Frequently Asked Questions

• How do I book a hunt with Non-Typical Outfitters?
We want you to be sure that this is the hunt for you, so please be sure to call and get all your questions answered before booking the hunt. We do book up well in advance, so you will need to make sure that we have availability for the hunt that you would like to book as well. Once you decide to book the hunt, you will need to fill out our booking form and send it in along with your $1,000 deposit. The booking form is located on the Contact Us page of our website. Please note that the $1,000 deposit is non-refundable.
• Why is the $1,000 deposit non-refundable?
Your deposit secures your hunting dates. Our hunts are booked well in advance. We pass up other clients to save your hunt for you.
• Are my hunt payments refundable?
Your hunt payments are not refundable. You should secure trip insurance to ensure that you do not suffer a financial loss if you need to cancel your hunt.
• Does my deposit lock in my price for the hunt?
No, your deposit does not lock in your hunt price. Because we book our hunts sometimes years in advance, we cannot lock in hunt prices. All hunt prices are subject to change at any time.
• Where are the closest airports?
The closest airport is Jackson, Wyoming. It is about a 40 mile drive from Jackson to Alpine. Some of our clients prefer to fly into the Idaho Falls, Idaho airport. Idaho Falls airport is about 70 miles from Alpine.
• Can I get a ride from the airport?
Yes, you can get a ride from the airport. We can pick you up for a fee of $200 per person, round trip. We need to have your transportation scheduled in advance.
• What is the weather expected to be like on my hunt?
The weather during the early mule deer season in September is usually frosty mornings, warming up to the mid 60's during the day. We can get many inches of snow at any time during any of our seasons, so come prepared for cold weather. The elk season is usually more snowy and cold with nighttime temperatures sometimes below freezing, but warming up during the day into the 50's at times. Spring bear hunting can be cold and wet, or warm and sunny.
For more information about the weather, check our Links page for a link to the local weather forecast.
• What caliber of rifle do you recommend?
A 30 caliber rifle is our first choice, but it is more important that you are familiar with the rifle that you bring than have it be a certain caliber. Bring the rifle that you are most comfortable shooting.
• What optics should I bring?
Bring all the optics that you can stand to carry on the mountain. Optics are the key to our game!
• What is the average shot distance?
Most of the shots that our hunters take are between 200 and 300 yards. We recommend that you are prepared to shoot 400 yards if necessary, but that is seldom required. The most important thing is to have practiced with your rifle so that you know what your shot will do at various yardages.
• Can I bring a non-hunting companion and how much do you charge for a non-hunting companion?
You can certainly bring a non-hunting companion. You will need to schedule in advance for anyone that you would like to bring on your hunt. We charge $200 per day for a non-hunting companion that will be going with you in the field. You can schedule for a non-hunting companion that will stay in camp for $100 per day.
• What should I tip my guide and other staff?
The standard tip for a hunting guide is about 10% of the hunt price. Your tip is a personal choice and can be higher if you feel that your guide gave you that extra effort. Some tips have exceeded $1000. Being a hunting guide is a seasonal position that often requires some sacrifice. The tips that a guide receives during the season are often an integral part of being able to continue in the industry. Cooks and other staff usually get tipped less. If you think that someone has gone above and beyond to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable, a tip is greatly appreciated.
• How far do we ride the horses each day?
The amount of time that you will spend on your horse can vary from 30 minutes or less morning and evening to upwards of 2 hours. Our hunting area is quite varied and we hunt as much of it as possible. You may ride out of camp a short distance or you may trailer to another area and ride quite a ways to get to where your trophy lives. Each day can differ as well. It is a good idea to come prepared and to spend some time riding horses before your hunt if possible. Each year we take clients that have not ridden much before if at all... it is just more comfortable if you have had some practice.
• How many other hunters will be in camp?
We book for 8 hunters in camp a week. Wyoming is on a draw system, so occasionally we will have a couple more or a couple less depending on the draw and on everyone's schedules.
• What is the best week to come for deer or elk?
