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What is an Outfitter?

An outfitter or guide fulfills a necessary role in the hunting industry, providing valuable insight into hunting, due to their large-scale experience. They make for a more efficient and successful hunting experience for people who otherwise may not have time to put into scouting before a hunt.

Discover more about outfitters and factors to consider when choosing one.

What Does an Outfitter do?

An outfitter is a licensed business that employs guides who then take hunters out on hunting trips. Outfitters provide a variety of products and services for clients, so they ensure they’re getting the best experience and the best chances of success. They also provide clients with transportation and gear, called “outfitting.” They should be licensed, bonded, and insured. Depending on which state you live, there are certain requirements outfitters must meet to conduct business. 

Additionally, some states offer guide and outfitter boards/associations that regulate the practice of outfitters and guides. They hold their members to high standards with membership being a privilege, not a guarantee. Several states require outfitters to be members of the outfitters association before they become licensed. 

Factors in Choosing an Outfitter

It’s important to contact your state’s wildlife department to ensure an outfitter is registered. Check to see if your state has a guide and outfitter association and see if the outfitter is a member. Last but not least, call the outfitter and inquire about references. If they can provide a list of satisfied clients, you should be good to go.

Also, check to see if their guides follow regulations for your state. For instance, here are the requirements for outfitters and guides for both Utah and Wyoming.

Utah

In Utah, there’s a great system on the Department of Public Licensing’s website. You can verify if an outfitter is licensed by clicking on the tab to the left that says, “Verify a License.” You can then type the name of the outfitter or guide to see if they’re actively licensed and if they’ve had any issues or problems with that particular guide. Guides must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete licensing application
  • Produce competency as a hunting guide with verified proof of 100 days minimum of outdoors-related training.
  • Produce satisfactory evidence of upright, moral character.
  • Must renew license yearly.
  • Must be employed or associated with a licensed outfitter

Wyoming

The state requires all outfitters to be registered. Here are their guide requirements:

  • Must renew the license annually
  • Must complete guide licensing application
  • Must possess first aid certification
  • Must be approved by the Wyoming State Board of Outfitters
  • Must not be a convicted felon
  • Must be employed by a licensed outfitter


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What Do I Need For Backpack Hunting?

You may have wondered what all the talk is about backpack hunting and even thought about trying your hand at it. But, you may have no clue what you need. Still, the thought of hiking miles in deep woods, just nature as your companion and with everything you need on your back seems enticing. We’ll discuss just what’s involved with backpack hunting so that you can make an informed decision.

Supplies to Bring

Here are the four main gear items you’ll need for backpack hunting:

  • Tent or shelter
  • Sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag or quilt
  • Backpack (a good-quality, large one)

Backpack

Choosing a good-quality backpack is obviously the meat of your backcountry system. Since it hauls everything you’re going to need in it, it’s imperative to get one that you get a backpack that is both capable of hauling heavy loads and, most importantly, fits you. If you’re not sure, you can check out plenty of videos about backpack and backpack hunting. To try some on yourself, go to a sporting goods store. If you don’t have one in reach, then reach out to people on forums with expertise in this area. Also, if you contact the companies that manufacture the backpacks, they will most likely help you out.

Now, concerning how big the backpack is, a good rule of thumb is 1,000 cubic inches per day. But, you don’t need two different backpacks for a weekend trip versus a longer one. Choose a size that reflects the duration of most of your trips. For a more extended hunt, it’s a good idea to select one that carries about 5,000 cubic inches. This is just a guideline, so see what’s best for you. Everyone’s setup is different, and there are plenty of experienced backpack hunters who can get seven days out of a 5,000 to 6,000 cubic inch pack.

Shelter or Tent

Whether you get a tent or have some other shelter is entirely up to you and where you’ll be hunting. If you live somewhere where dangers are surrounding you, you may want a lightweight enclosed space a tent offers. If you’re in a place where that’s not so much an issue, consider a floorless shelter or running a bivy sack. Bivys are a lightweight, simple option for hunters who are only looking for a place to sleep and nothing more. Now, if it starts raining, you’re stuck in it until it stops—that is unless you want your sleeping bag to get wet.

