Testimonials

Please read a few testimonials and then call our most recent references listed at the bottom of the page! 
Ask them personally about the experience they shared with Upfront Outfitters
 and then call us and sign up today!

John A NM elkIf you’re looking for a real hunt with an honest outfitter, look no further.  I booked my hunt with Mike Jenkins at Upfront Outfitters upon a referral from one of my hunting buddies who had successfully hunted with him in 2012.  From the start Mike will make sure you get set up right and know exactly what to expect during the hunt.  Maybe that’s why they call themselves “Upfront”.  They know the land and they know where the good ones hide.  I assure you Mike and his guides will work their tails off to put you on a great animal.  Just like the monster 5×5 I was blessed with during my 2013 Unit 17 muzzleloader hunt.  Upfront Outfitters – Book with confidence!  John Alexander – Oklahoma – 2013



Toms Roosevelt ElkAnyone looking for either Roosevelt Elk or Blacktail Deer should take a good look at Upfront Outfitters owned and guided by Mike Jenkins. He has top notch guides and is very well equipped to handle all styles of hunters. The area that he has in Washington State is very populated with both species. I personally have hunted Upfront Outfitters and will return again In the very near future.     Tom LaVictoire, Vermont  2013

 

 

New Mexico Monster

I have hunted with Mike several times for elk in New Mexico.  I hunted the 2nd muzzle loader hunt which according to the state’s success statistics is one of the toughest hunts in New Mexico.  Mike had me on good bulls every day and I was able to take the largest bull I have ever taken and that was during a drought year when every other hunter I talked to was having a hard time finding elk at all.  Mike is passionate about elk hunting and works extremely hard scouting for big bulls so that his hunters are into elk every day.  I was also impressed with Mike’s knowledge of the unit.  He not only knew where the elk were but he knew where they would go when pressured and how to get to them.  Mike works hard for his hunters and is a hardcore hunter that knows how to get it done when it comes to big bulls!  Phillip Peine – Cedar City, Utah – 2013

big rosieMy name is Tirrell and I felt compelled to share my experience regarding Upfront Outfitters and owner Mike Jenkins. One day I was listening to the radio and came across an outdoors program interviewing a guy credited with being one of the best and most successful elk hunters in our state and the country. As I listened two things became very evident and crystal clear; Mr. Jenkins was an elk aficionado and openly generous about successful hunting tips and tactics. For a new hunter just getting started with bow elk hunting, spending countless hours learning, reading, studying and asking questions… hearing Mike was music to my ears. The really cool part is the information shared was not about aggressive sales pitches just to get you to book a hunt! By the end of the show, curiosity had the best of me and I wrote down his website address.

After further thought and review (wondering if I was becoming the proverbial guided hunt “sucker”), I gave Mike a call. Wow… two hours later and not one sales pitch to buy a hunt; I was filled with a great phone conversation and tons of tips from a seasoned professional. The intriguing fact is that a small business owner DOES NOT have valuable time to spend on general telephone calls, especially potentially non-revenue generating calls for two hours. As the saying goes, time is money and money is time! Being a small business owner, I understood this and felt very appreciative. Hence, this experience was another notch in separating Mr. Jenkins ahead of the class. To the point, I eventually ended up booking a hunt (with ZERO sales pressure). I talked to friends who go on guided and semi-guided hunts annually in other states and they advised what to look out for and be cautious of. All of the major checkpoints they said I should look for checked out like the T in my name. I couldn’t be more passionate about elk bow hunting and in my opinion, could not have picked a better local guide than Team Upfront! Mike and his team provided a life time experience over a five day hunt in challenging and eventually unfavorable weather conditions. Nonetheless, they stayed with it to my comfortability and worked harder than I could have imagined to provide opportunities to harvest my first elk. Team Upfront listens and responds to the wishes, circumstances, preparedness and / or health conditions of their clients as need be. They are willing to go as far as you are prepared, capable and able to go. There is nothing lazy, money-grabbing or short-changing about Mike and his team. All said and done, I couldn’t have asked for more on a guided first hunt other than maybe more animals and one on the ground. But hey, I live in WA State and hunt on Westside public land! I saw animals daily, got close to animals and participated in stalks and ambushes that brought me ever so close to the ultimate goal. The outcome only fuels my passion for elk bow hunting and my relationship with Team Upfront Outfitters. I highly recommend Team Upfront for anyone looking for a great, successful hunting experience in WA, NM or wherever Mike and his team will guide you!

Tirrell K.

 


49166063_scaled_154x232Mike,

Chris spoiled me! Great guy, you’re lucky to have him on your staff. Hopefully he enjoyed my company as much as I did his.
I posted a quick note on Hunting-Washington under the Elk section (4 hour Rosie). Didn’t know I could advertise you guys… but got a private message letting me know I could …. so I mentioned Upfront Outfitters.

I understand that what happened was fairly unusual, Killing out the first morning of the first day, and at the same time recognize that your scouting and preparation for my hunt made it all happen. I do need to get in better shape for carrying out the quarters though.
Feel free to use me as a reference…. and look forward to hunting with you again.

