I am writing this review for the benefit of other hunters who save their hard-earned money and spend precious vacation time, as well as time away from their families, in order to hunt elk.
Lodging and Accommodations – Good –Met my expectations.
Food and Meals – Excellent; Cathy was a great hostess and a wonderful cook.
Property – Wall Mountain huntable area far less than the actual acreage. Majority of land is meadows and grassland, which doesn’t contain elk. The wallow on the NE facing slope is actually on State property. Townsend Lease was only hunted one time, and the hunter refused to go back due to lack of elk sign or sightings.
Elk Population – Poor - Around 30, but maybe less. Three (3) hunters in camp hunting the same two (2) small herds every day. Guide made the statement that the area was holding less than half of the elk it had in years past, and getting pressured more due to Townsend Lease not holding any elk. Outfitter also stated that the “EAST” herd on the “CA” ranch was down significantly per the manager of the “CA” ranch.
Stand Sites – Only one (1) lock on tree stand over water or wallows. No natural ground blinds or pop-up blinds for bow hunters were constructed near water or ambush spots. One (1) natural ground blind was constructed near a water tank, and this was done by a hunter. Cattle were around or near most watering sites and at times would not leave more than 50-60 yards.
Knowledge of herd patterns or movement – Very poor. Outfitter argued with hunters about what they saw and heard, and made recommendations to hunt areas that were the opposite of what good hunters knew to be the obvious best choice. I have hunted elk in Oregon on a DIY hunt and spent the first 3 days trying to find elk--I chose an outfitter this time because I wanted to eliminate those wasted days and have opportunity at elk from Day 1. This was not the case, and in terms of numbers and opportunities, I would have been better off hunting in Oregon again.