Western Wyoming Mule Deer are the top trophy mule deer herds in the country. We have a high buck-to-doe ratio, outstanding genetics and the age class necessary for trophy quality deer. This herd has produced Wyoming’s best mule deer bucks such as Popeye, Morty and Goliath; and now Magnum and Snag. Their genetics can still be seen in the herd today. There are more Boone and Crockett entries from Western Wyoming than any other area in the state. This is one of the best areas to hunt for trophy quality mule deer in North America.
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Our hunts take place in the high country of western Wyoming from 7,000 to 10,000 feet. Horses give us transport to the high country. From that point we do most of our hunting on foot. Hiking is a must. The terrain in which we hunt mule deer is physically challenging to nearly all hunters. Mule Deer hunting in the Rockies of western Wyoming is the pinnacle challenge of western hunting. It will stress you physically, mentally and test your shooting skills like few other hunts on earth. The reward is in the gift of hunting with horses in some of the most breath taking alpine country God ever created, while hunting one of the most majestic and challenging trophy animals of North America.
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This Wyoming Mule Deer hunt is not for everyone. You must have the desire to earn a trophy animal. You must be prepared to be tested. There is no guarantee of a kill, just a guarantee of hunting as hard as you can in a place that grows some of the most spectacular mule deer on the planet, with an outfitter – Non-Typical Outfitters – that consistently kills giant bucks every year. Our harvest rate is one of the highest in the industry on true, trophy mule deer. Ninety percent of the giant trophies get killed by 10 percent of the hunters. Come join the 10 percent crowd at Non-Typical Outfitters.
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…)
We didn’t know what to expect out of the 2018 mule deer season. With the extremely severe winter of 2016-17 and the super mild winter of 2017-18, it was hard to predict how the herd would look. Our herd had two years of polar opposite conditions that affected their health. After our 2017 mule deer season, it was very clear that the herd needed our help.
My son Shea and I hunted with Non-Typical Outfitters for the 2017 season. We both took nice mule deer, but they weren’t B&C records by any means. I am a nearly 70-year old man and have hunted all my life in some awesome locations. I’ve hunted with Robb before on a spring bear hunt and wasn’t successful with that hunt. This did not deter me from hunting with him again.
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…)
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.
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…)
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…)
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.
For the last couple of years, we have been able to say, “This mule deer hunting season was our best year to date.” Well, we did it again! I didn’t think that it was possible, but in 2014 we set the bar even higher, due to our world class staff and our ability to work together as a team. Preseason scouting, was once again, also, very essential to our success. (more…)