Wyoming Elk Feed Grounds: need your help

Winter feeding of wildlife is a hot button issue and often pits wildlife lovers, hunters and conservationists against one other. Elk are fed each winter by the Wyoming Game & Fish Department and the National Elk Refuge. As townships and ranchers established themselves out west, elk were left with very little intact natural winter range.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission has tasked the department to hold a series of publ[...]

Conditioning for your Hunt & Life Beyond

Sheltering in place has its challenges. Our day to day choices effect our ability to thrive. Now may be the time to renew your efforts for physical fitness, mental health & your overall well being. Making the time and effort to condition ourselves will pay dividends, both in hunting adventures and in life beyond. Stay Well & Stay Active!

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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[...]

Chronic wasting disease: My perspective

Over the last few years, as the concern surrounding the impact of Chronic Wasting Disease has increased, we as outfitters and hunters are left searching for answers on how to deal with the impacts of CWD. There is no known cure for the disease which makes it a grave threat to infected herds of deer and elk.

So, what can be done, and what is being done? In 2019 I was asked to be a part of a CWD working group made up of public me[...]

A Sign of the Times

The past 25 years the SNS crew has entered these doors, climbed this set of stairs and found themselves in the mecca of prime hunting happenings. The office has always been a showcase of our passion, dedication and success. A collection of mule deer and antelope mounts overlooked the front office, the entry wall was covered with award plaques and the hallway had been lined with photographs of fond memories of SNS’ 43 years. Guides used to s[...]

The Master of Involvement; WYOGA President, Sy Gilliland

Being an Outfitter is far more than meets the eye. The amount of planning and organization that goes into doing the job properly is an enormous task. In additional to time spent overseeing thousands of details, being involved with protecting conservation rights goes with the role. SNS Outfitter, Sy Gilliland, is the master of involvement! His resume over 43 years of outfitting includes highlights such as; ground breaking legislative work that[...]

Post Season Scouting

A task that quickly follows the wrap of hunting season is “deer counting”. The SNS team has a commitment to conservation. Maintaining a knowledge base of herd health is crucial to what we do. Taking the time to obtain these numbers is a tremendous help with the overall management scheme for the years to come. When deer populations thrive, quality hunting flourishes!

Deer counting is a relaxing duty. The equipment list for a [...]

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,[...]