Two for two! My kids are hooked! Hunting white-tail for the first time on the Buckhorn Ridge Ranch was a huge success. We arrived at the ranch just as the sun was going down. Our guide, Lloyd, took us for a ride to see the ranch and where the kids would be hunting the next day. We saw several bucks during those few remaining minutes as the sun set across Devil’s Tower to the West. My son was antsy and a bit frustrated we hadn’t brought their guns during this brief driving tour. Lloyd then began his valuable advice, “Now, don’t shoot the first buck you see. There’s a lot out there.”
The next morning we packed the guns and got set-up in separate blinds about two miles apart. We immediately began observing white-tail traffic in and out of the forest about 150 yards away. Lunch-time together, back at the cabin, was full of conversation about bucks observed and the nerve to keep from pulling the trigger. The warm meal was quickly consumed and we were back in our blinds glassing deer. A few hours later my daughter set her sites on a respectable 10 point. She squeezed off a one-shot clean kill and then the adrenaline celebration began. Minutes later, while field dressing her buck, we heard gunfire from the other ridge. We started wondering if they had success, too. With more excited anticipation we loaded up her animal and drove over to meet them. My boy had a permanent grin on his face. Lloyd’s advice really paid off as my son proudly displayed his heavy 10 point rack. Their first deer hunt ever and what wonderful success. We couldn’t have choreographed it better if we had written the script. Thanks Lloyd for such a memorable hunting experience on your ranch. The sleeping accommodations and meals were great, too.
I have been hunting one time on the Ranch. What impressed me the most was the sheer number of deer in the area. On that hunting trip I was accompanied by my wife, Morgan, two of her brothers, Christopher and Dillon, and her father, Jeff. I think by the end of the second day we had all filled our tags. Back at camp we had deer hanging everywhere. That hunt was very memorable for me because it was the first deer my wife had ever harvested, and it was also one of the last hunts I was able to do with my father-in-law before he passed away. I will always remember that trip, and look forward to the next time we get to go hunting up there…especially with some of the more recent pictures I have seen from the Ranch! Those bucks keep getting bigger!
— Devin Baldwin