AT THE SNAKE RIVER CONNECTION
now have all the pictures from 2017
posted. 8 hunters, 7 tags filled with
quality deer. Once again, we truly appreciate
each of you, and thank you for hunting with
a great hunt! We tagged 7 very nice deer
(pictures coming soon). Neither the mule
or whitetails disappointed. There was
decent rut activity all week - both
species. One particular whitetail was
spotted twice - this buck was highly sought and
is still at large. 2018 maybe? The
age structure of our deer looks strong, so we
feel very excited for the years to come.
Thank you to our hunter/guest and now new
friends. We are very blessed to welcome
each of you and get to know you during the short
stay. Lots of good food, deer, stories,
jokes, discussions, hunting and especially
friendships. Agnes, Sonja, Deb,
Bob, Aaron, Tim, Pat and Ted (plus Herby and
13, 2017 No
shortage of good bucks on the game camera.
Only whitetails, but fear not mule deer
hunters. The mules are around in
force. Range finder? Binos - I've
rented Swarozski's the past two year.
optics4less.com They were amazing and
convenient. Game Camera
09, 2017 Forecast
to get to 28 degrees tonight. Had some
snow in our area today. Some very nice
color pictures of some very respectable
whitetails. Check your scope mounts.
Get out and shoot this weekend. Game Camera
03, 2017 About
5 weeks until the season. Make your
lists. Weather is getting cool. Deer
are starting to pop out like daisy's.
Mostly young bucks. Game Camera
few new pictures from the game camera. We
do have a hunt available to do a cancellation
(2nd hunt). Game Camera
Sept 8, 2017
weather is starting to dip into the 30's over
night. Pat and Bob have been seeing good
number of deer - and some very mature
deer. Take time to get those legs and back
in walking shape! Shot that gun and check
those scope mounts - the terrain out here will
test to see if they are tight. Pat has the
cameras up, so check what is showing up.
June 25, 2017
the license for 2017 rifle deer season go on
sale on July 10, 2017. The site opens at
1:00 p.m. CT (the ranch in on mountain
time). There are 1500 tags for the
Sandhills unit, which we are in.
Best to get the license as soon as possible even
though the tags likely won't run out until early
fall. The Sandhills unit seems to be
popular in recent years; probably due the great
deer being harvested. Nebraska Game
and Parks web site: https://ngpc-permits.ne.gov/NGPC-PS/faces/public/welcome
May, 18, 2017 The
spring rains have been coming nicely. We
are actually slightly muddy. If you've
ever been to the "Sand" hills you would
understand that being muddy is not too
common. The rain is definitely a
blessing. In 45 days you'll be buying your
Nebraska Deer tags online. In LESS than 6
months it will be the season. I've already
started looking at gear at Cabela's.
Always a good idea to start getting in shape for
the season. Good for hunting, your heart
and your waste line. Belated Happy
Mother's Day to all our hunting Moms out there!
2017 Spring is
starting to show itself in the Sandhills of
Nebraska. Yea! And had some
nice rain already. You know what 'they'
say: "April showers brings May
flowers...... and calf
scours". Rancher humor.
We have 1 remaining hunt for 2017. Booked
3 folks for fall 2019 already - welcome
2017 Winter is
upon us. It has be a warm-cold-mild
winter. Some moisture, but not too bad. A
few days of -20 below zero, but it didn't last
too long. We are looking forward to 2017
hunt already. We have 2 spots available (1
spot in each half). Stay warm, stay in
shape, collect sheds and thank God for his
goodness! I'm going to be posting pictures
from the 2016 hunt in the near future - we had a
great time and shared some great memories with
Pictures of the 6 deer that were taken
are up. Nice crop of deer we were
blessed with. Only thing better than the
deer was the guys who came out to hunt with
us. Just great group of men. Salute
to the great states of AL, AK, GA, MT and
TX! I would do the entire hunt
again! Thank you!
Posted 2 more pictures. Both nice deer
- one of them is very good. Safe travels
to the ranch. Bring your camera and your
Get that checklist ready. For this year,
I'm renting the Swarozski 10x42's again...
$15 per day. I could practically see into
the future with those bad-boys. Those
easily were the best bino's I've ever
used. More pictures from our game camera.
