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Wyoming Trophy Mule Deer,
Antelope Hunts and Elk Hunts

Montana Trophy Mule Deer,
Antelope Hunts and Elk Hunts

Cole D. Benton
Wyoming Outfitter #BG068
Montana Outfitter #7296

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1921 Passaic Road · Clearmont, WY  82835 · Telephone: (307) 736-2277 · E-mail:  grizout@vcn.com

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Kale's fall turkey

Kade's fall turkey

Kale receives American Legion Essay Award

Kade with 4-H Heifer

Kale at WY State Fair

New Lambs

What Cole does best!

Cole

Cody

Antelope

Nice Mulie!

Cole D. Benton
Grizzly Outfitters, LLC
1921 Passaic Road, Clearmont, WY 82835
Telephone: 307-736-2277 · E-mail: grizout@vcn.com

  1. Life Member and Past President - Wyoming Chapter, Wild Sheep Foundation
  2. Life Member of Grand Slam Club/Orvis
  3. Life Member - National Wild Sheep Foundation
  4. Board Member of Wyoming State Board of Outfitters and Professional Guides
  5. Member of WYOGA (Wyoming Outfitters and Guides Association)
  6. Member of MOGA (Montana Outfitters & Guides Association)
  7. Member BOW (Bowhunters of Wyoming)
  8. Life Member - North American Hunting Club
  9. Member Buffalo and Sheridan RMEF and NRA
  10. Member, Buffalo Lions Club - Received Gold Lion Award, 2009

Cole. Elaine & Cody
Grizzly Outfitters, LLC is owned and operated by Cole and Elaine Benton. Our son Tyler works alongside us and handles a major part of the operation.  He and his wife Jackie have two sons, Kale is twelve and Kade ten.  Both grandsons are very active with their parents in ranching and hunting.  This year the boys were busy with youth rodeo, basketball, soccer and caring for their flock of sheep. They spent time at different shows around WY including the State Fair with their lambs. Kale showed three market lambs and Kade showed two lambs and two breeding heifers in the Supreme Cow contest.  Both boys each showed horses at the county level.  They are really enjoying prepping and showing their animals all summer. They have already started working with their yearling breeding heifers for next summers’ 4-H projects, calving the two year olds, and lambing their ewes. The boys along with three other members of their 4-H club went to the WY State Fair and won the “Champion Pen of Five Lambs”!  Kale harvested his first mule deer this fall and a cow elk.  Each of the boys bagged turkeys this fall and last spring.   Kale and Kade are both taking guitar lessons and Kale tries to play each Thursday evening at the Buffalo Occidental Hotel Jam Session.  Kale was chosen as a winner of the American Legion Post #13 for their “Patriotism” essay contest.  Sadly in late fall Tyler and Jackie and the boys had to say good bye to their horse “Vince.”  He was 25 years young.  In high school Tyler learned to team rope on him and in more recent years the boys drug calves to the fire at brandings on him.  What he taught the boys was invaluable.  He will be greatly missed. 

Our daughter Lacey is a manager at the Sheridan Petco.  She helps us out running errands and purchasing supplies during hunting season.  I rarely have time to run to town for groceries during our 100 plus days of hunting.


Helping dad load up cow elk

Kale's Deer

Kale's cow

Kade playing soccer

Kale and Gizmo

Vince

Plaques the boys won at State Fair for Champion pen of five lambs!


The End


The Docking Crew


Tyler's 2013 Bighorn Ewe


Tyler's Dall Sheep


Tyler's 2011 Bighorn Sheep


Partners Profile with Cole Benton
Donating Elk Passion

     Cole Benton glances at the frustrated girl, Baileigh Rodriguez, trudging along beside him. She's worn out from the hiking and disappointed at the shot she missed earlier. It's 2008 and they're following elk across some Wyoming hills near Arvada.

     "You want to know the good news?" Benton asks, his voice low.  She looks up at him, curious despite her disheartened demeanor. He tells her, "Sure if you miss the elk, we both have to walk back. But if you make this next shot, I have to walk all the way back to the pickup and you get to rest here with your elk the whole time."

