I have been to MHC Lodge for the past two years for Elk Hunting, so my opinion of the entire experience is focused through the lense of a hunting trip. Both years I have been hunting at MHC I have taken very respectable bulls. Personally, I have been hunting all my life, and have experienced several other "lodge" type hunting excursions. In addition, I am a property owner in my home state, where I bring friends and aquaitances hunting on a yearly basis. So, from the perspective of a place where hunters gather to enjoy qualified and knowledgeable guides, good lodging, warm meals, and good atmoshere, I could not be happier. A prior review described Russ as a school principle, I completely disagree. Now; Russ is more of a guide and trip manager than innkeeper. In my opinion, that is the way it should be. Any time you bring hunters together from all over the country that have different personalities, experiences, levels of hunting know how, and varying physical cababilities, you need a strong figure to keep everything together. Russ and his team are Montana mountain people, they are not frilly. But, when it comes to being out in the wild, in any type of conditiion, or situation, there is no one I would rather there with.
Russ and his guides have spent their entire lives in this part of the country, and I am convinced that they know it better than anyone else. This is not a "caged or high fenced" kind of place. This is real hunting, guided by real people who have a vested interest in the well being of the wildlife in the area. Russ and his guides know the patterns of the wildlife that live in this part of the country and go out of their way to ensure that they are not disturbed or pressured. On the two ocasssions that I have hunted with Russ, I have met hunters that have been returning to MHC for 10+ years. Many of those hunters, bring several friends and associates with them year after year. In my opinion, that speaks volumes about the type of experience you get at MHC.
I have, and will continue, to recommend MHC year after year to fellow hunters.