Our camp is situated in a little valley overlooking a meadow where elk and bear are frequently spotted from the cabin. As you leave camp, heading toward your hunting area, we take you through what we call the “lowlands” which is actually about 6,700 feet elevation Most of this country is comprised of sage brush with patches of gambel oak and scattered choke cherry groves. This is prime habitat for mule deer but there are deeply rutted elk trails where the animals daily move from low to high elevations. As we climb higher, a thousand feet or so, we get into aspens and more and larger oaks. In a good year, there are lots of native berries such as pin cherry and red bainwood. Bear can often be spotted feeding as we travel to the hunting areas. We go into an area known as Marsha’s Saddle which is a great spot to intercept elk on the move from the lower feeding area up to the dark timber. Then, on to The Dead Sea which is usually anything but dead!! Elk and bear frequent this area and it is one of the few water sources in the area. It can be especially productive during early September when we are bowhunting.
Then, on to “Oregon” which, with acres of fern about waist high covering the landscape below towering aspens and spruce will make you think you ARE in Oregon! The black timber above Oregon is a well used bedding area for elk and we stay out of this area. We want “OUR” elk to stay on the property.
Past Oregon, as we continue to climb in elevation, we come to Elk Park and on to the more remote areas of the ranch. It’s all good hunting country and after years of hunting here, it’s become pretty easy to pattern the animals. Sleeping Giant (Elk Mountain officially) with her steep rocky outcroppings rises above the area we hunt. We leave this rough, remote area as a sanctuary. Not much food for the elk to eat up here; we wait for them to come out of the high country. Makes it much easier on everyone involved!