There is not one week or another that is better or worse historically. We have return clients that do not specify a week and have us just schedule them where it fits. The early season may have more benefit from the scouting, but later in the season there is more chance of snow and other weather.
• What elevation will I be hunting at?
You will be hunting from 7,000 to 11,000 feet elevation.
• Where can I get my meat processed?
You can get your meat processed in one of three places locally. Hog Island Meats in Jackson, WY (307)413-0343, Jackson Hole Ice and Game in Jackson, WY (307) 733-4026 or Dana's Cold Storage in Thayne, WY (307) 883-2397.
• How can I get my trophy taken care of and shipped to me or my taxidermist?
There are many local taxidermists that can take care of your trophy and cape and have them shipped for you. We work most often with Gregg Fisher and Logan Wilkes. Logan of Timberline Taxidermy can be reached at (307) 248-2066 and Gregg of Alpine Taxidermy can be reached at (307) 654-7528.
• Do you offer any combo hunts?
We do offer combo hunts. Our mule deer and elk seasons do not overlap, but they do butt up against each other. Even though you cannot hunt both species at the same time, we do have clients that book a mule deer/elk combo hunt. That hunt is 10 days long, just like two separate hunts.
We also offer an antelope hunt in combination with either mule deer or elk. That is a one day add on hunt making the total hunt duration 6 days.
• Can I stay in camp after my tag has been filled?
Absolutely! You are welcome to stay in camp for the duration of your hunt. If you came with a hunting partner, you are welcome to hunt with your partner for the duration of the hunt.
• Can I book a two on one hunt without having a hunting partner?
Yes, you can book as a two on one hunt without having a hunting partner if you would like. We will match you up with another single hunter. We try to match up people of similar abilities, but that is not always possible. If you have set a high goal for your trophy animal, you are better off booking a one on one hunt rather than a two on one as a single hunter.
• What is a typical hunting day like?
You will get up very early in the morning, well before daylight. We can ride from camp or we also trailer horses to other trailheads based on our scouting. We ride anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to get to where we are going to hunt for the day. Most of the day will be spent glassing. We use the horses to move from vantage point to vantage point throughout the day. Sometimes we tie up the horses in the morning and the rest of the day is spent on foot hiking. We hunt from daylight till dark most days. On some occasions our hunters have requested to head back to camp early, before dark. It's your hunt, so we do our best to accommodate you.
• Can I get any cell service at camp or while hunting?
There is no cell service most places that you will be on your hunt. Occasionally, you can get a signal on the very tops of the peaks, but it is not reliable. If someone needs to get ahold of you during your hunt, give them our office number as that is monitored on a daily basis and we can get a message in to you.
• Do you have grizzly bears or wolves in your hunting area?
We do not have resident grizzlies or wolves in our hunting area. We do sometimes have a grizzly or a lone wolf move into our area, but they invariably get in trouble with the sheep and cattle that graze our national forest. When that happens the government trappers either shoot them or relocate them.
• What area do you hunt for deer and elk?
Our deer hunting is in Region G and our elk hunting is in a General area.
• How large is your hunting area?
Our permitted hunting area encompasses over 900 square miles of national forest and over twice that in BLM lands.
• Can I drive my car/truck to camp?
Yes, you can drive your own vehicle to our locations. Please note that if we get any snow or a lot of rain, you may need 4 wheel drive to get into or out of camp. We can drive you into camp and have you park on the main road if the forecast calls for inclement weather.
• What happens if I leave early from my hunt?
We cannot give any rate reductions or extra days if you leave before the conclusion of your hunt or fail to arrive on the pre-arranged dates for your hunt. We recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. This type of insurance is offered by many agents. Should you be unable to make the trip due to an unforeseen problem, you will not lose all of your investment if you have this insurance. We do reserve the right to cancel hunts and refund deposits.
• What happens if my personal gear gets damaged?
We cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage of your personal gear. You may wish to insure your rifle, optics and other valuable equipment against breakage or loss during your hunt.
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