Quilt or Sleeping Bag

Again, whatever you use to put over you is mostly your own preference, but it’s important to think about the weather. If you’re going to be in freezing or sub-zero conditions, the best thing to get is a mummy bag, since they insulate your body heat. These types of sleeping bags are more comfortable but may weigh more and take additional space in your pack.

An alternative is a quilt, which is designed with a footbox (similar to a traditional mummy-style sleeping bag) This helps reduce the weight since it doesn’t contain the bottom portion of the bag.

Last but not least, don’t forget food, water, clothing, and of course, a first-aid kit. 

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How To Dress For Your Upcoming Hunting Trip

If you’re new to the hunting scene and not sure how to dress while on a hunting trip, you’ll want to stay tuned to learn what to wear. Yes, winter is about here, but it’s never too early to put some hunting clothing on your wishlist. They also make a perfect gift for the hunter in your life.

Dress in Layers

For the upcoming winter season, the keyword is warmth. Don’t be a hotshot and grin and bear it while on a hunt. Comfort is essential, especially if you’re planning to make it an all-day affair. Insulated wear is your best bet, so investing in layers will pay off. Gloves, hats, boots, thick socks, undershirts, pants, jackets, and coats should be in your shopping cart. If you’re hunting in early fall, you may not need a heavy coat and gloves and instead, a long-sleeved shirt and jacket. A billed hat shields your eyes from the blinding sunrise or sunset, so think about investing in one.

Go Incognito

When choosing your wear, it’s important to blend into your environment. Standing out in neon yellow or green allows the big game to pick you out and then scatter like cockroaches. You’re hunting is over before it’s begun. So, the best thing is to dress in camo, which includes dark green, khaki, brown, and whites mixed to create the illusion you blend into the environment. You can also opt for earth tones, which hunters seem to like more than camo. If you’re quiet and don’t stand out to the game, your chances of catching and shooting that big elk increases.

A Ghillie suit can help you blend into your surroundings and replaces every other item you may need. Some places sell a 3-D type camo that closely resembles foliage you would never guess, hid a person. Of course, think about the weather, because the suits can become hot. If you’ll be hunting in warm weather, get a lightweight ghillie suit. 

Dress for the Type of Hunting

If you’re planning on some waterfowl hunting, you’ll obviously be near water. If it’s fall, you can shoot for lighter weight, waterproof clothing. If it’s winter, you’ll want insulated camo to stay warm while in cold water. If you plan on getting in the water to play decoys, choose waders. Hunting in marshy areas requires waterproof pants and boots.

Orange Blaze It

States require wearing orange blaze accessories to distinguish you from other hunters. So first find out those requirements. Depending on the season, you may need to have different accessories. Many outdoor stores and hunting brands make vests, hats, caps, beanies, and gloves at affordable prices.

Contact R&K Hunting Company

To get the best-guided hunts and to book your upcoming trip, call us. We can match you with the perfect guide for your needs and desires. Our guides are heavily trained and experienced and know the right places in which to hunt for the ideal trophy animals. Contact us today.

The Difference Between Poaching & Trophy Hunting

An argument can be made that poaching and trophy hunting is the same thing; however, it’s simply not true. Still, people debate about both types of hunting. Learn about the difference between poaching and trophy hunting.

Poaching Vs. Trophy Hunting

Poaching is hunting without legal permission from whoever owns that land. Trophy hunting requires a license or getting a permit that contains regulations that hunters must abide by for certain animals. For instance, in Africa, you must follow particular rules to hunt there. The government gives hunters permits to kill a specific animal, and they can’t straw away from the animal. It’s a significant revenue stream for African governments with big game hunting. They allow hunting, but on their terms, dictating where and what you can hunt, as well as with what weapon.

Hunters must be escorted by a licensed professional hunter and tour operator at all times. An American dentist thought he had a legal permit to hunt and kill Cecil, the lion, but was accused of poaching instead. He paid $50,000 to kill him. 

Cause and Effect of Poaching

There are several reasons why someone poaches, such as people wanting to stop animals from encroaching on farms; it’s also used as a sport. For years, poaching has been a severe problem because it directly affects animals living in the wild. Many species, once very common, are becoming extinct due to poaching. It affects local communities, wildlife populations, and the environment. 

