Wyoming Hunting Camp Cook; deliciously delightful

“The Camp Cook or ‘Cookie’ was one of the more colorful characters of the American West. Serving as not only a food provider, but also doctor and dentist. A Camp Cookie was the toughest ranch hand to replace. He was an essential part of ranch life that spawned the cattle drives.” 

We would like to pay tribute to all our past, present and even future camp cooks. 

Patty & Janet whistling while they work[...]
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Three Rounds, Are You Ready?

SNS Outfitter & Guides at the Wyoming Gun Company

It’s countdown time! That long awaited hunt is right around the corner. On top of getting your daily exercise so you are ready for the rigors of a western hunt, it is also time to make sure your gear is up to standard. Next, let’s not forget the importance of getting your rifle, scope, and ammo tuned up and ready. It’s vital to carve out some time to hit the rifle range and mak[...]

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It’s Open Season on Camp Chores

When SNS Outfitter, Sy Gilliland, informs new acquaintances that he is a hunting Outfitter their typical response is, “Man, that sounds like a great way to make a living! So, what do you do the rest of the year?”

There are a lot of misconceptions about the life of an outfitter. The main misnomer being that they only work during hunting season. This couldn’t be further from the truth! When hunting season ends, the travel season[...]

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Camaraderie, Small Town Diner Style

There are many aspects of going on a guided hunt. Some of which have nothing to do with the actual harvest, yet they make your experience that much richer. It may be a new piece of gear discovered, finding a shed or friendships made. Today as the deer retreat from the hayfields, our discussion turns to coffee and grub. This group is hunting from town, so we decide to head in for a bite.

An early start made for some hungry bellies! [...]
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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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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[...]

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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[...]

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