We wanted to do things a bit different from other places around. Instead of offering guided hunts at an average rate of $5000 per person we decided to offer hunters a more affordable option. By cutting out the guide we can greatly reduce the price yet still offer hunters the things that really matter lodging and elk hunting information. We do the hard work for you so you can focus on the fun part…hunting. We cook your meals, make your beds, build your fires and if you like we can point you in the right direction to find those elk.
Our lodge provides the security and many of the amenity’s of an outfitter while embracing real free-chase hunting. You won’t find any tame elk or high fences around here! The HPDI is for people who want to hunt on their own, who want to be able to say they did it themselves without a guide, yet want a nice atmosphere, game lodge, cabins and home cooked meals to come in to at night. We are the in-between answer for the “do-it-yourself” kind of guy. No more arguing about who has to do the cooking and dishes when you all come into camp after dark, cold, tired and hungry. No more taking spit baths out of a pot or the frigid mountain stream to keep your scent down. And that infernal rock that always ends up right in the middle of your back won’t be there to hound you at our ranch. If you are a first time elk hunter, RV gives a complete seminar on everything you will need to know. The seminars are so in depth that any level of hunter from beginner
to professional elk guide can learn something to make their hunt better. Over the years RV’s techniques have helped down innumerable elk, including several in the 400 class range. And that’s not just on private land, but also on public land!
One of the huge advantages of hunting with us as opposed to camping out is that we do the preseason scouting and try to keep up with where the elk are for you. This info can shave off days, weeks, even years of figuring out where the elk are. Now I don’t want to mislead anyone, this is not a canned hunt by any means. Even though our area according to the DOW is one of the most densely populated by wild elk, the country is hard and people constantly underestimate how smart the elk are. Unlike deer, even resident elk can have an area of over a thousand square miles. Also, consider that migratory elk can travel a hundred miles in just a day or two. They live out there in the woods, 365 days of the year. They know what normal sounds like, they know what normal smells like.
We base our success on getting people in the area with elk so that they either see them or hear them and our success ratio at that is about 80-100%. But just because you are in the right area doesn’t mean you will kill, lots can go wrong. So let’s be clear about your chances, the DOW statistics of success for our area are 1 elk per hunter, every seven years. Remember this is a do-it-yourself hunt; you are paying $1500 whereas a guided hunt in our area starts at $3700 and there is still no guarantee! It might sound like I am discouraging you at this point but that is not my intention, I just want us to be on the same page about what we are offering. In reality the most valuable thing we have in life is our time, we only have so much of it before our ticket expires. This is true for you and for me. I don’t want you to waste your time on a hunt you won’t enjoy and I don’t want to waste my time being around miserable people; fifteen hundred dollars just isn’t worth it.
So in short, here is what we can do for you: we can give you a comfortable place to stay, a good atmosphere, and a nice lodge to sit around and tell stories. Warm dry beds to sleep in, hot showers to wash off the day’s mud, and after our rugged mountains have taken their toll on your body and you come in tired, we will be waiting with a smile and a hot home cooked meal.
We are a family business and know how important family is. Therefore we love to see a man bring his wife and/or kids. Even if they are not hunters there are lots to do on the ranch and in our Valley. We do charge the same price for hunters and non hunters alike since we are just a lodge and not a guide service. So I hope you will call for some references and see if we can fulfill your hunting vacation needs.