A few more game camera pictures.
Weather is getting cooler. Bucks are still
grouped up - which is good. Time to
start getting your gear organized. For
those who haven't been to the ranch - look at
our map. The cell service is not good as
you near the ranch.
Oct 11, 2016
A few game camera pictures. Had 3 inches
of wet snow late last week.
Check out a couple of game camera pictures.
Are you getting ready? Make a
list of what you need to do. 60 days to
get those legs stronger, and increase your
stamina. We aren't terribly high,
but at 3800 feet above sea level you can tell
when you're packing a gun, winter clothes and
your guides lunch. (ha).
Start exercising; it is good for your hunt, good
for your overall mind and body, and your wife
will be impressed. Tighten those scope
mounts (please) and shoot, shoot and
shoot. New boots - break them
in. Binoculars? Great
optics is really important out here, but shoot
some more. We are getting
excited. Deer are starting to show
up. Hills look amazing. Pat and Ted
put out the game camera 7 days ago and pictures
are starting to roll in. I'll be posting
some pictures in a few days I'm
thinking. BTW, don't forget to
practice shooting. Look for regular
Celebrate Independence Day. God Bless
America. On July 11th, you will be
able to purchase your 2016 non-resident rifle
tag. Pick the region:
Sandhills. Once you've gotten
your tag, please let us know!
summer here in the Sandhills of Nebraska.
The rains have been great and the grasses are
creating a great green carpet! Pat reports
seeing some nice mule deer and whitetails in
velvet. The Game and Parks locked down the
dates for this fall. Opening day of rifle
is Saturday - November 12th and the last day of
the season is Sunday November 20th. If you
are unsure what 4 day hunt you are in, please
e-mail me. On July 11th the site to
buy your deer rifle permit will be open!!
You'll want to get these
the week they open: https://ngpc-permits.ne.gov/NGPC-PS/faces/public/welcome
friends! Hope that your winter is going
well. Winter in the Sandhills of Nebraska
has been pretty typical. Not exactly
pleasant, but not too severe. We've had no
killer blizzards, and the temperatures have been
bearable. Which is good for the cattle and
the deer. Winter isn't over but the end
is in sight. In March the Game and Parks
will lock down the dates for the November rifle
season. Also, it is always good to start
shedding those winter pounds and getting
yourself in shape for the hunt.
was a very good 2015 hunt. The whitetails showed
up on the game cameras, but the mules showed up
when it was time to hunt. We had a great
group of guys to hunt with. Some old
friends and some new friends - but all great
people who we are blessed to hunt with and get
to know. Thank you! Check out the
week until the season starts. Weather has
been mild. Happy Veteran's Day to
all you past and present men and women who have
served our country! Last round of
pictures, then we're pulling the camera's
in. Safe travels and call if you get
lost. Check latest posted.
fresh pictures. Hard to pass whitetails.
game camera pictures from this weekend.
The whitetails are representing.
Oct 25, 2015
All 6 spots for 2015 are filled. We
are making final preparation for the
hunts. The menu, your room, the blinds,
the cameras, the pickups, the butchering
equipment, clothing, binoculars
(www.optics4rent.com). God has been
growing the deer for us. Hunters:
Check your scope mounts, print your hunting
license, get your hunter orange out, clean all
your optics, know how to get to the ranch, have
our phone number handy for when you are lost.
We do our best to ensure that all of the
details are covered to set you up for
success. But remember, this is a 'fair
chase hunt', not a shooting range. You may
not see the deer you came for, but we think you
will. Or you may see the deer you want at
800 yards, and no closer. At the end of
the day, be plan to enjoy the great outdoors,
new friends, old friends, great deer and have
safe fun time. Cheers!
Oct 11, 2015
Posted 3 pictures on the game camera
link. Pat reports the deer activity is
increasing. Deer around that he has not
Oct 5, 2015
Getting cool overnight. Overnight lows
in the upper 30's. Pat has reported
seeing good number of deer. Best numbers
since 2011. Looks like there are
more mulies than whitetails at this time.
Time to start putting together your gear list to
be sure you have what you need.
Definitely time to sharpen your shooting skills
- be sure that those scope mounts are firm and
that weapon is in prime working order.
