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We strive to give you your hunt of a lifetime. After years of anticipation you have finally drawn that coveted big game tag or purchased a govenors tag or Utah conservation auction tag. We treat your tag as if it were our own. SSO will give you 110% until you harvest the trophy you are after or your hunt is over.
For the past 16 years, as a professional outfitter and guide, hunting trophy big game animals in the state of Utah has been my passion. I take hunting extremely serious, and you as my client will reap the rewards of my hard work and dedication. I have done the hard work of locating and hiring the best professional guides Utah has to offer. They are all Utah natives that are passionate outdoorsmen and accomplished hunters that specialize on the units and animals they hunt.
We understand that each client is different and comes with specific individual interests and needs. We take pride in being able to match our pricing to the client's needs and desired hunt operation results.
I offer consultation to assist our clients in drawing a quality Utah Big Game Tag on a quality unit. I want to help you make the most of your points.
Shane Scott Outfitting is located in Richfield, Utah. We have local guides all over the state providing quality service to our clients. We specialize in hunting Utah Deer, Elk, Antelope, Cougar, Black Bear, Rocky Mountain Goat, Desert Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Moose and Bison. We hunt Big Game in the majority of Utah. We hunt the following units: Fillmore Pahvant, Monroe, Beaver, Mount Dutton, West Desert Vernon, West Desert Deep Creek, Box Elder Newfoundland Mountain, Plateau Fishlake Thousand Lake, Plateau Boulder Kaiparowits, Plateau, Southwest Desert, San Juan, Panguitch Lake, Wasatch, Henry Mountains, Fillmore Oak Creek, Fillmore Oak Creek South, Fillmore Black Rock, Paunsaugunt, San Rafael North, San Rafael South, San Rafeal Dirty Devil, Pine Valley Virgin River, Zion, Central Mountains Manti, Central Mountains Nebo, San Juan/Elk Ridge, Book Cliffs Bittercreek South, La Sal South Cisco, Book Cliffs Rattlesnake, La Sal/Dolores Triangle, Oquirrh Stansbury, Book Cliffs, Book cliffs South Rattlesnake, Ogden Willard Peak, Wasatch Mountains Lone Peak, Wasatch Mountains Box Elder Peak, Wasatch Mountains Timpanogas, Wasatch Mountains Provo Peak, Pine Valley, West Desert Riverbed, West Desert Rush Valley, West Desert Snake Valley, San Juan South, Pine Valley and Oquirrh/Stansbury. Utah is producing some of the largest trophy bull elk and trophy mule deer in the western U.S. Utah has healthy Antelope, Cougar, Black Bear, Moose, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Desert Bighorn Sheep, Bison and Rocky Mountain Goat populations. Our contracted guides are located in close proximity to the areas they hunt.
It is against the law for a resident or non-resident hunter to compensate a huntintg guide that does not have a Professional License from the State Of Utah. Professional Outfitters and Hunting Guides must maintain active permits for the Forest Service, BLM and State Lands. Outfitters must maintain a current insurance policy.
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Utah Early LE Bull Elk Testimonial:
In May of 2018 we learned that my son Tim had received notice awarding him the lone non resident Archery Monroe unit bull tag his third year applying. This came on the heels of losing out on tags for AZ, CO, CA, and NM in a drawing where 100 tags were issued for 108 applicants which left our 2018 elk hunting plans in limbo.
Boy did our luck change in a weeks time! Looking back this story was meant to be. We immediately called "Team SSO", Shane Scott Outfitting as we had hunted with Guide Wes Sanders the previous two years with no results for cow/spike archery and rifle spike, but that had nothing to do with the effort exerted.
I need to plug SSO for their efforts in this and the previous fair chase public land hunts. They are very dedicated, very professional, and just great guys to hunt with. In their real jobs they are firemen, policemen, and search and rescue. They know Monroe mountain and are well connected.
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We worked out the dates with Shane for a six day hunt starting 8/31. Shane talked us into a spotter Trent Leifson for 4 of those days. What an addition to the team Trent was.