In 2011, the IUINC (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) declared the Western Black Rhino as extinct. Unfortunately, poaching is a lucrative business, more than other jobs available in places like South Africa and China. The poaching of animals has a devastating effect on a community’s tourism industry.

Environmental effects from poaching include the North American grey wolf. When it was near extinction, the elk, which grew in population, ate almost all of the aspen trees to extinction since they had no natural predator.

Why Trophy Hunting is Good

Unlike poaching, hunting is good for wildlife. Legally regulated trophy hunting never threatens species, only enhances wildlife populations, since hunters typically hunt old, diseased, or dying animals. Hunters do the most to preserve the species they hunt, acting as conservationists that practice sustainable use of wildlife resources.

Trophy hunting plays a crucial and irreplaceable role in land and wildlife conservation. Millions of dollars go into the economies of African communities, offering compelling incentives to both governments and private landholders, enabling the preservation of land for wildlife. The IUCN reports that:

  • The Black Rhino recovered from near extinction from about 1,000 in the 1890s to over 3,500 today.
  • White Rhinos made up only 100 in 1895; today, there are between 19,600 and 21,000 white rhinos.
  • Cape buffalo herds were extinct in the early 1900s to now having more than a million.
  • The Bontebok population was 126 in 1925, with over 8,000 today.

Without conservation hunting, the human-wildlife conflict would increase in these African nations.

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An Introduction To Trophy Hunting

You see on social media, your uncle or brother/sister just scored at hunting. They proudly photograph themselves with a lion or bear and plan on mounting the head in their den or family room. This type of hunting is called trophy hunting.

Learn more about what trophy hunting is and statistics on this highly controversial subject.

What is Trophy Hunting?

Trophy hunting is the act of shooting carefully selected animals, such as lions, bears, pumas, rhinos, and elephants, under formal government license for pleasure. Usually, the trophy is a part of the animal (its head, antlers, horns, or skin) you display in your home or business. It’s a souvenir, hunters keep after a kill and is a booming industry. Taxidermists clean and dress trophies for museums, hotels, restaurants, and residential homes.

Trophy hunting does have restrictions, so you can’t just go anywhere and hunt any game. You also can’t use any weapon for hunting trophy animals. Hunters usually spend large sums of money on killing the animals and taking particular pride in their experience. They may do it for the thrill of the hunt or as bragging rights; some even do it for competition, to see if they can get into the record books. Many hunters would preserve them as a memento of the hunt, mainly if it were a family experience, such as with father and son or daughter.

History of Trophy Hunting

Over the last few centuries, sportsmen took to regulating hunting activity throughout the U.S., developing rules and conventions. As wildlife populations dwindled in the 1800s, hunters started targeting mature male specimens, instead of females. Hunters now mainly argue the selective process helps in conservation efforts, making trophy hunting a useful component. 

When trophy hunting took off in the 20th century, critics of it sought to restrict or ban the practice. The revenue generated by hunting tourism extends across the world, with Africa establishing its first game ranches in the 1960s. Fast forward to 2000’ and approximately 7000 fame farms and reservations operate within South Africa on about sixteen million hectares (a measurement of land). 

Trophy Hunting Statistics

In the U.S., trophy hunters imported over 1.26 million trophies from 2005-2014, with Canada the leading source of imported trophies. The top ten species imported were:

  • Snow goose
  • Mallard duck
  • Canada goose
  • American black bear
  • Impala
  • Common wildebeest
  • Greater kudu
  • Gemsbok
  • Springbok
  • Bontebok

According to the National Geographic News, the five most prominent trophy species imported into the U.S for the years 2005-2014 were lions, rhinos, elephants, buffalo, and leopards for a combined total of 32,500. From Africa, it was the lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, with the Southern White Rhino. Mexico boasts of a hunting industry valued at around $200 million, with approximately 4000 hunting ranches.

Frequently, trophy hunters target the oldest animals past their breeding age or who wouldn’t survive past another winter or dry season or would die from exposure or starvation. A quote from the great hunter Elgin Gates said it best:

“The true trophy hunter is a self-disciplined perfectionist seeking a single animal, the ancient patriarch well past his prime that is often an outcast from his own kind… If successful, he will enshrine the trophy in a place of honor. This is a more noble and fitting end than dying on some lost and lonely ledge where the scavengers will pick his bones, and his magnificent horns will weather away and be lost forever.”