Come with your weapon clean, and plan on
shooting the 100, 200 and possibly the 300 yard
target when you arrive. Also, takes some
time to study how to get to the ranch from
Gordon, Merriman or Hyannis, NE. Yes, you
can get lost, and no you will not get cell
coverage long after you leave town.
Sept 23, 2015
Check out our new Gear link above. We
definitely dig hunting gear that gives us the
advantage, because we need it. This link
is for those who appreciate great gear that is
worth the money. Hunting in the Sandhills
is unique with the wide open country, and the
extreme climate -- come prepared!
Aug 26, 2015
Fall is in the air. It has already
been in the upper 30s overnight. A number
of nice mule and whitetail bucks have been
seen. Time for some game camera
action. For you mule deer hunters, the
pictures are usually far and few. The mule
deer tend to be nomadic and corn/oats are not to
liking (unlike the whitetail). Great time
to start doing some strength and conditioning
type activity. Being in good walking
shape is always an added bonus when it comes to
hunting in the sandhills and to be able to get
the most out of your 4 day hunt.
13, 2015 Time to
get the permits today starting at 1:00 p.m.
CT. You'll want to get a permit and
habitat stamp for the region: Sandhills
Rifle. Don't delay as they are reduced the
number of permits for
the link to get
to be on the
Also on the
river, Pat and
his boys watched
mature bull elk
wander out of
Very unusual for
We've seen some
nice mulies and
Pat will be
putting out the
cameras w/in the
June 30, 2015
Permits for the 2015 fall rifle season go on
sale online July 13, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
CT. This is the first chance
you'll have to get a permit for either a mule or
whitetail deer. The 2015 season is
14 (Sat) through
Nov 22nd (Sun).
runs for 9
hits the both
mule deer and
still have a few
for the 2015
Here is the link
to get a permit
Bob and Rae Anne
have been seeing
a good number of
2015 fall is
The mule deer
In 2012/2013 the
population to a
hit, and the
Permits go sale
with for fall
deer season in
we know how Noah
Like a lot of
the country, we
have had an
But the Sand
Hills have never
Our meadow has
quite a lot of
The grass is
great so the
deer will feed
still have a
couple of spots
for this fall,
so contact us to
Tags will go on
sale over the
Picture of the
lake in the
a great 3 1/2
rain over the
This should get
The Game and
the number tags
in our area this
hunters to get
those tags in
Also, the fall
Nov 14 (Sat)
through Nov 22nd
still have a
E-mail us if
to make your
plans for your
We have a few
opening left for
fall 2015, but
with regard to
deer have plenty
of grass to
Great time to
into shape for
two black powder
Both tagged very
was certainly in
during the black
One WT was a
was one of 7
bucks chasing a
single doe at
the time he was
That concludes a
Overall we had 6
hunters; 4 rifle
and 2 black
Of the 6
hunters, 5 deer
were taken - all
The season was
the deer was not
As we have a lot
of land, we
often do not see
many of the deer
that roam the
believe all of
the deer were
shot out in the
than from the
This is why we
30, 2014 Greeting
hunters! We hope each of
you had a great
Thanksgiving. We have a
lot to be thankful for.
Not the least is the great out
doors. We were blessed
with ample rain this year, which
lead to those fat deer we
harvested. One mule buck
was easily 300 pounds - he was a
tank. All of the deer had
loads of fat, and will be good
eating. We were
blessed to have boot-covers,
hand warmers, several layers of
clothes to help us keep warm
when the high was only 12
degrees, not counting wind
chill. I felt very
blessed to have coffee in the
blind. We are especially
blessed to have 4 rifle hunters
this year who were a ton of fun,
and we include as our friends.
May God continue to bless
each of us with His many graces
Nov 18, 2014
has started great. Two for
two - both nice mule deer.
The deer population seems to be
making a good recovery. We
saw 30 deer mule/WT each day for
two days. The mule deer
population is definitely going
strong. Both mule bucks
had belly fat, and were really
big bodied. Very
blessed to have such great deer
running around the ranch.
We'll see what the 2nd half
brings... update coming.
Go Kim and Terry!
Oh, and check out the pictures!
