9. We wanted to provide a hunt that would fill the most bucket lists but not break the bank.
A fully guided 2 on 1 high hunt in a concentration Trophy Mule Deer honey hole Hunt with 3 meals a day for 5 days and lodging on a Traditional ride in with horses taking you back into wilderness area and out every day is usually around $ 6000 per person. This hunt has been discounted down and to show you how much it has been discounted down.
A word on horses vs Mountain Horses, along with riding an hour vs all day.
These mountain horses have walked this trail most of their lives, if not all of it. They are heavy legged with excellent foot control. They are so well trained that each horse can carry a rider or a pack saddle full of deer. Not just riding on flat ground like many horses they have learned that the edge of the trail may be thawed where the inner edge maybe frozen. They will walk where they have the best grip. If the horse starts to slide, they just sit down stopping the movement immediately. Just stay on your horse he will secure a good grip and stand up again. This is as automatic as automatic braking in automobiles and these are the newer models. These horses are the best you have ever seen and they pretty well run on autopilot so you are free to watch for deer. Don't shoot off of your horse. Just dismount and hand you lead rope to the other hunter or guide. The deer don't spoke when they see the horses so if they spook it are you that spook them. Talking can also spook them, dismount and stay low with your guide as you go to a spot for a good shot. Separate about 20 yards or more and take the shot. They are fed oats at arrival to the camp; your horse will never get lots. I take a GPS but have found the horses have a built in GPS is better and the batteries never go dead. Cell phone signal is text at best. If you find an area that you are not comfortable on a horse please feel free to dismount and walk holding you horse by his lead rope. You guide will assist you on this just let him know what you pan so he can dismount and assist.
In this case it has been discounted down to only an unbelievable $ 2995! This is without the, meals and lodging package at the ranch in the cabins. The 3 meals per day and the 5 days of lodging is $ 1000 but has been reduced down to only $ 495, less than half. I looked at the alternative of driving to Cody, Wyoming an hour each way spending close to an hours driving tome to Cody Wyoming staying at a motel and eating in town.
Almost $100 a night for the motel, $50 a day for meals and a sack lunch, $ 20 per day in fuel totaled $ 170 per day. What I felt cost me even more is 1.5 hours of driving windy mountain roads to me each way made the nights shorter and driving in the night after a day of hunting is probably the most costly to fall asleep at the wheel, was just not worth it. Financially it came out to about $ 800 so I felt to stay on the ranch in a warm cabin having meals ready when I needed them without waiting in lines was the only way to go.
The outfitter advised it would cost him almost the same if it were 1 hunter or 8 hunters and I asked him to lower the meals and lodging package from $ 1000 to and even $ 500. With special diets for health/allergies reasons catered to and he agreed. I look at meals as something that you have to do every day of your life, so eat here or eat at home, you need to hunt.
Ok, what's the bottom line on the discounted? $ 2995 for the day hunt and $ 500 for the meals and lodging at the ranch all rolls out at a total of only $ 3495 on a hunt that would usually be in the $6000 range means you are getting it for almost ½ price ! This hunt is perfect for the Cody Hunter.
My only apologies are that we can't handle many hunters so the first one that book will have the advantage of getting in the hunt they choose. The later ones will get whatever is left or get the option of waiting and hunting next year. See you there. Bring a gun… you will need it.