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?
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.
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.
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.
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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