Tim & I (Tim Wilder, son and David Wilder, dad) got there on Monday 8/27, set up camp on 8/28 and started scouting / hunting on our own Tuesday evening. We wanted to adjust to the altitude of 10,000 feet as we were from sea level in San Diego, CA. We picked a couple of ridges to hike to and spot from. We immediately started spotting elk in some very rugged terrain. A good sign.
Come Wednesday afternoon to our surprise Wes shows up. He was as excited and enthusiastic about our hunt as we were. It was all about the challenge. In most every elk article you read about "conditioning". In an archery hunt, it is everything . You have to go and keep going no matter the terrain (it always seems to be up?). It is more akin to stair steps with obstacles like dead falls and rocks. At least football players do it on a level field but elk do it on steep hillsides. Elk move effortlessly in their environment while 64 year olds watch in amazement. You can't keep up with them, you can only anticipate where to find them, sneak in and hope they don't wind or see you first.
Day 2 found us in a steep canyon doing a sneak on 2 bugling Bulls, we couldn't see them and you can't judge them by their bugle. We got to within 20 yards of the first bull, a nice 5X5, but not what we were looking for in the first full day of the hunt. The second bull also came into 47 yards of our calls, but didn't offer a shot or even a good look. We had previously spotted some good bulls in this area and they were talking. We proceeded to the bottom of the deep canyon and set up on some converging trails for a mid morning rest and nourishment. A couple of hours passed with no activity so we started moving back up hill to the west of our entrance. A half a mile up the hill we ran into yet another bugling bull that presented itself at 45 yards, but again no shot. He wondered off and lead us to a perfect well used wallow. We set up there. That bull answered our calls from 150 yards away for some time but wouldn't come any closer. We decided that the stalk was on. We weren't able to close the deal. By the time we hiked out and got back to camp it was close to 10. We grabbed some food and hit the sack. 5 am came quickly. We headed right back to that canyon wallow from a different approach but never made it there. One mile into the hike we stumbled into a single bugling bull. He was in dense cover. We got within 40 yards but he never presented us with an opportunity. He walked off and we proceeded on in dense cover following fresh sign. At 65 yards Wes spotted elk bedded down. We stopped and concealed ourselves for an hour. Turns out there was 15 or so of them. The wind swirled and in a moment they jumped to their feet and made their exit. We he been winded. The pursuit was on. A couple hundred yards later we had a bull bugling above us so we pursued that. At a hundred yards or so he shut up and quietly disappeared. A few minutes went by and we now had cows mewing (did I tell you I have a cow tag!) Turns out it was a couple of lost calves. They came within 30 yards. I was drawn but couldn't get a clear shot. They moved further away as we followed but we couldn't get within range and the gap was just getting greater. We were winded. We sat down to take a break on a little bench as it looked like we had chased the elk in that area far away. 10 minutes goes by, we are sitting there talking and we hear a bark?? I scrambled to get my bow. In comes a nice cow at 52 yards that presents me with an uphill broadside shot with her head behind a bush.. I take the shot and it hits the vitals. The arrow passes thru. Blood is gushing. She stands there and I send a second arrow that hits her gut as she takes a step after the release. She walks off over the hill. We go up to the spot and found a great blood trail. Mistake one, we followed it and bumped her down the canyon. This time we sat down and waited. An hour later and 250 yards below us we found her. My first archery elk!! The three of us boned her out and loaded up for one trip out. Out was straight up a mountain thru deadfall, rocks, and lose dirt. When we reach the ridge we were gassed but the adrenalin still flowed. Wes call Shane from the ridge as we were going to be coming out 3 miles from our UTV. Shane and his son Cory came 50 miles one way to give us that 3 mile lift. Was that ever appreciated. After getting back to camp we headed to Sigurd to drop off the meat at Brian Snyder's Meat Processing. Brian the owner met us at 11:30 PM with a great attitude and immediately started cleaning and hanging the meat. The end product is excellent. He agreed to have the meat ready the following Thursday.
