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Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« on: May 06, 2018, 05:22:59 PM »
My cousin had a long and lengthy battle with cancer a few years back and came out on top.  He went through months and months of chemo and other treatments and with Gods helping hand and determination hes currently cancer free.  That said, one of the major side effects with all the treatment is mobility in his feet.  He cant hike long distances but can get up and down rugged terrain, slow and steady.  He and I were visiting about the possibility of teaming up and applying as a 2 person group for muzzy elk in the Peaches Ridge area.  Hes accumulated (like many others) a boat load of points and Im sitting on 13.  Lets skip forward and assume we get drawn; Im well aware of the odds game so lets keep this discussion to the question at hand.

If we got drawn our plan would be to hire an Outfitter for a drop camp.  Given anyones experience, how far of a horseback ride would you want to get away from the roads?  Id say a 5-6 mile ride would be all he could handle given the issues with blood flow to his feet.  Once at camp, assuming we get dropped in the heart of elk country, whats the likelihood of being able to call a bull within .5-1 mile from camp?  Do most drop camps setup a couple miles out of the good areas or could a guy get put right into elk given this scenario?  Any recommendations on Outfitters, drop camps, dos or dont would be greatly appreciated.  Theres plenty of post on Peaches Ridge but this scenario is a bit different.

Thank you in advance for your input, I appreciate it!

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2018, 05:31:40 PM »
Honestly you don't need an outfitter.  If you draw get in touch with me. I will gladly put you on a bull.  And all it would cost is a handshake.  Good luck in the draw.

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2018, 05:48:30 PM »
Wow, doesnt get much better than that.  Even given his mobility issues?  Wed really like to get off the main trail and figured with the issue at-hand perhaps horseback would be the best bet?

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2018, 05:54:37 PM »
If you get drawn and need a packer or any help shoot me a pm.
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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2018, 06:00:40 PM »
Thats what I love about this site!  Thank you

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2018, 06:08:44 PM »
Wow, doesnt get much better than that.  Even given his mobility issues?  Wed really like to get off the main trail and figured with the issue at-hand perhaps horseback would be the best bet?

Plenty of great spots he could access without major hiking issues or using a horse.  Remember, for the muzzy guys the bulls are still screaming...
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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2018, 06:28:06 PM »
Two things to keep in mind.  First, much of the unit is burned.

Second, if you are away from roads and trails, you are in tough country.  Very steep and/or very thick woods.

Those tags are good in that it is easy to have areas to yourself.  People are spread out with very few obvious areas with several groups.  Very easy to day hunt close or moderate distances from roads and an easier camp at night.

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2018, 06:57:33 PM »
I think we like the idea of gritting out a horseback ride (wont be a comfortable trip for him) and sleep in the heart of elk country.  Anyone have experience with White Pass or other drop camps?

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2018, 07:04:09 PM »
I would look at the Muzzy Season.  Rifle can be some work, serious work.

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2018, 07:06:57 PM »
After the burn last year you may be better off going to goose prairie for a back country hunt and it may be easier to draw. Most of peaches is accessible by either truck or motorcycle so your back country experience may be hard to come by. Have you considered going out of state?

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2018, 07:13:07 PM »
Agree with carbon hunter. Look at the William O. and I will add the Goat Rocks (Rimrock side) if you are looking for a back country hunt.

Too early to tell what kind of restrictions may be put in place for trails in the burn scar until the forest circus can put boots on the ground. No doubt there is trail damage and trees down. Not very scenic when most of the wilderness is burnt.
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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2018, 07:22:18 PM »
All good info, thank you very much.

All we ever hunt anymore is Idaho; actually have hunted N Idaho elk the past 25 years straight.  I started putting in for WA when I was hunting both states pretty hard but to be I havent stepped foot in a WA unit in over a decade.  I, like most, feel committed to the points game in hopes someday Lady Luck strikes.

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2018, 07:41:17 PM »
All good info, thank you very much.

All we ever hunt anymore is Idaho; actually have hunted N Idaho elk the past 25 years straight.  I started putting in for WA when I was hunting both states pretty hard but to be I havent stepped foot in a WA unit in over a decade.  I, like most, feel committed to the points game in hopes someday Lady Luck strikes.

If you already hunt Idaho why not go for Sawtooth if your considering hiring a guide?  Same cost way better hunt.

If you are lucky enough to draw a peaches tag just hunt from a base camp. No need for an outfitter. If you want a backcountry experience, get it in Idaho.

