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.

Ralph guiding from the Box Y Lodge during Mule Deer and Elk Hunting Seasons

Ralph is an exp[...]

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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[...]

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A look at the Southern Big Horn Elk Herd

Whether you prefer to read the Blog below or ride along with us, we appreciate your interest in SNS Outfitter & Guides!

Since the mid-1990’s, Wyomings elk population has experienced tremendous growth as have elk across the entire mountain west. The biologists in charge of managing these majestic game animals have many theories as to why elk numbers have exploded across the west. Wyoming’s statewide population estimate stands at 1[...]

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Conditioning for your Hunt & Life Beyond

There is no doubt about it! The presence of Covid-19 has changed how we are currently living our lives. These days of social distancing absolutely have their downsides. I can’t help but appreciate, however, the heightened perspective that it has brought to many. I see people dialing in on what is truly important to them; faith, family and our health. Projects that have gone untouched for months, or even years, are getting checked off t[...]

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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 [...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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2020 Wyoming Elk Application Reminder

Deadline: January 31, 2020Draw Results: May 20, 2020 JOIN US IN WYOMING Fill your freezer and have an adventure

As a reminder, the elk application deadline is quickly approaching! We have a limited number of bull elk hunts open in 2020. Don’t hesitate to book the hunt you have been dreaming about today. For those of you building preference points for a future Read More

Cow Elk Hunting with SNS Outfitter & Guides

Recently we have had an increased interest in our cow elk hunts. Here at SNS Outfitter & Guides, we offer two different options for our cow elk hunts, Regular season (October) and Late season (November). I will be breaking down the differences in the hunts for you today.

Regular Season (October) Cow Elk Hunts: These four-day horseback hunts in the Big Horn Mountain Range are fully guided and include room and board while in camp[...]

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Meet David Dandridge, Taxidermist and Hunting Guide

We’ve introduced him before, but we’re back again with David Dandridge. If you missed our first interview, you can read it here. This time around, we’re visiting with David about his taxidermy business, D & D Taxidermy. 

David has been a long-time hunting guide for SNS and h[...]

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