80% of the hunters I met were repeat customers. I’ll be going back as it was an amazing experience, the stock was also amazing. Bruce did say he had few guys had got hurt, horses are animals and crap can and does happen to anyone using or owning stock.
I think the main issue is people with lack of experience around stock going on these hunts as I could see why people would be scared riding in the dark, off trails through blow downs, trails with cliffs on one side, sliding in the mud, snow and ice but this is just reality when hunting off stock. Animals can and do spook, my horse spooked a few times and slipped and went down on it’s knees a couple times as well.
They took amazing care of their stock, always rotating them out, giving them a day off or more and picking stock based on one’s abilities. I rode a different horse every day that had been rested, pretty amazing the investment he made to be able to even rotate stock and not just abuse his stock.
My experience was nothing but amazing.
I made fun of the guides and Bruce, the outfitter, often and felt like I was around old friends, the food was amazing just don’t piss off the cook, she’s tough and all the employees in camp made for a great experience. Everyone I talked to had a great experience even if they weren’t successful. My guide never once put me in a situation I felt unsafe and I got the same feeling the others I shared camp with would agree with me.