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Outfitter Review - Boulder Creek Outfitters

Submit Date: Nov 10, 2005

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Boulder Creek Outfitters

Outfitter / Contact: Tim Craig

Location: Idaho, USA

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Mule deer / Whitetail

Game Quality: average

Game Quantity: good

Accomodations: good

Camp Condition: poor

Food Quality: great

Guide Experience: non-existant

Other Personal Experience: good

Review Information

Hunter: Jeremy Loveridge



Would Recommend: never

Overall Impression: low class

My brother and I were very excited to book a hunt in Idaho since we had heard of the good bucks up there. We were promised a 2 on 1 guide service. From what I gather, this seems to be a common promise in Tim's contracts which he rarely fulfills. I was lucky enough to be paired with other hunters,and with Tim's son and we saw plenty of game. The promblem is that they only hunt the easy deer which are right by the beaten path. I guess the hunt could be considered sufficient to a hunter who had never hunted mule deer and had never seen a normal amount of deer during the hunt. The guides are very content in driving the same circuit of roads, never varying, and trying to talk inexperienced hunters into shooting very average deer. A 24" 4X4 buck is not what I consider a trophy buck. I was able to glass up some bucks further down ridges or on top of hills which I could not convince Tim to even make an attempt at. I got the impression that they couldn't care less if I was satisfied with my experience. They have a good ranch, but are too lazy or not prepared to hunt it properly. Maybe if they would have had the sufficient amount of guides for all the hunters , we might have been able to go after some of the better deer, or actually hunt. My brother was forced to hunt with Tim's brother who had a cow elk tag he was trying to fill. For three days they went into areas looking for a cow elk with my brother and another hunter, most of the time seeing no bucks the entire day. This was while the bucks were all over the open ridges chasing the does in full rut. Needles to say if was frustrating. Tim needs to wake up from his Buckmaster fantasy. This so called Jackie Bushman experience is a hoax. He probably receives the royalty treatment that Tim's booking agent and his wife received on the hunt we were on. The sad thing was that even with Tim's personal help Butch, the booking agent, still only killed an average buck. I would just caution any inexperienced mule deer hunters especially to be wary of going there. They will shown the same two dozen easy deer which others have probably passed on. If you do book a hunt try get comments from the other ten hunters in camp during the November 24-29 '05 hunt. I know you won't get many positive responses.

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