We got back to camp about 1 AM and instead of getting up at 5 we agreed on 6. A few days earlier we had spotted across the canyon two awesome Bulls. We had also seen bulls there 2 years prior. It was on the opposite side of where we had been hunting in a steep area. We started high and worked down to the area and found a trail that took us directly there. We found the perfect habitat, perfect position, but no elk, nothing. We scratched our heads and decided to head out the bottom of the canyon, good idea. Turns out that a known sheep dog decided to herd those elk right out of the canyon the night before. Plan A had expired, we needed a plan B for the afternoon hunt. Enter our spotter Trent who had found more bulls in another drainage. We headed to Trent's observation point and observed the terrain and trophy bull elk from two miles away. Plan B was formed and the evening hunt was on. This time I stayed with Trent to help him spot. It was more like I was taking lessons. We watched Tim & Wes make their approach and then we watched the lead cows give the signal "hunters at large". There was no chance for Tim or Wes this evening. They hiked out in the dark in unfamiliar territory. Trent communicated with Wes and they figured out where they would come out at. We took the UTV to that spot and waited. They showed up about 9:30. I was relieved to see them. We made it to bed after 11 and we were back up at 5. Trent and I went back to the same advantage point at day break. Tim and Wes went into the same drainage. We spotted multiple bulls and guided them to the area. We spotted a lone one we particularly liked but it was a 3-4 mile hike in rough terrain from where they started and there were 4-5 nice bulls in between. So one by one those bulls moved out of range. When they seemed to have cleared all the elk from the mountain side there was This one bull who had disappeared under the cedars. We didn't know where he had exactly gone but we were sure that he was there. Tim and Wes came another mile over the rugged terrain and we watched. Wes came over a knoll and spotted the bull bedded down at 100 yards looking away. The wind was right. They made their sneak and got to 33 yards with the bull still bedded. Wes mewed not once but three times before that bull would stand up. When opportunity meet preparation Tim executed the perfect quartering away shot that took out both lungs and came to rest in the front shoulder. The bull went another 100 yards sat down and died. This was Tim's first archery elk and what a specimen. It was 10 AM. Meanwhile Trent and I are trying to pinpoint their location. There was no way that we wanted to take that elk out the way Tim and Wes came in. The best route looked to be down the steep canyon side and out the creek bottom to the mouth of the canyon, but that wasn't a known route. It was decided that Trent and I would blaze that trail from the canyon entrance. It was over an hours drive to get there. In the meantime Wes contacted Shane (this is Sunday of Labor Day weekend) to bring reinforcements. Shane brought up Cody Barton and Chase Oliver who came in an hour and a half behind Trent and I. That made seven of us. The hike up that canyon (3 miles) took 2 hours and by the time Trent and I got there Wes and Tim had caped, deboned, and had the meat hanging.
We celebrated the hunt and then talked about how we were getting that bull off that mountain. It was dangerous and ripe for a mishap. Shane, Cody and Chase showed up, took a little rest, we loaded up, and started our trek. I was impressed with everyone's can do positive attitude under such conditions. It was tuff slow going. We all made it out of that canyon safely at 10 PM. The Stars were incredible and spirits were high. We got to Snyder Meats at 11:45 and there was Brian to greet us. What service! To top that he had all our meat ready to go by Tuesday @ 9 AM and it was frozen. So much for a holiday or I guess it really was Labor Day! I can't say enough about Shane and his outfit. It was a team effort and all contributed mightily. Tim and I would like to thank all that helped us accomplish this hunt. Wes Sanders, Trent Leifson, Shane Scott, Cody Barton and Chase Oliver, Job well done!
Tim's bull field taped out at 365 gross green score. Whatever it officially becomes it was a pinnacle of 16 years of hunting elk. This hunt will be family lore in the years to come. I suspect it will be a topic at every campfire. The hunt that son and father took their first stick elk. They are all trophies. Inches don't always measure the satisfaction of the hunt. The degree of difficulty and effort do. Mr. 365 now resides at Ogden Taxidermy in Richfield, UT.
You know I can't wait for next season.
Utah LE Bull Elk Testimonial:
I wanted to Thank Shane Scott Outfitting for answering a request for areas to camp and water sources I might start looking for Elk in the Unit I drew.
Shane and I talked, and the offer he made me I couldn't pass up after 17 years worth of points.
