Everyone has a different perception of what constitutes a successful hunt. For us it is the hunt itself, the animal harvested as well as many other things. During our hunt on the Floyd Lee Ranch, we were hosted by a truly professional operation. Junior, the gentleman who ran the camp itself, was a tremendous host, caretaker and cook, and a source of information for all our questions. Our guide, Antonio, was very knowlegeable and a good guy to spend time with in the field. everyone on the staff was wonderfull. If the opportunity arose, we would do this hunt again.
My father and I hunted out of the L-Bar Ranch camp with Gadget as our guide. On the morning of the third day of the hunt, we spotted a shooter bull with 10 cows about 800 yards away. Gadget and myself made a stalk on the bull, via a "hop scotch" from one small head of cover to another, until we were 166 yards from the bull. The cows were ahead of the bull, and all were unaware of our presence. Gadget glassed the bull and said "he is broken on his right side, take a look, it's up to you". I looked, and told him I would shoot. I steadied on the shooting sticks, fired one shot, which passed through the bull just below the spine. The impact broke his spine, and the bullet passed through both lungs. The bull went night down and expired in about 10 seconds. No finishing shot required. A 6X4 bull with a broken main beam. He was most likely a 6X6 before he broke the beam.
On the fourth morning of the hunt we spotted numerous elk from a high vantage point. The elk were coming across open meadows and into nearby cover below us. Several were shooter bulls. One group went into a small finger meadow, another group went into a wooded bowl like depression to bed down. Gadget correctly decided it would be best to let them bed down, and approached them later that day, positioning ourselves in a location to intercept them coming back out to feed in the evening.
Later that day we stalked to aforementioned secluded finger meadow/park, staying just inside the tree line. We spotted several cows, a spike bull, and a shooter bull. The bull was bedded down in the meadow. We were 370 yards from the bull and decided to get closer. The bull got up and we then stalked to within 240 yards of him. We sat down and my father got positioned for a shot. The bull then decided to bed back down. There he laid for about an hour. Three of the cows fed over to in front of us, subsequently bedded down looking straight in our direction. We could hear another bull bugling in the distance. Finally, the bull got up and he too bugled. Gadget said "the bull is going to come over in front of us, get the cows up and move from this small meadow towards the big meadow". This would mean he would move across from our left heading toward our right. That's exactly what he did. After he got the last cow up, and cleared the cows, my dad shot him at about 190 yards. The shot was placed just above animal's heart. The bull bucked, ran about 20 yards, and expired. No second shot required. A mature 6x6 bull. I gross scored him at 298 B&C.
My dad is 83 years old, and found the rocky terrain challenging. Our guide assessed his ability and scripted our hunt accordingly. His script was a work of tut Many thanks go to our guide Gadget and our camp cook JR. Both individuals were very professional and amiable people. We would also like to thank guide Randy Weems for spotting for us, and great conversation. We enjoyed our hunt immensely, saw numerous different species of wildlife, and cannot thank USO enough. This was a hunt we will never forget.
Big Stone City, SD
This was definitely one of the most challenging hunts that I have been on. The guides and staff were very friendly and accommodating. They knew when to push and when to hold back. Every hunter in our camp was able to harvest an animal. I would recommend this outfitter and already have. There are already plans in the works to return to new Mexico and Floyd Lee Ranch! Guides were Cash and Jason and they met my expectations and were great coaches, instructors and motivators. I would be happy to be paired with either of the guides again. Quality/Quantity - we were in and out of the animals throughout our hunt. I was a little frustrated for the middle of the hunt as it seemed that we were unable to locate any to get set up on. (Note: See first paragraph) Accommodations - the cabins were adequate for our stay. The bunks were a little uncomfortable and I was absolutely ready to get back to my own bed.
My hunt went well, the first day we saw a number of good bulls but could not get close enough for a good shot. The second day my son Chuck stayed with Steve and I went on with Willie. This was a birthday present for my 80th birthday, so we went to a different area of the ranch, at about 4:00 2 bulls were spotted. Some one took one and I took the other one around 5:00, I shot my bull from about 150 yards. Then we helped spot for the other hunter before we cut up my elk. This was my 11th hunt with US Outfitters, it's always a good hunt with something to shoot - it's up to you.
