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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.


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. 

Gear List

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. 


Contact Info:

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




By Steve Wall

Growing up my dad and I would always talk about making a trip “out West” to hunt elk.  My dad would share stories about previous hunts he had been on and with each story my excitement and desire to hunt the Western states was growing!  Although it wasn’t an actual hunting story, my dads mule riding experience on one of his trips is by far my favorite and has me almost crying every time I think about it!

The group was starting to come down off the mountain for the evening.  The mule my dad was riding was stubborn to say the least.  On the way down the mountain something must have happened and the mule took off on a dead run down the mountain.  My dad, weapon in one hand and holding on for dear life with the other, his hand ending up behind him bouncing down the mountain on this mule.  The terrain would level out for a bit and he could regain his position, but would bounce forward again as the mule headed down the next decline.  Finally reaching the bottom and able to get the mule to come to a stop, he was able to get off and proceeded to give that mule a swift kick in the hind end!

Stories like this one and the desire to create our own stories led my dad and I to start planning a trip to hunt out West for elk.  We finally started getting serious about our planning in January of 2010 and decided on hunting the fall of 2011.  I begin searching the internet and doing research on different areas and outfitters.  We decided to concentrate on a self-guided hunt to help keep the cost down.  I contacted various outfitters and after discussing with my dad we settled on Hill’s Guide Service out of Collbran, Colorado.


Hill’s Guide Service is an outfitter that has been in business for many years, that experience is one of the leading factors that led us to choose to hunt with them.  Before booking, we were provided with references we could call.  I talked to a couple of the references and they were very honest about the land and the outfitter.  After booking, we were provided with a list of gear that may be helpful on our hunt.  Since we booked almost a year and a half early, the outfitter kept us updated on the hunts that fall.  As the time neared for our hunt, the outfitter provided us with helpful directions, a motel recommendation since we were arriving a day early and various other tips.

Our hunt was set up for the first week of the 2011 Colorado archery elk season in Unit 421.  We arrived in Colorado the Thursday before they season opened and decided to make a stop at the Cabela’s store in Grand Junction to pick up our license and any last minute supplies.  The outfitter had a trout stream running right past his personal home and offered to let us do a little fishing so we both picked up a 1 day fishing license as well. DSC_0090 We made our way to the motel to get checked in and meet up with our outfitter in the small town of Collbran.  After getting checked into the motel, our outfitter met up with us and took us back to his home to do a little trout fishing with our fly rods!  We ended up catching two trout that we would later cook on the grill at camp!


Our outfitter met us at the motel Friday morning and we headed out to camp.  The outfitters camp is located on 200 acres of private land that connects to the Grand Mesa National Forest.  There is one larger base camp cabin and three other cabins of various sizes located throughout the property.  Being able to have the comfort of a cabin, yet be able to walk out the door and start hunting was amazing!  We would be staying in one of the three other cabins.  We got all of our gear unpacked and shot our bows to make sure everything was all set for the next morning!  Now as I mentioned before, this was set up as an unguided hunt.  However the outfitter said that he would go out with us the first morning to give us a little better knowledge of the area we would be hunting.  This was completely unexpected since we signed up and paid for an unguided hunt!  Just another example of the great service that was provided!


Read Part 2 as the hunt begins!!!