Our 2017 Elk season was filled with super successes, as well as super challenges. Our high success rate continued for most of our elk hunts this year. We did, however, have a couple of hunts where the hunting was some of the most difficult we’ve had. During those hunts we experienced a low harvest rate. We killed some of the best bulls we have ever taken out of western Wyoming this year. We harvested a solid number of bulls over 300 inches and many just good old, solid 6 point bulls. (more…)
Our 2017 mule deer season was the most difficult season that we have had to date. Our snowfall of 170-200% of normal with extreme cold spells took its toll on our mule deer during the 2016-17 winter season. We lost most of the fawns and many adult deer throughout all age classes. Western Wyoming’s mule deer is at a serious crossroads. Click here if you want to be part of the solution.
During our spring and summer scouting (more…)
Our western Wyoming mule deer herd is in crisis. The winter of 2016-17, advancements in hunting techniques, the selling of big buck coordinates, and unlimited resident tags have taken their toll on this herd. I believe that it is time to reduce the hunting pressure by 50% or more. If steps are not taken immediately, the greatest Wyoming mule deer herd will go down under our watch. I think that we should err on the side of caution when managing this herd. We have a mule deer crisis; let me explain why I feel this way.
There has been a noticeable decline in quality and buck numbers over the past few years. Anyone who has grown up here, hunted here for decades, or studied this herd on the winter grounds has noticed these declines. This is nothing new to mule deer herds across the west. The downturn in quality mule deer is something many of us have watched play out across the west in many places. Other historically high quality mule deer herds have hit the point of no return. Where I grew up, in southeastern Idaho, much of the world class mule deer hunting I experienced as a child is simply gone. The mule deer crisis exists because (more…)
Non-Typical Outfitters Scouting Photos for AUG 2017
Here are scouting photos from August 2017 for you. Please do not share these pics via social media or email. We want to keep these scouting photos private, for our booked clients only. Pictures out in the general public can negatively impact your hunt. (more…)
This 2017 winter has been extremely challenging for our coming deer season. Snowfall is 170-200% of normal. To make matters worse, we had two layers of ice that were in that snowpack and they kept the ridges from blowing open. Also, we received extreme temperatures down to -50° F. On one 24 hour period it went from -40 to +40° above and rained 2 1/2 inches. Needless to say, the winter has tapped out the fat reserves on our deer. (more…)
The 2016 Mule Deer season was, all in all, a very successful season. We had favorable weather patterns throughout the winter, spring, and summer months, for average or slightly above average antler growth. We had one of the most successful scouting seasons we have ever experienced to date here at NTO. Our booked clients received a very impressive line up of scouting pictures.
We have noticed one change in our hunters recently: (more…)
Our 2016 Rocky Mountain Elk Hunt was one of our best to date. We had a very high harvest rate on most hunts. We had the ability to show most of our hunters many, many bulls. Some of the bulls were as big as they get for western Wyoming. Even the hunts where we did not punch everyone’s tag were still very successful. Some hunters passed 6 point bulls because they were seeing bigger ones. We had opportunities on and killed several bulls over 300 inches. (more…)
It is that time of year when hunters start dreaming of the season to come. We all start practicing our shooting and fine tuning our gear. As you are dreaming about the hunts to come, I have questions for you: Are you really ready for an opportunity at a once and a lifetime trophy Deer, Elk, Bear, Sheep, or Wolf? Are you ready for a shot at a 40 inch giant Mule Deer, 375 inch bull Elk or a 40 inch Ram? Have you ever experienced “Buck Fever?” If you say to yourself, “I think so”, or “maybe”, then my advice would be for you to consider doing something about it!
In the world of hunting and shooting instructors, there are many that teach the fallacy of the flat range, which causes anxiety when you finally head to the mountains to hunt. Nationally known Mule Deer Outfitter and addicted predator hunter, Robb Wiley, has taken shooting instruction to the next level. Robb teaches a no-holds-barred hunting course that puts you in realistic hunting scenarios with the added stress of elevation, wind reading, and peer pressure. (more…)
The 2015 season had the perfect start for our Mule Deer herd, early spring melt and loads of early rainfall. Combined with a mild winter, the deer had the perfect storm of conditions for optimal antler growth. We located and hunted some real giants among the deer herd again in 2015… 240, 230, 220 and many 195-200 inch trophies. We do not judge success by the score of our deer, we use it as a reference to the quality of animals western Wyoming produces. (more…)