One of my lifelong dreams was to go on a classic western states outfitted hunting trip to harvest a 6x6 bull elk. In 2016, I won an auction at the RMEF banquet to hunt elk with Horn Fork Guides. After contacting Joe Boucher, I quickly gained full confidence in him due to his honest and no nonsense answers to my questions. His references were stellar. He was truly interested in knowing what I expected on this trip. Joe wants to know your strengths and weaknesses so that he can tailor the hunt to fit your desires. He kept in contact and answered my questions during the months leading up to the trip.
Upon arriving at the trailhead, we mounted the horses for a 4 1/2 hour ride to base camp at 10,500 feet. The hunting area is gorgeous but the oxygen is in low supply! Joe's sense of humor made for a fun trip, even when the traveling got hard. The food was great and plentiful. His staff, stock and equipment are top notch. Each morning, we rode about 1 1/2 hours before first light up to an elevation of 12,000 feet to start hunting. We saw plenty of elk everyday. Joe and his guides taught me a lot about hunting elk. I have hunted deer for many years but elk behave differently in many ways. Joe's experience and tenacity greatly improves your odds of success when stalking these very intelligent animals. He and his guides never give up when it comes to trying to outsmart your quarry or attend to your needs. In the end, I did get the 6x6 of my dreams and they performed the hard work to get it off the mountain.
You need to do your part to insure a greater chance of success on a hunt because the terrain and conditions are tough. It is imperative that the hunter be very confident in their shooting before they arrive. You need to try to be in good physical shape. Joe is in superb physical condition but will not try to push you past your ability. I'm confident the guides will not be the reason a hunter has a bad experience. If you want something, tell him and he will try to make it happen. His prices are reasonable and worth every penny! If you want the best the outfitter and guides in the business, book with Joe Boucher of Horn Fork Guides.