John Burnette, 2011 Archery Roosevelt elk


46498889_scaled_232x174I hunted New Mexico elk 3rd season in Sept. 2011.  The rut was some two weeks behind making it more challenging than years past as the bulls were not yet in full rut.  Mike is not kidding you when he says he and his guides will work harder than any other outfitter out there to get you on bulls.  The scouting and time put in prior to your arrival will most definitely be apparent to you as it was to me.  I was very impressed by every aspect of his operation.  My guide worked as hard as one could ask to get on bulls every day and that we did.  There was constant action and I took a very nice 5×5 on the last day.  I will absolutely be hunting with Mike again.  He is an outstanding guide and outfitter.  Having been on several hunts in the past with other outfitters I would have to rate Mike’s operation as high as possible.  Do not pass up the opportunity to hunt with him.  Mike went out of the way for every single hunter in camp to have the most enjoyable experience as possible.  I know I speak for everyone in camp when I say Mike is truly a standup guy.  Thanks again for a fantastic week of hunting.

Matt Golba- Highland, Michigan


Mike&ScottHI’ve had the pleasure of hunting with Mike for multiple big game species in multiple states. Mike is hard working, knows the land and the animals that he hunts and will work very hard to deliver a great hunting experience. I look forward to the next time I get to spend time in the woods with Mike Jenkins! “
Scott Haugen – TV Host, Outdoor writer

 

 


44078013_scaled_235x176Hi Mike,
“I just wanted to thank you for a great time and a unbelievable hunt. I have had the opportunity to hunt elk in several states with some disappointing outcomes. But the hunt I had with you was beyond my expectations. It is easy to see you have the deep love and enthusiasm of a true elk hunter and you went over and beyond to make our hunt great. Your knowledge of the area and elk patterns showed me you put in your time scouting and finding remote areas to have undisturbed elk. Your ability to move locations at a drop of a hat and have us in elk in hours was great. If I could have controlled my nerves better when I had that very nice bull come in to 18 yards bugle and stand there for me to shoot, only to shoot over his back. I would have come home with horns. Thanks to the video when I am shooting with my son he tells me I should be practicing at 18 yards not 80”.

Thanks again,


Nate Lea hope to hunt with you again in the future.


44078177_scaled_241x182“My hunt in New Mexico was above and beyond what I had expected!
Big Bulls, Big Bears and a Big Unit. Mike and Scott worked exceptionally hard to get me in front of some EXCEPTIONAL bulls.We had bulls within 4 YARDS of us thanks to the game calling skills of the guides.
I wish I had gotten a deer tag as well, because we saw some nice deer. I was glad I had trained for the hunt, because the guides were in great shape and we scoured lots of area to make sure every day was a potential trophy day. We slept in a tent but had plenty of room and it was quite comfortable on the cots they provided. We were in bulls every day. I will be back in 2011!

Bryant Hertzog
Lacey, WA


DSCF3505I hunted Roosevelt elk in Washington this last year with Upfront Outfitters and it was awesome. We saw 5 bulls in four days and I shot my 4×5 at 80 yards. These guys really know their stuff. They truly wanted me to learn and to improve as a hunter. While in the woods, they taught me little tricks as we went a long that were invaluable to me, and that information alone was well worth the price of admission…. and I got to take a bull on top of that! It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The camp was set up nicely and the food was great. I would recommend Upfront to my family and friends. I’ve been out with other guides in the past who seemed to have no passion for the sport or even any confidence that I would have a chance. However, my faith in guides has been restored. If you’re ready for the real deal, go with Upfront Outfitters.  Dan Kelly – Oregon

 

DSCN0254 - Copy“Returning to western WA, I really wanted to know how to hunt elk in my backyard. Hiring Mike, I learned that and more. Mike is THE #1 expert for hunting Roosevelt elk, but his knowledge doesn’t stop there. He’s professional, knowledgeable and fun to be around. He worked hard to put me in the best position to get on elk and I had a great time hunting with him. He also made my daughter’s first backcountry bow hunt enjoyble and was very attentive to her needs. We both look forward to hunting with Mike again this year.”

Tom Claps – Everett, WA 2012


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Please call our clients… and there are always more references available upon request

Tirell Kimara                     206-265-2957                 WA archery elk
Scott Florek                      360-606-1609                 NM & WA archery elk
Eric Florek                        360-281-1295                 NM & WA archery elk
Tom Claps                        425-971-0151                 WA archery elk
Russ Rebber                    435-559-0727                 NM archery elk & archery only deer Arizona
Michael Branch                802-763-2562                 NM archery elk
Chris Berry                       253-686-8867                 NM archery elk
Kevin Werts                      402-432-4016                 NM archery & muzzleloader elk
John Alexander                918-841-0810                  NM muzzleloader elk
Charles Frankum             303-909-7899                  NM muzzleloader elk
Bart Curtis                       360-317-7109                   NM muzzleloader elk
Phillip Peine                    435-680-3671                   NM muzzleloader elk
Jack Atcheson Jr             406-782-2382                  WA rifle Roosevelt elk
Tom Lavictoire                 802-747-8387                  WA rifle Roosevelt elk
David Taylor                    907-723-2163                  WA rifle Roosevelt elk
Rob Ensley                      360-961-2116                  WA rifle Roosevelt elk