I sell reality, not a dream. The chances of you killing a Buck over 160 inches with any outfitter are slim unless you're hunting on a high fence farm in my opinion. Many outfitters kill Deer over 160 inches, as we do but I call those the 5% bucks. 5% of our clients are going to slay monster Deer. The other 95% are going to shoot respectable Deer with Red Dog Outfitters. What happens in most instances is hunters come in wanting that 150" Deer, when a 135" Deer goes broadside at 13 yards the hunter draws and shoots. I do not promote the Monsters and have you coming in hoping to shoot a 160/170 or even 200 inch non typical. I promote the Deer in the 130 to 150" range, if you come in expecting a shot in this class and have success, you will be happy and will have gotten what you paid for. If you shoot a monster, then its just that much more sweet. I pride myself on the quality of the hunts I put on. If I cannot beat your expectations I will not take on the job. Some of you reading this already know and have been told "I'm not your outfitter". People, especially brand new Whitetail hunters tend to expect too much and I blame TV for much of this. Sure they kill some great Deer on TV, but what they don't tell you is that they hunted 4 states to shoot that 180" Deer and sometimes they may not tell you it was shot in a high fence farm.

When you call me, I'll interview you to find out what exactly you're expecting from me. From there we can dial in the appropriate State, weapon, type of hunt (guided or semi guided) and game unit that fits your needs. I'm an accredited member of the BBB, I do what I say I'm going to do when I say I'm going to do it. I'm a God Fearing, Gun owning business owner with a passion for outfitting that is a borderline disability. If you choose to book with Red Dog Outfitters, I guarantee you it'll be one of the best choices you've made in your hunting career and you're going to want to come back every year.

When you hunt with Red Dog Outfitters your lodging can range from hotels, a 1000 square foot modest Home up to a 3000 square foot Cabin or even a fancy Lodge. Rest assured in this, if you're coming for lodging, a medium rare steak and/or a mint on your pillow, please look elsewhere. 99% of the money you spend with RDO is invested in the hunt. The way it should be. If we have to get a last minute motel so we can get on a Monster Buck, then so be it. If Whitetail Burgers don't cut it or we get stuck in said motel, it might just have to be Subway. This is a real hunt, and we do everything we can to help you get on a good deer, even if that means eating PB&J and staying out all day.

Red Dog Outfitters has property leased in two states in the western region of the Midwest. All of our properties are smack dab in the middle of the countries best farm ground. You can literally drive for 50 miles out here and not see a tree. Deer, in the summer tend to live in the corn where they have food, water and cover. When the fall comes, the crops are harvested and the Deer run for cover. This is what RDO does best, securing the best land available in those areas and littering them with stands and trail cameras. You'll be hunting bottlenecks, edges, transition zones or areas where several trails meet. Deer aren't as concentrated on a square mile basis as they are in other parts of the country, but when the grain comes down, the few areas offering cover light up with activity. You can expect to see Deer every day, I won't say a number because we all know that varies on many levels. Rest assured, when you hunt with Red Dog you'll get what you pay for, guaranteed.

You will be given a shooting test upon arrival, before you're allowed to hunt. There will be no trick shots, no backwards shots, bank shots, ricochets, combos or anything of the like. Its like this, if you tell me you're lethal to 40 yards you must put a lethal shot on "Rodney" our resident Deer target at 40 yards. If you say you're good at 30, then 30 it is. You get one shot, you must treat Rodney as if he was your Trophy Deer standing in front of you live. If you cannot put a lethal shot on Rodney and miss or gut shoot him you'll have 24 hours to practice before your next test. If you fail on day two, you'll again have to wait to hunt another day. Please come prepared. I'm not the type of guy that doesn't care about Deer, I Love everyone of them small and large and they deserve this. Last year we had 8 wounded Deer. Should have been 8 proud and happy hunters and 8 Deer that didn't suffer for who knows how long. I will take part of the blame in this as I didn't have a shooting test last year. Someone asked me what I'd do if the hunter couldn't pass the test 6 days in a row, "well, I guess I wouldn't consider that a deal and I'd prorate a refund to them". Hey folks, if you can't kill a target with me watching, you've got no chance in the heat of the moment when a 150" Bruiser stops broadside and looks at you.

Rifle hunters will be tested to their effective ranges as well.

If you can see the Deer after the shot and if its in range nock another arrow or put in another round and keep that Deer covered for a couple minutes. I had one get up in 2009 with my Rifle, he dropped like a bag of bricks, like any other Deer I'd shot and saw fall that never got up. I was on the radio telling my wife I'd shot a wallhanger and we talked for a couple minutes. As I went to get down from my stand, the Deer got up and scurried off. We found him 7 months later with the help of a neighbor who found him over 1.5 miles away. I've never seen anything like it and still have no clue WTF happened. He was in snow and hardly bled, I looked for 5 days straight, it was sickening.

Once a shot is made and either you cant see the Deer or you KNOW its dead you must call me. Take a breather, relax, text your friends and gather yourself. If you do not call me, you will not be allowed back the following year. Calling to confirm and setting a plan is 100% required. I want you to recover that Deer as bad or worse than you do. I'm not saying I know how to track Deer better than anyone, but what I am saying is two heads are better than one, especially when one is jacked up on adrenaline when a Deer very well could be alive still.

We had a few hunters last year jump the gun and go right in and pushed their Deer off their beds. We found them thankfully but this could be a major problem as I'm sure you can imagine. That said, once we know you've made a hit, this is your Deer whether we find the Deer or not. Some people talk about finding arrowheads in Deer, Elk and other animals as a reason to go back out and hunt for another Buck. Do you think there's a reasonable chance that a fly did NOT land on that wound? Not with the weather patterns we've been having and hey, thats just a flesh wound. If the Deer is gut shot or shot high in "no mans land", in my book its a dead Deer. Please don't take shots you're not 100% confident with. You bloody it, you're done. You can continue to pursue THAT Buck, which in Archery season isn't really all that far fetched. The way I see it is even if that Deer does somehow survive, I'm not confident that you can get it done the second time after wounding on your first. Sounds harsh, but we have responsibilities as sportsmen and sometimes I have to enforce them.

Thanks, Tim