The weather was the warmest I’ve seen in the 11 years that I’ve owned Beaver Creek Outfitters. Archery season had above average temps and below average moisture. Typically, we run about 40-50% opportunity (releasing an arrow) during this season, in 2015 we actually ended up at 75%. Muzzleloader weather was the same as it falls during the 3rd week of archery. We were at about 90% opportunity (taking a shot), our average is about 75%. The elk weren’t as vocal during this season in 2015 as they have been in the past.
First rifle was WARM! Temperatures in the 60’s so the elk were staying cool in the dark timber which made them difficult to hunt. Historically, in a first rifle drop camp we average 75% opportunity and a first rifle guided camp is about 85-90%. In 2015, our drop camps were at about 50% and guided was about 55%, making it the slowest first rifle I’ve seen.
2nd rifle the weather was the same as first rifle and archery/muzzleloader. Above average temperatures and below average moisture which meant below average opportunity.
The second half of 3rd rifle we finally got cooler weather and snow. We got a foot of snow and temperatures 0-30 degrees which really got the elk moving! We averaged about 60% kill which is typical.
Some of the horses are home on pasture in Minnesota and the rest are down at riding stables in Arizona and Nevada until they head to Craig again this fall!
Thanks to everyone who came out to work and hunt with us!