The food was fabulous, the guides and ranch staff knowledgeable and friendly and Dan was very accommodating. The cabins were very nice, best elk camp I have seen and the main lodge open at all times to sit by the fire, enjoy the people who worked there.
Hunting is all about maximizing your opportunity at your level of ability. Ripple Creek Outfitters, our guides, Josh, McKay and Dan were very cognizant of our abilities and worked hard to get onto elk.
While the weather was not helpful, we had several bulls bugle and one came in but the shot was flubbed. My fault...killed a baby aspen dead though.
But more importantly, my friend needed emergency evacuation up beyond radio and cell phone communication in the Flat Tops. Between riders, local search and rescue and Flight for Life, Dan Schwartz managed the rescue helicopter to the very tree we had him under. The storm front that came in threatened to leave us on the mountain after airflight departed. Food, sleeping bags etc were ready to go.
They provided communications with our wives to ease concerns, check in with my friend at the hospital etc.
Elk hunting is inherently dangerous and it's reassuring (especially to our wives) knowing we were with professional and capable folks on the mountian.More