The hunt was hot and dry with 94 degree days, so with a lot of work I was able to make a 300 yard shot on this fine bull. Thanks Shane and Guide Dustin Burrows for a Great hunt.
Until next time thanks and Happy New Years!
Utah LE Bull Elk Testimonial:
I first contacted my hunting partner, Randy, who had used Shane Scott Outfitting several successful times. He highly recommended them and after talking with Shane multiple times, there was no doubt that I would want to hire them. They seemed very excited, honest, upfront with any questions and concerns and had hunted my unit many times. Knew of elk movement and quality of elk. They were more confident than I, as I was not used to shooting long range in our state of Oregon.
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The hunt came out perfect as far as I am concerned. Had a great guide in Shaun Robbins who knew the area, was willing to share info and change up plans, even with my input.
On the 2nd day, I harvested a great bull, 7x7 bull that was my largest ever. It was also, the longest shot I have ever made, 600 yds. Bugling bulls, chasing cows and the aspens starting to turn and beautiful mountain country was just all a part of it. They also knew where I could get my elk cut and wrapped in quick order which made all things just come together. I would recommend Shane and his outfit to anyone.
Utah Mid Season LE Bull Elk Testimonial:
Shane, I loved hunting with your team, please feel free to use my pics and info for referrals. It took 13 years to finally draw my Utah LE Bull ELK tag. Being a NON-RES meant that I had to make a choice. I could drive 5 hours each way for multiple weekends to try and scout a somewhat familiar unit, or hire an outfitter.
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Once the decision was made to hire somebody, I had to pick
what group I trusted more than a decade of my time and money to.
The choice to use SSO was the best decision I have ever made.
(don't tell my wife I said that.)
Shane was super easy to get a hold of and answer all my many questions. He would call me and text me pics of what bulls were being seen in the area. I shoot a lot, and was specific in wanting a long range type shot. (1,186 yards)
My guide was Matt Rhineheart. He is a total Stud. I knew I could shoot, I needed someone to find animals. Matt can find and see animals from another state! He was patient with me and yet pushed me when needed. I couldn't have done it without him. Hunting without SSO would of left me HIKING and I wanted to be HUNTING!!!
Also, I chose to have 2 scouts with us, Shaun Robbins and Cody Barton. Careful you don't get stuck with a nickname with these two. (LOL) These guys quartered and carried that bull off of the top of that mountain like a couple mules. THANK YOU SSO!!!
Steve Albright, Nevada
Wasatch Elk Testimonial:
Hey Shane, I did want to write a short testimonial regarding our Trophy Elk Hunt. We had been putting in for 16 years and I am thankful that it finally all came together. I put in with my brother Mark and our friend Jon Peery. Mark and I flew out because of time restraints and Jon and his 2 sons drove and pulled a trailer for our gear and weapons, and we were hoping also to need room for the meat and antlers.
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Corey was my guide. Corey was extremely familiar with the
area. The first morning I wore way too many clothes, carried too
much gear and stretched myself too far, not being used to the
steep terrain. My knees are pretty bad and now that the hunt is
over, I'll be having knee replacement surgery soon. Corey made
adjustments to make my life easier and he was very patient with
my slower pace. I did everything he wanted me to do and went
everywhere he wanted me to go, just at a slower pace and with the
help of walking sticks.
In 6-1/2 days of hunting, I saw around 40 cow elk and 6 bulls. At least 3 bulls were shooters. I think I ended up with the best one that I saw, by killing it in the snow on the 7'th morning, a 7 x 7. We got lots of help from the other guys at camp and the other guides, since the other 2 guys had already harvested their bulls.
All in all, it was a great experience. The guides, accommodations and food were all great. None of the guides would touch a bit of food until all 5 of us guests were served. Of course, the guides used their own trailers for housing us, and "wheelers" to get us around, everything was 1'st class. I would be glad to recommend them and your guide service to anyone else!
Thank you for your work behind the scenes to put this team together for us.
Wasatch Elk Testimonial:
Shane, I would like to thank you and your team of guides for making my elk hunt such a success for me and my sons. I knew I was going to inconvenience you with the request to bring my two adult sons along but Team SSO Guide Robbie Anderson made everyone feel very comfortable.
