HUNTING STYLE & TECHNIQUES
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."
– Henry David Thoreau
Our rifle elk hunts take place out of our Danaher and Cooney Creek Camps and total nine days in length (including one day to pack in and one day to pack out). Elk hunting consists mostly of spot and stock hunting, meaning we spend many hours looking for the elk from a distance and then decide how to stalk in to get a good shot. We ride on horseback in and out of camp and may leave out on foot as influenced by the hunting area destination and plan for the day. No prior equine experience is necessary, although it is recommended. We typically cover anywhere from six to 12 miles each day.
There are distinct advantages to both early and late season elk hunting in the backcountry. During the early hunts (from September 15 to approximately mid-October) we are able to take advantage of the elk still being in the rut. The benefits are similar to those for an archery elk hunt: the elk are vocal and still with their herds, making them slightly easier to find.
Elk hunting in the late season offers equal advantages. Snow in the high country will tend to move game and gives one the opportunity to track and locate them. Late season hunts also offer an opportunity for hunters to harvest mule deer in addition to elk since the mule deer are becoming more active and accessible.
WTR Outfitters is excited to offer a mule deer-focused rifle hunt. The steep, rocky cliffs of the Scapegoat Wilderness area, along with the lush forage of the Danaher Creek area, make for excellent mule deer habitat. Mule deer hunts require spot and stalk techniques similar to our approach for elk during the rifle season. Those looking for a demanding and challenging adventure can take advantage of our early season mule deer hunts. These hunts entail living out of spike camps in far, hard-to-reach areas, spending days looking for a buck in steep terrain above timberline.
Like our elk hunts, all rifle mule deer hunts take place out of our Danaher and Cooney Creek Camps and total nine days in length.