All reviews of 'Great Plains Outfitters' (34)
Review score Based on 34 reviews
Good animals great environments
Always a great time!
Dirk and Jen are two of the hardest working guides I've met. They've always gone above and beyond to make sure I'm having the best hunt I can. That doesn't always mean I'm able to harvest an animal but it's never due to lack of hard work by Dirk and Jen or opportunities to get on game. Hunting with GPO is like visiting good friends I only get to see but once a year.
I can't say there was anything I didn't like about the time and experience with GPO. They are 1st class.
Dirk and Jenn are not just really good outfitters they are really good people. This was a father son hunt we put together and considered by us to be a once in a lifetime event. Dirk and Jenn made the trip better than we thought it would be. We both filled our deer and antelope tags with time to spare. They connected us with a meat processor and drove home without having the processing task ahead of us. Great trip.
Everything! The hospitality, food, professionalism of the stalking of the animals, consistently making sure that you comfortable and having a great time! I am disabled with only 10 percent of my heart and Dirk and Jen did a fabulous job making sure that I was ok throughout all of the stalks.
The hunt ended too soon. We really loved our experience with Dirk & Jen. God Bless!
Huge opportunity missed
The accommodations were phenomenal we were put up in a very nice house with trout stream in front. Food was excellent. Area we hunted in Big Horns was absolutely beautiful and there were animals there.
After being on a few guided hunts that have been excellent i feel i have a basis to speak from. I understand that we are free range hunting and awesome hunt/awesome experience doesnt necessarily equal kill. The good points were accommodations, food, and Chad our guide worked his butt off. Now for thr but.....this is likely the last "big hunt" i will do with my 72yo father. We had a great time together so our goal was met. My irritation with this outfit wasnt that they didnt put effort out when we were there. As i said Chad worked his butt off. There appeared to have been zero homework done. They obviously hunt the area alot as they knew their way around well. It appeared this somewhat worked against them as there were no cows to be found where they normally hunted 😔. It had tbe appearance that they would go where they always go knock down a couple easy cows and done but the elk didnt read the script. They knew where elk normally are but not where they were or had been in the past week. Obviously a red flag that showed up a bit late ☹. Whether this is how they roll or they simply underestimated an "easy" cow hunt i dont know. We ultimately never saw a huntable cow elk. There was a herd in town in a green field. And we saw 6 on private property otherwise nada.
Good hunting experience
Excellent Hunting Adventure
My son and I just completed a hunt for cow elk with Jen and Dirk. The accommodations were fantastic, the food was excellent, and the hunting experience was great. Jake and I both filled our tags on the first day of the hunt in the afternoon. We had to retrieve the meat on the next day due to the late time of the kill. Dirk went out of his way to make that happen, and get permission for us the be on a neighboring land owner's property to get my elk. If you are looking for a great hunt, and an excellent hunting experience Dirk and Jen will provide that for you. We will be hunting with them again in the future !!!!!!!!!
There was nothing that I didn't like about our experience with this outfitter!!!
Good hunting experience
Very professional and knowledgeable of the area and animals. Accommodations and food were excellent
The people were great
The hunting experience was more than what we could have ever hoped for. Great hunt with super great people and accommodations. Will absolutely being heading back for another hunt.
There was nothing that we didn't like or enjoy minus the weather, but that's no ones fault but mother nature.
Everything about the hunt start to finish was amazing. Amazing animals in an amazing setting.
Excellent hunt and beautiful country! Dirk and his crew did an awesom job!
Brandon, houndsman and guide, did an excellent job! Brandon, and his dogs were the reason for a successful Mountain Lion hunt! Excellent hunting, great outfit, I will definitely return some day and recommend these guys to any hunter looking for an adventure!
It was all great!
Don't Trust this Outfitter
The food was excellent.
