So we just spent the week just north of Gillette, Wyoming hunting mule deer and antelope with High Velocity Outdoors. Now Derrick and I have already been through it all as far as outfitters go. We've had 2 terrible experiences this year and 2 great ones...and this one was by far the best. Hazer Bulkley runs the outfitter and he was actually one of our competitors on North American Safari Challenge last year. He has access to 30,000 acres and boy did he set us up for success. We harvested 4 beautiful representations of Wyoming wildlife in just 2.5 days. Wyoming hunting is very unique and good optics are the key! Thanks to Leupold, we were hooked up with 2 really clear and awesome pairs of binoculars! Basically, you drive around in a truck until you reach a high point overlooking miles of country. You then use spotting scopes and binoculars to scan and scan until you spot tiny white spots which indicates a mule deer face or rear. Then you pull out the higher powered optics to check out antler specs. If you decide the animal is worth it, you stalk....sometimes a mile or more in hard hard country. It was very unique for us, but pretty darn cool. Now Hazer also owns Bison Barrells, a custom gun manufacturer, and he has built us 2 custom 7 mags. They are both totally capable of shooting accurately up to 1000 yards as they are topped with the Leupold CDS turret system scopes. You just turn the dial to the appropriate yardage, adjust for wind, put your crosshairs on the target, and pull the trigger.
Anyway, we were blessed with this trip. Got tons of great footage for Ranch Hand Horizons. Plus, we have a special treat to show as Derrick and Hazer recorded the process of custom gun making and we show a lot of that process in a "How its Made" format.
Ranch Hand Horizons will be airing on the Sportsman Channel the last week of December and running through June 2012. We will announce airtimes as soon as we know them!