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Why Are Hunting Permits Necessary?

Hunting season attracts all types of hunters. Whether you’re looking for a trophy elk or a deer for its meat this winter, you need a permit. Learn about why and when permits are necessary and how to obtain one.

Why do I Need a Permit?

First, let’s differentiate between a license and a permit. A basic hunting license is required to hunt small game, including most species of waterfowl and upland game. You need a license for separate hunting permits for big game, cougars, bears, and other animals. A permit is something you obtain in addition to a primary hunting or combination license (fishing included) for the following species, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources:

  • Cougar
  • Deer
  • Elk
  • Pronghorn
  • Bighorn sheep
  • Bison
  • Bobcat
  • Moose
  • Mountain goat
  • Sandhill crane
  • Sage-grouse
  • Sharp-tailed grouse
  • Swan
  • Turkey

A hunting license is to control hunting, namely for the protection of natural treasures and raising tax revenue. 

Purposes for a Hunting Permit

There are several purposes for a hunting permit, such as public safety—particularly around children, whether they are hunters or bystanders. A permit is also for regulation and conservation of wild animals, state revenue, and for containing animal-borne disease transmission. (including Lyme disease and rabies)

In the U.S., hunting regulation is a matter of state law, with additional regulations mandated through Federal environmental law for endangered species, including ducks and geese or other migratory birds. As with other licenses, a hunting license or permit is not a right but a privilege afforded by the federal government. 

How do I Obtain a Hunting Permit?

States have different standards and paperwork requirements for license and permit requests. It depends on areas, times, distinctions between species, harvesting techniques, and whether you’re required to take a hunting safety course.

Before you obtain a permit, first take a look at the hunting guidebook put out by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources or one for your state. If you live in Utah, you can download them or pick up printed copies. They have everything you need to hunt or fish in the state. It also tells you if you should apply for a permit in the state’s hunt drawing. Some permits don’t qualify, but sometimes after the drawing, they offer them. You can choose to buy one online or by visiting your local DWR office. They also sell them at retail sales outlets.

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Taking Big Game Season To The Next Level

Big game season is the most exciting time of year for hunters. You’ve been practicing your archery and muzzleloader skills all year, and now’s your chance to show them off. If you’ve participated in a big game season for a few years now, don’t get too cocky—the best hunters know that there’s always room for improvement. Setting unrealistic expectations about the number of games you can hunt as you comfortably sit on your chair will only leave you feeling disappointed. 

Only the best hunters know that sharpening their skills is a year-round process, not just when hunting season comes around. Expert hunters take full responsibility for their hunting misses, and they’re always identifying ways to take the big game season to the next level. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, here are some ways to help you refine your hunting skills this big game season. 

Best Hunting Strategies

Some of the best hunting advice you will receive may sound counterintuitive, but you should always keep an open mind. For example, many hunters make the common mistake of leaping when they detect prey. Jumping out at a wild animal is the easiest way to scare them off, so you’ll want to avoid doing that at all costs. Instead, take your hunt slowly. If you’re an antsy hunter, one of the best tips you can pick up on is to use your watch as a guide. Decide on a time to stand still, such as five minutes. Setting up a timer will force you to stay still and quiet for the designated amount of time so that you won’t scare off any potential targets.

Pick your landmarks wisely. When you circle an animal by walking around it and silently sneaking up behind it, it’s easy for you to become disoriented as you change your location. Select a distinctive landmark that you can recognize from the back, such as a fence, a large tree, or a big rock to help guide you to the proper spot. 

Beating the Competition

There’s no such thing as a non-competitive hunter. Even if you only hunt recreationally, other hunters consider your competition—it comes with the territory. Everyone is trying to score game, and you’re up against triple the number of people during the big game season. Many roads are blocked these days to restrict vehicle access, so you’ll have to primarily rely on either riding a horse or traveling by foot. Hunters park their car at the gates before entering the field, and then they hike up the rest of the road. It’s best if you get ahead of the pack and park at the gates by midnight.  

