Bring the rifle that is your oldest, most trusted friend. There is no need to borrow a flat shooting magnum just for this trip. It is much better to be comfortable with your “old Friend”.
For deer and antelope, we prefer rifles such as the .270, 25-06 or 7mm. For elk, we recommend a .300 Weatherby, .300 Win. Mag. or .338. Make sure you have top quality bullets of sufficient grains (according to the manufacturer).
Quality scope sights are a real plus and they are well worth the investment of owning them. Most of our shots are 150-300 yards, so scopes offer a definite advantage. Brand and type are up to your personal preference.
We recommend sighting your rifle in at about 2 to 2 1/2 inches high at 100 yards. Depending on the grain of bullet you are shooting and the caliber, this will allow you to hold right on your target at 250-300 yards, in most cases.
Make sure you spend plenty of time shooting your rifle so you are comfortable with it. It will also help, if possible, for you to shoot at objects in 50 yard increments, starting at 100 yards ending at about 300 yards. This will familiarize you with various distances as well as where your rifle is hitting at these distances. We also recommend you shoot in different positions, not just from a shooting bench. Practice standing, kneeling, sitting, lying down and leaning over or up against objects. Milk jugs are a great target for such an exercise.
Upon your arrival, we will also spend time sighting in your rifle to make sure that traveling has not jarred the scope.
Date of Arrival
Please contact us no later than two weeks in advance about what time you plan to arrive. We plan on all arrivals on the day before season begins. Please plan to arrive no later than 2pm on this day. This will allow us to double check the accuracy of your rifle, do necessary paperwork, explain the details of the hunt and will allow you time to settle in.
We supply lunch, dinner, pool hall and game room, and lodging including comfortable beds, modern bathrooms, WIFI and satellite TV.
The weather is extremely unpredictable and can change drastically overnight. It can be 70 degrees one day and in the teens the next. The wind can also be unpredictable from 0 to 60+ mph.
We will be hunting in rolling hills, flat land, and deep, rough canyons, all at an elevation of over 8000 feet. Try to be ready for just about anything, from both a physical and mental standpoint.
We have taxidermists that we can recommend or you may take your cape home to your own taxidermist. If you request, we will also do your caping for you for a small fee, otherwise, please note that your cape is your responsibility.
For a small fee you can use our modern processing facility, which includes walk-in cooler, stainless and poly top tables, all utensils, hot and cold water, wrapping and vacuum sealing station, grinder and of course, a 55 inch satellite TV. Depending on when you kill, we should be able to have your meat frozen for your trip home.
Binoculars and Spotting Scopes
Binoculars are really important! If you have some, bring some binoculars that you like and are comfortable with because you will literally spend hours looking long distances through them. Spotting scopes might be nice for you, but they are certainly not necessary. Your guide will have good binoculars, a spotting scope, and a range finder, so don’t feel like you have to go purchase any of these just for this trip.
Travel and Directions
If you wish to fly in you will want to use either Denver International Airport or Cheyenne Regional Airport. If you need transportation from either airport, we can provide it for you. If you are driving, call and we will provide directions for you.
- You are required to have a Wyoming Conservation Stamp with your license so remember to purchase one when you purchase your license.
- Hunters will be guided by a licensed, professional guide and are required to stay with and listen to the guide at all times unless the guide decides otherwise.
- If a hunter has shot at an animal and only wounded it, we will do our best to find it, but that animal whether it is found or not, will be counted as a kill and no refund of any sort will be given back to the hunter. It is extremely important to remember that it is up to you, not your guide, to ultimately judge the animal’s size and to pull the trigger. Pulling the trigger is your responsibility and should be taken very seriously.
- Any unsafe conduct by the hunter will result in a termination of the hunt, his stay, and the hunter will forfeit his entire hunt fee and will not be allowed to return.
- Hunters are expected to know the basic rules of hunting and the outdoors.
- Consumption of alcoholic beverages is not allowed before or during your hunt.
- When you arrive, you will be required to sign a liability waiver.
Applying for a License
The best way to apply for a license is to do so online through the Wyoming Game and Fish Department at http://wgfd.wyo.gov
It is very important that you touch base with us before you apply to make sure the area and type of license you are applying for is correct. You may call Ron at 307-630-3616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Traditionally the deadline to apply for non-resident elk is January 31st and for non-resident deer and antelope, May 31st.
What to Bring
Items You Should Bring Along to the Hunt
- Soft or hard case for your rifle
- Ammunition (bring plenty…we recommend at least 50 rounds)
- Sharp knife
- Wyoming hunting license or licenses
- Wyoming Conservation Stamp
- Blaze orange clothing. Wyoming law requires that you wear at least one article of blaze orange clothing. Hats or vests work well.
- A variety of heavy, medium and light coats
- Good clothes for layering
- Different types of long sleeve shirts that you can layer
- Hunting pants and long johns
- Gloves – two pairs are nice – one light and one heavy
- Hats – light and heavy
- Rain gear (wet weather clothing)
- Good, comfortable hiking boots, preferably Gortex
- Personal items found in a shaving kit
- Aspirin or Ibuprofen
- Several pairs of good, warm socks
- Water bottle
- Food for breakfast and snacks
- Pillow and sleeping bag
Items You May Want to Bring Along
- Camera and film
- Books or magazines
- Wool or Gortex clothing (make sure they are quiet)
- Backpack or fanny pack