Deer Hunting in Wyoming
2022 Review & Gallery
Our 2022 Wyoming Mule Deer Hunt was the year of 170 inch bucks. Going into the season we had located and scouted some impressive deer. Our son Jamin “JD” had spent most the month of August in the mountains scouting and locating bucks. He along with some of the other guides had found some huge deer and we were itching at the chance to have a go at them. Opening week was a little humbling and the hunting was tougher than expected but the scouting paid off and we were able to connect on some nice bucks. The majority of big deer seemed to have disappeared into thin air, or gave us the slip and were never seen again. The weather throughout most the season was really warm and the hunting was tough and made us work for everything. But, with lots of effort by hard working guides and determined hunters that kept going out each day we took some nice bucks and a good number of them scoring in the 170’s. This year did produce one of the heaviest horned bucks we have ever taken and with a spread just over 30 inches and a drop tine he was a very impressive deer. Durning the season we also saw lots of young bucks that are up and comers and will be some great bucks in the next year or two. Western Wyoming continues to produce some tremendous mule deer and with some luck and lots of hard work a hunter has a chance to take home a true giant. We are looking forward to the 2023 season and trying for one of the big ones that got away. New for the 2023 season we are offering an archery mule deer hunt. This hunt will be with a crossbow and will take place early September.
2019 Review & Gallery
With some of the trophy class bucks we had spotted in our scouting we were hopeful for a great year going into the 2019 season. Although, we didn’t see the number of bucks that we are used to seeing there were some quality bucks around. We were able to connect on a couple of big deer right off the bat, but we also had some missed opportunities. Opening morning my client and I located a huge 30 plus inch buck with a hook cheater that just showed up that morning. We got within 200 yards, but fate was not meant to be after a couple missed shots we connected on the buck’s buddy, which was still a mature old deer. Another 200-inch buck had a missed opportunity, so we did see a couple huge bucks this fall. With the winter of 2016 and last winter’s 2018-19 which was harder than average, deer numbers are down in western Wyoming. But, there is still an opportunity to take home a big trophy class deer. Because of great genetics and super habitat western Wyoming will always grow and produce some trophy bucks. We have been taking fewer deer hunters. Some of our camps only have a couple deer hunters a year. This fall we had only 1 deer hunter on our last week of the season. With the 6 inches of snow it was an awesome hunt and we saw some slammer bucks. These big boys should be here for 2020. We are still able to provide and offer a very good mule deer hunt in some beautiful country. 2020 should be a good year and we can’t wait to see how it plays out.
2017 Review & Gallery
After having a banner season in 2016 for big mature bucks and high deer numbers we were a little worried what the 2017 hunting season would hold after going through the record snow winter of 2016-2017. As we expected we saw significantly fewer deer in our pre-season scouting and had to look long and hard to find mature bucks. As the 2017 season began it was as we thought, hunting was a lot tougher than the previous deer seasons. But, with hard hunting and great guides we were able to find some nice bucks and even a few of those elusive mature old timers that had made it through the winter. We were lucky enough to connect on a few real nice bucks last fall. With a mild winter in 2017-18 we will see our deer herds slowly rebounding, but it will take a few years before we see the hunting as it was before the winter of 2016. Western Wyoming will always produce big deer every year. With great habitat and world class genetics we will always be able to take a couple whoppers each season.
2015 Review & Gallery
The 2015 deer season showed again that mule deer in western Wyoming are making a comeback. Although the numbers are not what Wyoming saw in the early 90’s or 2000’s, deer in western Wyoming are doing better than they were just a few years ago. This past fall we were able to harvest several quality trophy class bucks and had another few of the mountain monarchs give us the slip, either a client missing a shot opportunity or just outsmarting us altogether. I always get the question, “What is an average deer we can expect to take on the hunt.” The average buck we see and harvest is a 150 to 170 type of deer, 24 to 28 inches wide, nice forks, and good mass. We do see bucks in the 180 class and connect on a few giants each year, 190 to 200 inch plus, but this type of buck is few and far between. If you are looking for a great representation of a mountain mule deer with a chance at taking home a Wyoming high mountain monster this hunt can’t be beat.
2013 Review & Gallery
The 2013 deer season was one to remember. This was one of the snowiest deer seasons many could remember, but it produced several real nice bucks that Wyoming is known for. The snow, cold and wet weather made for some prime buck hunting conditions. The season started off slow with only 1 buck taken on opening day but quickly picked up and by day 3 we had some trophy class bucks on the ground. On day three Rick Bontempo took a great trophy buck and when we approached it he slapped me on the back and said, “This is what I came to Wyoming for.” Spirits began to raise and the rest of the season only got better as more big deer were found and harvested. We would like to thank the entire group of 2013 deer hunters that hunted with us. They were all great guys. Good shots were made and positive attitudes were kept even while riding and hiking through rain, snow, mud and sleet. Congratulations to everyone.