fall hunting season has just now come to an end and I can't believe
another season has come and gone. This year has been the best yet
for Willow Creek Outfitters. We took over forty clients this season
starting with the winter coyote hunts and then spring black bear and
finally finishing with the fall archery and rifle hunts.
Our winter coyote hunters consisted
of the father and son team, Bud and Beau Smedely from Ohio, and
Remington PR rep. Linda Powell, who brought three outdoor writers,
Judd Cooney, Bryce Towsley, Gordy Krahn. Linda's group was doing
the first field test for Remington's new .17 Fireball. This new
cartridge worked great on these big northern coyotes. All hunters
connected on a prime pelted dog. There is no shortage of coyotes
to call in this country and even when the wind picked up we were
successful using the spot and stalk technique.
On to our spot and stalk spring black
bear hunts. Lorne Rees took a nice cinnamon bear on the fifth day
of his hunt and then our next hunter Craig Stabler took a black
bear on the sixth day of his hunt. Our last two bear hunters were
Ioannis Malakassis and Tom Martino who had both hunted with us last
spring. Ioannis took his biggest bear to date, a black boar that
had a 19 5/16" skull. Tom took a beautiful cinnamon boar on
the third day of the hunt.
This year we expanded our archery
season and took ten bowhunters. Matt Whitt and Dave Dominick booked
our only two elk tags and had a full week of excitement. Matt took
his first bull, a nice 5x6. Dave saw many bulls including a 330"
bull at eighty yards but never launched an arrow at an elk, however
Dave was able to connect on a 160" velvet mule deer. Our remaining
eight archery mule deer hunters saw some great bucks and some had
multiple shooting opportunties. Everyone except Mike Siegler harvested
a buck with their bow. Mike was looking for a big deer and even
though we hunted three different bucks that would score over 180"
we never got lucky. That's bowhunting! In all we took eight archery
mule deer that ranged in score from 130" to over 180"
and were one for two on our elk.
After archery season we had a short
break and then started our rifle mule deer hunts. It was a nice
change for us guides to only have to get our clients within a few
hundred yards of our quarry instead of having to sneak within bow
range! We had 100% success on our rifle mule deer hunts and again
average in the high 160's. Opening
morning yielded two 170" deer for Nick Jackson and Terry Donovan.
Dean Capuano from Swarovski Optiks brought John Mogel from Christensen
Arms and each harvested their buck on film for the Christensen Outdoors
November rolled around and Dave Heistman
on his second mule deer hunt with us took a heavy, dark horned buck
that had over 40" in mass measurements. Also on this hunt was
John Martin and Todd Lawson, both first time mule deer hunters.
John took a neat buck that had a drop tine and Todd took our best
buck of the season, a 186" giant.
Next was the Arkansas crew; Richard
Grounds, Terry Davis, and Tim Nash. Within three days each had taken
a buck, Terry's dark horned buck had great back forks and taped
out at 175". The next week was quite busy with hunters Latham
Myers, Ted Linde, Terry Nearing and Mark Ferrell. Hunting for both
whitetails and mule deer everyone filled their tags by the end of
the week, four mule deer and three whitetail.
The final week brought Bob Highfill,
Steve Whisler and Rick and Dick Olson along with some very cold
temperatures! Bob and Steve took their mule deer on day one and
day two. Rick and Dick on their fourth hunt with us, decided to
hunt for whitetail this year. Dick got his buck from a ground blind
on the third day and Rick had a opportunity at a 160" class
buck but was unable to connect.
We are now booking for the 2008 and
2009 season. We still have room for a few coyote hunters from January
through March 2008 and many of our 2008 big game hunts are filling
up quick. Give us a call for more hunt information including dates
and availability, we look forward to talking to you and hopefully
have you join us for a hunt.
A special thanks goes out to our
clients that hunted with us this season and in years in the past.
Guides Kelly Wiebe, Darcy Barrett, Cam Nelson, Kent Robertson, and
Bob Earl did an amazing job in the field and sent our clients home
with great trophies and memories to last a lifetime.
The Full Printable 2007 Hunt Report
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