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buckykm1
11-13-2014, 07:52 PM
DIY Elk hunting partner needed for SW Montana 2015.

My Regular Hunting partner informed me that He is taking his Wife to Hawaii for their 40th anniversary in 2015. And he wonít be able to hunt in 2015 and he is retiring in 2016, so it doesnít sound like he will be going then either.
I am 62 years old, married, I donít drink or smoke. And my Wife prefers that I donít hunt alone 1700 miles from home, and the hunt is more fun when you have a partner to share it with anyway. I made my first Elk hunting trip in 1986, and have gone almost every year sense. With the last 6 years to SW Montana, and have been lucky enough to get 3 elk in the 6 years.
So I am looking for one person interested in going with me on a DIY Elk hunt to Montana in 2015, and maybe beyond. It will be a Rifle hunt.
I live in SW Michigan, so it will need to be someone in MI. or a neighboring State, so we can meet several times to make sure that we can get along. And have similar hunting styles and ethics.
I will be leaving on Sunday October 18th at 3am and be back on Saturday, Oct. 31st.
I have all the camping gear, and it is all first class.
I have a 14í x 16í Wall tent with a 10í awning out the front. porta potty, Shower, propane heat, wall to wall carpet. And a Honda Generator for power.
The 2 week trip will cost about $2000.00 each. That includes pretty much everything. the License, food at Camp, gas, Motel each way on the trip and the propane for heat.

I do have 2 Rules in my Hunting Camp that are ZERO TOLERANCE.
1 - No Drugs period.
2 Ė No Alcoholic Beverages during hunting hours.

If, youíre interested, send me a PM and letís talk.

Kevin

Colberjs
11-13-2014, 08:02 PM
Sounds like you'd be a good hunting partner. Except I'm way too far away from you and I don't know for sure if I will be elk hunting next year yet. Hope you find somebody. I would really like to go on a trip with an experienced DIY public land hunter. I think it would do me a lot of good to get some first hand lessons from somebody who has been successful.

buckykm1
11-14-2014, 05:10 AM
Sounds like you'd be a good hunting partner. Except I'm way too far away from you and I don't know for sure if I will be elk hunting next year yet. Hope you find somebody. I would really like to go on a trip with an experienced DIY public land hunter. I think it would do me a lot of good to get some first hand lessons from somebody who has been successful.


Yes, you are a little far away.
I really enjoy my DIY public land hunts, they are always enjoyable, getting a elk is just a bonus.
if you were closer we could probably work something out.
My sister lives in Branson, Missouri, and she is 11 hours away from me.

Kevin

pointingdogsrule
11-14-2014, 06:55 AM
I'd like to do that trip, however, I have plans for next year (or so... I hope I do). You sound like a good huntin' partner & I'm in northeast Iowa right along your travel route. I'll keep you in mind if things change. Are licenses over the counter???

Good luck to all
the dog

buckykm1
11-14-2014, 07:05 AM
I'd like to do that trip, however, I have plans for next year (or so... I hope I do). You sound like a good huntin' partner & I'm in northeast Iowa right along your travel route. I'll keep you in mind if things change. Are licenses over the counter???

Good luck to all
the dog


They are Draw, the dead line to apply is March 15th.
the last couple of years, they have had some left over tags. but you really can't count on that they will every year.

Kevin

buckykm1
11-18-2014, 05:15 AM
Not that I am trying to tempt anyone,
but here are a few pictures of my Camp.
and my 2014 Bull.

