I cannot say enough good things about Best of the West, Bruce and my phenomenal guide, Skinner.
My dad and I met Bruce at the Dallas Safari Club show in January. We talked with him about booking a hunt and he was able to get us booked that day. We were worried we wouldn’t get drawn, but we were lucky that we did! Excitement set in as we started preparing and planning for our hunt! From booking to after the hunt, Bruce was very responsive and helpful with all questions we had.
October finally arrived and it was time for our first hunt in the Teton wilderness area. We stayed at Brooks Lake Lodge before packing out on our mules to camp.
We had a great experience with every aspect of our hunt. Guides, Jodie the cook, and the camp jacks were all beyond accommodating and friendly. I really enjoyed getting to know each of them. The guides and camp jacks were always willing to help me with my mule or getting on my mule, which I really appreciated. Jodie is a phenomenal cook who made sure we were always well fed! The accommodations were very nice and comfortable.
My dad was able to harvest his trophy 6×6 bull on the first morning of our hunt. We hunted for the next 3 days, fought through the snow and bad weather and got on my elk the 4th day at sunset. The terrain was difficult for me to hike at times, because of a hip problem, which really had me feeling defeated at times. But my guide, Skinner really helped and motivated me along and adjusted the intensity levels of where we were hiking for me. It was hard for me to let that get in the way because I wanted to do whatever I needed to, to make sure I got on a bull. Sure enough, modifications and all, Skinner got it done for us!!! I was able to harvest my first elk, a 6×6 herd elk! Words cannot truly express my emotions of the hunt and the joy felt in my heart of being able to harvest my first elk with my dad. Without Skinner, this would not have been possible. My dad told me before we even packed out to camp for the first time, “I think we have the best guide.” He definitely held true to being a phenomenal guide and I can’t imagine how a guide could’ve been better. Skinner has hunted in the area for his whole life and knows the land exceptionally well. He also had lots of facts I enjoyed learning. One thing I really enjoyed about having skinner as our guide is how he made me feel safe, knowing his experience with the area and the wildlife. I was quite worried about the grizzly bears, the whole time, but knowing of Skinners knowledge and past experience made me feel more comfortable or as comfortable as one can feel! We had multiple encounters with the bears and Skinner was prepared to protect us every time.
The day after I got my elk, Jared – another guide, took my dad and I fishing at Upper Brooks Lake! We had so much fun and both of us caught a fish. Definitely one of the highlights of our trip.
10/10 recommend hunting with Best of The West. My dad and I were very pleased with every aspect of our trip and our hunt. It was a trip of a lifetime and one I will cherish forever. Huge thank you to Bruce and Skinner for making this possible!