Reflections on our 2021 Season
I am often asked for the reasons we turn away clients. Let me count the ways. Here are a few direct quotes which lead to a turn down. Spoiler alert: dates matter.
• "We are not interested in the shooting sports but want to stay at your Lodge."
• "Do you have a spa?"
• "I am getting married in Jackson and want to bring my wedding party to shoot. Can we drink beer while we shoot?"
• "My group of eight want to come in September or October for three days to hunt upland birds." (September 10, 2021)
• "How do we sign up for the trophy elk hunts?" (Anytime in the current year.)
• "Sign us up for the trophy elk hunt." (Even if before the December 1 tag sale for the following year, we were more than 200% over-subscribed this year.)
So how do you get to shoot at Lazy Triple Creek Ranch and get invited back? The answer to the second part of that question is easy: Love the shooting sports and don't be unsafe or a jerk. The answer to the first part of that questions follows.
Five Stand in the Snow
A half day shooting clays in the snow is $390 per person. We supply loaner shotguns if needed, all ammunition, a guide/instructor, snacks, and lunch for groups of four or more. Minimum two. What's special about shooting black clays against a snow covered background is how much easier the targets are to see: Instantly better shooting. Cross country ski back down through untracked powder or on the snowcat track if you wish.
Trophy Elk Hunts
We were oversubscribed for elk hunts in 2022 by 200%. On December 1 only 50% of those applying were successful in obtaining a tag. We are exploring ways to mitigate the new policy for 2023 hunts.
If you are interested in the 2023 hunt, and successful in obtaining a tag, you will arrive October 13, 2023 for two days of scouting before opening day on October 15. Hunt until all tags have been filled or the season ends. That has taken two days since we started hunting the ranch except for one year when wolves and cougar were on the ranch. We will prepare our own meals just like a real backcountry hunt except we will be staying in the Lodge. $8,900 per person hunting. $390 per day for anyone joining but not hunting. $3,000 deposit to confirm your hunt. Apply before November 15, 2022.
Pricing for 2022 remains unchanged in spite of price increases on most everything notably the 250% increases in the costs of catering and ammunition. We can only hold prices unchanged with more volume particularly for Shotgun Saturdays. A half day of clays shooting including ammunition, a guide/instructor, and lunch remains $250. Every first and second Saturdays in June, July, and August. Other days $390 with an instructor.
Upland Bird Hunting 2022
We are trying to avoid price increases for 2022 here as well. Walkup hunts remain $690 per person per half day. A full day of European style driven shooting, lunch, and walkup hunting with guides and dogs remains $2,900. We supply loaner shotguns if needed, all ammunition, snacks, lunch for four or more, guides and dogs, cocktails and conversation on the deck for full day shooting events, and birds cleaned and vacuum packed for your departure.
Book soon if you would like to come with a group or would like to overnight in the Lodge as part of your shooting experience. We are booked by groups already from September 27 to October 22 with two additional groups trying to agree dates with their groups.
Book soon also if you would like to join our season opener: European style driven Shooting with Western Sensibilities on Saturday, September 3, 2022. We have room for eight guns. Full day of driven shooting, no walkups. $2,100 for a very full day of shooting.
Long Range Precision Rifle and Handgun Classes
New for 2022: Cast and Blast
The Last Rooster
That's the last rooster of the official 2021 season, one of the largest and most colorful we have seen. Most operations like ours offer cleanup shoots at the end of the season to clients. We prefer to give that opportunity to those who made the season possible, our staff, dog handlers, and our course these guys:
That's Emma and Pete with the Last Rooster, two of our hard-working upland bird hunting dogs who really enjoyed the season. That's also Steve, our Ranch Manager, who also had a very good year.
That's all, folks.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay shooting.
The Team at Lazy Triple Creek Ranch