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt63/buckykm1/Montana%202014/DSCN0706_zpse5ba032c.jpg (http://s598.photobucket.com/user/buckykm1/media/Montana%202014/DSCN0706_zpse5ba032c.jpg.html)
http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt63/buckykm1/Montana%202014/DSCN0702_zps9cbea657.jpg (http://s598.photobucket.com/user/buckykm1/media/Montana%202014/DSCN0702_zps9cbea657.jpg.html)
http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt63/buckykm1/Montana%202014/DSCN0701_zps43035f36.jpg (http://s598.photobucket.com/user/buckykm1/media/Montana%202014/DSCN0701_zps43035f36.jpg.html)
http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt63/buckykm1/Montana%202014/Montana2010007_zps093b9831.jpg (http://s598.photobucket.com/user/buckykm1/media/Montana%202014/Montana2010007_zps093b9831.jpg.html)
http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt63/buckykm1/Montana%202014/DSCN0716_zps9615c69b.jpg (http://s598.photobucket.com/user/buckykm1/media/Montana%202014/DSCN0716_zps9615c69b.jpg.html)
http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt63/buckykm1/Montana%202014/Montana2012001_zpse7394200.jpg (http://s598.photobucket.com/user/buckykm1/media/Montana%202014/Montana2012001_zpse7394200.jpg.html)
http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt63/buckykm1/Montana%202014/DSCN0734_zps5b2cddf3.jpg (http://s598.photobucket.com/user/buckykm1/media/Montana%202014/DSCN0734_zps5b2cddf3.jpg.html)

Kevin

pointingdogsrule
11-18-2014, 06:49 AM
"Cleanest Camp of the Year Award"

good luck to all
the dog

deer_shooter
11-18-2014, 08:34 AM
Your camp looks nicer than my first house!

Gr8bawana
11-18-2014, 09:57 AM
Way too comfy for me. NOT

ERSS
11-18-2014, 10:11 AM
Very Nice. Military precision, I think I could bounce a quarter off that tarp!

MN Public Hunter
11-18-2014, 10:37 AM
Damn...a shower, toilet and all I need is a sleeping bag, rifle and some cash.....tempting... :) Hope you find someone as this seems like a great opportunity.

SpikeCamp
11-18-2014, 01:28 PM
Holy Smokes, what a clean and crisp camp. It truly is like the Holiday Inn.

Good luck searching.

Steelbendin
11-18-2014, 03:19 PM
Man I wish I was closer to you! Made my first elk hunting trip to sw montana for opening weekend and was lucky enough to tag out on a cow! I've already started planning my 2015 hunt.

L. I. Yankee
11-18-2014, 04:01 PM
That's a sweet camp......:cool:

JohnCushman
11-18-2014, 05:18 PM
Way to go, Kevin!! You definitely have the hook up

Dave N
11-18-2014, 05:38 PM
I don't think I could "live up" to share that camp!

buckykm1
11-19-2014, 11:01 AM
I don't think I could "live up" to share that camp!


Dave N
I don't mean to be rude, but looking at your avatar, the first thing that you would need to do, to hunt with me, is trade that Pumpkin suit in on some camo and just a orange vest.
all that orange could cause permanent blindness. lol :)

Kevin

And thanks everyone, my Camp is very comfortable.

Dave N
11-19-2014, 11:43 AM
HEY! I resemble that remark! Actually, it IS just a vest. One of those insulated, reversible ones.

Dave N
11-19-2014, 11:45 AM
Here, try this.

http://onyourownadventures.com/hunttalk/picture.php?albumid=597&pictureid=4612

buckykm1
11-19-2014, 12:09 PM
Here, try this.

http://onyourownadventures.com/hunttalk/picture.php?albumid=597&pictureid=4612

That's better, nice Buck too.

Kevin

Dave N
11-19-2014, 01:04 PM
Thanks. You have a real nice camp setup. Wish I could take you up on the offer (if I passed muster of course) but the wife and I are going back to Alaska next May for some fishing, touring, house hunting and meeting up with a couple of friends. THEN, just a week or so after getting home I'm headed out to Idaho for a bear hunt with a good buddy of mine from there. That will pretty much wipe out most of my vacation time for work except for deer season here at home. Hope you find a good partner to head out with on the trip!

buckykm1
11-19-2014, 02:15 PM
Thanks. You have a real nice camp setup. Wish I could take you up on the offer (if I passed muster of course) but the wife and I are going back to Alaska next May for some fishing, touring, house hunting and meeting up with a couple of friends. THEN, just a week or so after getting home I'm headed out to Idaho for a bear hunt with a good buddy of mine from there. That will pretty much wipe out most of my vacation time for work except for deer season here at home. Hope you find a good partner to head out with on the trip!


