My first hunt 15 years ago was a semi-guided hunt to central Wyoming for antelope. The hunt was on BLM land, and the total cost, including tags, was $650. I still go to Wyoming every couple of years to hunt antelope and renew old friendships. After your first trip, you will never need to hire a guide again. BLM land and friendly ranchers are plentiful, and the success rate is 100 percent. This is a great hunt for young hunters.
Although I still enjoy hunting with my children, family and friends in the Southeast, I have been spoiled by chasing big whitetails in exotic locations such as Saskatchewan, Alberta, Montana, Texas and Iowa. I consider any buck that scores over 150 a legitimate trophy. In that connection, I would like to recommend what I consider the best opportunity available for the serious bowhunter looking for a world-class whitetail. The outfitter is John Whetstine of Rawhide Camp in northeast Kansas. The 5,000-acre ranch he hunts has been family operated for over 20 years. John started booking a few bowhunters in 1996, and the results have been unbelievable. The deer I took in 1998 grosses over 165 inches, even though it has a broken tine. My hunting partners took a 170-inch 10-pointer and a 150-class eight-pointer. I took my deer on the opening morning of the hunt after passing a questionable shot on what I now know to be a 190-class deer. The ranch house where hunters stay has a 201- and........(continued)