This will be the the first of seven installments enjoy…………………….
Dusk had struck an eerie quietness upon the craggy landscape which sprawled out before me. The steep, winding canyon, once alive with the gentle glow of the afternoon sun, was now gray and lifeless. A persistent breeze, which carried the faintest odor of wood smoke curling up from the trapper’s cabin in the valley below, once a nuisance, was now downright uncomfortable. I was reminded that, although the sun’s rays had been calm and soothing, old man winter would be visiting soon enough. I shifted restlessly on my rock which served as a perch and ruffled my insulated coat. It was time to call it an evening. A good warm fire would be a welcome as well as some rest for a pair of eyes weary from a day’s glassing of every bench and rock outcropping for mule deer.
Fortunately, as camp wasn’t far and soon I had the fire crackling and popping, aided considerably by a few live embers that were left from this afternoon’s blaze. It was a relief to lean back against the piece of tamarack that served a makeshift headrest. Before long I found my gaze lost in the flames, remembering the many times I had come to this spot. When I was younger, the object of my desire was always a sway-backed old buck with massive, gnarly antlers. A goal I fell short of more times than not. Now, with some years under my belt, I found my purpose changing. I’d come here to see if the little groups of does still frequented the same draws they used to and I wanted to walk the same trails I had when my legs felt like steel. In a world where nothing, it seems, is ever guaranteed, I had come to these Idaho mountains to find something familiar and reliable. Time may have changed me, but not this place………………………………….
Our 20th season as an Idaho black bear guide / outfitter here is starting off early. It’s pushing 70 degrees and the bears are our out in force. Usually it takes a few weeks for them to start hitting baits, but they are already hearing the supper bell this year.
Got a picture of this nice boar off of the Browning Strike Force just today. Notice how he has no rub marks yet. This is what I would consider a nice representative black bear. He’s not huge but has a perfect hide. Most hunters will want to hold out for a color phase bear here though.
If you live outside the US and are looking for a good United States mountain lion hunting guide we can really help you out. There’s no doubt our cougar hunting is top notch, but we also have a lot of experience helping clients get their game back to their home country.
I’m not only a guide here in Idaho, but also a veteran of international travel for hunting. It can be tricky to work with customs and expensive if you don’t know what you are doing. That’s why it helps to hunt with folks who have personal experience in that area. I recently did a red stag hunt in New Zealand and brought antlers and cape right back with me on the plane. It saved me at least a thousand dollars of shipping and preparation.
We’ll help research the ins and outs of the customs in your country and find the best and most economical way to get your mountain lion home. So don’t let the prospect of challenges of getting your cougar home stop you from making that big hunt in the United States. We’ll do what it takes to make sure your hunting and travel experience is as easy and least expensive as possible.