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We could not have been happier with Robbie Anderson as our
guide. He was a complete professional. It helped a lot that he
had a good sense of humor too. I would be glad to be used as a
referral in the future. Seldom does a trip deliver everything we
hoped it would. This trip was exceptional. Thanks for making
everything come together for us. Best wishes,
Jon Peery, South Carolina
Utah Wasatch LE Elk Hunt Testimonial:
After contacting and speaking with a number of outfitters guiding in the Wasatch Unit, I decided to book an elk hunt with Shane Scott Outfitting. This hunt was actually for my 83 year old father. I reviewed with Shane the limitations we anticipated given my father's age. It was important to me that this be a good hunt for my dad since I knew this would likely be the last time he would hunt elk. Shane reassured me that his guides would do their homework and would do everything possible to make this a great experience for us.
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He put me in contact with Dallan Harris who would guide us. I
spoke with Dallan a number of times prior to the hunt and was
more than pleased with the amount of time Dallan was spending
scouting and checking trail-cams. Finally the time arrived and
the 3 of us scouted the day before the hunt and made our
preparations for the opening morning.
Daylight broke with several elk bugling near us, but we were unable to connect that day. We got together again several days later and tried another area in which Dallan had located other bulls. This day we also had a second guide, Bryce Grossgebauer, with us who had filled his tag a couple days earlier.
We spread out along a ridge and glassed at first light. Bryce spotted a good bull almost immediately and recognized it from prior trial-cam photos. We quickly moved into position and began the stalk. Dallan spotted the bull, and one good shot at 100 yards put the 326" bull down. Bryce joined us for photos, caping, and helped pack out the elk. It was a great experience for my father, and one I will long cherish.
I highly recommend Shane Scott as an Outfitter. He was honest in telling us what to expect, delivered exactly what he promised to do prior to and during the hunt, provided excellent guides, and helped us be successful. I would gladly hunt with him again.
Kirk Winward, Utah
Utah LE Deer Book Cliffs Muzzleloader Hunt Testimonial:
As is the case for most hunters, drawing a limited entry big game tag for a premier unit can be a long process. In my case it took fourteen years to draw a Book Cliffs muzzleloader deer tag. That is a considerable investment of time and money when you are required to buy a nonresident hunting license to accrue bonus points. Drawing this tag was likely a one and done opportunity at age sixty-five.
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I've been hunting big game since I was a teenager and had
never previously used a guide for a deer hunt. I knew that trying
to hunt an unfamiliar unit for the first time with such a coveted
tag would be squandering a great opportunity. I chose Shane Scott
Outfitting because Shane responded quickly and based on my client
profile and hunt preferences suggested a hunt that tailored to my
Shane recommended guide Keith Johnson that lives in Green River near the Book Cliffs, who has a lifetime of hunting experience in the unit. The Book Cliffs unit is vast, but Keith had done his homework and was zeroed in on the areas that the deer were using.
On the opening morning we glassed 70+ deer and passed up several bucks that I would have probably taken if hunting by myself. Because of Keith's knowledge of the unit he knew that we had a chance to find one of the exceptional bucks that he had located in preseason scouting. And boy did we locate a good one! Finding a big buck is a tough enough challenge, but now Keith had to get me within muzzleloader range.
Keith expertly guided me through a 45 minute stalk to get me into shooting position, even though the buck was bedded in a semi-open burn area. I'd like to say I made a one shot kill, but I didn't. Buck fever? Guilty! Keith did a remarkable job of tracking the wounded buck in an area with fresh deer tracks everywhere and scant blood sign to put me in position to make a final shot.
When I received this tag and booked this hunt I had no expectations of taking a buck that for me will likely be a deer of a lifetime. Even in a great unit with many deer, exceptional bucks are a small fraction of the total deer herd. You can maximize your chances by hiring a professional guide and following his instructions. I was just looking for a good hunting experience and all aspects of this hunt fulfilled that wish completely, regardless of the buck I was so fortunate to take.
