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…)
Category: The NTO Experience
Please enjoy these stories and personal experiences from Non-Typical clients and staff.
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…)
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In the Mountains of Southwest Wyoming, at a tent camp way up in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, you can have a training experience that’s a rare opportunity to improve your shooting and hunting skills.
First, let me say I’ve been involved in firearms training, instruction and competition since I was 15 years old. I’ll leave it to say that was a LONG time ago. I also served 36 years (more…)
The hunt for Snag began in 2011. I actually found Snag before I found Magnum (the giant 257 inch buck we killed in 2011). Snag was younger than Magnum that year. I estimated his age to be about 4 years old. Magnum was aged at 6 1/2 years old when he was taken in 2011. I was only able to locate Snag a handful of times over the next few years. He was a very secretive animal, like a cagey, old, monster buck.
Brenda and I have not had the chance to hunt together since starting a family 6 years ago. After hearing the news that Brenda was ready to come out of “hunting retirement”, I did not book any clients for the last week of October, 2014, so that we could test drive a hunt that we are going to be offering beginning 2015. Check out Brenda’s 2014 bull!
Magnum’s story began in early August 2011, on a scouting trip with a good friend. We were scouting an area that we hardly ever hunt. Out of the timber stepped a Wyoming giant. The buck was headed to water. He walked across an opening on a timbered ridge, in the open for only minutes. We could identify the cheaters, in-lines, drop tine, and of course, the MASS. In seconds his name came to mind, “MAGNUM,” the non-typical mule deer. (more…)
This is a buck that we discovered while scouting our preseason mule deer hunt for 2008 that we named “Coronado” (the crown buck). Unfortunately, none of our hunters were able to take this buck home. We did find opportunities to shoot at Coronado twice, while in his bed at about 200 yards. But we missed. He then ran over the next ridge and was killed by a DIY hunter. One of our guides is pictured with Coronado below.