Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains – The Outdoorsman’s Family Resort
On one of my 2010 crossbow hunting trips my stalk was blown by a pair of moose busting through just when I was about to start the “end game” of my stalk on a nice buck. “What the heck is that all about?” I thought. The mystery was solved just a few minutes later when 2 moose-hunting archers came ambling by wondering where their prey had gone off to. That hunting pressure was an exception, though. The archery season was not crowded up there.
On another day I ended up taking a mule deer doe at 72 yards with my new PSE TAC 15i crossbow. What a powerful, accurate weapon. The deer was quartering away and in the dim light I hit its left hip bone. The arrow “cracked” through so loudly it was like taking a broom handle and swinging it as hard as you could against a small tree. Complete pass through resulted in a very dead deer.
During the rifle season my hunting partner and I each took mule deer at long ranges. This is Jim See and his 660 yard mule deer.
And now I can’t wait to take my children’s children out to explore this fabulous state-wide family resort!
There are plenty of choices of places to stay up in the Big Horns. Many public forest service campgrounds are sprinkled throughout the region. There are 3 resorts as well, all owned by the same family. I stayed at 2 of the three last year on several different trips.
Accommodations include deluxe rooms as well as rustic cabins suitable for the more rugged families or hunters. Two of the lodges have indoor swimming pools with whirlpools that feel really good after a hard day spent hiking or riding the snowmobile trails.
Each of the 3 lodges have dining rooms with complete menus. The food was quite good and the service attentive.
I’ll be returning to Wyoming’s northern Big Horn Mountains this fall and staying at one of these lodges again. I will have used my own buck tag in SE Wyoming in late September, but my son will have a buck tag and I’ll be his guide and spotter for the mid October rifle season. I can’t wait to get back up to those spectacular scenes that still remain in my mind!
For deer this is Area Y and buck tags are just about always leftover after the draw. Maybe I'll see you there this year on my son's hunt or in 2012 when I'll have my own buck tag there again. It is absolutely some of the most spectacular hunting terrain and mountain views you will ever experience.
Len Backus is the owner of www.LongRangeHunting.com. He has been a long range hunter since the 90's and is as likely to bag his game with a camera as with a rifle or a specialty handgun. His outdoor photography can be seen at LenBackus.com
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