Flying J Outfitters is a new relationship I made last year selling horsebacIk rides for the owner George McQuiston. I asked him in the summer if he needed help guiding and the rest is history.
George said I would at least learn some new country as he hunted in four different areas as allowed by the Forest Service Permits he is granted.
1)South Slope of the Unita
2)Wasatch Unit; Ashley National Forest (only)
3)Book Cliffs; Roadless Area
4)Challis, Idaho, Unit 27 (www.wildidahooutfitters.com)
For me I grew up with horses in 4-H, Did AQHA shows, and local rodeos and roundups in Colorado. After selling what I thought was one cool horse, I never saddled up again for nearly 20 years.
My luck and passion was about to take one step closer to my youth and core of who i grew up as... A horseman.
Work was slow and George was paying to be in the mountains for nearly 3 months. I was asked to go out for 7 days at a time. I jumped at the chance and never looked back with any regrets of guiding rather than hunting. For me, it worked financially much to my financial reward. I was getting paid to hunt.
My first opportunity was to help him take some archery guys into the Book Cliffs Roadless Area. He was going to pack them in early with a Drop Camp and return the same day. Asked if I would come so he could show me some area.
I was a bit apprehensive when we arrived he asked if I wouldn't mind walking in and meeting at a trail head in the middle of the area. As we parked the trucks and I looked over the horizon, All I could see is endless plataeau's and canyons littered with Rocky "Book" Cliffs. It was a bit intimidating. I was very studious with my map and GPS as to not get lost on my first day in. By the Way... hiking when we just brought up 6 horses?
I was getting the raw end of this deal, but I quickly sucked it up and throught, I never ride a horse anyway, why today? I can wait, Start walking Gary.
Start on the top and drop down into the lower country.
Riding out was so easy going up hill. His horses are studs. After spending several months in the High Unitas, these horse were very condition.