15 April Help us Name our New Mules April 15, 2012By George McQuiston General Information 1 We have 2 new additions to the Wild Idaho and Flying J Outfitters team (actually we have more but these are the only 2 I have pictures of right now). Anyway, they came without names and it sure seems such a shame as they are great looking and nice mules. So, I am asking for your help in naming them. Now of course someone will get “paid” for the winning name(s). We will give a choice of an elk, deer or bear hat from Wild Idaho or Flying J Outfitters to the winner of the “name our ass” contest (those would be my wife’s words, I prefer mule). The bigger one is a John (mule speak for boy). The smaller is a Molly (mule speak for female). Names that are already disqualified are John, Molly, Jenny and Jack. It seems that every named mule in the world has one of those 4 names. They both came out of Texas and are ride and pack mules. I was going to name the boy mule Austin because it came from Texas and mules are known for being stubborn and some would say mules look a bit goofy (sorry Austin, I did say some). Then I groomed and rode him and realized how nice he was so I told my wife I should name him George because he is so easy to get along with and he is quite pleasant to look at. She laughed. I can only assume she agrees with me. Requirements for names are that they either fit the animal or have a great story. Personally, I like really girly names for female creatures, like Buttercup, Daffodil, Daisy…you know girl names like Latisha, Shaniqua, Shanaynay…you know girl names….Maria, Consuela, Bonita.…even names like Svetlana or whatever the name is of that lonely Russian girl who emails me every day. I do wish she could find a date, poor thing. Anyway, I think you get the picture. So, throw out some names and tell your friends because the name with the most “likes” wins. Also, the first person to suggest the chosen names wins a hat. We will probably have a drawing for everyone who “likes” those names and give away another hat, too. http://www.facebook.com/WildIdahoOutfitters Visit us on Facebook and help us name our new mules. Related Posts We are looking for summer help for Horse Rides at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in Utah Wild Idaho Outfitters is the horseback riding concessionaire at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. We are looking for qualified wranglers to give horseback rides at Snowbird. Duties would include, but are not limited to: · Safely leading Snowbird guests on horse rides · Livestock care of animals located there · Shuttling guests in 6 passenger Yamaha UTV · Marketing the rides to guests at Snowbird when no rides are scheduled Horse experience required. Pay dependent upon experience. May include room and board. Successful applicants will be required to travel to Challis, Idaho for training. If you are interested in a summer job that allows you to work with horses, lead horseback rides, and be outdoors in the Utah mountains, please send resume/qualifications, contact info and availability to Adventures@SnowbirdHorses.com Equal opportunity employer. The Best Friend is a Friend with a Boat The only thing better than owning a boat - is having a friend who owns a boat. I am lucky enough to have a friend who happens to own lots of boats: rafts to be more specific. His name is Ari Kotler and he is the owner of SOAR Northwest, a company that floats the main Salmon River and the Selway River here in Idaho. His job is to help people from all walks of life enjoy some of Idaho’s most popular treasures by taking folks on multi-day float and fishing trips. This year Ari is offering a new fall steelhead fishing trip through the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness down the main Salmon River. The fall steelhead fishing should be fantastic, the fish big and the scenery simply breathtaking. Get more information about a fall steelhead fishing trip and then contact Ari directly to book your trip in one of America’s most spectacular places. Legacy makers (builders) Today was the beginning of a new legacy. Bold words you say? Let me explain. It seems like an outfitter’s life is ruled by seasons. Now you would recognize the easy ones like spring bear, spring turkey, fall bear, elk, deer, etc. The seasons that most people don’t recognize are all of the “behind the scene” seasons. There is hay season, where we are putting up hay for all the livestock we get to feed all winter, so we have good livestock come hunting season. There is a short but painful “shoeing season” where we need to shoe all those cayuses we fed all winter, which ends with shoe pulling and trimming for winter season of course. There is “booking season”. You know the one. Where outfitters are slaves to their phones, emails and Facebook looking for those daring hunters willing to say, “I think I believe all your B.S. and I am going to send you some of my hard-earned cash to prove it”. There is bear baiting season, where we ride literally hundreds of miles setting bear baits out throughout the wilderness so that we can (hopefully) entice some hungry bear into a lucky bear hunter’s sight. And today… today began “trail clearing season”. That is where a good outfitter invests money into the public lands system so that ALL people can access these public lands. Now I can hear it already, “It is in the outfitters best interest to clear the trails he/she uses”…well, DUH! But, here are the facts that follow a statement like that. These are PUBLIC lands. Meaning they are owned by all. If (we/our trail crew) clears a trail and someone (ANYONE) from the public walks in behind us on this newly cleared trail, do you know what they owe or even invested in their public land experience? NOTHING. They are the beneficiary of others’ hard work and they are better able to enjoy their back-country experience because someone DID take the time to clear the trail they chose before they arrived. Now if you think I am patting outfitters on the head, you are missing the point of this message. What I am saying is that ANYONE who invests time, money and effort in clearing “OUR” public lands access points, be it a fallen tree on the road to a trail head or the back-country efforts going on right now in “The Frank”, that person is creating and leaving a legacy for others to enjoy. My speech every year at the beginning and the end of these young folks’ time with us is this, “You guys should be proud! You are leaving a legacy. You are creating access