Great hunt! Thanks for the terrific hunt and memories. I had an exceptionally good time on the Floyd Lee Ranch and was able to take a mature Bull Elk on the morning of 10/4/2016 the 1st day of our scheduled 5 day hunt. Our guide Steven Wayne Henry located and guided us to Bull Elk before sunrise and within a few hours we were in very close proximity and made a very easy 30-40 yard shot! Henry's relaxed style and accommodating manner was a perfect fit. The remote camp was very well organized with great accommodations. The entire staff made us very welcome. Of particular note was the care and attention provided by JR the camp cook, he provided late lunch and dinner necessitated by our success in the field. I am looking forward to another adventure with USO.
This hunt was truly amazing. I'll remember it the rest of my life. I know there will be more to come. This first experience really set the tone, though. Harvesting the big 5 x 5 was merely a bonus. The experience was incredible. The guides, clients and cooks were way more then I ever expected. Hospitality was second to none. One guide, Richie Halcomb, was 100% dedicated. His entire hunt and soul were involved. Words can't describe the will and determination this young man had to put us on a good bull. All in all I was impressed the minute I stepped out of the truck until the minute I left the mountain. I absolutely can't wait to go back. Thank you USO Outfitters and thanks for hiring Richie.
Honey Grove, TX
Hunting at USO was a great experience. Everyone there was very helpful. I saw some of the best bulls I've ever seen while hunting and was able to harvest a decent 6 x 6 bull and missed a 350 class bull! I would like to say thanks to Kevin, Okie and Bobby for all the help. Also the cook was great, I hadn't seen anybody work that hard at making sure you had something to eat as soon as you came in from hunting.
I just wanted to let you know my hunt on the Q Creek Ranch couldn't have been any better. Tad Anderson runs a forst class operation from the guides, the ladies at the lodge (Verna fed us like we were somebody) and the quality of the game. I had been dreaming of going to Wyoming to hunt mule deer my whole life. This hunt was everything I hoped it would be. Thanks USO for making this hunt possible for me.
Prince Frederick, Maryland
I only have one regret, that is I wish I had booked a hunt with USO years ago! My hunt far exceeded my expectations. I was fortunate to have harvested a 5X5 bull elk on my first morning. The accommodations were excellent, the food was great, the property was breathtaking, and the elk were numerous. There are a lot of outfitters who make claims about potential success, etc. Some are above board and some give "special treatment" to only "celebrities". USO sets the standard for all others to follow in terms of professionalism, experience, facilities, and opportunities to ALL their clients. Thank You for delivering a Hunt of a Lifetime!
Wanted to write you to let you know that once again I was not disappointed with my hunt with USO. My Arizona deer hunt could not have gone any better and could not have been more fun. Great food, great accommodations and most of all great guides. I killed a great buck and did so with great people. What more can be said. Can't wait to hunt with USO again. Thanks for making my dreams come true.
My name is Brandon Travis. I went on an Elk hunt at the Floyd Lee Ranch. I am from Grand Rapids Michigan. This was my first hunt out west, and was the best hunting experience, by far, I have ever had. The guides/staff were awesome, and very easy to get along with. The accommodations were good and the food was great. We saw a ton of elk and a bunch of bulls. Everyone in camp was tagged out in two days. I would for sure recommend this hunt to anyone, and plan to head back again in the future.
George, you run a top notch guide service. You are very thorough and tell us hunters what to expect.
I really enjoyed myself on this hunt. The guide, Kevin, was a great hunter along with being a excellent guide. His knowledge and tactics were great for the area we were hunting. He is definitely an asset to your guide service.
The quality of game in this area was what Arizona is known for, and I was amazed how Kevin could find the Bulls in the thick canopy of brush.
I was impressed by your staff of guides. Andreus Martinez helped get my elk out and I was impressed with his great attitude and work ethic . And, as far as food Lilo's Westside was outstanding and they were great people who ran the restaurant. I will definitely be looking forward to hunting with you again. Many Thanks & Merry Christmas.