     A big smile spreads across the Rodriguez face and his words give her the motivation she needs. Pretty soon, she's shot herself an elk and Benton has started trekking back to the truck, albeit with a grin of his own.

     "The one thing you never get over is the look on a 12 year old kid's face when he walks up to his very first elk," says Benton.  He ought to know, since he's donated and guided more than 20 elk youth hunts in only the last two years through his business, Grizzly Outfitters.

     With the hunts lasting up to three days, Benton manages the impossible - finding enough time and energy for all of them.  "We take these kids out and we work off our hind-ends for them, but it's such a great feeling that when you finish, you just want to start all over again."  Benton volunteers his time and resources to make the hunts as costless as possible for the kids.  Including the 15 future hunts for this fall, Benton will have donated about the equivalent of $50,000.

     Others have caught on to Benton's generosity, offering their help in producing the youth elk hunts. Four ranches, Padlock Ranch, Buffalo Creek Red Angus, Sheridan Ranches, and the OW Ranch lend their land to Benton for the elk hunts, free of charge.  Jeff Shelley, with Big Horn Meat Cutting, offers some free meat processing to the kids.  Benton says their help is "instrumental" to the youth elk hunts.  Benton donates many of his hunts directly to the kids and even the organizations that sell the donated elk hunts use most of the proceeds for youth oriented projects, such as hunter safety courses.

     Benton believes a relationship with wildlife goes two ways, "You take from the wildlife and you give back."  For seven years Benton has worked as president and vice president of the Wyoming Chapter of the North American Wild Sheep Foundation, and he's been on the organization's board for 12 years.

     "Cole Benton is a rancher and an outfitter that has helped wildlife more than most wildlife professionals and I'm very proud to have him as both a Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation supporter and my friend, says Rick Pallister, the Wyoming Regional Director, who has worked with Benton on the RMEF banquets and other events.  Four generations of Bentons actively support RMEF, from Cole's wife, Elaine, to his father, to his son Tyler and wife down to his little grandkids.

     Benton has guided hunts since the age of seventeen and run the Grizzly Outfitters for the last twenty years, serving delicious home cooked meals alongside its great hunts.  When the Game and Fish put pressure on Benton and his partner landowners because of the increasing elk population, Benton reacted with the idea of the youth elk hunts and he soon talked others into the idea.  As the elk numbers increased, so did the number of interested kids.  "I didn't really intend for it to get this big," Benton says, "But I haven't really found a decent place to stop.

     The Grizzly Outfitters donated hunts to just about everywhere, including the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.  He donates to three different RMEF chapters in Wyoming, to two chapters of the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, to Montana youths through the Game and Fish and directly to youths from Wyoming and other states.  The Buffalo Chapter of RMEF uses an essay contest to select the receiver of the elk youth hunt.

     Stephen Wadsack, one of the essay contest winners, says that initially Benton appeared a little scary.  "We had to show up there in the really early morning and meet him at a sign near the road.  It was still dark out and he drove up, all alone, in his pickup."  However, Wadsack has good memories of the Grizzly Outfitters and remembers Benton immediately sharing entertaining stories about his own hunting experiences and warmly welcoming the boy into elk hunting.

     Wadsack was especially impressed with Benton's investment in the elk hunt.  "Cole was someone who I'd never met before, but he cared about me getting that experience so much.  He went far above and beyond what he had to do," Stephen says, and this holds true for all of the elk youth hunts that Benton guides.

     "He cared a lot about what was going on, and made sure we were in the right place, that we had a nice good shot, and that it was just really fun," says Baileigh Rodriguez, the girl that Benton offered motivation to last year.  She had never hunted before, but she loved hunting with Benton.  "Just the way he knew hot the animals moved, and where they moved, and where you could approach them, it was awesome.  Cole Benton knows a lot about what he's doing."


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1921 Passaic Road, Clearmont, WY  82835
Telephone: (307) 736-2277
E-mail: grizout@vcn.com

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