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Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by zluthi, Jul 10, 2018.
sorry.... I know I’m not helping the OP’s conundrum.
If he really wants to use a horse .
Thats probably what he will have to do .
I don't think anyone will rent a pack horse or horses . with out them being there .START LOOKING FOR A GUIDE SERVICE
Odds of finding some one willing to rent horses or mules is slim to none. But I would look into renting alpacas/llamas they make good pack anamals, there low maintenance. But you can't ride them. Here's a couple outfits that do this. I've heard the most good about this first link, there not in Oregon but will transport if I recall.
Rent Llamas - Pricing - Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas
THUNDER CREEK LLAMAS
OK. Guys, way off on a horse tangent here...
FIRST Question should have been: Deer or Elk?
SECOND Question: What season or week?
The weather and whether your considering packing out a buck or bull make a HUGE difference.
I know some guys, in better shape than me (which isn't not saying much) that archery elk hunt that unit every year. One year was pretty hot and they got a big bull and only then hired a horse packer... to get the elk out before it spoiled. I haven't been but I know it is huntable out of a 5-7 day backpack. I have no idea if you are set up to hunt that way, or what it would take to be, but it is doable.
BEST NEWS FOR YOU: you drew a tag this year and lost ZERO preference points. This is the first year I have done that and it feels amazing. Almost as amazing as getting into a herd of elk.
Good luck with that. I also know people that go in there on foot... it's not for the average human!
There is a place that has stock in Montana and Wyoming that rents and hauls to a trail head. I don't know if they will come to Oregon but they were hauling stock into Colorado when we were hunting there. Wyoming Horses - Quality Horses & Equipment for Lease.
You only need like 4,000 for the weekend and that is if you are in there service area. Not a bad busisness plan, a 2000.00 Horse for 4,000 and you can get him back for free.
This is why I have been considering acquiring a mule, however, good ones are VERY expensive.
I think you might buy a decent mule for a couple of grand.......then you need saddles, a trailer...panniers but they will keep you warm at night!!!...........might get by for 5-6000.00 the second one is cheeper. That way you can ride one and lead the other.....both will fit in one trailer. Budget 10,000 for the pair equipped and ready to go (might get by for a little less) Get a jack and a genny, they will usually get along better. Nice looking 12 year old genny for 2,000 without saddle here in western Idaho.
When I was a kid my dad and brothers always packed in for deer season. They used mules. They also used them for bear hunting with hounds. Good mules have gotten very expensive in the last 60 years.
Here's a mule buying tip. Great mules are never for sale because you can't replace them. Good mules rarely come up for sale and bad mules are always for sale or trade on Craigslist.
“Good” stock has always been expensive, the numbers have just changed. A young energetic guy with time can do ok with green stock. I have never felt complete without horses, mules and dogs. Something in the DNA I think.
You are too cynical............I have even bought mules from the USMC and there training facility near Bishop California.
Now on sale, only $12,000 (was $14,500):
And still for sale........does that tell you anything? Big throughbred mule. Not real useful in the back country. Look in the back of Rural Herritage magazine. Lots of good Amish stock. A tall mule isn’t nessisary in the back country, would be nice in the show ring. My mule is out of a Morgan mare, is about 15 hands and gaited. This photo is of her as a baby.
Did you figure out how you are going to hunt the Minum Unit yet? I hope you did... there are some big bulls/bucks in there.