Ralphin’ Around

SNS Outfitter & Guides is made up of some delightful and colorful characters. We hope to bring you a fun portrait of their personalities, experience, values and maybe even a few details about how they spend their time during the off season. We couldn’t think of any better character to begin these chronicles with than Ralph Hlebak.

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Fall in Love with Fall Black Bear Hunting

The word autumn rarely comes to mind when hunters think about black bear hunting. About 6 seasons ago, SNS Outfitter & Guides began offering an unprecedented fall season black bear hunt. 

Preparation for the season starts with the initial wave of putting out the baits. Pack horses are used to haul the heavy barrels and buckets. Once at the designated location, the barrels are anchored to a tree then filled with a high carbo[...]

Wyoming: a Plentiful Playground

Thanks to Covid-19, our daily routines and priorities have clearly changed. What SNS is doing however, is ramping up planning and preparation for you! Let me explain why.

I was on a conference call with part of the SNS team when it was mentioned that a surge of interest would be likely following this time of isolation for Americans. I fully admit, at times I am out of the loop, busy with my family and nursing shifts. But I did risk [...]

From the desk of Outfitter, Sy Gilliland: 90/10 bill defeated

The Wyoming Legislature recently dealt with a second attempt by a singe state Senator to cut non-resident hunting licenses by half. In 2014 we faced an unexpected attempt by this same Senator when he introduced a similar bill. Fortunately the bill was killed by the Senate Travel, Recreation, and Wildlife Committee with a vote of 4-1. When this most recent bill was introduced the members of the Wyoming Outfitters & Guides Association (WYOG[...]

The 2019 Fall Black Bear Season is Underway!

We are thrilled to announce the results of the first week of fall black bear hunting. With the first week complete in western Wyoming, we’re happy to report that we have five bears on the ground thus far. This is no overnight task, as our guides spend a considerable portion of the summer scouting, baiting, identifying good locations for bear baits, and more.

With that in mind, let’s talk about how our guides prepare for you,[...]

Spring Bear Hunting in Wyoming

With summer right around the corner, May happens to be one of our most favorite months of the year. You’re probably thinking, “why May?” since hunting season doesn’t officially begin until late-August with our archery antelope hunts. Well, let’s face it: we are fully underway with our spring bear hunts, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

So far, we already have a couple of bears down, photos to come s[...]

2018 Fall Black Bear Season Recap

Although hard to believe, fall black bear season is underway — and let us tell you, we’ve had a great start to the season. The weather has been fantastic in the Greys River Valley, and we’re hoping for a few more weeks of warmth and sunshine. As we’ve mentioned before, the Greys River area is home to a portion of Wyoming’s premier black bear hunting. The area has higher elevations, beautiful scenery, and mountainous terrain. Whe[...]

Fall Black Bear Hunting Season Preparation: Bear Baiting

    Baiting bears­ is a very labor intensive, time consuming, and challenging task. It’s not for the faint of heart. However, many hunters know it to be an effective way to harvest a black bear. For that matter, baiting is one of the most popular methods of hunting black bears throughout North America. Baits are typically comprised of grains, meat, pastries, popcorn, and different breads. They’re placed in[...]

Last Minute Physical Preparation for the 2018 Hunting Season

There is no question you need to be prepared physically before heading out for your western hunting trip. Western hunting tends to be tough both physically and mentally. You’re carrying a heavy pack and you’re spending early morning and late nights out in the field. You’ll experience drastic elevation and temperature changes while packing your gear through the high country. These Western hunts will require a different type of planning and c[...]