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Hunting Pack Trips

Aaron Lee and Judy Burkhart, owners of Early Winters Outfitting and Saddle Co., would like to invite you to hunt with them this fall and celebrate over 30 years of outfitting. Aaron has lived in the Mazama area for 50 years. Judy operates the riding stable and repairs and builds tack and cooks on pack trips. Aaron began packing under Jack Wilson's watchful eye in 1973, and has developed a reputation for being one of the most knowledgeable packers in the North Cascades. Avid hunters and anglers, Aaron and Judy are considered by most locals to have an "inside track" on the location of trophy mule deer and trout. So make your reservations today! EWOSC is licensed under the U. S. Forest Service in the Pasayten Wilderness and Okanogan National Forest. EWOSC is an equal opportunity recreation service provider. We would like to thank our staff and helpers.

We would like to dedicate this page to Steve Johnson and his nephew who hunted with us for many years: as well as Cam Pierce, who helped on out pack trips for many years. They will be greatly missed.

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2012 Hunting pictures

Mule Deer Drop Camps
Modern Rifle and Archery (two person minimum)

Successful 2008 hunt.

High Hunt:
Sept High Hunt: Sept 15th - 25th; unit 203/ Pasayten Wilderness
Guests ride horses or mules. Gear is packed on mules. High hunt is located in the Pasayten Wilderness, unit 203. You will meet us at the Hart's Pass trailhead. No extra charge to hunt bear.

General Season:
October General Hunt runs Oct 12th - 20th units 203, 218 & 231. Call for more information.
Guest ride horses or mules. Camp gear is packed on mules. Travel is approx 5-12 miles. Hunters meet at our ranch in Mazama, WA. Cougar and bear hunting is included.

Archery Season:
Sept 1st - Sept 15th.
Call for more information.

Muzzlelload Hunt:
Sept 26th - Oct 3rd.
Call for more information.

Guided Hunts:
We use horseback, 4 wheel drive vehicles and foot. Basecamp and spike camps. Federal and private land.

Bear Hunts:
We use horses and foot hunting.

Costs:

$800
each person
(if party size is two persons)
$700
each person
(if party size is three or more)

We furnish: 12'x14' or 14' x 16' wall tents, stoves, axe, shovel, scabbards, lantern and fuel. No extra charge for game transport, caping, or preparing trophies for travel; weight restrictions apply, extra weight needs prior approval, approx 125 lbs of gear per person. Drop camps are available for 3-9 days at the above price.

Call for late tag permits, mule deer and late white tail seasons.


Deluxe Trips...


Mule Deer

Deluxe five day hunt
includes guide and cook
$2500/person


Black Bear
Deluxe five day hunt
includes guide and cook
$2500/person


White Tail Deer  

Deluxe five day hunt by permit only, call for exact dates & more information

$2500/person


Quail & Chukars  
Deluxe bird hunts
December & January
$250/person/day


Turkeys
3 day deluxe hunt
April 15 - June 1
$700/ person



Deposits
A 30% deposit is required to book a hunt.  Balance due 30 days before the hunt.

The 2012 Hunting Season Overview
2012 had its ups and downs. The high hunt was nick-named: "the high temperature hunt", with most days in the high 80s and low 90s. With only a handful of bucks taken, though one was wide and nice. All in all, we harvested 27 bucks, 24 mule and 3 whitetail this year. The general season was very productive with several camps filing tags.


The 2013 Hunting Outlook
Similar to last year, but post season buck counts were the highest since the counts started and the percentage of three point or better higher since the implementation of the three point rule in 1997. Buck counts of 34 bucks per 100 does were recorded. Fawn counts are at 78 fawns per 100 does. Mid January snow pack is above normal and temps have not been too cold. Providing winter is not too severe through February and March, the fall of 2013 could, again, be very exciting and productive

Custom Orders
We are now taking orders for custom made saddles, rifle slings and scabbards.


References

Dan Lieske, Port Orchard, WA 360-876-8838
Jim Reymann, Gig Harbor, WA 253-858-2540
Roy Gotham, Port Angeles, WA 360-457-4304
Daryl Ames 253-556-1737
Charles Sehmel 253-857-5308
Tim Odell 509-997-4766

Please, no reference calls after 9pm.

 

Our Release Form - Required
please download, print, fill out and mail in


  Forest Service Regulations
for Wilderness and Forest Use

What to Bring
Click on the goat to see a list of gear to bring!