Just got back from Durango, CO. Hunted area 75, across the other side of the Lemon Reservoir. My outfitter's base camp is on the road at Lemon.
On the 3rd day of the hunt, took this 5x5 at 370 yds with my 300 Ultra. Guide said it was pushing 800 lbs. Just the hind quarters and the back straps weighed 150 at the butcher. Gave the front qtrs to other hunters in camp.
Can't wait to do another trip....but will never fly again. Prices to ship antlers and hide are ridiculous. And with what they told me it will cost to ship the meat, I might tell them to donate it. Just not feasible.
Here's the pics.
We only used the horses to get the 8 miles from outfitters ranch to the camp. Then hunted on foot out of camp every day. This was as we prepared to leave camp back down to base after the season closed.
I hear what you are saying about shipping costs. It is flat out ridiculous.
We also drive out west. Some fly and we pick them up at the airport, but at least one or two drive.
I have a nice trailer I pull behind the truck. We have a freezer that fits perfrctly between the rails. That freezer and a small Honda generator solves all those problems. I just can't fathom giving up my elk meat. It is just too good as far as I am concerned. Tom.