Wyoming Mule Deer, Whitetail, Antelope, Elk -Wyoming #235

Wyoming Mule Deer, Whitetail, Antelope, Elk -Wyoming #235

This outfitter runs a family-owned and operated business on some very remote ranchlands in northeast Wyoming. The outfitter hunts his own private ranch and also has leases consisting of about 75 square miles in northeast Wyoming. Nearly 100,000 acres! The property is located along the Little Powder River, which boasts one of the biggest herds of non-migratory mule deer in the state, and it has some giant deer. He has a substantial elk herd, also non-migratory. His hunt area also has a lot of good antelope. Drawing tags here for antelope is normally 100% draw, with leftover tags available. AND THE SLEEPER HERE IS HIS WHITETAIL HUNTING! SOME HUGE BUCKS!

The outfitter oversees every one of his camps. Putting in over 150 days a year in the field, he and his guides know the ropes and where to find the game on several hundred thousand acres. That’s why he is so successful. You will come away a better and more knowledgeable hunter. He closely manages the harvest on his properties to assure guests the opportunity at a trophy animal.

There are no fences and the hunts are strictly fair chase. Most hunting is by spotting and stalking using spotting scopes and binoculars. The outfitter’s guides try hard to get the hunter the closest, highest percentage shot they can, because the first shot is always your best shot. The guides are good judges of trophy quality and most shots end up being less than 200 yards. The hunter makes the final decision on the shot based on what you are looking for and the guide’s input.

Here is an elk report from two of our past clients:

“This Outfitter hunts on very special large acreage private ranches, with exceptional terrain, habitat, and lots of water sources for the Elk, Deer, and Antelope to grow big. My brother and I had a great rifle Elk hunt during the start of the rut in early September. On the second evening, we encountered an estimated 300 Elk on a cornfield that we were set upon, with many shootable bulls. On that evening, I harvested one of the bulls scoring around 300 BC — the outfitter positioned me perfectly for a 139-yard broadside shot. Great bull for my first Elk. My brother also harvested his first Elk with a good 300 yard shot with guide Tyler bugling in a bull on an awesome stalk in a heavily treed canyon — 310-320. BC. During our Elk hunt, we saw some truly exceptional Mulies, one we estimated at 240 Gross BC. We also saw many trophy Antelope.

This is a true trophy outfitter, taking a very limited number of hunters each year resulting in many shot opportunities at exceptional Elk, Deer, and Antelope. The accommodations and home-cooked meals are very good. Plus outfitter and his wife are gracious hosts with fantastic hospitality and are lots of fun. Thank you Butch. – Dan S. (Note: he immediately re-booked for next year!)

New here is a November rut whitetail hunt from November 1-30 in Deer Unit 17. The Game and Fish Department reset the unit boundaries in 2016, and Area 17 now is in Region C for deer. This was done in order to allow whitetails to be hunted during the November rut in hopes of reducing their numbers, as Game & Fish feels there are too many! WE AT HUNT NATION ARE VERY EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO OFFER YOU THIS WHITETAIL HUNT! The new rules give the outfitter a new opportunity to hunt the whitetail rut. These deer have hardly been touched for years. Most have died of old age. And with the huge amount of land, we have no doubt there are 150 and 160 class whitetails out there, along with plenty of 135- 145 class. And likely some 170 class too. THIS MIGHT BE YOUR BEST CHANCE EVER TO KNOCK OVER A REAL TROPHY WHITETAIL. They are uneducated, under-hunted, fat, old and, while never pushovers, they should not be terribly difficult either. The outfitter’s vast area has about 15 miles of creek bottoms to hunt (the bucks chase does along these bottoms during the rut), generally by spot and stalk in the mornings and blinds overlooking fields in the afternoons. AND DRAW ODDS ARE AWESOME: at the Special level license ($660), your odds are 100% – even with zero preference points! At the Regular level license ($372), with a single preference point, your odds are still 100%! We saw the huge acreage he hunts and we honestly believe you will kill some giants here. If you want a whack at these deer, then please give us a call. He plans to hunt from November 1 to 15. This is a very under-hunted resource, so please be picky!

All hunts include guiding, meals and lodging. Lodging is at the ranch described below. Terrain is relatively modest, but it helps if you can walk, spot and stalk, as the terrain lends itself to that style.



