Kelly. Just a short note to thank you for the fantastic time last week at Royal Rut Ranch. It was the trip of a lifetime and as I told you at check-out, your team is absolutely fantastic. I have led lots of teams over the years and your group of guides and support guys were a blast to be around. They worked hard as a team, supported one another, joked with one another, and looked out for one another at every turn. I know that it is not luck that makes a team behave like that; it is leadership. It is obvious that they work in an environment where they feel appreciated and understand that they all win together. You are to be congratulated. Oh, yes, the elk are pretty impressive too!! Thank you.


Thank you for the hunt and for the experience my wife had. We all had a wonderful time and you, your guides, and those who prepared the meals took good care of us. Our friends who came with us had a good time too. My wife has told people that this experience completed one of her bucket list things to do. Again many thanks!


Kelly, just wanted to let you know that I had a great hunt and really enjoyed the whole Royal Rut camp experience. I look forward to booking another trip in the future. AJ did a great job guiding, entertaining, and educating me on the 4-wheeler. I would also like to give a thumbs-up to the butcher. He did an excellent job with my elk. In the past, I have always processed my own game and have been a little leery about a commercial operation. But his place was very clean, and the meat and sausage was excellent by any standard. Thanks again, and good luck in all of your upcoming adventures. Say “hi” to everybody at the camp.


I want to thank you for the hunt of a lifetime. Everything was perfect on the trip. I have been hunting for 60 years and this was the best hunt ever. You run a quality operation. The bonding experience with xxx’s son was an unexpected bonus. XXX never had a grandfather and the time we had together left a big impression on the boy. He is going to start a savings account so he can return in a few years. Tyson was an excellent guide and made our trip very pleasant. I was really worn out after returning home and am still waiting for my body to return to normal. The meat from the elk is very tasty and should last a long time as will the memories of the hunt.


Thank you so much for a great hunt. It was a vacation of a lifetime.


Thank you for a great hunt and a wonderful experience. Your guide, Owen, was a patient and careful guide. He made sure that we went at our own pace and if we looked like we needed to slow down or stop for a rest, that’s what we did. His scouting and tracking skills were outstanding. He gave me the confidence to make “the shot of a lifetime.” He is a true asset to your Ranch. I hope to one day bring my son to your Ranch as he has just this past week completed his hunter safety course here in PA. He will, of course, have to work his way up to game this large. Once again, thank you for fulfilling a dream that I have had for a long time.

-Chris R.

What an awesome experience on your ranch. You and your staff are awesome. It will always be a memory of a lifetime, and I shall return for another adventure for a bigger bull. Thank you so much for everything. Please tell all your staff what a wonderful experience and time I had. See you soon.

-Jim B.

I just wanted to say thanks for the great time I had with you and the guys. Dave was great to hunt with. He did a good job beating the brush for us. The rest of the crew did an amazing job making us feel like nothing else mattered to them except to make our hunt the best, and the best they did. Tell Scott thanks again from me. The story of him calling those bulls to me the way he did, and putting them into range is a LEGACY. The whole experience was amazing. Tell everyone thanks and I hope to see you all again. P.S. I still see bulls when I close my eyes.

-Rex O.

Kelly, Just wanted to say thanks again to you and all your crew. I had a great time and am extremely pleased with the bull I harvested. Dave was a great guide and made the hunt enjoyable.

-Larry D.

I had such a great time. I really enjoyed the guides and the other hunters. The whole experience was just outstanding. Tell Kelly that I really enjoyed the evening we went up in the canyon and looked at the two big bulls. So far the meat has been delicious. The butchering job was very good. Thanks for a great memory.

-Bob T.

Just wanted to send a note expressing my thanks to you and all your guys going out of their way to ensure I got my elk. Carol loves the Italian sausage the butcher did. You’ve filled one of my bucket lists.


I had the time of my life, and the ultimate hunt of a lifetime. You have the best bunch of guys in your outfit, and I loved every minute we spent together in the woods. Your guides helped me achieve a long awaited goal in my life. I now have a freezer full of meat, and you have made me and my family very, very happy. Thank you so very much.

-Frank S.

Thanks to Kelly and the gang for the good company and another great hunt!


I want to thank you again for the wonderful memory that your elk hunt provided me. It has truly been an experience of a lifetime—much more than I had ever anticipated.

-Gale B.

I thought you might like to know that I got Riley’s elk from the taxidermist in February. Riley chose a mount similar to what you have in the lodge. The taxidermist told me that it was one of the prettiest animals he had mounted. He asked me to consider allowing him to use it in a show next winter. 

I have the elk in Riley’s trophy room⁄office in our bonus room over the garage. The elk faces my desk so I have a daily reminder of our trip to your ranch. I also had a bracelet made with the elk’s teeth. It took me a long time to find a design I liked. The local family– owned jewelry store that Riley and I shopped at made it for me…they had never made anything with elk’s teeth. Not only do I have all the special memories from that trip, I also have a beautiful piece of jewelry. It was one of the best things we ever did. Not only did he get the thrill of shooting an elk, we got to meet some of his family for the first time, and one of his Dad’s childhood friends from Park City.

-Catherine G.

Eight Texas elk hunters set off to Utah for the elk hunt they have always dreamed of. Anticipation and camaraderie are at an all-time high. Arriving in Price, Utah on September 24, 2009 all the hunters plan for their rendezvous with Kelly Hymas and all of the guides. The next morning, the hunters make their trek out to the Royal Rut Ranch to meet their guides, sight in their guns and bows, and get ready for the first afternoon hunt. Kelly forewarns us to not shoot the first elk we see.

We all agree that we are just looking this first afternoon. Everyone leaves on the four–wheelers for the first afternoon hunt to see the beautiful country and some splendid bull elk. Even though we made the commitment to only look, at the end of the day we already have three bull elk down. Two of them are at the 400 B&C, and the third a non–typical that is beyond belief. WOW! What a way to start.

This is the type of hunt you will find at the Royal Rut Ranch; as the weekend went along, it only got better. Good food, good guides, good outfitter, and only the best of friends. Our dream hunt was even better than we could have imagined. We would like to thank Kelly and his guides for the trip of a lifetime. We hope to come back again soon.

-Happy Trails, The Texas Elk Hunters

On behalf of Ed and myself, I would like to thank you for one of the most enjoyable hunting experiences we had with you last week. The 354 B&C Bull Elk that I harvested was one of the biggest thrills in the 30 plus years that I have been hunting. Ed was also most thrilled with the perfect 6×6 bull that he harvested.

I would like to compliment you and your guides for the excellent services that you provided us. Your courteous attention to all of our needs were addressed promptly and professionally whether being in or out of the camp.

Once again, many thanks to you and your staff for the wonderful hunting experience.

-Tom C.