Don’t ever follow the leader when you’re hunting. If you’re in the middle of tracking a deer and you discover that a rival hunter is in pursuit of that same deer, there’s no sense in following the other hunter. This doesn’t mean that you should give your competition an easy target; instead, make a big circle around the deer. Chances are, the other hunter will only keep pushing the deer forward in a straight line. The other hunter may even accidentally push the deer closer to you. This is your chance to strike. 

Hunting is a stressful enough activity, and when you’re out in the field during big game season, it’s you versus everyone else. Save yourself the stress of getting a head start at midnight and instead hunt with a private guide. R & K Hunting offers guided hunts in pristine, private lands situated in both Utah and Wyoming. Contact us today. 

6 Best Hunting Habitats in Wyoming

Wyoming is the state to go to if you’re serious about hunting. This state’s prairies, alpine mountains, and high-desert plains make Wyoming a hunter’s paradise. There is no other state in this country that offers the breath-taking scenery and wide selection of games that Wyoming boasts. Best of all, Wyoming is the least populated and the most spread out state—the perfect balance for nature lovers. It doesn’t get any better than hunting in the Equality State. 

Elk, antelope, mule deer, and sage grouse can all be found roaming around in any given part of Wyoming. A glance at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department maps show where game can legally be hunted. Although this is a great way to familiarize yourself with Wyoming’s trophy game, only local hunting experts can point you to the best hunting spots. 

1. Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

One of Wyoming’s most famous hunting areas is the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which is also known as the Serengeti of North America. Around the center of this area lies Jackson Hole, which is a valley filled with a selection of elk, bighorn sheep, mule deer, and black bear game. 

2. Green River

The Area 102 region in the Green River area is synonymous with mule deer hunting in Wyoming. Area 102 is a high-desert unit that encompasses a large swath of Sweetwater County, which is in the southwest portion of Wyoming. The number of tags has been reduced in recent years, making this region even more attractive because there are fewer hunters; this makes hunting around Green River feel prestigious. 

3. National Forests

Are you an elk hunter? Bridger-Teton National Forest and the Shoshone National Forest are some of the most well-known spots to find elk in the country. Moreover, both areas boast a generous selection of bulls. Bridger-Teton hunting spots are within an alpine basin. The Shoshone region is perfect for wilderness elk hunting. 

4. Killpecker Sand Dunes

Perhaps one of the most unusual hunting areas in the Equality State, the Killpecker Sand Dunes nestled in Sweetwater County, has something no other place offers. This red desert terrain is home to desert elk—a breed that can only be found in Wyoming, according to the Sweetwater County Joint Travel and Tourism Board. How amazing is that?

5. Wilderness Country

Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep inhabit Wyoming wilderness country. The largest herds of these sheep can be found in the most desolate areas of the Shoshone National Forest in northern Wyoming. Hunting here can prove to be a difficult challenge, as it will require treacherous hikes in rugged terrain at high altitudes. Experienced hunters who want to challenge themselves should hunt in northern Wyoming. 

6. Mountains

Moose hunters should visit Snowy Range to the southeast and Bighorn Mountains to the north. These are considered the best moose hunting areas in the state. 

No other state comes close to Wyoming’s endless harvesting options and ecosystems. Book your next hunt in Wyoming with expert hunting guides at R & K Hunting today. 

How To Teach Someone How To Hunt

Your hunting skills have drastically improved over the years, and other people are starting to take notice. It’s not like you became an expert hunter overnight, either. Years of practice, patience, and harvesting trophy game has gotten you to where you are today. Although your novice hunting days are long gone, not everyone strikes the same fortune as you.

You’ve probably had other future hunters ask you for advice, but you’re not sure where to begin. Here is a step-by-step guide to teach aspiring hunters how to hunt.

Getting Started

First, help your friend attain a hunter’s safety certificate. By qualifying for a safety certificate, many of your friend’s initial hunting questions will be answered. This is the first step any new hunter should take because they will learn how to conduct a legal and ethical hunt. In most cases, new hunters aren’t aware that there are seasons and restrictions on when and where a person can hunt. Game laws might be confusing for your friend at first, so be sure to break down any nuanced rules.