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2018, 07:49:33 PM »
Vegetation will be nuclear in the burn.  Elk will be in there thick.  I'd have an outfitter plop me right in the middle of it.  That being said, ID think you guys would be more efficient having a good comfortable base camp to recharge in every night.  Backcountry not needed in peaches but it is the most fulfilling way to hunt.
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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2018, 07:53:02 PM »
All Idaho is DIY, no need to hire a guide.  WA is a totally different story.  In summary due to his limitations scouting would be extremely difficult.  In the event we got drawn wed rely on help getting us into the country we need to be.  Trust me, my cousin was born and raised in MT, dad was an Outfitter, and hes use to busting his ass.  This handicap has turned his world upside down when it comes to hunting style so were simply trying to maximize the opportunity given his disability.

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2018, 07:57:24 PM »
We drew the tag last year and planned to hire an outfitter to pack us in - right up until the fire shut down the wilderness for the commercial outfitters. We then camped right along the edge and hunted inside the wilderness boundaries by hiking in each day. We hunted 10 straight days and I saw 5 elk, no bulls. When I say we hunted, we are not talking about driving the roads - we burned boot leather, both in the Wilderness and out. We hunted off the PCT, at Blowout Mtn, at Mt Clifty, and other areas. Between my partner and I we only saw the 5 elk - tough year. I've hunted that unit before and found plenty of elk, but as soon as I have a big bull tag, *POOF* they're gone.

If I draw again, I would love to get on horseback and get away from the crowds, I think it would make a world of difference. One thing I did see, though, was wolf tracks - lots of them. Followed a pack of about 5 or 6 up the trail to Blowout Mtn, right on the PCT in the snow, clear as day... No wonder we didn't find any elk...

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #16 on: May 06, 2018, 08:02:18 PM »
Yea Id take RT up on the offer. And I believe hes also right you dont need an outfitter to get a big bull down and you wont be stuck in one area


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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #17 on: May 06, 2018, 08:51:16 PM »
About ten years back I did a drop camp with Chinook Pass Outfitters and had a very positive experience. It was a little non traditional for a drop camp because they packed in my own gear and I was responsible for set up and tear down. I got everything that I paid for and would do it again if I ever got another quality tag. 

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #18 on: May 06, 2018, 08:57:01 PM »
If you think the outfitter knows where the elk are you will be highly disappointed.

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #19 on: May 06, 2018, 09:18:20 PM »
Hmmmm.  I suspect your comment is based off a poor experience?  If you dont mind please PM me if you had a rotten experience with a specific Outfitter, Id love to know more and avoid any mistakes if at all possible.  Thank you

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #20 on: May 06, 2018, 10:02:22 PM »
Wow. Thats awesome. No need to go any further than response #1 on this post. A few things
1. You dont wanna know what the odds are to draw that tag
2. Hopefully you get those tags
3. The psychosis of the peaches elk crew runs deep and theyre good peeps to the core, they will put you and cuz on bulls.
4. End of story...AND theres no way that an outfitter would be more fun to hunt with than those guys!!
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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #21 on: May 07, 2018, 05:25:54 AM »
Glad to hear your cousin is doing better!! Hope you guys draw that tag that would be a quality hunt for the 2 of you.

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #22 on: May 08, 2018, 07:03:14 AM »
RT is correct, you really don't need a guide and  he can he hook you up  :tup:

BUT, if a drop camp or guided hunt is what your after, here's my  :twocents:

Chinook class outfitters can get a camp you want. Drop you off and pick you up any of units in the area.
White Pass outfitters is also another, but don't know if they drop camp in Peaches area,  Rimrock and Bumping, yes. ... and only heard good things about them.

If your looking for guided,
Rugged Class Outfitters is where I would spend my money. Ty Brown knows that unit like no other and is a stand up guy  :tup: Jerry and Robin are great guys and can call elk like no other......

Good luck on the draw  :hello:
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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #23 on: May 08, 2018, 11:09:38 AM »
Cant believe how many incredible pms Ive received and overall generosity of others willing to provide a helping hand to a complete stranger.  Hope to meet many of you guys in-person someday.

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #24 on: May 08, 2018, 12:11:48 PM »
All Idaho is DIY, no need to hire a guide.  WA is a totally different story.  In summary due to his limitations scouting would be extremely difficult.  In the event we got drawn wed rely on help getting us into the country we need to be.  Trust me, my cousin was born and raised in MT, dad was an Outfitter, and hes use to busting his ass.  This handicap has turned his world upside down when it comes to hunting style so were simply trying to maximize the opportunity given his disability.

If you hunt with any success on public ground in Idaho you wont have any issue finding elk during the heart of the rut in Peaches. Like was mentioned before. You don't need a guide. There are people on here that can help. If you're wanting just the pack in style experience then by all means go that route. But I would think you could be picky with that tag and be able to hunt within a mile of spots to park while still having a comfortable camp to rest at night for him.  :twocents: Good luck in the draw. Glad to hear he kicked his cancer!
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