Thanks
It sounds like you have a fun year planned.
my friend that is retiring in 2016 is planning a 6 week trip to Alaska with his Wife too.

Kevin

Poor packer
11-19-2014, 09:56 PM
Definitely interested. Have the time and all the stock we could use. Live in eastern Washington. Just learning to use this computer. Please reply if I did this right.

buckykm1
11-20-2014, 03:58 AM
Definitely interested. Have the time and all the stock we could use. Live in eastern Washington. Just learning to use this computer. Please reply if I did this right.

Poor packer
you did it right, but I am looking for a hunting partner that lives in Michigan or a neighboring State within 5 hours or less of me.
I need to be able to meet the person to make sure that we will get along, and have similar hunting styles and Ethics.

Thanks
Kevin

mixedbag
11-20-2014, 04:56 AM
If I ;leave my dirty socks on the floor will I have to then sleep in my truck???From the looks of it you bring someone along for the maid service so I should be good
Just messing with you.Thats a nice camp but probably too nice for me,and I'm too far away

buckykm1
11-20-2014, 10:32 AM
If I ;leave my dirty socks on the floor will I have to then sleep in my truck???From the looks of it you bring someone along for the maid service so I should be good
Just messing with you.Thats a nice camp but probably too nice for me,and I'm too far away


mixedbag
I think that you would make a good hunting partner, it sounds like your Wife already has you trained too. lol.
to bad your to far away.
Definitely not looking for a maid, But a good partner understands that on a DIY hunt, everyone involved has chores to do at Camp.

Kevin

buckykm1
11-21-2014, 07:51 AM
I guess that I need to do something to tempt someone close to me.
This is a average Elk Camp Menu.
The Ribs, Steaks and burgers are all cooked on a charcoal grill.

Dinner


1M Chili
1T Hamburgers & Fries
1W Roast Beef with mashed potatoes gravy and corn
1TH Tacos
1F BQ Ribs with baked potatoes and corn
1S Ham with potatoes and green beans
1Sun Hot Beef Sandwiches & Mashed potatoes, corn
2M Spaghetti and garlic bread
2T Rib eye Steaks with Fries or baked potato?
2W Pork Chops and Sweet Potatoes
2TH Slum Guey & Rolls
2F Hamburgers & Fries

Breakfast

French toast and sausage
Pancakes and sausage
Biscuits and gravy and Hash Browns
Scrambled eggs with ham and potatoes
Eggs, Bacon and hash browns

sagebrush
11-21-2014, 12:20 PM
Nice camp. Looks a lot like mine but mine is based on a 12X20 Alaknak II with a vestibule for the shower and potty. As a fellow non-smoker/non-drinker, I would hunt with you anytime. Unfortunately, I'm geographically undesirable in AZ.

buckykm1
11-22-2014, 06:20 AM
Nice camp. Looks a lot like mine but mine is based on a 12X20 Alaknak II with a vestibule for the shower and potty. As a fellow non-smoker/non-drinker, I would hunt with you anytime. Unfortunately, I'm geographically undesirable in AZ.

Thank You sagebrush.
My nephew lives in AZ. too.
He has tried to talk me into applying for a Elk license there too, but with my age, I think that I would be to old by the time I ever drew a tag.
when I hunted Colorado, He use to meet me there, but I guess he thinks MT is to far.
He lives just south of you in Casa Grande.

