About Stick and String Outfitters
many, choosing a reputable outfitter and hunt is a mind-boggling
experience. Where do you start? Who do you listen to? How do
you decide which one? Let SSO help you find just the right hunt.
We've been in this business successfully helping hunters like
you for several years. There is no cost to you for our service.
That's right, it's FREE! We do the leg work, we make the phone
calls, and we help you sort through the thousands of outfitters
for no cost to you.
Here at Stick & String Outfitters (SSO), we appreciate
your interest in the hunts we offer.
You, the hunter, are the heart and soul of our business
and we've appreciated serving you through the years. We
strive to be the best full-service hunting consultant
available. We consider ourselves a "hunting consultant"
rather than a booking agent because we do so much more
than just booking your hunt. We use our years of
bowhunting and guiding experience to help you select the
hunt that best meets your interests, goals, and finances
and also help you with
preparing for your hunt.
Cost for Our Services
For using our services, there is no cost to you. You
will never pay more for our services than you would if
you booked directly with the outfitter. Our income is
derived from commissions from the outfitters we
represent and not from our hunters.
Why use a hunting
SSO, we don't do any guiding or outfitting ourselves but
arrange hunts through our small but excellent group of
quality outfitters. The biggest advantage to using a
hunting consultant rather than going through an
outfitter directly is that you have one point of contact
for numerous hunts. This saves you precious time and
headaches and since it is our job to screen the
outfitters and hunts, you can be confident that the
outfitter you select will do their best to offer you a
quality hunt. Also, once you learn to trust us as your
hunting consultant, you can stop worrying about whether
an outfitter is a quality outfit and just concentrate on
preparing for your hunt.
SSO, we know bowhunting. The owner of SSO, Matt Burrows,
is a native Coloradoan and has bowhunted exclusively for
almost 25 years in the western U.S., Canada, and Africa
for most big game species. Matt has also been fortunate
to take a few trophy animals over the years and can use
his knowledge and experience to help you bag
the buck or bull of your dreams. He
has also authored numerous bowhunting articles and
produced bowhunting videos hopefully demonstrating his
dedication, commitment, and knowledge of bowhunting.
About Our Outfitters
At SSO, we are only as good as
the outfitters we represent. Therefore, we are very
picky about which outfitters we represent and only
select the "cream of the crop." We have an intensive
screening process and only book for outfitters we have
personally hunted with or personally inspected. Our
Be extremely knowledgeable about bowhunting and how to
put their hunters in bow range of mature animals;
Be extremely knowledgeable about the game species
Provide access to high-quality private property or
lightly hunted public land with good populations of
animals and high trophy quality;
Be intimately familiar with these lands and how to
effectively hunt them;
Guide a limited number of hunters to maintain a
high-quality hunting experience and excellent trophy
Be honest, ethical, and hard working;
Provide comfortable accommodations and good food;
Provide excellent customer service to each and every
This last quality is key. Some outfitters are good
hunters but forget that they are in the service
business. Not all bowhunting trips are going to be
successful. But if the outfitter tries his hardest and
provides excellent customer service, most bowhunters
will be happy with the hunt, even if an animal is not
harvested. As bowhunters, we all enjoy being successful
but most of us realize the most important part is the
thrill of the hunt and the experience.
Our excellent group of select outfitters all cater to
bowhunters and are experienced and passionate bowhunters
themselves . They know what it takes to get their
hunters in range of stick & string. Many outfitters
claim to guide bowhunters but are mainly rifle hunting
guides and just take bowhunters for some extra income.
But as you know, if you are not a bowhunter yourself,
you are not going to be successful guiding bowhunting
SSO represents only a handful of quality outfitters that
we know very well who generally offer hunts for multiple
species. This lets us become intimately familiar with
our outfitters. Some booking agents work with so many
outfitters they can't possibly be knowledgeable about
all the hunts they provide and can not provide the
one-on-one service needed.
As a final note, if one of our existing outfitter's gets
sloppy and stops providing quality hunts, SSO is not
afraid to drop them like a hot potato. Our reputation
and your hunting experience is too important to us.
Hunts Offered and Hunt
At SSO, we specialize in arranging hunts for
trophy-sized animals, optimally exceeding the Pope &
Young Record Book minimums, with bow and arrow. Any
outfitter can guide rifle or bow hunters to small or
average sized bucks and bulls. But, in our opinion,
thatís not why you hire an outfitter. You hire a guide
to have an opportunity at trophy animals you might not
otherwise have the opportunity at.
Here at SSO, we honestly believe we offer some of the
best bowhunts in North America and Africa, especially
for trophy-sized animals. For example, our eastern
Colorado trophy whitetail and mule deer hunts offer some
of the best trophy hunting in the country. Ditto for our
British Columbia mountain goat and black bear hunts. Our
B.C. outfitter will very likely harvest the next P&Y
world record mountain goat in the near future. And our
Africa hunts provide some of the best trophy quality in
all of Africa.
Being a full-service company, we try to offer hunts that
cover the gambit - from Colorado elk to African plains
game. If you don't see the hunt you are looking for on
our website, please contact us and through our network
of outfitters and hunting consultants, we can generally
arrange any hunt you desire.
At SSO, we are extremely honest and ethical. We donít
make false promises and donít have any hidden costs;
everything is spelled out. Thereís an old western saying
that goes, ďYouíre only as good as your word.Ē And you
can rest assured that our word is good. We will do
everything we can to provide you an enjoyable,
high-quality hunt. Through the years, we have maintained
an excellent reputation for honesty and offering great
hunts and we want to keep it that way.
It is vitally important to us for you to have a great
hunt. If you don't, it just hurts our reputation because
you probably won't be a return customer. We rely on
satisfied return customers.
At SSO, we offer a free service to our clients and earn
our money from commissions from our outfitters.
Therefore, to keep our service free to our hunters, we
ask that you and your hunting buddies book your hunts
directly through SSO in the future, and not directly
through the outfitter. Please remember that you will
always get the same price through SSO that you would
through the outfitter.
In closing, we have appreciated your patronage over the
last several years and look forward to serving you in
Thank you and good hunting, Matt Burrows
If you are interested in any of our hunts or want to get
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Questionnaire below. Or give us a ring at 303-524-2461,