Go into the Field

Take your friend out into the field and let them observe animals in their natural habitat. Books and videos can only teach you so much, and the best way to learn is from the first-hand experience. Don’t take your friend into a legal hunting area just yet. State parks and wildlife refuges are the best way for people to become familiar with an animal’s patterns. A person can’t hunt for deer if they aren’t familiar with deer anatomy.

Let Your Friend Shadow You

Allow your friend to shadow you when you go on your next hunt. This will be the fastest way for your friend to learn to hunt, and they’ll be able to pick up little tips and tricks that you use. Teach your friend about hunting do’s and don’ts.

Hunting Do’s

Tell your friend to hunt where the animals are. It may sound simple, but beginners usually make the rookie mistake of going to the bigger area rather than the area that has the most animals. For example, if you and your friend have the option to go to a small farm where there’s a large population of deer, take advantage. While it’s tempting to go out into a large field that isn’t being trafficked much by people, this means that animals are more spread out. Your friend is better off going to a place where deer are densely packed because they’ll have an easier time hunting.

Remind your friend always to go slow and safe. The wrong move can result in lethal injuries, especially for beginners. An excellent tip to give your friend is to tell them to leave for their hunt early in the morning.

Hunting Don’ts

At this point, your friend will be eager to take on the big game—don’t let them get their hopes up just yet. As a beginner, your friend should start by going after mature deer, and their main priority should be having a good time.

A beginner will significantly benefit from going out into the field with a hunting guide. R & K Hunting is here to help both beginner and expert hunters improve their hunting abilities. Contact us today to book your next big hunt. 

How To Hunt in The Winter

Every hunter knows that winter is the toughest season to master when it comes to hunting. This may not come as a surprise since most hunting perils come with the introduction of the cold months. Humans are not made to withstand the freezing temperatures on their own. Fortunately, there are tested tips that have been used by winter hunters for decades that will help you get the most out of your hunt. 

Winter Hunting Clothes

Invest in winter clothes that will help you withstand the cold temperatures. A regular coat is not enough when on the frigid field. Dress accordingly from head to toe if you expect to harvest any game. Anticipate the weather to change for the worse, so dress in multiple warm layers. Before you go out on your big hunt, make sure that you have packed the following:

  • Insulated coat or parka with thick, durable material
  • Snow pants
  • Gloves
  • Undergarments and thick socks
  • High-visibility vest
  • Warm headgear
  • Scarf or ski mask for face protection
  • Snow glasses
  • Quality winter boots

You must make sure that these clothes are warm enough. Insulation is critical to fend off the cold. Pay special attention to the winter boots you select, as your feet are farthest from your heart. Your heart pumps warm blood throughout your system, so your feet are more susceptible to frostbite since they touch the ground. A pair of insulated, waterproof boots will keep frostbite away. 

Take Shelter

Cold winds and low temperatures will debilitate you if you don’t take shelter as soon as you start feeling alarming changes to your body. The combination of proper shelter and a reliable heat source will keep your body at a safe temperature while you’re on a winter hunt. Most hunters go with a tent because they keep the wind out, but during the winter, you’ll need to invest in an insulated tent. When searching for a tent, keep practicality in mind; you’ll want a tent that’s not only easy to set up, but it should also be simple to disassemble. 

Fire-Starting Kit

When you’re out in the open field, you’re going to need a heat source to stay warm and productive. Winter hunting enthusiasts know that a fire-starting kit is one essential piece of equipment to carry in your pack. The best part is that you can make your own fire-starting kit at home. Here are some items that will help you start a fire:

  • Stormproof matches
  • Lighter
  • Candles
  • Fuel
  • Magnesium blocks

If you’re not confident in your fire-starting abilities, you can purchase a readily available fire-starting kit at your local hunting store. Store-bought kits contain all of the equipment necessary to start a fire. Practice starting a fire before going on your trip. There’s no use in lugging around a fire-starter kit if you aren’t even sure you’ll be able to start a fire. 

Winter hunting is a rewarding experience if you’re prepared for the cold. However, if you’re a beginner, it’s recommended to hunt with a guide during your first winter hunt while you’re still learning. Contact R & K Hunting today to book your winter hunting trip with our experienced hunting guides.