Ford Creek Guest Ranch

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Ford Creek Guest Ranch



Rated 3.5 out of 5.0 based on 23 Outfitter reviews.

Contact: Travis Barker

Location: Augusta, Montana

Species Hunted: Whitetail Deer, Elk, Mule Deer

State(s) Hunted: MT

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Submitted by: Paul Heil

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Review Submitted: Mar 9, 2013

Hunt Date: Mar 9, 2013

Species Hunted: Elk

Days Hunted: 7

Hunt Type: Guided

Primary Terrain: Any

Method: Rifle

Price Range: Any

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Submitted by: Russ Van Orman

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Review Submitted: Feb 7, 2012

Hunt Date: not provided

Species Hunted: Whitetail Deer, Elk, Mule Deer

Days Hunted: 7

Hunt Type: Guided

Primary Terrain: Foothills

Method: Rifle

Price Range: 4000-4999

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Ford Creek Outfitters - A Great Hunt

I publish an online hunting magazine (Deep Countree). I researched at leat ten outfitters before I decided on Ford Creek. This was a great hunt for my Dad and I. You can read about the hunt: athttp://www.deepcountree.com/MyFathers_Gift.html This was the last hunt hunt my Dad and I had out west. Please enjoy the article.


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Submitted by: Russ Van Orman

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Review Submitted: Jan 27, 2012

Hunt Date: Jan 27, 2012

Species Hunted: Elk, Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer

Days Hunted: 7

Hunt Type: Guided

Primary Terrain: Any

Method: Rifle

Price Range: 4000-4999

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A Great Free range hunt

I publish an online hunting magazine (Deep Countree). I screened 10 different outfitters before I choose Ford Creek. This was the last Big Hunt out West that my father and I took togather. I can not say enough of how good they treated us. My Dad is in his eighties; Travis and crew went out of their way to make him comfortable. We harvested 1 trophy elk and a hugh Whitetail buck and a nice Mule deer. The food, horses and guides were excellent. To read about the this great hunt please visit: http://www.deepcountree.com/MyFathers_Gift.html


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Submitted by: STEVE ROGERS

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Review Submitted: Nov 13, 2011

Hunt Date: Nov 13, 2011

Species Hunted: Elk, Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer

Days Hunted: 6

Hunt Type: Guided

Primary Terrain: Mountain

Method: Rifle

Price Range: 4000-4999

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GOOD HUNT GREAT TIME

THIS IS A GREAT HUNT AND EXPERIENCE.WE HUNTED BY FOOT AND HORSEBACK.YOU NEED TO BE IN SHAPE.WE HUNTED FROM HEATE CABINS WITH HOT WATER,CLEAN BEDS AND HEATED BY STOVE.HOT MEALS DAILY.GREAT GUIDES,HORSES AND MULES.AND LIZ IS A WONDERFUL LADY THAT WILL KNOW YOUR NAME WHEN YOU ARRIVE.TRAVIS RUNS A SAFE AND PROFESIONAL OPPERATION.HIS GUIDES KNOW THE AREA.WE ENJOYED OURSELVES AND 2 OF 4 HUNTERS WERE SUCCESFUL.WE TOOK 2 ELK AND 1 MULE DEER.1 ELK WAS TROPHY CLASS.WE WILL DEFINITLY BE RETURNING AGAIN.WE SAW GAME BUT NOT ALOT.THIS IS A HUNT THAT RELIES ON THE MIGRATION OF ANIMALS FROM THE HIGH COUNTRY.BE READY TO HUNT HARD WALKING AND RIDING HORSEBACK.I WOULD ENCOUARAGE HUNTERS THAT WANT TO WORK HARD TO TAKE THIS HUNTING EXPERIENCE.



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Submitted by: STEVE ROGERS

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Review Submitted: Nov 13, 2011

Hunt Date: Nov 13, 2011

Species Hunted: Elk, Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer

Days Hunted: 6

Hunt Type: Guided

Primary Terrain: Mountain

Method: Rifle

Price Range: 4000-4999

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GOOD HUNT GREAT TIME

THIS IS A GREAT HUNT AND EXPERIENCE.WE HUNTED BY FOOT AND HORSEBACK.YOU NEED TO BE IN SHAPE.WE HUNTED FROM HEATE CABINS WITH HOT WATER,CLEAN BEDS AND HEATED BY STOVE.HOT MEALS DAILY.GREAT GUIDES,HORSES AND MULES.AND LIZ IS A WONDERFUL LADY THAT WILL KNOW YOUR NAME WHEN YOU ARRIVE.TRAVIS RUNS A SAFE AND PROFESIONAL OPPERATION.HIS GUIDES KNOW THE AREA.WE ENJOYED OURSELVES AND 2 OF 4 HUNTERS WERE SUCCESFUL.WE TOOK 2 ELK AND 1 MULE DEER.1 ELK WAS TROPHY CLASS.WE WILL DEFINITLY BE RETURNING AGAIN.WE SAW GAME BUT NOT ALOT.THIS IS A HUNT THAT RELIES ON THE MIGRATION OF ANIMALS FROM THE HIGH COUNTRY.BE READY TO HUNT HARD WALKING AND RIDING HORSEBACK.I WOULD ENCOUARAGE HUNTERS THAT WANT TO WORK HARD TO TAKE THIS HUNTING EXPERIENCE.


