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Wyley and his first hunter.

Coming of Age (Meet Our Newest Guide)

Most of you know Wyley and many of you have watched him grow up in hunting camp helping his mom pack drop camps, pack bear bait, hauling firewood, feeding livestock or simply setting up camp. His smile and laughter are always a welcome sight and sound in hunting camp. It appears his career choice was made for him long before he even knew what it would be.

On January 28th Wyley turned 18 and we had him licensed within minutes of the licensing board opening for business and straight to the woods with his first hunter we went. The hunter was Heath F., who had hunted with us 2 times before and was out to finish his predator trifecta with an Idaho Mountain Lion.

After enduring 6 days of single digit starts to the day and 1 subzero day, we found the right Tom Mountain Lion track and the dogs were off on a chase that culminated 1600 feet above where they picked it up and within a short while Wyley was there with his hunter. After a few pictures in the tree, Heath made a perfect shot, the cat expired and fell from the tree. High fives and congratulations rang out along with the sound of the dogs getting a “taste” of victory over their job well done.

With Wyley’s first “professional” kill under his belt, he looks forward to a long and successful guiding career with Castle Creek Outfitters (of which he is about to be the newest partner) and Wild Idaho Outfitters.

Special thanks go out to the hound dog handlers that took the time to share their knowledge and love of chasing Mountain Lions with him including Justin Keller, Brandon Jensen, and Bryan Hansen.

It goes without saying that Kelly and I are very proud of this young man and look forward to working as a family in our outfitting businesses and sharing public lands with outdoor enthusiasts from all walks of life!

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