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Outfitter Review - Icicle Outfitters

Submit Date: Sep 20, 2004

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Icicle Outfitters

Outfitter / Contact: Bruce Wick

Location: WA, USA

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Elk, Mule Deer

Game Quality: poor

Game Quantity: poor

Accomodations: good

Camp Condition: excellent

Food Quality: good

Guide Experience: poor for bowhunting

Other Personal Experience: excellent

Review Information

Hunter: Trevor

Phone:

Email:

Would Recommend: see comments

Overall Impression: poor

This is a tale of two trips: As a bowhunting guide, they didn't have a clue how find the animals. They hadn't done any scouting in this area prior to the hunt. They kept telling stories of stumbling across elk during rifle season where the hunter has to dismount the horse and shoot away, but they didn't have a clue how to find the animals during bow season nor any idea of how to target them if we did find them. There were 2 guides in camp for 2 hunters. Only one of the hunters saw animals (one cow and one calf elk about 200 yards and moving away). The "guides" saw none. We searched high and low. We saw no deer, bear, or cats. I think that they might be better for a rifle or muzzleloader hunt, but they were clueless for a bowhunter. As an outfitter, they were excellent. The gear was top quality. The horses and pack animals were top notch, very well behaved and sure-footed regardless of the terrain. All of the folks in camp from the outfitter were experienced wranglers including the cook. The camp chef was a great cook and a character to boot. He would spin yarns and recite "cowboy" poetry. The "camp-life" portion was thoroughly enjoyable.

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