I didn't like being lied to. I booked this hunt 8 months in advance to assure we would only have my father and myself in camp for the best possible chance of a mountain loin for one of us. He told me up front that getting 2 loins is hard, getting more than 2 lions is extremely difficult. But we should have no problem getting one with a good opportunity to get two lions. That is why he said to me he never books more than 2 hunters in a week for lions. Upon communication days before us leaving he informed me there would be another lion hunter there in camp. Which I questioned him on and he assured that this wasn't his client but in fact it was his guides brother who would be in camp hunting for a lion, but he told me that this hunter wasn't even going to be in our area for hunting lions and basically he worded it as it's just another mouth at the table that's all. However upon arriving there I was told I would be sleeping with my father and not have a room to myself as the hunt was originally booked for because my room was going to the third lion hunter. He wanted me to share a queen size bed for two grown adult men. I ended up sleeping a week on a cot for $5500. We ended up running into the third hunter multiple times through out the hunt. In fact when the third hunter killed his lion, I asked the hunter where did you get the lion at? The next day my guide took me to the same trail head that the third hunter just killed his lion at. This was in my area and this was the same trail head we had been driving past for the first two days of my hunt. I was taken in on areas where we drove on roads that were marked closed.In fact later on that day we were stopped by the DNR and questioned as to why we were in the vehicle closed zone. My guide instructed me to remain quite and he would handle it. After questioning and detaining us, we lost third of the hunt day. Speaking about hunt days, on BYH website my hunt was scheduled for Feb. 2nd through Feb. 8th for hunting. The day before I left they contacted me to ask it I would be arriving on January 31st so my hunt could start on Feb. 1st. It was at that time I told them that I have a receipt from BYH, 8 months ago that stated my hunt start date was Feb. 2nd. They said no worries arrive when you can. I said I don't want to be shorted on my hunt. They assured me no worried I wouldn't be. So I arrived early afternoon on Feb. 1st so my hunt could start the next day as scheduled. On the evening of Feb. 7th, our 6th day of the hunt. After dinner the outfitter notified us that our hunt was over and we would be leaving in the morning. They didn't even feed us breakfast that morning. At that time on Feb. 7th was the first time we found one set of fresh cougar tracks. My guide Tyler had great expectations for the next morning hunt. These were the first and only fresh tracks that either my father or myself seen. We questioned Dirk the outfitter on why we couldn't hunt the next day like we were supposed to. He informed us that we arrived on Feb. 1st, late late afternoon, but they took us out for about two hours towards evening by driving us up the mountain, leaving us to sit in the truck, while they drove off on snowmobiles, arriving a hour or so later and took us back to the cabin. Dirk said that counted as our 1st day of the hunt. Even though they wanted in their text messages to me that they wanted us to arrive the day before our hunt was to start to get settled in. He wanted us to pay the remaining due with cash and he collected cash as soon as we arrived before settling in the cabin. I added this part in because the website BYH does not show the final payment. Every morning Dirk said he calls in to hear the lion report for our area. Never sharing this information with me. I finally had my wife call the DNR and received the lion report hotline number. It seems the quota for our area is 20 lions and 17 have already been killed. That leaves 3 lions left, for three hunters, not to mention the other hunters he had booked already for the next couple of weeks that I know of. Dirk cares more about taking money than being fair in giving hunters a true opportunity to hunt a lion. Also note that out of those 17 lions killed, Dirk only had killed one lion this whole 2018-2019 lion season. That lion was the one the guides brother shot. The hunter that was not even supposed to be in camp with us. So basically that lion should have been my fathers or mine. This man cannot be trusted. He lies to suit his pocket. I have saved all communications that I could to back my claims up. On a side note, on my second day of the hunt, my snow mobile broke and for the rest of the hunt all we could do was drive the truck on roads only. Therefore we could never get back to the top of the mountain to hunt. This was the first time using BYH website. My father and I have hunted all over north america finding our own guides. Just like the Alaska brown bear hunt we will be going on this year. I hope your other outfitters you have listed on your site are better than this one. I was thinking about booking a bison hunt on BYH website but I'm having second guesses now.
Mountain Lion Hunt Feb 2019
First off Dirk and his team Flat out does everything to get it done! The accommodations were great from the food with special requests to the view from the "cabin" (which is a beautiful house not a cabin). My 10 year old son and I went on a mountain lion (for me) / Bobcat (for him) Hunt. Tyler the guide kept him entertained and had him spotting tracks the first day. Unfortunately he came down with the Flu but Dirk even stayed behind with him so that I could continue my hunt. If you have never hunted behind dogs it is amazing to watch they are truly professional. While I did get a very nice cat with a big head the comradery and hunt quality would have me going back alone. I have already started working with them on a hunt for next year. Thanks again guys
Booked a last minute turkey hunt with Dirk and what a great time,highly recommended.Very friendly environment and great hunting!
Hunt of a life time
Hunting with dirk and Jennifer was amazining ! Not only was the hunting great but Dirk and Jennifer are the best outfitters in Wyoming . Very family oriented business and Dirk himself is a second generation outfitter . Every expectation I had was exceeded and I will be coming back to hunt with dirk every year . Don’t waste your time paying way to much for a unfriendly inexperienced guide . Dirk and Jen give you the best bang for the hunt every time !