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Submitted by: Trez Joseph

Review Submitted: Apr 28, 2011

Hunt Date: Oct 4, 2007

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Days Hunted: 0

Hunt Type: Guided

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Method: Rifle

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Lured by Travis, I became the quarry on his own hu

I am a lifelong hunter, fisherwoman and horsewoman.I worked for years as a camp/ranch cook and wrangler/guide in the backcountry.I went to Augusta expecting to be met and taken out to the ranch by Travis. Instead he got $#@^%$*& faced drunk in town and I had to drive us out to the ranch. I had been promised a private cabin- turns out it was Travis' private cabin!The only bed available was his-with him in it! He expected me to sleep with him! He had planned it all along...I left the ranch at midnight alone to drive back to Missoula. Spent the freezing night sleeping in my truck on the side of the road. This guy is one big bullshitter. Very, very, very UNCOOL. Ladies, beware!


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Submitted by: Ron "Ol' Camel Toe" Kilgore

Review Submitted: Apr 8, 2011

Hunt Date: Sep 9, 2009

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Days Hunted: 6

Hunt Type: Guided

Primary Terrain: Mountain

Method: Rifle

Price Range: 5000-6999

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Hairlip

Well, this was the most miserable hunting trip I have ever had to endure. This HAIR LIP guide is most likely the worst guide in the buisness, and gives the rest of the hairlips of the world a bad name. Here is how it started... DAY 1: I get to the "camp"... which was more of a shittier version of a homless camp, to then find myself in an environment that was nastier than the camp under the big bridge in Aberdeen. I told myself "Hey, what can you really expect in the middle of Montana?" I just went with the flow. I then finally had the chance to meet my "master guide", which in my opinion, struck me as a cull. Right after he said hi, he followed the greeting up with a simple question... "Can I get a smooke from ya'?". I was already in a bad enough mood cause by this letdown of an elk camp, so I asked "$6000 later, and you still can't afford your own fucking smokes?!" Travis then chuckled, and replied "Well, I can but, my mother thought I quit smoking, and I don't want her to know". Pathetic... I was later cheered up to the fact that I smoked my elk opening day at daybreak. Long story short, my buddy was jewed into shooting an elk, that was barely bigger than a black tail, and we had spent more time on Travis' moose. Over all, if you have the chance to hunt with these hairlips (Gunner included), don't take it.


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Submitted by: Chris Pashon

Review Submitted: Dec 19, 2010

Hunt Date: Nov 17, 2010

Species Hunted: Whitetail Deer, Elk

Days Hunted: 8

Hunt Type: Guided

Primary Terrain: Mountain

Method: Rifle

Price Range: 4000-4999

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ford creek outfitters

we went on a hunt with travis and his half-hearted wanna be outfitters and didnt see anything and we were lucky because we had to go drag this travis barker fellow off the bar stool, just so he could take us hunting and he is some MASTER guide character. that doesnt know anything about hunting.... the guy shouldnt have a license to guide, heck he shouldnt have a license to drive the drunk.....


note: The following reviews predate the numeric rating system and are not included in this outfitter's overall rating.


outfitter review submitted by: Eric Hutton on Aug 18 2009

Species Hunted: Elk/Mule Deer

Game Quality: Very Good

Accommodation Quality: Good

Camp Condition: Very Good

Food Quality: Very Good

Guide Experience: Average

Other Personal Experience: Good

Overall Impression: Good

Recommend: Yes

Reviewer Comments: My 2008 trip was my 3rd time with Travis. We hunted the last week of November for Elk and Mule deer from his "ranch hunt." We saw large numbers of animals both elk and mule deer. Saw a few whitetails too. Saw a few 150 class mulies. Saw some huge bulls but they were too far away. Safety is important to me and Travis runs a safe camp. I've take a 5X5 elk, 3X3 mulie and 4X4 mulie. I recommend Ford Creek. Hunting does occur on public land so you may see other hunters during the ranch hunts. You won't see another hunter in the Bob Marshall.


outfitter review submitted by: Bob on Apr 30 2009

Species Hunted: Elk/Deer

Game Quality: poor

Accommodation Quality: terrible

Camp Condition: ok

Food Quality: ok

Guide Experience: none

Other Personal Experience: poor

Overall Impression: terrible

Recommend: Not a chance

Reviewer Comments: Fellow Hunters, I hunted at Ford Creek last October. When I met Travis Barker at a sportsman show the previous February he told me his ranch was private property and I would be staying in a beautiful private cabin with a queen bed as well as seeing elk and deer 'on his ranch' that were plentiful and of record book quality. Ford Creek and Travis Barker are not as advertised. Travis' ranch is approx 5 acres and all the hunting is done on public national forest land. And yes, you will see plenty of other hunters. My accomodations were in a shack and my bed was an old army cot that didn't even have a pad. Good thing I had an emergency sleeping bag in my rig or I would have been pretty cold at night. My guide was brand new and had NEVER been in the area before. He had no idea where the game was or any type of a plan at all. I did however manage to get a decent buck (no thanks to Travis or my guide) only to have the meat thrown on the dirty shop floor that was covered with dirt, oil and horse manure. It seemed to me that Travis and the guides were more concerned about getting drunk than taking care of the clients wants or needs. The week I was at Ford Creek there were 13 hunters in camp and only two aniamals were killed. Most of the hunters did not even see an elk or deer let alone a shooter. False advertising of this place should be illegal. If you are considering booking with this sorry excuse of an outfitter please feel free to email me. Bob

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