2014 We salute the
Veterans. We thank you
for being willing to give so
much for our country and our
freedom. God bless
2014 Starting to
feel a little bit like
fall. We all know what
9, 2014 It is just about time to
buy your deer tag and habitat stamp
online. Starting Monday 7/14 you
will be able to get your tags.
Once you've secured these items, please
let me know. If you need help, let
May 1, 2014
hunters. We are please to say that
we made it through the winter, and hope
you did too. It was a very cold
winter, with plenty of moisture.
Hopefully, the bitter cold was as hard
on the fly that causes dead dear
disease, as it was on us. The deer
numbers are lower this year. We
are seeing more mule deer than
Whitetail, which is nice. With the
green grass coming up, the deer are
coming out of the hills to graze.
The game and parks has set opening
weekend to be November 16, 2014.
This is the 3rd Saturday in November.
Nov 5, 2013 We are getting close to the
season. The weather has turned
chilly. This past weekend we had 5
inches of snow. The nights are getting
down to the low to mid 20, and the daytime
highs in the mid 40s. You know
Nebraska weather, just wait a little bit,
and it will change. Moisture seems to
be common theme. We are seeing some of
the deer being to rut a little bit - both
the Whitetails and the mules. The
blinds are ready, and we're getting excited!
Sept 18, 2013
Fall is nearing and we are
getting excited for some great hunting
experiences. We are now fully
booked for 2014. The grass is high
this year, as Mother Nature was good to
us with rain. It is a great time
to get yourself in hunting shape so
you're ready for a hunting
challenge. It is also a great time
to ensure your weapon is in top working
order, starting with your scope
mounts. Finding out that your
scope was not secure when your ready to
finally pull the trigger is not the kind
of excitement we dig. Also,
consider what load you're using, and be
familiar with it. Check out our a
few game camera shot trickling in.
July 17, 2013 Thanks for everyone getting
their tags already. We continue to get
good rains at the ranch so the hills look
good. Before you know it, it
will be time to hunt. Get out to the
range and sharpen those skills, and now is a
good time to start build up some walking
endurance. Also for 2014 (not 2013) rifle
season, we have only 1 hunt remaining.
The other 7 are spoken for. Home Valley
2013 July 8th is the day
you can get your tags online. 1:00 p.m.
central time is when the web site opens.
We are encouraging everyone to be prompt about
getting their tag this year. The Game
and Parks has reduced the number of tags they
are allowing. They likely won't run out
for some time, but no need to chance
it. Here is the site to go
May 23, 2013
We've recently had some
really good rain. 5+ inches! Bob did a
rain dance like no other!!
2013 Well we are glad to
have had some good snow fall this past
winter. To date, we have had 53 inches
of snow over the winter. We are very
thankful for the moisture. Now we are
hoping for some timely rain to jump start the
grass on these Sand hills. The game and
parks has finalized the 2013 rifle season
dates. They threw us a slight curve
ball, and set the season to start the 3rd
Saturday in November (instead of the
traditional 2nd Saturday). The season
will start on Saturday November 16th, and the
last day is Sunday November 24th.
2012 Another successful
season is in the books. All of the
hunters tagged a buck, and a few bonus doe
tags were filled too. We took 2 mule
bucks, and 6 whitetails bucks. We had a
snow storm and lots of wind on the first two
days that kept the deer tucked in the hills.
After the storm broke, we saw some good
rutting, and did well. Thanks to all of
our hunters for choosing us, and allowing us
to hunt with you. We had a lot of
fun, made some new friends, and got to
see some of our old friends as well. To
all of you, we say "Thank You". Be sure
to check out the new pictures from the
2012 We had about 4 inches of
snow last week. It was very welcome for the
moisture content. I hope everyone is
starting to assemble your gear, and be sure
you have your tags and your hunter orange.
:) We are ready for a great hunt
and are looking forward to seeing each of you.
Please send me an e-mail and let me know
when you'll be arriving. Travel Safely!!
2012 Now about one month from
opening weekend. We had our first skiff
of snow today, and boy the temperatures are
getting brisk overnight (22 degrees).
Pack your warm gear and get ready for a
2012 We have a few game camera
picture rolling in. Still have some
velvet hanging on. Bob and Pat have seen some
great mulies in the hills. Hope to get
some pictures of these too.
