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By: Steve Wall

How did you start your outfitting business?

I bought Buffalo County Outfitters back in June of 2014 from good friend Scott Kirkpatrick.  I had been hunting with Scott at BCO for four years and had said if the opportunity ever came up that I would be interested in buying and running BCO.  The opportunity came up so I ended up buying BCO and now am doing what I love and have such a passion for, for a living.

Where do you guide and for what species?

I guide in famous Buffalo County in Wisconsin. Buffalo County Outfitters does guided hunts for trophy whitetails and spring turkeys.

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What is the availability / cost of a license?

Fortunately Wisconsin tags are over the counter for whitetails so availability is always there for both resident and non-resident to get a tag every year if they want.  Cost of a non-resident whitetail tag is approximately $160 and a resident whitetail tag is $24.00.  If you are a first time hunter in Wisconsin, your out-of-state tag is half price the first year. 

What does the trip all include?

My hunts at Buffalo County Outfitters are all-inclusive.  The hunt includes lodging, showers and towels, all food, transportation to and from stands, and five days of hunting.  The hunt is five days and runs Monday through Friday.  Hunters arrive on Sunday before the hunt and leave Saturday morning after the hunt.

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What type of gear / clothing do you recommend bringing?

I always tell hunters to just bring their regular hunting clothing that they personally have.  We specialize in bowhunts and the weather usually isn’t to cold yet but I always tell guys to have enough clothes along in late October and the early November hunts in case we get a cold spell.  I highly recommend that hunters have a good pair of binoculars and a good range finder to make sure to bring along.  All my hunters have to have a TMA certified safety harness to be able to hunt from tree stands, so that is an absolute must to have along. 

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What do your clients say about you?

I take pride in what I do and take my job as an outfitter very serious.  I know every client will not shoot a buck but I try as hard as I can for every client to have a good hunt.  I’ve been told my many clients that they see my passion and desire for guys to get a deer and get many compliments about that.  I get compliments from many hunters about my honesty when talking to them before they book.  In general, I get a lot of compliments from hunters about the hard work I do before, during, and after the season and especially while they are here.

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What do you enjoy most about outfitting?

Couple answers to that.  Obviously as an outfitter, I enjoy it when I have a successful hunter.  I can’t wait to get the call or text from a client telling me they just shot a buck.  Every time I get that call or text it feels like I shot the deer myself I’m so excited.  I love watching and sharing the excitement in a successful hunters hunt.   I love the challenge that deer give us, which leads to the scouting and running cameras which I love!  But in general……I love all the people I meet and get to share camp with and see year after year.  I look forward to seeing new and old friends each fall and doing everything I can to get them on big deer.

What is your favorite hunting / fishing memory?

My personal favorite memory is the first buck that I shot when I was 15.  It was a nine pointer with a 18.5 inch spread and weighed 190 pounds.  That deer hooked me on big bucks right from the get go.  As an outfitter, my favorite memory would probably have to be the very first buck that one of my clients shot my first year with the business.  He shot it the very first night of season.  I was shaking and more excited with that deer than with any of the deer I’ve shot.  It was a 144 inch buck.  It wasn’t the biggest buck we got that year but it was the first one we got when I was the owner of the business and was very rewarding for both the hunter and myself.  Having two hunting seasons under my belt as an outfitter now, I’ve gained so many more memories.  It’s been awesome to say the least. 

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Contact Info:

Website:  http://www.buffalocountyoutfitters.com/
Facebook:  Buffalo County Outfitters

 

 

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By: Steve Wall

How did you start your outfitting business?

We started our outfitting business out of pure enjoyment for setting up other hunters on successful outings. By successful I do not mean just killing an animal. We pride ourselves in providing our hunters with the total experience from A to Z.

Where do you guide and for what species?

We guide for black bear in Wisconsin zones A,B,C and D. Our whitetail hunts are in Wisconsin, Michigan and Arkansas. Also, we offer hog hunting as a bonus with our Arkansas hunt package.

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What is the availability / cost of a license?

Class A bear licenses are drawn on a preference point system. Deadline for applying annually is December 10. Whitetail in all 3 states we hunt offer tags purchased over the counter.

What are your success rates and what does the trip all include?

Our success rate on bear had been 100% for 4 years running until this past year. The weather during the opening week was horrible with high winds and rain and kept the wildlife movement to a minimum. In spite of the weather, our hunters did harvest some nice bears. Our whitetail hunts are very successful, with archery season being the most popular.

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What type of gear / clothing do you recommend bringing?

Bear season is usually quite warm so light clothing is recommended. The weather along Lake Superior where we hunt can change fast so we tell our hunters to pack their long underwear and rain gear as well. Early September in the north means mosquitoes, so a bug head net is a must! Most of our hunters book in October thru mid November for whitetail archery hunts. We always tell the guys to watch the weather channel closely leading up to their arrival and be prepared for a mixed bag of weather. Lake Superior is very close to where we hunt and the big lake affects the area weather tremendously.

What do your clients say about you?

Our return rate of hunters that have booked with us the previous year is extremely high and that in itself tells you how we run our operation and how much fun our guys had with us.

What do you enjoy most about outfitting?

I absolutely love the scouting and setting up stands, etc. We are extremely diligent about making sure we put in the maximum amount of time and effort into set up to allow our clients a stress free enjoyable hunt. This makes for some awesome stories at our log cabin bar every evening after the hunt.

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What is your favorite hunting / fishing memory?

Just about every one of my favorite hunting memories does not include me killing an animal. Sitting with my daughter when she killed her first deer is #1. Also, there has been many great memories that involve friends, family, a campfire or the warm wood stove in the cabin after a long cold days hunt and the camaraderie associated with that.

Contact Info:

Website: snowbeltcustomoutfitters.com
Facebook: Snowbelt Custom Outfitters

 

 

Steve Bear

My dad and I have personally hunted with Snowbelt Custom Outfitters and we can’t wait to go back!!