GPO excellent job
Dirk and Jen always trying to accommodate.
Great shooting no shortage of prairie dogs
Great hospitality. Very friendly and knowledgeable of the area. We had a great time and would highly recommend them. We plan to go back next year for Prairie dogs and hopefully a big game hunt.
Dirk was everything I expected a guide to be and helped us to make our days and nites the best for two days we had booked. I was happy with the hotel room he recommended and the limiting factor for prairie dogs was how hot I wanted my rifle to get before I changed to another
What's not to like
Everything exceeded our expectations
Hunt in Wyoming
This was my second hunt with GPO, every time we come it is such a wonderful experience. This was also my first big game hunt solo. I was very nervous however they were so welcoming and assisted me in many ways to be able to get my pronghorn. I love the welcoming feel that they provided, great food, atmosphere, lodging and overall experience. I highly recommend GPO they are a great company to go with either on your first hunt or your 100 hunt! Can’t wait to book with them again and go on another adventure!
nothing everything was perfect!
All of the accommodations were top notch! Dirk and Jen made us feel like we were right at home. Great knowledge of the area And well trained hounds to make the hunt smooth!
Excellent hunting experience
((((( Awesome fun and will be back for sure)))))
Dirk was an awesome guy. Property was very nice and we had an absolute ball. Dirk was very attentive but also left us space to just enjoy the experience. This was a trip my son and I won't forget. I am planning on booking several more trips with Dirk for several different game types. Book with him and enjoy
Trip of a lifetime
This was my brother-in-law and my first trip hunting out west. I have to say, this was a trip of a lifetime. Dirk and Jen were amazing. They worked very hard provide the best possible experience in every aspect. Food was fantastic, deer everywhere, and great people. We can’t thank them enough for their hard work and attentiveness. We plan on coming back! Hunting isn’t easy and there are no guarantees but dirk did everything in his power to give us the best chance and we were successful. Will never forget our time at GPO.
The hospitality and home cooked meals were amazing. Dirk and Jen worked very hard to make sure we had everything we needed for an amazing stay and hunt. Dirk was extremely knowledgeable about the land, deer movement and patterns, and where and how to hunt the big bucks. He was very helpful in helping to understand how to properly glass and stalk. Besides that, both him and Jen have great personalities. Shared a lot of fun stories and laughs. Cannot wait to go back out with these two again.
Easy and honest
Good communication, easy to get along with. Dirk and Jen were both very easy to get along with and accommodating. I planned on enjoying my entire week, but dirk got me on a good buck on the very first morning and I just couldn't pass it up! They were more than happy to have me hang out for a few days, but I elected to come back home and try to get on another deer. Next time, ill stay longer!
There was nothing about the experience or the outfit that I didn't like.
Great Wyoming Hunting Adventure!!!
Guides worked very, very hard to locate game. Stalking Elk was unforgettable.
Lots of hunting pressure from other hunters. Early season.
Wonderful people in a great lodge. We hunted hard all week in tough conditions, and even though I didn’t punch my lion tag I had a great experience with great people and look forward to booking another hunt with Dirk and Jen. They are the best and their staff are all dedicated, welcoming people. Outstanding!
Dirk and Jen are fantastic people and along with their guides worked relentlessly to locate mountain lions over extremely difficult terrain and less than ideal tracking conditions. Three lions were treed during the week, and even if I had not get one I would absolutely recommend GPO. I look forward to seeing them again in a future adventure.
Don’t Hesitate to go with GPO
Dirk is an excellent outfitter, fun guy, and a solid human being. He and his wife Jen run this second-generation, family-run outfitter. Even if I had NOT been able to get a great bear, I’d have still considered the 5 days a success. 10/10 will recommend.
Excellent hunting experience
Excellent couple of days shooting dogs. Dirk was awesome to work with! Very knowledgeable about the area and the towns. Was great with myself and my boys during this experience. We will be back!
Lack of transparency
Outfitter didn't tell us until the first day of the hunt that his prairie dog town had been wiped out by the plague. He arranged another property for the hunt but we had less than 75 shots for 3 hunters and 3 days of hunting. Offered for us to hunt again next year for free, but that just means more travel expenses for us and trusting him again.
Review score Based on 34 reviews
Accomodation and hospitality9.8
Professional hunters / staff9.8
Value for money9.2