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Fall 2012

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Wind and Rain

Is it just me or was that the worst Category 1 Hurricane I can remember?

I hope all our friends came through ok, but I know for a fact several of our clients and duck guides in South Louisiana sustained damage to their camps and lodges. The ones I have spoken with still expect to be up and running for the early teal season. It should be a good one.

I talked with one of our lodge managers in Arkansas today. They opened their teal season on September 8th and had a great opening day. Teal in the morning and doves in the afternoon, there’s a recipe for a fine southern weekend.

Well, we’re getting a little hint of fall in the air in the mornings, so hunting season is here (Ok, almost). If you have thoughts of taking one of our hunting or fishing trips, don’t wait too long to book. Several of our locations have reported they are either sold out for the season or close to it. While there are still dates available, they will be gone before you know it.

We have spots available on our Alabama deer hunt at Southern Sportsman’s Lodge. It will be January 3rd-6th and the price is $1800 per hunter. We had a great time there last season and this year we are hoping for even better hunting, as we should be there during the rut.

We still have openings for the doe management hunt in Alabama from October 1st to November 15th. This is a weekend bow hunt which includes lodging, meals and 4 does per hunter for $550 per hunter.

Trail Escapes is forming relationships with several other businesses, such as the Freedom Boat Club, to provide our clients with more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Be sure to read about them in this issue.

Out last show for this year is the 2012 Deer & Wildlife Festival in Woodville, Miss. on Saturday, October 13. This is an up and coming show that we hope you can attend.

See you next month, Dennis

Freedom Boat Club

You already know that Trail Escapes makes hunting and fishing trips hassle free, now you can enjoy the same experience with Freedom Boat Club.

Trail Escapes would like to introduce you to our newest partner; Freedom Boat Club. Freedom Boat Club is the nation’s largest member-only boating club. They offer an alternative to boat ownership. It’s easy to make memories with family and friends when you’re a freedom boat club member because they do all the work for you. No more cleaning, insuring, maintaining, or repairing a boat you just make a reservation and the boat is yours for the day! For more info give them a call at 888.781.7363, or visit to request more information. Be sure to mention the Trail Escapes in the reference. They have over 60 locations around the U.S. and have been in business since 1989. 

Our Lodge of the Month

Our lodge of the month is not really a lodge but a wilderness elk hunting outfitter in Colorado. This outfitter operates a family run business that believes in providing quality services to all of their clients. They have been operating since 1967 in the Troublesome Basin, one of the premier Colorado elk hunting spots. The hunting is in a section of Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest that can only be traveled through on foot or on horseback. There are no motorized vehicles allowed in the Troublesome Basin primitive area. This means that much of the hunting is done on horseback. If you like getting back to hunting in its most natural state, then this outfitter can give you that experience with their archery or rifle elk hunting in Colorado. The deer and elk hunting area is designated Unit #18 on your Colorado Big Game Map.

Consisting of 80,000 acres of timbered land, open parks and meadows, river drainage and peaks above the timberline, their camps are a true wilderness experience. In the Troublesome Basin area, the elevation ranges from 7,500 to 12,300 feet.

As much as possible, the hunts are tailored your hunting experience and physical condition so you will get the best experience they can provide. Whether you need a little help or a lot of help with your hunting, their guides provide you with the needed assistance so that your hunt can be as pleasurable as possible.

This is a total wilderness experience. The elk hunting camp includes a main cooking and socializing tent as well as several sleeping tents. These tents combine a rugged outdoor experience with some creature comforts for the perfect blend of the outdoors and home. The cooks make sure you always have home cooked meals and the camp hands take care of the rest of the chores.

A five day, fully guided hunt starts at $3500 per hunter. Unguided, do-it-yourself drop camps are also available, along with pack services and other options.

Call Trail Escapes LLC for more information on this hunt. We can also assist with information on the draw system for out-of-state tags.

Company Phone (225) 664-4167