to an area that has not been accessible in years. When someone back home asks you, “How did you spend your summer?” you just raise your head, look them in the eye and say, “I was creating better access to America’s public lands and by default creating a legacy that will last for years. What did you do?” I am incredibly proud of the work these young folks do each year. Some of the faces change, but the enthusiasm for spending time in one of America’s “Crown Jewels” and “giving back” to society, willingly and with a smile, does not! Thank you trail crew and good luck with the rest of the “season”! If after reading this, you find yourself wanting to “give back to society” by helping to clear trails, contact us. We are biting off some major projects that are going to take some super human effort to accomplish and we are looking for volunteers to help in this effort. So, if you have a few days to spare and want to work hard, get fed well, see country that not many actually get to see because of it’s remoteness and ruggedness and KNOW that you are leaving a legacy for others to enjoy, get hold of us. Our trail crew will be here until mid-August and about week three, we will really be looking for more help. We cannot pay volunteers, but we will provide a comfortable camp and more food than you can possibly eat in one sitting. What are you waiting for? Happy Thanksgiving 2017 It is always a bittersweet moment when it comes time to take down Old Glory. It means everything else is cargoed, loaded and we are about to head off the mountain at the end of another hunting season here at Wild Idaho Outfitters. 2017 was a very memorable one, as I suppose they all are, but with Mother Nature’s help, this one was particularly memorable. From raging rivers experienced during the “hundred year” snow melt, to early, deep and continuous snow in the fall, this year was indeed unique. In spite of all of Mother Nature’s challenges, we enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people from all walks of life and particularly enjoyed seeing old friends we had met during prior seasons that enjoyed their experience enough to join us for another season here in Idaho. At this time of year, we become even more acutely aware of the many blessings we have had bestowed upon us, not the least of which is meeting so many wonderful people who share a true love of the outdoors; people who love it so much they are willing to spend their hard earned money, their vacation time and time away from family, all to experience what central Idaho’s magnificent Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area has to offer. We here at Wild Idaho Outfitters understand and do not take lightly the investment in time, money and effort it takes to arrive here in our little slice of heaven and especially at this time of year we truly want to offer a sincere THANK YOU to all who have ever made the journey. We are truly grateful you chose to spend time with us. We hope as you spend time this holiday weekend reflecting on the things you are grateful for, that your journey to Idaho might pop into your mind as one of those things. We know we feel very blessed to do the job we do, in the country we love and especially with the people who have crossed our paths! Happy Thanksgiving to your family from ours!!! No Horse Rides this Summer at Snowbird Normally about this time each summer, we are announcing that the horses are coming to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, but this year is different. Snowbird began a large scale construction project that will consume all of this summer and next so we won’t be offering rides again at Snowbird until summer 2017. Due to this fact, we will be selling many of our Snowbird quality horses and mules so they don’t just laze around and get fat on summer pasture and winter hay. If you ever enjoyed riding horses like Black Powder, Bruce and Remington or mules like Marshall Dillon and Sally, contact us to arrange a test drive. These are all horses and mules we have used for years in our outfitting business that almost anyone can ride and they will all keep you safe on the trail. In the mean time if a summer horseback ride is on your bucket list, we would like to suggest contacting Flying J Outfitters for a horseback ride at either Moon Lake or Defa’s Dude Ranch in Northeastern Utah. We will be offering horse rides and backcountry adventures from our home base here in Challis, Idaho. Come join us! Visit our Photo Gallery for a Recap of the exciting 2014 Idaho Adventures They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Maybe that is true and maybe it “ain’t,” but it is always fun to look back over the past year through pictures taken either by myself, our guides or even those shared by our hunting clients. It helps us relive some of the moments that makes our jobs as guides one of the most fulfilling jobs in the world (in my opinion of course). In looking through these photos to choose some to post, it seems like only yesterday we were putting our heads down to go to work setting bear baits in April and now it is already December with Christmas just around the corner. So please stop by and visit our gallery and if you see some photos you like I do hope you will tell us about them, if you hunted with us and don’t see some pictures you would like to share with the world, I do hope you will share them with us and if you want to find yourself in some of those photos in the future, I do hope you will book a hunt with us We are taking bookings for all of our 2015 hunts and are actually already booked full on a couple of weeks during spring bear season, so don’t wait. If you have been thinking about an Idaho adventure, maybe this is your year. I have said it before and will say it again, I truly believe Idaho is one of the best kept secrets in the hunting world. I say “Why Hunt Idaho?” answer “because you can!” In this western world of having to apply for tags, Idaho is one of, if not the only state left with over the counter tags (OTC Tags), liberal seasons (almost a month to hunt elk or deer with a rifle in some of the back country units and still having the ability to use bait and dogs when hunting bears. It is the ONLY state I know of where you can’t hunt elk, deer, bear, wolf and mountain lion all in the same timeframe and last but certainly not least, it has one of the best, if not THE best discount and incentive for youth hunters in the country! Comment (1) Name one Mr Raggles! 6 years ago Comments are closed.