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Re: Bearpaw Season - Fall 2018
« Reply #15 on: September 20, 2018, 11:52:01 PM »
Two more cougar spotted tonight at a waterhole, but just a little too late to do anything about it, hunter had to let them walk. One hunter passed two cows. The guy who shot the fork buck had a nice mature buck right in front of him but didn't have a second deer tag. Another very large buck (they estimated 6" outside the ears on both sides) came within 60 yards but either heard the hunter or caught his scent and then bolted too quickly. The big bull we were after didn't show, gotta try something different in the morning. Also have to check on the wounded bull again in the morning if we can find him. We did kill one cow tonight, so more good table fare.

I forgot to mention earlier, when the guys were tracking the wounded bull they found this shed antler, if you look close you will see drops of blood from the wounded bull on the shed antler, what are the odds of that happening?
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Re: Bearpaw Season - Fall 2018
« Reply #16 on: September 22, 2018, 06:27:59 AM »
Good job !! I think you need to have a “Ruby “ picture thread for all her successes  seriously !!!

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Re: Bearpaw Season - Fall 2018
« Reply #17 on: September 28, 2018, 02:47:01 AM »
At the time we first got Ruby we didn't want her coming in heat so we had her spayed, now we wished we would have never spayed her, we had no idea how valuable she would become to our hunting operation. We are looking for a couple more pups to train like we've trained her so that we have them available for tracking at all my Idaho camps. The amount of game saved is just amazing, in fact several animals every year.

I sure wished I could take the whole Washington Wildlife Commission on one of these outings where she finds the animal that no hunter would ever find. Hundreds of animals could be recovered and saved every year in WA if we were allowed to have blood tracking dogs. Every year i get calls from all over the state from hunters needing help but we can't help in WA.

I attached some photos of a few other animals Ruby has found for us. There are more but this gives you the idea. Many times bear don't bleed much, that's where she really is amazing, but she has found all sorts of wounded game for us including deer and elk. There are plenty of breeds that can be trained to blood trail, but Ruby has a special personality that seems to make half the hunters want to take her home.  :chuckle:

We chased the cougar on old dry snow and the hounds had lost it. We were walking in to help the dogs and Ruby was with us, we noticed she disappeared, next thing we realized she was chasing something, thought maybe it was a rabbit, we didn't pay much attention. Got to the hounds and tried helping them out but couldn't find the cougar tracks due to lack of snow and being an older track. Someone heard Ruby barking down over the hill so one of us went to check what she was doing, she had the cougar treed. We all went to her, as we often do we left her loose when we shot the cat, unfortunately the hunter didn't kill the cat, Ruby chased after and bayed it up in some thick stuff, I'll never forget seeing that cougar grab her, she looked like a rag doll in the cougar's mouth. We killed the cat, Ruby was losing quite a bit of blood and i wasn't sure she would live but she did and ever since that day I've had a great respect for that fearless little dog.

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Re: Bearpaw Season - Fall 2018
« Reply #18 on: September 28, 2018, 03:37:58 AM »
Turkeys, Turkeys, and more Turkeys
The last two years we've seen good hatches and we have hundreds of birds on the properties we hunt in WA. We've been slaying the turkeys, the last hunter arrived to hunt yesterday from Texas, he is hunting turkeys in every state, by 9am he was filled out. He is headed to Idaho today to get another state checked off his bucket list. Can't wait for next spring, it's going to be killer!

Bear
We are done with bear for the year, had an awesome year of bear hunting. We are almost fully booked for next spring, the booming economy and confidence in our economy has hunters planning hunts further in advance than in over a decade. If anyone is wanting to hunt bear next spring call me asap before we are fully booked!

Cougar
We have numerous hunts planned but I still have a few cougar hunts available. We've seen numerous cougar while we've been archery hunting this month including a couple good ones, and some landowners want me to thin out some cats causing problems, so it should be an awesome year for cats if we get normal snow conditions.

