Re: High Ridge Hunting Preserve
Been there once, I did the spring time Jamboree, although I was succesful on a Corsican ram I dont know if I would be going back for another jamboree...I would go back to hunt a pig by myself or with friends, but not for the jamboree. It is a percentage hunt and is essentialy his way of making up for any animals he has left over from the summer/spring so he doesnt have to feed them over the winter months, meaning that not everyone is guaranteed to get something but he does not necessarily come right out with that on the phone or his website, atleast he didnt when I went. He will take as many hunters he can but does not increase the number of animals inside the fence, I think 33 hunters scored out of 55 that were there when I went. Hunters were very close to each other and was not what I was expecting, for the price your going to be hard pressed to beat it but believe me you are thankful once the "hunt" begins that others are only allowed 3 arrows a piece as you can just hear the bows/crossbows going off and arrows tinking off trees. I was thankfull to be at one of the top stands at the end of a row, so I only had people to my right/left and behind me and I was lucky enough to have the animals come in front of me giving me a shot before others and bfore they ran the "gauntlet" down through the rows of hunters as the guide called it...those in the middle of a row would be surrounded on all 4 sides usually 50-60yds seperating hunters. Once you shoot your animal you put your tag on it then walkd back the road to the lodge and wait for them to bring the animals back to skinning pole and then there is a taxidermist there taking orders or you can hose off meat and head out.
As I said you will be hardpressed to beat it for the price and if your succesful your likely going to have a good time, just shoot early and make it count as its last arrow in the animal that gets it not first/kill shot! My ram dropped in its tracks, I used a Buzzcut 2 bld and it didnt know it was hit I dont think, but I saw several animals come in with multiple hunters arrows in/out of it! Sorry if I am being a kill joy at all, but that wasnt my intention I was trying to be as honest as possible and figured id tell ya as if I were telling a friend who would ask me about my experience. Best of luck, hopefully you get a chance at one of the sitka bucks....doesnt he have them in septembers jamboree?