Free Range Bison Hunting In Wyoming

Bison are an iconic Western species with a colorful history in America. Thanks to excellent conservation efforts, hunts for truly free ranging bison now exist in six states but one state quickly rises to the forefront, Wyoming.  The Yellowstone ecosystem in northwestern Wyoming boasts a herd numbering 4,900 as of June 2019. This means the...

Hunting Kansas Whitetail Giants

Kansas has long been regarded as one of the premier areas on the planet to have a crack at a truly giant whitetail. We here at WTA TAGS have a unquestionably special offering for the 2020 season. This long time partner of WTA TAGS has been unmatched on success and...

Wyoming Elk Hunts Available for 2020

January 31st marks the deadline for applicants to apply for the 2020 Wyoming elk draw. The hunts below represent some of the finest elk hunting options available across the Cowboy State. Do not risk your valuable preference points on a potentially bad hunt, let WTA TAGS' 17 years of boots-on-the-ground...

Tis’ The Season…Application Season!

The New Year marks a very important time in the cycle for the sportsman trying to draw a great tag. It’s the kick-off of application season across the West. If you’re not applying for tags – start … it’s time! If you are applying, stay the course! Giving-up now would...

Zambia Safari, A True African Hotspot

Back in September, I accompanied a close friend and loyal WTA Client, “B”, on her first African Safari. We hunted with WTA’s go-to-guy in Zambia (PH Jason), and the hunt just felt charmed. This was my 30th safari, and I have to say that the Luangwa Valley of Zambia maybe...

Columbia Whitetail – The Hidden Gem of Whitetail Hunting

The Columbia Whitetail deer is the western-most subspecies of whitetail deer that are found in North America.  Because of their very limited range, they are also one of the least known subspecies of whitetail deer. Columbia Whitetails are much smaller in size than whitetail found in the eastern United states. ...

Don’t Miss The Upcoming Alaska Caribou Draw – December 16th!

Caribou hunting throughout the North Country has changed dramatically in the last decade. Herds that once numbered in the hundreds of thousands have declined so much that game units and even provinces have been closed to hunting.  If you have caribou on your mind, continue reading …  The Barren Ground...

The Journey Within, A Bird Hunter’s Diary- Wyoming

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lis5X0sUQVUWyoming has long been known to have some of the best big game hunting in North America, but it is often overlooked for the quality and diversity of its upland hunting opportunities.  In reality there are very few areas that offer the diversity in upland species and terrain for an...

Understanding The Wyoming Big Game Draw

Preference points are the most valuable asset any sportsmen can have that is looking to hunt the great state of Wyoming. Whether you’re trying to organize a simple antelope hunt with friends or a once-in-a-lifetime trophy bull elk hunt, you will find that your preference point status will dictate the...

Best Days…in Bolivia

We have all had that “best day” of fishing, hunting, or shooting…etc. that is burned in our memory and we can recall almost every single detail of the trip down to the second.  Best day experiences can be as diverse as your outdoor portfolio and as expansive as your umbrella...

The Journey Within, A Bird Hunter’s Diary- Himalayan Snowcock

https://youtu.be/APrVwmZwanAGoing into this fall, the upland trip that had me the most worried, was heading into the Ruby mountains of Nevada in search of the extremely elusive Himalayan Snowcock.  Himalayan Snowcock live in high alpine meadows and cliffs generally between the elevations of 9,000 to 11,000 feet, but they are...

Why I Recommend Ripcord to All WTA Clients

Many of you know about my experience, a couple of years ago, hunting Barren Ground Caribou near the Ivishak River, south of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.  We were moving up and down the river looking for caribou while traveling in an air boat. As the migration was late, which resulted in...

My Grandson’s First Hunt in Africa

With my grandson, Alec, living quite near to me here in western Michigan, I have had the opportunity to teach him a bit about hunting.  We started target practicing together when he was six years old. Alec has always had a knack for shooting and he loves to spend time...

