Open Season for Adventure!
PRONGHORNS - THE FASTEST MAMMAL IN NORTH AMERICA actually exceed the human population in the State of Wyoming.
According to Adventure Guide Sy Gilliland, this is part of what makes the Casper area tops for world-class pronghorn antelope, mule deer and elk hunting. Gilliland, owner of S-N-S Outfitter and Guide Service knows that you don't have to travel far from Casper for an epic hunting adventure.
"For the pronghorn situation, you can't go wrong anywhere in Natrona County," he says. "There's also a lot of opportunity west of Casper because there's more public land. Mule deer, of course, are anywhere around rough country - the Bates Hole area and the second range of the Hat Six area. And there's some real good prairie mule deer hunting, too, just northeast of Casper in the sand-hills."
Of course, a successful hunt should also be a relaxing hunt, which is why an outfitting service makes sense. "When a client arranges a hunt through an outfitter, it's a worry-free event," says Gilliland. "The license application is taken care of, as well as all of the scheduling. If a client is flying in, we'll pick them up at the airport and take them to the motel they've reserved or the camp they've arranged. We'll even suggest places for their clients to eat and shop."
Perhaps most importantly, a professional outfitter will also take care of the gear a client will need. "Generally, we'll send them out a complete equipment list, right down to the types of socks to bring, how many pairs of pants and coats. Once they get here, they'll want to hit Rocky Mountain Discount Sports and Sportsmans Warehouse."
The advantages of having a guide are even more apparent during the hunt. "The guide is going to provide a vehicle; he's going to provide all the meals and a place to hunt," Gilliland says. "And of course, we're knowledgeable on the local game laws because they do vary from state to state." Gilliland also points out that Casper offers a full range of post-hunt services. "After the animals are harvested, they can be taken to any local meat processor or taxidermist. They can even accommodate shipping of the final product for hunters, so that everything is handled from start to finish."
Planning your next hunt in Casper can be a life-changing experience. As Gilliland puts it: "When you go home, you'll remember all the things that happened on the hunt-the sunrises and the sunsets, and herds of antelope going across the prairie-the memories are just phenomenal." And with Casper's variety of game animals, beautiful terrain, and the complete dedication to service and satisfaction, everyone from the weekend gamer to United States Senators find Casper to be an ideal hunting destination. But according to Gilliland, no matter who you are, one thing is certain: "In hunting camp, we're all equals."
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