Find Experienced Whitetail Guides at The Wilderness Reserve

If you are traveling to Northern Wisconsin or Upper Michigan for a whitetail deer hunt, our experienced hunting guides can make all of the difference! You need to know the lay of the land and the habits of the area’s animals, and that’s difficult if you only have a few days to hunt. Luckily for you, The Wilderness Reserve is building a team of hunting professionals to ensure that your reserve experience is as rewarding and successful as possible.

Whitetail Hunting Guide with Passion and Expertise

One such Wilderness team member is Tom Nicholson of Uncle Tom’s Outfitters. Tom has been hunting and trapping for his whole life, starting at a young age as part of his family hunting tradition. He continued the tradition with his own four children, with the youngest joining him in the hunting stand at the age of 4. His kids inherited Tom’s passion, and have continued in his footsteps.

Given his experience and success in the outdoor sport, he began Uncle Tom’s Guide Service & Fly Tying in 1981 to share his knowledge and passion with others. He now runs Uncle Tom’s Outfitters in Portage, Wisconsin, with the help of his wife and family. Uncle Tom’s Outfitters covers all of your hunting and fishing gear needs with the family’s gun and archery expertise. Whether you are looking to buy or need repairs, Uncle Tom’s Outfitters works with guns, archery, and fishing rods to help get you ready to hit the woods or the waters.

Tom hosts guided hunts around Wisconsin for turkey, bear, and whitetail deer. He is also a great fishing and bow fishing guide, as well as an instructor for hunting, bow hunting and trapping safety and education classes in Wisconsin. Tom’s passion for hunting runs so deep that he helps to make sure that anyone can enjoy the wonders of the hunt, by coordinating annual hunts for disabled hunters and youth, and educates women and children in gun handling and hunting. He’s proud to be involved with such wonderful organizations as United Foundation for Disabled Archers, National Wild Turkey Federation Wheelin’ Sportsmen and the NWTF Women in the Outdoors.

As a whitetail deer hunting guide at The Wilderness Reserve, Tom looks forward to guiding hunts on the unique property. He explains that reserve hunting, although challenging, provides a unique experience attainable for hunters of all ages and abilities. And you couldn’t ask for a more beautiful and secluded location for a whitetail hunt! To learn more about Tom Nicholson and Uncle Tom’s Outfitters, visit the website or find them on Facebook!

All-Inclusive Whitetail Deer Hunts at The Wilderness Reserve

Whitetail Deer Hunt Phelps WisconsinThe Wilderness Reserve offers a quality whitetail deer hunting experience in the Northwoods. Located in the beautiful forests of Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, this historic reserve includes 5,500 acres of quality managed habitat brimming with whitetail deer, Rocky Mountain elk, and a variety of Northwoods wildlife. With our experienced hunting guides and unique property, you are sure to enjoy a successful hunt, whether it is your first or hundredth hunt.

All-inclusive hunt packages include a 4 day, 3 night stay in one of our secluded cabin rentals, each located on its own private lake. Bringing the family along for your hunting vacation? No problem! The Wilderness Reserve encourages multi-generational hunts, and the vast property offers great outdoor experiences for all ages. Take a row around the lake and enjoy the scenery or try your hand at shooting sporting clays on our professionally designed course. You may come for the deer, but you will love every moment!

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Elevated Whitetail Deer Hunting

The debate about hunting whitetail deer from the ground or from elevated positions brings many different views. Some feel that elevated hunting positions require less skill, reducing the true sportsmanship of the hunt. Others argue that it requires more skill and preparation for the hunt. But most hunting experts agree that positioning yourself in an elevated blind or stand greatly raises your chances of capturing a trophy whitetail buck.

Advantages of Elevated Hunting

Elevated Blind for HuntingHunting from an elevated position brings many advantages. Whether you choose a raised stand or box blind, you gain a unique observation point that allows you to study the behavior and learn more about the deer’s patterns. The larger range of view increases your chances of spotting that trophy buck, while giving you the advantage of a downward trajectory shot. Your direct view won’t be blocked by brush or trees, and it’s hard to argue with a clearer and wider view.

If you choose to hunt from a tree stand, your scent is elevated and out of the direct path of the bucks. An elevated box blind further masks your scent, while also concealing your movement and muffling any sounds you make. This affords you almost total invisibility for your hunt. And, especially when hunting in the colder climates of Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin, you will appreciate the protection from the elements that will allow you to hunt longer in greater comfort.

If you are hoping to introduce your child to the wonders of whitetail deer hunting, an elevated box blind is highly recommended. Children can get impatient with long periods of waiting in between action, and the blind’s walls can mask their antsy movements. Being up off the ground can add to the excitement of the hunt for young hunters, and they will appreciate the unique view of the wildlife and environment.

Choosing the Location for your Elevated Whitetail Deer Hunt

Choose Good Location for Elevated HuntBox blinds usually require more permanency in location, and it’s recommended that this hunting platform be used when you intend to hunt the same location for several seasons. Elevated stands, on the other hand, can be usually be put into place easier, fairly quickly and with little noise to alert the deer of your presence.

Choosing the right location for your stand is crucial to your hunting success. The first priority should be finding a location that the game congregates at. If you are experienced at reading the whitetail deer signs, and choose your spot accordingly, you will have a better chance at capturing your trophy. But don’t ignore the environmental factors around you!

Consider what time of day you will be hunting. Where will the sun be? You don’t want to be blinded by looking directly into the sun, nor do you want to be highlighted by the sun at your back. Whitetail deer don’t see well in direct light, so that allows you some leeway in selecting your spot. Give attention to wind patterns – even with an elevated position, you don’t want to be upwind from where the deer will linger. Make sure to find a straight tree that you can climb safely and that allows you a clear view of the terrain.

Practice Safety with Elevated Hunting

Practice Safety with Elevated HuntingRecommendations regarding the appropriate height of box blinds and elevated stands vary from 5 feet to 20 feet off the ground, but regardless of height, it’s crucial to make safety a priority. A fall from even a few feet off of the ground can leave you with a broken arm and down for the hunting season. Purchase a safety strap and know how to correctly follow safety procedures. Stay alert – you don’t want to nod off and find yourself on the ground. Educate young hunters on climbing and rifle safety to ensure a positive hunting experience.

Experience the thrill of big game hunting at a convenient Midwest location. With 5,500 acres of Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan terrain and a variety of blinds and stands to fit your hunting style, you will find a challenging environment to fit any level of experience. The Wilderness Reserve’s big game hunt packages are all-inclusive, and you will love your stay in one of the secluded cabins, each on its own private lake. Ready to capture the whitetail deer or elk trophy of a lifetime?

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