RIFLES: We suggest you to sight your rifle in at 200 yards. You should be able to hit a target shooting at a variety of positions. We also suggest variable scopes for open areas as well as deep timber. Scope covers are worth their weight in gold. Most big game calibers around the 300 range are all capable of taking down elk, caliber is often not as important as shot placement.
We operate in GMU 24 and 12 in the White River National Forest. The areas can be found on the Ripple Creek quad of a USGS 7.5 minute map. There is a four-point antler restriction in this area.
Base & Drop Camps
PACKING: For us, this can be the single most important subject and deserves plenty of discussion and detailed planning. Clients that arrive to pack in with too much gear or items that are not weighed out and paired up can cost us precious time at the trail head. Since we will be packing you in on horseback, please don’t over-pack. Clients are allowed a maximum of one pack horse per person. The MAXIMUM clients can bring is 140 pounds per person (that is a lot of stuff!). We highly recommend keeping it as light as reasonable. One duffel bag, no larger than an army type, will be plenty for your gear. Please limit the weight of your packs to no more than 40 pounds each. If your bag is not waterproof, we suggest that you line your bag with a trash bag. Same with your sleeping bag, but pack the sleeping bag separately. It's no fun arriving at camp with wet gear. Coolers cannot be larger than 48 quarts and again not more than 40 pounds each. Clients can ride in with their day packs or we can pack them in.
For other stuff to pack in, crates like what you find at Wal-Mart, fit into the panniers very well (around 14in x 14in). You can pack all kinds of gear this way and it's a great way to keep from squashing items like bread! Base camp clients will be provided with all the basics needed (See Base Camp Services). For drop camps, don't forget you will need to bring all your own cooking utensils. Drop camps are for those who are completely bringing all their own gear. NOTE: Please ask about base camp provisions as this may have changed.
Suggestions for packing food for base or drop camps: When you are planning your menu, freeze as many pre-prepared items as possible. For instance, if you are going to have spaghetti as a meal, prepare your sauce at home and freeze it flat in 2 ziploc bags. When you are ready to pack your coolers, your pre-made items can be placed into your coolers like envelopes. You can do the same with meats, stew, or just about any kind of food you want. When they are all frozen, it helps to keep the rest of your food frozen or cool for days. We’ll help throughout the hunt by suppling potable water.
We suggest you stay away from canned goods; they are heavy and will only limit the amount of gear you can bring. You may want to bring as much dry food as possible. Mixes can be pre-measured and stored in ziploc baggies - when you're ready to use, just add water to the baggie and squish to mix.