Father and Son Black Bear Hunt in Saskatchewan

One of the things I truly enjoy in life is being able to join my children in the Great Outdoors. Our life seems to get busier every day, especially as my children grow older and they seem to have either a sport practice, game or a school event just about...

The Journey Within, A Bird Hunter’s Diary

As I look back, some of my best memories of growing up, were following along with my Dad and our dogs, hunting the thick cuts of trees in northern Michigan in search of Grouse and Woodcock.  I couldn’t have been more than 8 years old on my first of many...

Montana – Trophy Elk Hunting Without the Wait!

Among hunting circles there are few species that can ignite conversation quite like the topic of pursuing bull elk, during the rut, with archery equipment. Such conversations often end up with all parties involved trying to figure out the best strategy to harvest that once-in-a- lifetime type of bull. These...

Archery Elk Season is Right Around the Corner!

Boy, do I wish I had an elk tag in my pocket for this upcoming season!  After the severe drought and dismal antler growth year of 2018, this upcoming hunting season is shaping up to be incredible!  The majority of the Western states have seen consistent moisture from an above...

Find Fish – All Summer Long!

What is the next body of water on your “to-do” list, or what is the next species on your bucket list?  The summer is far from over and there are so many opportunities to get yourself on the water to enjoy the best days of the year. Alaska is one...

New Zealand’s South Island Hunting – Red Stag, Tahr and More

May 29 - June 6, 2019 Trip Report- Travis Baker New Zealand is paradise for the outdoor enthusiast.  Whether it's big game hunting, fishing, waterfowl, adventure travel, or simply taking in the sights and sounds, a trip to this pristine country is a must!  It was long overdue, but I...

Moose Hunting this Fall

Archery moose hunting during the rut is one of the most exciting hunts in North America. To increase your odds of success, you need to concentrate on areas with high moose densities. This Alberta operation is located in a very unique area; private lands, low wolf density, agricultural fields surrounded...

Gunwerks LRU (Long Range University) First Day of Class

Confidence is a key component of marksmanship and even more essential in long- range shooting. In situations when doubt creeps into your mind, it’s almost as if your brain “finds a way” to assist in missing the shot.I was hoping Gunwerks Long Range University (LRU) would increase my knowledge base...

Tarpon Fishing

Is Tarpon on your Bucket List?   If so, then a visit to this four-star jungle lodge in the Costa Rican rainforest is a must do!   There may be no other place on the planet that offers more consistent fishing for these giant silver kings than Costa Rica’s Atlantic coast. ...

Last Minute Iowa Hunts

With Kansas turning lots of cold shoulders in the draw in 2019 this may be the perfect year to cash in your Iowa points. We have several outfitters that have a handful of Archery, Muzzleloader, and Shotgun spots available. Archery is taking 3 points to draw and the gun hunts...

Consultant’s Corner: Wyoming Antelope & Mule Deer Tags

APPLYING FOR ANTELOPE AND DEER TAGS IN THE GREAT STATE OF WYOMING This post comes to you from our Director of TAGS, Eric Pawlak. Wyoming Antelope & Deer Application Deadline ALERT-   The 2019 application deadline for Wyoming antelope & deer tags is fast approaching. Non-residents must have their applications...

World Turkey Slam- Texas Rio Grande

When I think of Rio turkeys, I think Texas!!!  Rios are concentrated in the western desert regions of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and other western states.  But, to me, Rios and Texas just go together.  As far as behavior, Rios are similar to Eastern turkeys but have tan colored tips on...

Turkey Slams

Here at WTA, we book a pile of hunting and fishing trips each year, and it never fails that turkey hunts are one of our most popular offerings. There is a myriad of reasons for the popularity of turkey hunting. Its another species to chase when the elk and deer have their...

WORLD TURKEY SLAM – FLORIDA OSCEOLA’S

With the first turkey season of the year opening in Florida, it was easy to decide that my first Turkey hunt of the Spring would be for an Osceola turkey in central Florida.  The southern zones of Florida open up the first week of March, which is much earlier than...