2012 Beginning July 9th at 1:00
P.M. CDT you can get your 2012 deer rifle
permit. Don't wait, as they do have a
limit. In recent years, Nebraska has
become a deer hunting destination.
Remember we are in the Sandhills region.
Please e-mail me if you have any
questions. Also, shoot me an e-mail to
let me know you have secured your permit!!
2012 It is May, and the
weather has been nice for 3 months already.
The deer wintered quite well and look
great. Already we seen a good number of
fawns. Also, we are seeing velvet
between 8 to 9 inches. Looking great!
Dec 23, 2011
Posted a few more pictures.
We'd like to wish all of our friends, in
all of the many states, a very Merry
Dec 7, 2011
Just posted a couple more 2011
pictures. Sorry for the delay.
Still more pictures coming. Please
22, 2011 The 2011 season is
in the books. It was fairly successful
season. We took 3 mule deer and 4
whitetail bucks. The rut was in moderate
force the entire time. It was hard to
find a buck (mule or whitetail) that did have
a doe by his side, or was on the prowl.
I'm still collecting pictures, so stay
tuned for updates.
6, 2011 Opening rifle is 5
days away! Time for last minute
preparations. Scope mounts tight -
check. Key to gun lock packed?
Hunter orange, tags? The forecast
looks on target highs in the mid 40's, lows
overnight lower 20's. Deer movement is
picking up. Were excited too!
We're looking forward to a safe and
successful hunt. Drive with care!
1, 2011 New Game Camera
pictures! The mulies are still in the
hills. The number of deer looks very
good and we've seen some real nice bucks
making scrapes. The weather has been
amazing and deer look fat! We're just
about all booked up for 2012!
Aug 24, 2011
Check out the nice game
camera pictures of some outstanding trophy
whitetails and mulies.
Aug 1, 2011
Hills look great! The
rain has keep the grass growing nicely.
Snake River photo
July 20, 2011
Now is the time to go
through that rifle. Check to be certain
it is great working order, and that scope is
good-n-snug. Then get out and put some
rounds through it be sure you feel comfortable
at some some decent distances. Find the
load you plan on using and get familiar with
July 10, 2011
Pat and Bob report that
they've seen a good number of fawns. And
even better yet, the bucks have the antlers
underway. :) The meadows and the hills
look great. Don't forget to buy those
tags on Monday 7/11/11!!
July 7, 2011
The Sandhills look amazing.
We've had ample rain and warm weather so
the meadows and hills look great. There should
be plenty of good nutrients for those antlers.
It is just about time to get those
non-resident deer permits. The
application period starts on July 7th!!
May 16, 2011
We've had some nice rain, the warm
weather is kicking in. Looks like the
deer have wintered well.
2011 Agnes turns 80 years
old. Can you believe it! Happy
Birthday, Agnes. If you'd like to drop
her an e-mail: email@example.com
2011 2011 Nebraska deer
permits will go on sale on July 11,
2011. This is one month later than
normal. Be sure to specify the Sand
hills unit. Permit
2011 Have seen some very
nice mule bucks in the home meadow - still
sporting their 2010 antler.
Jan 31, 2011 We are fully booked for
2011 rifle season. If you have interest
in the 2012 season, please send and e-mail so
we can get you on our list.
Dec 25, 2010 Had a
very good rifle hunt. We took 7
Whitetails and 1 mule deer. The
Whitetails were really in rut during the
season. We currently have 3 spots
available for the 2011 rifle season.
2009 Bob and Pat added a new
blind. The blind is called number
6. This blind is about 1 mile west of
number 5. The west Snake pasture is two
miles long and follows the river.
Because of the continuous tree line that
follows the river, and the extremely rough
hills, this is area is excellent deer
hunting. Access to this pasture has
always been a issue, but now you can drive
within 1/4 mile of the bind. I'm sure
this will be a great addition to 6 permanent
blinds already in place. Below are a few
pictures of the blind looking East, West and
North. From this blind you can see deer
coming for miles, and fortunately it is all
Snake River Connection property! This
blind offers the best mule deer hunting in
Nebraska, if not the entire Midwest.