Kevin

buckykm1
11-23-2014, 05:21 AM
I have had several people ask me about stopping and picking them up on the way.
that really just won't work.
I pull a 6' x 14' tandem axel Cargo Trailer out to haul all the gear, in the front of the Trailer is a 11 cu. ft. chest freezer, that almost all the Camp food goes out in.
and the Elk come home in.
if we had to get to that freezer on the way home to get to someone's Elk when dropping them off, 1/2 the Trailer would have to be unloaded to get to it. and then reloaded so I could go on home.
So we really need to leave from my house.

Kevin

buckykm1
11-26-2014, 05:35 AM
I started meeting a couple of the people that are interested in this hunt this week, to see how we get along and get to know them some.
I plan on meeting with everyone that is interested in person, and then trying to pick the best hunting partner I can.
If, you are interested in this hunt let me know. Soon.

I really want to have this all figured out around the 1st of the year. so serious plans can be made.
plus the dead line to apply for the license is March 15th.

Kevin

buckykm1
11-28-2014, 06:40 AM
I would like to thank everyone for their response.
I have decided to close this, between here and several other sources, I have 8 to 10 people to call and then meet over the next few weeks. This is twice as many as I thought I would have.
I don’t want to drag this out, or keep people wondering if they are going or not.

I hope to talk to everyone on the phone first, and then meet them in person, shortly after that.
My decision will be based totally on how we get along and hunting Ethics, weather you have ever Elk hunted or not, will have nothing to do with my decision.

This is a DIY Elk hunt, but it is also a 2 week vacation in God’s Country, so I want to make sure I pick a partner that I know I will get along with and have a great time whether we get an Elk or not.

PS; if you sent me a PM, and didn’t include your phone# please do so, if you’re serious about going.

If for some reason; I don’t find the person I am looking for from this group, I may reopen this.

Thank You
Kevin

buckykm1
12-12-2014, 07:35 AM
Well after emailing back and forth with about 50 different guys, that helped narrow the list down to about 20 people, most were just not real serous, or just to far away.
Then phone calls to the other 20, narrowed it down to about 10. and after meeting them in person, and talking for several hours with each of them.
I believe that I have a Great hunting partner for 2015, when we meet and talked our styles, ethics and just overall attitude about hunting really matched.

I can't wait for 2015 now, is it October yet. lol

Kevin

Corax
12-12-2014, 08:11 AM
Just a thought - You are looking for someone close so you can get together to see if the two of you can stand each other - I live in Houston and air fare from Houston to Detroit is less than $250 if you shop around - this is within the cost of driving 5 hours each way at 50c per mile. I am a retired engineer and dont drink or smoke - I have my own less elaborate outfit and have been hunting elk on my own since 2004.

Topgun 30-06
12-12-2014, 07:02 PM
Just a thought - You are looking for someone close so you can get together to see if the two of you can stand each other - I live in Houston and air fare from Houston to Detroit is less than $250 if you shop around - this is within the cost of driving 5 hours each way at 50c per mile. I am a retired engineer and dont drink or smoke - I have my own less elaborate outfit and have been hunting elk on my own since 2004.

You must have missed his post right above yours where Kevin said he's found the right guy for the hunt! Kevin's a good guy and I shot the bull with him for a couple hours over In Kalamazoo again a week ago. If I didn't go to Wyoming every year, I would have probably set something up with him myself! Good that you found someone and can relax now Kevin.

buckykm1
12-12-2014, 07:19 PM
You must have missed his post right above yours where Kevin said he's found the right guy for the hunt! Kevin's a good guy and I shot the bull with him for a couple hours over In Kalamazoo again a week ago. If I didn't go to Wyoming every year, I would have probably set something up with him myself! Good that you found someone and can relax now Kevin.


Thanks Mike
Next time you get into Kalamazoo let me know, and I will try to meet you so we can chat again.

Kevin

Corax
12-12-2014, 07:27 PM
Good luck to all.

PJ0311
12-12-2014, 08:27 PM
Hope you have a safe and successful hunt