We have been hiking and hunting the backcountry for years, most of the time with a heavy backpack. Occasionally, we would use horses to carry our gear but we found that horses require a lot of time and energy to take care of in camp.
In 2014 we first saw people using pack goats to carry their gear while hunting. After doing a little research, we decided to buy 2 female alpine goats with the plan on breeding them and using the babies for pack goats. Shortly after we bought our goats, we were on a hunt in northern Nevada when we saw some other hunters with pack llamas. Like most people, we thought it was odd to use llamas for packing, but after watching how effortlessly the llamas were able to pack, we knew we had to give them a try!
After doing some research on llamas, we came to the conclusion that llamas fit our hunting style better than goats or horses. Llamas are low maintenance, require less feed, water, and time, and allow us to hike further, camp more comfortably, and stay longer. In September 2015, we rented our first pack llamas for an elk hunt from Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas in Rexburg, ID. After hunting with them for a week, we knew that llamas were exactly what we’d been searching for.
In January 2016 we bought our first two pack llamas, Arnie and Malcolm, and started a llama rental company, Backcountry Logistics. Ever since we used llamas we’ve had the desire to show other people how awesome they are. We now own 17 llamas, 9 females, 6 male packers, and 2 young male packers-in-training.