John's Journal... Entry 216, Day 1
SCOTT BOULANGER - CONFESSIONS OF AN ELK-HUNTING OUTFITTER
Hunting Montana's Bitterroot Forest
Editor's Note: Thirty-eight-year-old Scott Boulanger, an outfitter from Darby, Montana, a guide and instructor at Circle KBL, has a very busy hunting schedule, including guiding for elk, deer, bear and mountain lion. Success on a Boulanger hunt depends on the weather, the physical condition of the hunter, the hunter's willingness to hunt and a little good luck. This week Boulanger shares with us anecdotes from his vast experience as an elk outfitter.
Question: Where do you guide people to hunt elk, and
how many elk hunters do you take a year ?
Out of that 40 hunters, how many hunters will take elk?
Question: Why is that?
Elk hunting on public land is probably the most-difficult hunting, has the lowest success rate and is the most physically challenging. I've had hunters ride into camp on Tuesday, hunt Wednesday, call on the radio phone Wednesday night and want us to send in the mules and pack them out. When I send a packer up and get them out, I ask them what went was wrong or if they have had a conflict with the guide, and they always reply, "Oh, no, it was great. Don't you all have any level ground to hunt on?" I have to tell them, "No, not really."
For more information on hunting elk, contact Scott Boulanger with Circle KBL Outfitters at P.O. Box 733, Darby, Montana, 59829; (406) 821-0017; email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Web site at www.circlekbl.com.
TOMORROW: GUIDED HUNT OR WEEK LONG CAMPING TRIP
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