Keith Johnson is all anyone could ever expect a guide to be and a genuinely nice person to spend time with. If you can't find plenty to admire in Keith Johnson, you need a new outlook. Keith and Shane's assistance didn't end with the hunt; they lined me up with meat processing and a taxidermist. I appreciated that they asked me to call them when I returned home safely. I was completely satisfied with my hunting experience using Shane Scott Outfitting. I'll be back if I can ever draw an elk tag.
Allen Ramsey, California
Utah LE Bull Elk Hunt Testimonial:
After 15 years of applying for my non-resident Utah hunt, I finally drew my premium limited entry elk tag and was fortunate to be able to hunt with Shane Scott Outfitting and one of Shane's guides, Eli Jensen. After I drew this tag, I was probably like most hunters struggling with the thought of spending money on a guided hunt verses a do-it-yourself hunt. It can be very stressful preparing for a lifetime hunt...my wife can probably attest to this! Being from out of state and not knowing the area, I decided this was just too important of a hunt to try and do it without a guide and someone who knows the area. I was referred to Eli from a friend who had previously hunted the same unit with him, and my friend had nothing but good things to say about his past experience.
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Before I signed up with SSO, I talked to Eli and asked him
many questions. I could tell from the beginning that this
outfitter is all about a great group of guys that love to hunt,
and they will do everything possible to help make your hunt a
I have elk hunted many times before and have had some success, but I have never closed the deal on a bigger bull in all my life. Shane and Eli made me feel like I would be in good hands and helped me adequately prepare for what a trip like this entails. Eli spent A LOT of time in the unit scouting prior to the start of the season, and he shared with me what he had been observing. I could tell he thoroughly enjoys spending time in the mountains. If I had any questions that came to mind, I would just call and ask, and we spent a lot of time talking about the upcoming hunt. I was also able to bring my good friend Chris along on the trip to enjoy the hunt with me and see what Utah elk hunting is all about.
Here are some of the highlights from my trip.
With the hot weather this year and the elk not in full rut when we arrived, we knew we had our work cut out for us. Although the bulls were not very active in the beginning, the first few days of my hunt were still filled with many fun and memorable moments. We saw a lot of bulls that we passed on, waiting for what I was looking for. I was able to hear some bulls bugle, enjoy the Utah mountains and do a lot of hiking during the hunt, which is exactly what I had been looking forward to. I was so glad Eli was willing to get out and hike the mountains!
On day 5, Eli and I decided to hike up to the top of a mountain where we were seeing and hearing elk bugle. When we got up to the 10,500 foot elevation, we continued to see all kinds of elk sign, and it smelled strong of elk. Then we heard another bull bugle, and it was close! We checked the wind, and it was still in our favor. The bull bugled again and it felt like it was right there, but we couldn't see him in the heavy timber. Just then a couple of cows walked into a small opening directly ahead of us, as they were walking broadside to our right. We knew the bull was right behind them. The cows stopped and looked toward us, and we wondered if they would spot us as we stood quietly still. Luckily, they kept walking and the bull bugled again right behind them. Everything quickly came together for that one perfect moment! Eli whispered to me to get ready and I threw my rifle up toward the small opening in the trees. The next thing I knew I saw the bull come into my shooting lane and quickly decided this is the one! With only a split second to make the shot (later we measured only 38 yards!), I put my scope on mark and squeezed the trigger. The bull spun around away from us, and his cows circled, running toward us, almost running us over! After the cows ran off, it was all quiet. We started to walk toward where I shot at the bull and Eli said to me "He's down!" We walked a few more steps until we both could see the lifeless animal lying there and, with that, my dream of getting a mature bull had finally been realized. My 300 win-mag did its job, and the bull had dropped dead in its tracks. I was so excited about what just happened! (Eli, what happens in the woods after shooting a great bull stays in the woods!)
After taking a few photos, Eli immediately took care of the meat. My friend Chris was able to contact Shane, and I was pleasantly surprised to see Shane round up a few of his guys who were available to help quickly pack out my elk. They all hiked up to the top of that mountain as if they were the lucky hunter. Wow, I can't say enough about this amazing experience! Special thanks to Eli, Chris, Shane, Cody, Shaun and Kevin for all helping out! I sure did appreciate it! This will always be a hunt that I will never forget.
Todd ~ Oregon