Thunder ridge outfitters

Discussion in 'Antelope Hunting' started by JRY46, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. JRY46

    JRY46 Well-Known Member

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    Any one on here ever have any experiance with Thunder Ridge Outfitters out of Wyoming. My little hunting buddies and I are looking to do some antelope hunting this fall. I talked to the guy monday evening and he sounded like a strait up fella. He gave us a bunch of different options for not having preference points, and where and how we would be hunting. It will be a drop camp and the price seems fair for the services offered. We also figgured it would give us a chance to re-con the area for public land and other options next year. I am going to get some refrences when I talk to him next week. Every time I need some info you guys here on Long Range are always here to help. Thanks in advance.......................JR
     
  2. Wyofax

    Wyofax Well-Known Member

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    I know them well and can certainly vouch for their reputation. They know the areas and the quality if animals as well as anyone you will find.
     

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    Thanks for the info. We are looking forward to hopefully drawing and getting out there this fall. Thanks again......jr
     
  4. ducmarc

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    anyone use there unguided drop hunt ? something i can afford cheaper than a vacation and i can air out my 6mm.
     
  5. JRY46

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    That is what we have booked. From the conversations with a couple of guys here on long range, everything should be great. Looking forward to using my 6-06 on something different than a whitetail..............JR
     
  6. Wyofax

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    Drop camp hunts are great for learning the country and learning a little about antelope. What many people on this forum will tell you is that antelope hunting is easy. While that is quite true, trophy antelope hunting is a real bugger. There are a few species in North America that challenge you to separate the representative type animal from the standout. This is one of those. About the time you think you know how to tell what a real trophy looks like you end up ground checking a little one. Very humbling they are.
     
  7. Wyofax

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    So did you draw your drop camp tags? Just curious if you get to go hunting.
     
  8. JRY46

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    We did draw. Now i have the rest of the summer to get the new gun ready for the trip!.......JR
     
  9. WillHunt

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    When is your hunt? I'm interested to hear how it goes, as I'm considering this hunt for next year.
     
  10. Topgun 30-06

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    Question---Why would anyone pay for an antelope drop camp? The only reason I can think of is that the outfitter is putting you on a private ranch that he has leased so the hunting and number of hunters is controlled. Is that the case here?
     
  11. JRY46

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    We cant get there until the 6th of October due to everyone's work schedules. I talked to the guy, (Randy), several times and he gave us all our options and choices since we had no points going into the draw. As far as why we are paying for a drop camp, the price was more than fair and we figured we could do some re-con for for future hunting trips and learn some of the country since none of us hunted that state before.
     
  12. WillHunt

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    Why would you NOT pay for a drop camp? If someone's flying into WY, what other options are there? Hotel/cabin - not the same outdoor experience, and cost is similar. Bring my own camping equipment?...on a plane? Also, assuming the outfitter makes a good faith effort to locate your camp in an area that suits your needs, based on what you tell him your objective is, you get some benefit from his local expertise, but without the "being babysat" feel of a guided hunt. I've never done it but it seems like a good idea to me for someone traveling from a long way off. Look forward to hearing about your trip, JRY.
     
  13. Topgun 30-06

    Topgun 30-06 Well-Known Member

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    Maybe because there has been no mention anywhere in this thread that they are flying out for the hunt---DUH!!! If they are flying out, there isn't much of a way to hunt without an outfitter. If they drive, there is really no need to do an antelope hunt other than DIY and that was why I asked the question.
     
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  14. JRY46

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    First off we are driving out. None of us ever hunted Wyoming before and for the price I don't think you can beat it! 6 days and $700.00 a person and we just bring our hunting gear & food, everything else we need is there. How much for a motel for 6-7 days? If we tag out in a day or 2, ( we all have a buck & doe-fawn tags) I can break out my foxpro and do some coyote hunting. And as I said in the previous post do some recon for future hunts. Why do guys-gals pay $1500.00 + for guided antelope hunts for only 2 - 3 days?.................JR