A 2020 REPORT:
“I can’t speak highly enough about the hunt that Butch hooked me up for with this outfitter. From the hosts to the hunting it was one of the best hunts I have ever been on concluding with the largest mule deer I have harvested to date. I saw elk, mule deer, whitetail, pronghorn and beautiful scenery every day. I can’t wait to go back.” Jeff T


He offers an excellent 4-day archery or 3-day rifle hunt for these speed goats, mainly in Area 17, but also Areas 23 and 24. He has somewhere close to 1,000 acres of alfalfa in a variety of smaller parcels, so lots of opportunity. He normally expects 100% opportunity with bow at 50 yards or less, on bucks. It is also possible to do a two-antelope buck hunt! There are that many tags and that many antelope. ANOTHER MAJOR PLUS HERE IS THAT THESE AREAS ARE USUALLY 100% DRAW FOR A SPECIAL LICENSE, EVEN WITHOUT PREFERENCE POINTS.

Antelope horn sizes range from 13 to 15 inches, with some opportunities at trophies up to 16 inches, although 16 is rare.

This outfitter has taken a number of TV personalities and outdoor celebrities over the course of his 30 years in the guiding business. In early 2018 he sold his old ranch headquarters and now lodging is on on one of his big leased ranches. Lodging is planned to be several camp trailers; with a tented cook and dining room. It will feel much more like a wilderness deer hunt, which we like. Meals are good solid food and plenty of it. This is not the hunt for anyone wanting posh lodging- it is for the serious hunter. Some of his better known past client include Jim Cabela, the Christensen Arms President, Pete Shepley from PSE, Tom Miranda, Bob Robb and others.

“Paul and I want to thank you for arranging our hunt with this excellent outfit. We were successful in hunting antelope. The outfitter set us up on a spot to hunt from a blind on opening day. My son Paul got his buck 27 minutes later, about a 92-yard shot. The outfitter told my son that he’d shot a very good buck. Then he drove us out to spot and stalk antelope. I also got my antelope on opening day morning. My son Paul is legally blind. Thanks again.” – Joe and Paul R.


In recent years the elk herd here has grown hugely, and with the area being 90% private ranches, they have gone relatively unmolested. The result is unpressured elk with good age structure, plenty of feed and relatively hunter-friendly terrain for stalking and glassing. Elk here will average 270 to 330, but there are much larger ones too  (there are some 330-inch bulls using the private-land hayfield the outfitter hunts in Unit 129, which is a general license area.) . Based on our personal inspection, we honestly think this is one of the very best places to tag a truly big bull. These bulls have age, food, good genetics, and no pressure! We also REALLY like that this is a General Tag area, which means historically you can draw on the higher priced Special license level ($1,057) with 4 Preference Points. It is also a 100% draw at the Regular License level ($690) with only 5 preference points.

Now the really exciting part: the season here is a full 2 months long, starting September 1, SO YOU CAN RIFLE HUNT THESE ELK DURING THE BUGLE! It is nice when the bulls are screaming, “Hey, I’m over here!”. And the outfitter does not allow a bow season beforehand, so these are totally unpressured bulls. But, if you are a bowhunter, you can certainly choose to use your bow during the gun season, and bring your rifle as a Plan B.

COW ELK: Also excellent cow elk rifle hunts here for all the same reasons. Cow elk season generally opens September 1 and runs to November 30. It is Area 129.

 LICENSES: Wyoming has a 2 tier license system- the Regular level (less expensive) — and the SPECIAL level (more expensive). At the Special level, the State sets aside 40% of the available tags for anyone willing to pay a bit more. This can often double or triple your odds of drawing, often taking you from 30 to 50% odds to 90 to 100% odds.



• Antelope 3 Days Rifle or 4 Days Archery $3,795

1×1 hunts are an additional $1,100 per person. Additional hunting days are $875/day. Non-hunting observers are $195 per person per night, including meals and lodging.

INCLUDED: Transport to/from Gillette Airport, guiding, food, lodging, private lease/harvest fees and field dressing.

NOT INCLUDED: State of Wyoming License fees, taxes, transportation of harvested animal to processor, processor and taxidermy fees, and gratuities.

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