|References for Solo Creek Guide Services
I've worked in the Firearms and Hunting Industry for 8 years. I seen and worked with allot of Hunting Venues in the U.S., Europe and Africa as a Big Game hunting Consultant. I made my first trip to Solo Creek back in 2000. I was so impressed with the Quality of game,scenery, Camp facilities, and the professionalism provided by Solo Creek, that i made several trips back since then. What the Vadens have built in this remote location nestled in the Wrangle Mountains of Alaska is nothing short of amazing. You will be impressed with the place. as I am. Give them a call you will be glad you did.
Kromka Sporting Adventures LLC.
Mobile: (862) 812-3846
I hope this finds you well and all is going fine at Solo Creek. I have included a couple of pictures of my hunt with Solo Creek Guide Service. I cannot say enough about my experiences with Tom and David. Both are true professionals and love what they do. Attention to detail and great hospitality is only the beginning, World Class scenery and excellent food and accommodation just to name a few. There are very few places left even in Alaska where there is zero hunting pressure and Solo Creek Guide Services has one of them. I have had the good fortune of hunting all over the world and in my personal experience Solo Creek Guide Service is among the very best in the business. I would recommend this hunt to anyone. Please feel free to have any of your perspective Clients contact me any time. I hope to see you all again very soon.
Moose hunting in Alaska had been a dream of mine for many years. From the minute we flew over the mountain and saw Solo Creek's main camp, it was as if we were on a different planet. I could not believe how vast and beautiful everything was. The amount of time and work it must have taken you all to create such a great place to stay, so far from any accessible roads is just incredible.
My experience there was amazing. Ten days of seeing the most beautiful scenery that God has created.
The scouting that you and your team had done prior to our arrival was absolutely the best it could have been. You all knew your jobs and led us to an outstanding Sheep, 2 Moose and a Grizzly.
The fact that we saw so much game, (Moose, Sheep, Grizzly's, Wolves) as well as the incredible glaciers, made our hunt that much more enjoyable even though nothing in Alaska comes easy. I am very thankful to you and my guide George for the diligence and concern for our success! The food that all of you were able to provide was outstanding and completely unexpected as well!!
Thank you all so very much for the trip of my life! I wish you all a safe and productive year!
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
I would recommend moose hunting at Solo Creek. I took a Moose with guide Tom Vaden this fall and had an excellent hunt. Sheila Vaden did an nice job coordinating my hunt from start to finish. Solo Creek is a great place to hunt off the grid, with an abundance of Moose rich country. Sheila puts alot of time into keeping up their horses and it really adds to the hunting experience. They have excellent horses. The accommodations were rustic but very comfortable, with a much appreciated hot shower available when needed. I was surprised how good the food was. The entire staff was friendly and enjoyable (Dave kept us laughing daily). Expect possible wether delays getting there or getting home. We waited one day to leave to work on our capes and got snowed in for 2 more days. Overall it was an enjoyable hunt and I brought home a nice moose . I recommend hunting at Solo Creek.
Denis Yalkut - Fall 2015
My son and I had a great Alaskan Moose hunt at Solo Creek.We hunted with Solo Creek Guide Services in 2013 after learning of the Vadens from a Colorado friend.
The food was great and the horses were an added plus that helped us reach remote areas to hunt. Assistant Guide George Ahumada guided me to a bull that scored 522 4/8, currently number 96 on the Safari Club International’s all-time list.
My son took a respectable 56 inch bull.
We have booked another hunt with Solo Creek in 2015.
Reference letter coming
Moose Hunt 2014
I happened to catch a glimpse of something out of the corner of my eye as I looked down the hill towards the timber. As I turned around to my right, the first thing that crossed my mind was, ‘how can something as big as a small pick-up truck pull a such a flanking maneuver and sneak up within 20 yards of us’?
We had spent the last half-hour quietly, (as quiet as you can be in late fall), sneaking over to the spot we had last seen our quarry. It was the afternoon of day 9, of the 10 day hunt, and a quite sense of urgency was pushing us along. The calling we had done would just not entice him enough to leave his cows and come over to investigate the ‘challenger’ in his territory. He gave a long look in our direction then disappeared behind a small ridge. Now we were the hunters, I thought to myself, ‘this is what I live for’.
It had been a great 9 days to this point. We had spent great days up on the hills glassing for moose and bears. The weather for this time of year in Alaska had been fabulous. Sunny and clear with cool nights and cool days, that made the hikes up the hills pleasant and not an endurance test. We had glassed plenty of moose across the valleys and bowls, some we guessed potentially crossing into the mythical 70+ range. The challenge was calling them into range, something the guides proved to be really exceptional at.
For someone accustomed to roughing it a bit on hunts, the setup of the camps was outstanding. The main camp is set against a mountain backdrop straight out of a postcard. It had all the comforts of home you could want, without some of them you don’t while on vacation (read; internet and telephone). Quiet enough to make your ears ring. The spot the guides picked out for our spike camp was just as great; set back in the trees, near a creek with enough wildlife around to remind you where you were and what you were here for. During the entire horseback ride out to the spike camp it was clear by just looking at all the various tracks on the ground, as you rode, that this was indeed a wild country. Sheep, bear, wolf, moose and an assortment of others provided just enough incentive to keep your senses sharp.
What seemed like minutes really only took seconds. All the worry about shot placement, animal position, shooting position and things you read about went out the window. In the end it was the roar of the .300 Win that brought me back to my senses. The bullet struck exactly where it needed to be and the moose went down as if hit by a freight train.
He was a real beauty, long tines, wide spread and big body; all showed he was in prime condition. Mid-Sixties is a real trophy, especially for a first moose!!
It was a great adventure and I highly recommend Solo Creek as the place to go for any serious moose hunter. Heck, I’m already making plans to go back!
Joe A. Campos