along great. After a few years experience he’ll be a really good guide, but we could tell he is still learning the ropes with horses and elk hunting. He did get us on bulls and had great eyes for glassing. The other guides were pretty well seasoned, knowledgeable, and friendly.
The terrain is pretty rough. I am not a horse guy and some of the climbs we took on horses were on the edge of my comfort zone. The horses were generally really good. I did have one that bucked me right when I got on it but other than that the horses were awesome. We climbed to some areas that we could not ride the horses to, so we walked them, and even went to some areas that were so steep we had to tie off the horses and climb on foot. Be prepared to do some climbing and descending in some steep and snow covered country up at around 10,000 feet.
Overall this was an adventure and both my dad and I had a great time. I would not hesitate to book with this outfitter again.Get More Information About This Trip
- How would you rate your trip overall? Good
- How were your guide(s)? Fair
- How was your lodging? Good
- How was the food? Great
- How was your outfitters communication? Good
- How physically demanding was your trip? Difficult
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- How would you rate your consultant? Great
- Do you have anything to add about your consultant? Great follow up and provided great advice. I would use Patrick again to recommend a hunting trip to me any day.
- Would you book another trip with OUTDOORS INTERNATIONAL in the future? Yes
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