We found a beautiful home in Salmon. And we gathered all the gear that came with the outfitting business and got it in one place..Finally! We soon realized we would have to find Pasture for the outfit horses. 12 Head of Half draft horses.
We also in the mean time developed our web site (first one was Corny as heck and our logo looked like we were selling pumpkins), and Got our brochure's done. (That chore was tough, Considering Pictures of Dead animals). And proceeded to go to our First Sports Show. It was in Grand Rapids MI. And Basically, It blew all budgets. But, for the First year...We booked 11 hunters. Yahoo...So we thought and we were up and running.
In the meantime, I needed a Job! I figured after a year or two I could quit the job since our Dream business would take off in leaps and bounds...Boy, I was sure naive then.... Something to keep me busy. I lasted 1 day at the local bar. Decided my Ass wasn't a slapping board. But, I found something else, Secretary for an Elk ranch in Elk bend Idaho. Went for my interview, and I was hired immediately.
Now this place deserves it's own book. The history there, and the owner, Wow! The Ranch I soon found out is Not really a Working Elk ranch but more of a Sanctuary for Animals. Not to mention the Owner supports this place by Phone counseling or Tarot readings. But, I figured, It was better then the Drunks. So, I stayed. Every day was an interesting day for sure.
Our first year we had our Camp at Trail Creek. Bad mistake...Beautiful area, but we are in the National Forest that allows cattle grazing. First off, there is nothing for our horses to graze on and second, Nothing like coming back to your camp that you have worked hard on setting up to find the Cows have stampeded through your tents and they are laying flat on the ground with globs of big Cow shit on. We decided IF we made it through this year, We would be moving our Base camp Past the wooden gate were there was NO cattle to contend with.
|going to base camp|
The bottom line. It took the month of August to pack Everything in, and to set up camp. But the crew did it. I was Very proud of all of them. Season opened up Aug. 30th for Archery elk hunting and we were finally ready. Everything we thought would be smooth or so we thought.