Wyoming Back-Country Hunts

John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway, where we are authorized to hunt

Elk Deer Moose Black Bear
B.G.O. #332

BE PREPARED
Information on licenses, fees, and some suggested items to bring.
To apply for hunting licenses please visit http://gf.state.wy.us

All hunt areas are in Targhee, Bridger Teton National Forest, and
Teton Park.

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Elk
Hunt Areas: 70, 71, 73, 75, 79

-click here to hear an elk bugle-

Application Dates: January 1 through January 31

We hunt local herds in our areas as well as the elk that venture back and forth between the parks.

It is difficult to explain an elk hunt to someone who has never had the experience or the privilege to hunt this animal in its natural habitat. The truth might scare the unfamiliar off, as it is a tough hunt hands down. The hunters familiar with the efforts and hard work that goes into an elk hunt
know just what I am trying to describe to the unfamiliar.

Elk hunting is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences in a hunters life, as they are one of the most naturally alert big game animals on earth. Their sense of smell, hearing and vision are second to none. They have an extremely strong instinct to survive so they choose the steepest and roughest country they can find to live and protect themselves in. The country is phenomenal! It is steep, rocky, and thick with timber.

Elk frequent different parts of their domain at different times of the year and at different times of the day. As big game trophy animals go they are one of the most difficult animals to hunt. Elk do not have the convenient daily patterns that prove fatal to deer. An elk may be in a particular spot one day and perhaps 10 miles or more away the next day. That big ol' bull you see pictured in outdoor magazines standing in a meadow midday was probably photographed before hunting season started or confined to a national park. He didn't get that big by standing in an open meadow all his life. He has been kept safe by feeding at night and then finding the roughest high mountain country filled with dense timber available to spend his days in.

The areas around camp have the darkest timber in the state, they are filled with a tangled jungle of deadfall and standing timber. This is prime elk country with plenty of water, feed, and miles and miles of timber that they can feel secure in. There are no defined horse or human trails. Frankly it is a very difficult area to get around in and hunt. This is why we don't have any competition from other outfitters, nonresident or locals. If it were an easy go, then hunter pressure would make it average elk country.

EXCELLENT TROPHY ELK COUNTRY: The hunt areas around camp are comprised of three wilderness areas: Teton, Jedediah Smith and Winegar Hole which are rugged timber-filled high mountains void of roads and established trails.

SUCCESS RATE FOR RIFLE ELK HUNTS has never dropped below 80%. This percent rate has only been counted on standing, walking or bulls turned down as it is nearly impossible to get a running shot at the bulls with the thick timber. About 75% of all shots around camp are 100 yards or less.

The bulls we hunt around camp are park elk. They are continually leaving the park and wandering into our hunt areas. They don't get the hunting pressure like other areas where elk are pushed from ridge to ridge. They are fresh, just out of the park. We get the first chance at them. The success rate has been kept high by keeping the camp small. We don't hunt in groups. We hunt one guide to two hunters or one-on-one. As tags are filled, we realign guide to hunter ratio, often resulting in solo hunts Your chances of success are increased.

>With a drive-up camp, if we can't find a bull you want we can truck to different areas. If it was a pack-in camp and the hunting got hard, we would be stuck right there until the end of your hunt. You can only go so far from camp each day on horseback, where we can truck 40 to 50 miles away from camp to fresh hunting areas if needed to.

ARCHERY ELK HUNTS: Archery season starts 20 days prior to opening of rifle season. Right in the prime "bugle" season! The camp success rate for archery hunters is 100%!

Deer
Hunt Areas: 148, 149,

Application Dates: January 1 through
March 15

Most deer in the camp area are not known to be real "wall hangers." The best deer taken from camp had a 28" spread. The deer around camp are an average 18" to 20". There have been deer taken and seen in our areas that are of record book class.

Moose
Hunt Areas: 37

Application Dates: January 1 through March 15

Moose hunting around camp is excellent. The camp is situated in some very good moose country with the bogs, wallows, creeks, lakes and beaver ponds around us. The best moose taken so far from one of our areas had a 51" spread.

Black Bear

We see a lot of Black Bears during the fall. Bear tags can be purchased over the counter upon arrival in Jackson or you can get them from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department via mail before you leave home. Bears taken by our hunters have averaged around 5 feet.

Be Prepared

The Average Daystarts early. Your guide personally awakes you and stokes the fire in your stove about 4:30 AM. Breakfast will be ready about 5:00 AM and approximately one hour later we start your hunt. A sack
lunch is provided each day as we generally return to camp after dark. On average the hunting day lasts 14 to 16 hours in all kinds of weather. All
our hunts are done from horseback, but we still do a fair amount of
walk stalking.

We hunt right from camp and if necessary we will truck our horses and hunters to other parts of our hunt area is search of game. Trucking the stock and hunters allows us to cover more country in less time and is easier on you and the horses. Three full-time guides and one cook man the camp. We intentionally keep the camp small. No more than six hunters at a time in each hunt. Doing this ensures the guides know where each other have been that day so we can allow a rest period before hunting them again.

The guides take guiding and hunting very seriously. We continually study the country and game habits. You are with a guide at all times when hunting, as our major concerns are your safety and success.