Elk
No more elk photos for now, we lost a bull and a cow that were wounded, unfortunately I didn't have Ruby here where I'm at to find the wounded animals and we simply lost the blood trails on both animals. I'm hoping they heal but you never know. We hope to find a couple more pups to train and help with these lost blood trail situations in the future, unfortunately Ruby can't be everywhere. We have some rifle elk hunts scheduled so will hopefully have more photos. Elk tags are sold out now and we are pretty much booked up in elk season anyway. Lots of hunters are already booking their hunts for next fall.

Mule Deer Hunts
We are gearing up for mule deer hunts that start soon. I've got a couple of my best Idaho and Utah mule deer hunts still available (I have tags available) later in Oct and early Nov if anyone is interested.

Here's photos of some previous bucks taken on the specific mule deer hunts I'm referring to...
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Re: Bearpaw Season - Fall 2018
« Reply #19 on: September 28, 2018, 05:26:06 AM »
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Re: Bearpaw Season - Fall 2018
« Reply #20 on: September 28, 2018, 06:52:44 AM »
Dang!

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Re: Bearpaw Season - Fall 2018
« Reply #21 on: September 29, 2018, 07:37:27 AM »
What's the price on your idaho and Utah hunts? I was just talking to a family member who was saying he wanted to try and get after a mature muley.

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Re: Bearpaw Season - Fall 2018
« Reply #22 on: September 29, 2018, 09:11:12 AM »
The general season hunts are $2950 guided 2x1 or $3950 guided 1x1. The Utah Private Ranch CWMU hunts and the Idaho Outfitter Allocation Controlled Hunts are $4950 guided 2x1 or $5950 guided 1x1. Lodging and meals are included, additional costs include sales tax and license fees.
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Re: Bearpaw Season - Fall 2018
« Reply #23 on: September 29, 2018, 10:41:47 AM »
Those are some nice bucks your staff is helping clients put on the ground  :tup:

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Re: Bearpaw Season - Fall 2018
« Reply #24 on: September 29, 2018, 11:00:54 AM »
I've been leasing the Utah ranch for nearly 20 years, when we first got the lease there were 30 tags allocated for that ranch but we didn't get many mature bucks, we reduced it to 20 tags and everyone started getting chances at 3x3 or better bucks. About 5 years ago we reduced it to 10 tags per year and the quality has greatly improved, most hunters get chances at quality bucks now. The downside is that I have to charge more for the hunts, but reducing the number of hunts is the only way to improve the quality.
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Re: Bearpaw Season - Fall 2018
« Reply #25 on: September 29, 2018, 11:17:08 AM »
Daniel had a muzzy deer hunter this morning in Washington, the hunter just wanted a meat deer and nailed a doe right after daylight, Daniel had the deer skinned and cleaned up within 2 hours of daylight, the guy left and will be home this afternoon. If anyone is looking for a last minute hunt in Washington we still have some fall turkey, muzzy deer, antlerless youth deer, and rifle buck hunts available.
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Re: Bearpaw Season - Fall 2018
« Reply #26 on: October 02, 2018, 09:26:03 PM »
 :yike: All those deer and Elk daaaaang  :drool:
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Re: Bearpaw Season - Fall 2018
« Reply #27 on: October 03, 2018, 09:41:54 PM »
Is this your Montana elk ranch in unit 411? Are rifle hunts sold out for this year?

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Re: Bearpaw Season - Fall 2018
« Reply #28 on: October 04, 2018, 07:45:42 PM »
Love the pics of Ruby posing with her trophies!
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Re: Bearpaw Season - Fall 2018
« Reply #29 on: October 13, 2018, 09:30:06 PM »
We've been busy, like usual not everyone has been successful at notching their tag on all our hunts, but it's been pretty good, we've had some fun hunts and still right in the middle of it all so I don't have time to type up many stories but thought I would post a couple photos and quick stories.

First Buck For 14 Year Old
On the second day of his Utah mule deer hunt Jack nailed this big 3x3 buck, his first deer ever. He is having a European mount done, it should look great, congrats jack!
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