Where do I start? This hunt on the Floyd Lee Ranch in New Mexico far exceeded my greatest expectations. Two of my previous hunting buddies and myself vowed to bring our sons on a Elk Hunt some 30 years ago when they became of age, then we hunted in Wyoming and were successful. This New Mexico hunt was without a doubt the greatest hunting experience we have ever experienced. My guide, Cliff Pierce was a match made in heaven for me. Very, very competent and professional and a "man of his word". When I passed on a very good 5x5 the first morning he said "we can do better". Better we did – on the second morning Ciiff got in front of two different 6x6’s while stocking the giant 6X6 I took (350+ class). I could have shot any of them, but Cliff said, "let’s get the big guy".
The best thing about this hunt was that my son Doug was successful on the first morning and accompanied me on my stock and harvest. Cliff did an excellent job in getting us in the right position and the shot was 366 yards – one and done!
I would and will highly recommend United States Outfitters to anyone – what a great group of guides who are all very professional and capable and the accommodations and food was excellent. There were 8 hunters in camp and we all filled by the second morning. A hunt and memories I will cherish forever.
2012 NM Sheep Draw Hunt
I felt a short letter describing my recent NM Desert Sheep hunt was more appropriate then completing the post hunt critique you included in my information booklet. While it is difficult to put my experience into words, I will do my best.
Last spring Robert Ortega, my guide with USO, called me to inform me that I had drawn a NM Desert Sheep Tag. The significance of drawing this tag began to set in after Robert shared his excitement and after I started receiving phone calls from other outfitters asking me to book my hunt through them. I received numerous calls from outfitters who claimed to be local to the area. They sent me digital videos of sheep they had been filming and told me why they were the local Desert Sheep experts. My reply to them was that I had always had great success with USO and I expected the same on this hunt. Boy was I right.
Robert Ortega, along with Butch (Billy Clark) and Bart (Olsen), provided the best guided hunt I have ever experienced. They had scouted the area and spoke to Wildlife Biologist prior to our hunt. They had a game plan in place for our hunt and executed it perfectly. While the other local guides where scouting for the animal we eventually took, your guides had the animal spotted and a plan on how to put me within shooting distance of the sheep.
I would highly recommend your service to any hunter. You should be proud of Robert, Butch and Bart. They represent you well, are an asset to your organization and provided me with an experience of a lifetime. By the way, I forgot to mention the Desert Sheep had an official score of 182 2/8 inches. What an animal! What a hunt! What a guide service!
NM Valle Vidal Archery Draw Hunt
We wanted to take a minute and let you know what an incredible experience we both had on our September archery elk hunt at the Valle Vidal. The accommodations at the Cottonwood (Ranch, NM) were fantastic and the people were wonderful. Terry (Ebell) was so generous and friendly, and a fantastic cook. She helped make our stay more then pleasant. And our guide, Andy (Valerio) was absolutely top notch. His knowledge of the area and his experience as a guide, allowed us to have the most incredible time hunting these amazing animals. He always knew where we should hunt, when to lay low, and how to get these bulls into close range for a shot. He never quit, day after day, hour after hour, he kept pursuing the big bulls. His love for hunting is genuine and it showed every day that we went out.He always had a smile on his face no matter what the situation. We walked several miles everyday and he never slowed down. He was determined to find a bull elk and give me an opportunity to get a shot. And he gave me several opportunities. His ability to call elk into close range was unbelievable. He is an amazing guide and he made our hunting trip more exciting and memorable then I could have ever imagined it to be! This was an amazing free chase archery elk hunt and I couldn't be happier. Thank you to USO, and Andy, for making it all possible.
from the Alberta Outdoorsmen
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NM Draw Hunt
I am not sure exactly where to start but mainly wanted to thank you for the great hunt we experienced this September. Our group of 4 hunters had been on several Western elk hunts over the last few years but none compared to the week with USO.