We hunt different areas at different times of the year with different methods for some areas that have proven very successful in the past years. When returning to camp each night, your tent will be warm and dry from the fire already started in your stove. If wet, you can change into dry clothing and hang up wet items to dry for the next days hunt. A cup of hot coffee, soup or stew will be waiting also to hold you over until supper that will be ready shortly thereafter.

Physical Endurance is important as we hunt at elevations up to 10,000 feet. We pull these grades, however, on horseback. These horses are well-trained mountain horses. We highly recommend that you get some saddle time in before arriving at camp if possible to help fight off saddle soreness. Although we won't tell you not to exercise, most hunters become saddle sore long before getting tired of walking on the hunt.

Hunter Orange:The State of Wyoming requires, by law, that all hunters in the field wear hunter orange. So bring a cap, vest or coat of that color.

Nonresident Hunting License & Fees: Applications can be obtained by writing to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, License Section, 5400 Bishop Blvd., Cheyenne, WY 82006 (or call 307-777-4600). Applications must be accurately completed and returned with applicable fees on or before the particular deadline. The basic license fee will be refunded if you are unsuccessful in the draw.To apply for hunting licenses please visit http://gf.state.wy.us

Party Applications:All party applications (up to six hunters) must be included in one envelope. Each individual must complete their own and separate application. All applicants must hunt the same area(s) and type. Individual payments, including appropriate amount for application fees must accompany the submittal.

Application Dates:

ELK - January 1 through January 31
DEER, MOOSE - January 1 through March 15

We will be more than happy to help you with your application if you want. Just complete them (except hunt area(s) and hunt type), sign them and mail them to us along with the proper payment made payable to Wyoming Game and Fish Department. We'll insert the proper hunt area(s) and hunt type and mail them to Cheyenne.

Wyoming Conservation Stamp: You must purchase a Wyoming Conservation Stamp prior to hunting or fishing in the state. The cost has been $10.00 in previous years and, it can be purchased after arriving in Wyoming.

Hunter Safety Certificate: Wyoming law does not allow anyone born after January 1, 1966, to hunt without a Hunter Safety Certificate. Please call the Wyoming Game and Fish Department at 307-777-4600 for clarification.

Suggested Items: Following is a list of suggested items to bring with you on your hunting or fishing trip. We are not limited in room, so if you have the room and think you need it, bring it with you. Strongly recommended are wool pants, sweater, shirts, gloves and socks. They will keep you warm and are quiet when stalking. Generally, you can purchase wool-clothing items at any military surplus store at a reasonable price. A soft-soled boot sure helps keep down the noise. We take them along on the hunt. The one-quart size fits perfectly in our thermos scabbards. If you have a fancy stock on your rifle, bring an old sock. We will tape it to the butt end of your stock. This will help to protect it from damage while it is in the scabbard. If you plan on driving a pickup truck to Wyoming, bring along and old worn out "chest" type freezer. You can pack some of your gear in it for transport on the way up and use it to take your meat home after your hunt. With the built-in insulation, your meat can be packed in ice and kept safe for the journey home. We would suggest that a drain hole be drilled in the bottom to allow water to drain as the ice melts.

- wool and cotton shirts
- thermal underwear
- blaze orange outer garment or hat
- cap with ear flap
- rain gear (good quality)
- heavy (foul weather) coat
- chapstick
- rifle ("0") in at 100 yards
- ammunition
- small flashlight (extra batteries)
- gloves, more than one pair
- hunting license
- conservation stamp
- fishing gear if you would like
- personal medication if needed

- wool and denim pants
- 1 pair warm waterproof boots with traction sole
- 1 pair of light boots with traction sole
- tennis shoes or slippers
- knife
- wool and cotton socks
- light jacket
- pillow
- wash cloth & towel
- warm sleeping bag
- toilet articles
- camera and film
- scope covers

We Want You To Come Prepared: We have hunters that have had the good luck to take bulls 45 minutes to an hour out of camp on the first day of their hunts and be back in camp by 10:00 AM with their trophy, and we have witnessed many elk that were harvested that seemed just too easy. But to be honest, these kinds of kills are scarce. Most of the bulls that we get are earned - long days, a lot of miles on the back of a horse and a lot of glassing. We like to ride out of camp before daybreak and return to camp about dark. If we return sooner, it will be of your asking.

If we still have daylight, we have hunting time. We have never tagged a bull sitting in camp. We have only six short days to put you on the game that you have come to hunt. It's very important to us that you get a full hunt.

A couple of things to consider when planning a guided hunt in the northwest are elevation and saddle soreness. Try to get as much time as you can on a horse a week or two prior to arriving in camp. It will help prepare you for the riding we do. If you can, do a lot of shooting away from the bench rest, prone, sitting and offhand. These are the kind of shots that you will likely have.

As you read this information it's obvious that we did not sugar coat an Elk Hunt. We have done our best to put it into words as we have seen it.

We hope that this information will help you decide what kind of hunt will best fill your needs. Please don't hesitate to call as many times as you need to get all of your questions answered. If you want to book as a party, we suggest that you get together and list all of your questions as a group. And if possible, all members of the party should get together around a speakerphone so you can all speak and hear. Whatever you decide for this year's hunt, we wish you the best of luck and hope that you have a hunt long to remember.

GRASSY LAKE OUTFITTERS
PHONE: 1-866-ELK-CAMP Email: [email protected]