In 2015 my Dad called and told me that Non-Typical Outfitters in Western Wyoming, harvests some giant mule deer bucks. Before burning his points, he wanted to check them out. He scheduled a Spring Bear Hunt, and asked if I’d join him. I happily obliged.
We arrived, and met Robb Wiley, his wife Dr. Brenda, and their two little girls. After getting settled, we were off to verify the zero on his rifle. We chatted (more…)
Or, should I say hunts – plural. I must say, when I originally signed up to hunt with NTO, I was just checking off one of my bucket list hunts, but now that I have actually hunted with Non-Typical Outfitters, I can’t wait to do it again. My opinion is that Robb Wiley, co-owner of NTO, has surrounded himself with some great guys and that also includes Robert, the cook.
I arrived at camp the day before (more…)
To hunt bears or not to hunt bears? That’s a question I’ve pondered for many years. I’ve backpacked and hunted the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges in my home state of Washington since I was a Boy Scout. After a handful of encounters in some very majestic places, bears took on a special, almost sacred significance to me. For many years I chose not to actively pursue bears and focused my efforts on deer, elk and turkeys. Up until then, that was my idea of high adventure. Then, during a 2015 spring (more…)
I wanted to share my experience at fulfilling one of my bucket list items, a wilderness hunt on horseback and the opportunity to hunt with Non-Typical Outfitters. Robb Wiley, who helped me book this hunt recommended a solo hunt, just me and a guide. His strong encouragement was 100% spot on and the additional cost, although a burden, was worth every penny. I always had other priorities, like expenses that were more important at the time, but recently I figured, finally (more…)
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…)