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.
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…)
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…)
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 Long Range Hunting LLC Sponsored NTO Shooting Class
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!