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I'd say using a helicopter is alright as long as you're not using it to search for the herd and then directing or landing hunters in close get a shot. If you're not doing that I see no significant difference from loading the horses into a trailer & driving up to a trail head in Elk Country, or even hopping on a plane to Denver and driving out to an outfitter in the flat tops and riding in.
I'd rather see someone take a helicopter in than use an ATV and drive around "searching for/scaring off" the herd.
Helicopter hunting is antithetical to the concept of 'fair chase' hunting. For twenty years I lived and hunted in Alaska where fix winged aircraft are used to transport hunters, gear and the take, but where rotary winged aircraft are strictly 'verboden'. The rationale is simple; a vehicle capable of vertical takeoff and landings gives the modern hunter an exponentially unfair advantage over the prey. Are we simply going afield to kill...to 'bring home the bacon', or do we hunt for the love of the chase and the challenge of pitting ourselves against the majesty and might of nature and triumphing...or, maybe not? It the chase as important to our sport as the end result? If our only goal is to kill with the least amount of energy expended or while suffering the minimum amount of discomfort, perhaps we'd be better served by mounting our recliner and beer cooler in the local slaughter house and 'offing' a few properly restrained steers.
Leave the helicopters for the extreme skiers, the Russian poachers and your local Guard units.
And while I'm at it, I harvest turnips and squash...I KILL game.
Went on a couple backcountry hunts last fall. the first was a hike in into the Absarokas outside Gardiner. It sucked, wished I had a helicopter.
The next week was a horse back drop camp in the Selway. It sucked, wished I had a helicopter. In fact I devised a plan to hunt state ground on Turner....via helicopter.
If you cant afford a helicopter ride, it allows you the chance to talk down someone who can, and gets to hunt for two extra days.
If the price were the same, I would venture that if most were offered a choice, heli(45 minutes) or horsey (18 hours) helicopters would win 9 times out of ten. Especially if you had 5-10 days of horsebacking in front of you.
I think jk could not be more right.
Sounds like a great hunt! Flying in on a heli to save time and give you more time in the field sounds like a good thing to me. Why bust your ass (literally) riding in before you even get to camp.
yeah they flew in to a remote hunting territory then got horses .... then they hunted from those horses for elk,so no really no one should give you a freaking break as it was legitamite elk hunt on horseback.
"A horseback hunt for elk," but you flew in by helicopter?
"No planes and no sounds except the wind in the trees." Except for the helicopter!
Give me a freaking break!!
Some of the local color near our outfitter’s home, just outside of Kalispell, Montana.
Photo by Justin Appenzeller, photos
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