This hunt was off to a great start when we met Mr. George Taulman (owner) at the rendezvous spot and headed right to camp. The rain in the area had the roads slightly muddy but transportation to and from the hunting area was not an issue as we drove right to camp. After a quick orientation and practice session we were off to hunt. We had more sightings the 1st night (including a 40 yd clean miss of a P & Y bull on my behalf) than in our previous 4 hunts combined!
The hunting stayed consistent throughout the week where it wasn't camp stories of "did you see anything" it was "how many, how big and did you get one?" Seeing game on each and every hunt became the norm. I was fortunate enough to be able to hunt with Mr. Taulman during our week which was a great experience in itself. He is one of the most patient and dedicated individuals that I have ever met in any profession.
The entire hunt including the camp, food, transportation, cleanliness, abundance of game and quality of guides exceeded our expectations. I was the only one in our group who harvested a bull (there was 1 other hunter in camp who also harvested) but we have already booked again for next year.
Thanks again and I greatly look forward to hunting with USO team again next fall.
NM Draw Hunt
One word to describe my hunting experience would be "exceptional". I've hunted with USO Outfitters in two different units over the last 6 years and have never been disappointed with their professionalism and knowledge of hunting. Their guides are some of the best in the country and they make sure you receive exactly what you want, out of your hunt. .... I have traveled the West in many states bow hunting elk and deer and by far this hunt, this year was my all time favorite. Tough, challenging and rewarding to me personally. I look forward to another year when I see my friends at USO.
Kansas Draw Hunt
I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the hunt I went on in Kansas last week. Having worked with your organization for the last 5 years, I was not surprised to find such a well organized, high quality experience run by friendly, professional guides.
It was a hunt of "firsts" for me. It was my first time to hunt out of state ... for my first mule deer .... on my first muzzleloader hunt. I was also lucky enough to tag out a respectable deer on the first day.
Private Land Hunt
From the USO office ... to the guides and cooks, this elk hunt was a fantastic experience! Can't say enough about their operation and the number of elk seen.
NM Draw Hunt
My brother and I recently completed our elk hunt in the "Valle Vidal" area of New Mexico. We were very pleased with the hunt and want to commend your guides for the outstanding work. "Tega", Red, and Ernie were very professional and ran one of the most organized camps that I have witnessed. They hunted extremely hard to ensure that everyone had a great experience. Thanks.
Over the years I have hunted with many Outfitters in Alaska, Canada and several other states. US Outfitters undoubtedly provides the most professional service, knowledgeable guides and trophy animals of any that I have hunted with. I have been on four hunts with USO and taken exceptional animals each time. I look forward to hunting with them again and would recommend them to anyone looking for a high quality professional hunting experience.
Gadget - Just dropping a line to say thank you and the guys at USO again for what was absolutely the hunt of a lifetime for me! I got my antlers today, but was very surprised to find the arrow that took the bull in the box. I figured that thing was lost forever! You guys really go above and beyond to make sure your hunt is truly the hunt of a lifetime! As if the whole thing was not already an awesome experience. I intend to hunt until I'm just too old or decrepit to cut it any more, but as long as I live, I will always remember the coolest trip I ever had.
It's a real pleasure to hunt with a first class outfitter. USO made my elk hunt the very best possible. I saw plenty of elk and ended up taking a 383" bull on the first day with a muzzle loader . . . . the hunt of a lifetime! The tent camp was superb; heated tents, hot showers and meals that were outstanding. A great guide staff; Tega, Red Rider and Ritchie were professional in every way to ensure their hunters had a great experience. The Licensing Program took out any stress and did all the work getting the Limited Draw tag for me in the Valle Vidal, NM. Thanks for making my "once in a lifetime" elk hunt a dream come true.
I started with U.S. Outfitters' licensing service at the very beginning. Since 1993 they've drawn me two bighorn sheep, one desert sheep, two Shiras moose, and three Arizona rifle elk tags (and that isn't all!). Using a licensing service gives the consistency needed to take advantage of preference and bonus point systems, and I am convinced U.S. Outfitters' research on area trends and drawing odds is second to none. It's a gross understatement to say "I'm sold!"