Thursday, January 23, 2014

Asiatic Water Buffalo Hunt Set for February

The Trophy Feeds A Village!

The Monday following the SCI Convention Nathan will be taking a 13 hour overnight flight from Los Angeles to Brisbane Australia and then on to Wewak, Papua New Guinea for an Asiatic Water Buffalo hunt. Award winning, Jereme Thaxton, a veteran wildlife videographer, will join Nathan to capture the sights, sounds, and thrill of this unique opportunity on HD video for an upcoming episode of "Destination Xtreme"

With about 7 million residents, Papua New Guinea is in the Oceania ocean and a short plane ride from Brisbane, Australia. After a brief stay in Wewak, the team will travel about two hours by jeep to the camp.

Much of the country is mountainous and covered in tropical rainforests. The highest point of Papua New Guinea is Mount Wilhelm at 14,793 ft (4,509 m).  Due to its location along the Pacific Ring of Fire, Papua New Guinea has several volcanoes and is prone to earthquakes and tsunamis. It's most active volcano, Rabaul caldera, is situated on the island of New Britain, and as of March 2013 is engaged in an eruptive phase that began in January 2013. 

Example of a trophy Asiatic Water Buffalo
According to Lonely Planet, "the striking natural beauty and myriad complex cultures offer some riveting and truly life-affirming experiences. The island of New Guinea, of which Papua New Guinea is the eastern part, is only one-ninth as big as Australia, yet it has just as many mammal species, and more kinds of birds and frogs. PNG is Australia’s biological mirror-world. Both places share a common history going back tens of millions of years, but Australia is flat and has dried out, while PNG is wet and has become mountainous. As a result, Australian kangaroos bound across the plains, while in PNG they climb in the rainforest canopy."

"Destination Xtreme" Trailer:
"The Guides - Life as an Outfitter" Trailer:

Safari Club International 2014 Convention

Cabela's Pro Staff, Nathan Theriault, to work with Jared Wire, Cabela's Conservation,Youth & Advocacy Specialist during SCI.

Once-in-a-lifetime-hunts, guns,
and artwork highlight daily auctions.

SCI is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation world-wide.

The Safari Club International's Annual Convention attracts over 18,000. Six continents are under one roof where members come to book hunts, rendezvous with old friends and shop for the latest guns and hunting equipment.

Notable authorities of the outdoor sports and shooting industries attend the premier hunting show annually. There are dozens of informative and educational seminars designed to provide attendees the opportunity to learn new hunting techniques or refine old ones, discover imaginative ways to prepare wild game, or to glean tips on the best care for your equipment and gear. Countless topics that appeal to the hunting sportsman are covered.

When the exhibit halls close the evening fun and excitement begins. Each night, members come together to celebrate the accomplishments of the organization and enjoy top entertainment and speakers. SCI’s evening auctions offer top of the line guns, once in a lifetime hunts, the finest artwork and more.  Every purchase provides crucial funds to help preserve our hunting heritage and enable conservation efforts to occur around the globe.

Nathan Theriault,
Cabela's Big Game Pro Staff
(Jereme Thaxton Photography)
Cabela’s elite Pro Staff team is composed of individuals who excel in a wide range of outdoor pursuits. They're selected based on equal parts impressive credentials and their ability to teach their expertise to others. Nationwide, team member, Nathan Theriault is one of a dozen Cabela’s “big game” Pro Staff.

Whether in person or on a network news report or television feature, Nathan's enthusiasm and love for adventure and wildlife energizes viewers, clients and staff. As owner of OMM Outfitters, a Cabela's World's Foremost Destination, Nathan’s artful showcasing of outdoor products propels sales and helps companies break into new markets.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

SHOT Show® 2014 a Huge Success

Nathan joins Industry Professionals at the 2014 SHOT Show. 

Nathan was also awarded VIP access to the Outdoor Channel's Annual Awards Banquet where a Cabela's Outdoor Adventure TV Episode of a Maine Moose Hunt guided by Nathan was Nominated for the "Golden Moose Award."

Attracting industry professionals from the United States and more than 100 other countries, the SHOT Show shattered attendance records, giving industry professionals good reason to believe that 2014 will be another strong year for sales of firearms, ammunition, outdoor gear and law enforcement equipment according to NSSF. 
2014 SHOT Show Exhibitors

The 36th SHOT Show ran Jan. 14 to 17 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center. Attendance figures eclipsed last year’s total by the second day of the show and finished at more than 67,000, an increase of 5,000. “I think that really speaks to the quality of the event and the enthusiasm and passion of our industry to provide quality products for hunting, target shooting and personal and home defense,” said Chris Dolnack, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Lodge Moose Tag Law Enacted

OMM Outfitters, a coalition of outfitters, and the Maine Sporting Camps Association succeeded in getting legislation passed so lodges like ours could become agents for guaranteed moose tags. 

The law becomes effective in 2014. The number of tags is yet to be determined. We will be guiding these hunts for our lodge and affiliated lodges. We have a waiting list going for the “lodge tags”. The American-Plan rate for this hunt is $8,500. plus tax and the state $1,500 "lodge tag" fee, plus non-included costs like skinning, butchering, tips, travel, etc. A $1,500 deposit gets you on the list for 2014 or 2015.

Compared to Canadian or Alaskan hunts, given the travel costs and border hassles, these tags are an outstanding value. Plus, if you happen to be drawn in the recreational lottery, we'll find another buyer for the tag and only charge you the guiding and lodging rate for a lottery hunt.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Two Golden Moose Award Nominations

Cabela's Ultimate Adventure TV Episode with Nathan Theriault Guiding a Cabela's Executive to a Trophy Bull Moose Captures Nomination for Best Overall Episode and Best Big Game Hunt

Ted Nugent performs at the
2014 Golden Moose Awards Banquet

Outdoor Television Shows
A Cabela’s Ultimate Adventure television episode, with Nathan guiding a Cabela’s executive, featured a heart-stopping bull-moose charge and was nominated for two coveted “Golden Moose Awards” at the Outdoor Channel SHOT Show Banquet - Best Overall Episode and Best Big Game Hunt.

During 2013, several of OMM's guided hunts were featured on outdoor television including Cabela’s Outdoor Adventure TV on the Outdoor Channel and InnerLoc’s Out-there on the Sportsman Channel. Also, Bird Dogs Afield with Paul Fuller aired a great show filmed from the Eagle Lake Sporting Camps featuring a Maine grouse hunt.

Nathan is involved in outfitting activities in Maine, Kentucky, and Florida and helps produce three new television series, “The Guides – Life as an Outfitter”, “Destination Xtreme – with Mark Peterson”, and “Limited Access”Filming started in June and continued through the November Maine moose hunt.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Big 8! - Thanks - And Happy New Year Wishes!

Nathan Theriault with the "Big 8"

Every now and then you wonder where the time goes. Life becomes busy and time to create your own adventures gets lost in the mix of all the other of life’s activities. 

After guiding my last November moose hunt, I took time for two separate personal adventures each with a one-of-a-kind friend. One adventure started with a friend’s trail camera over two years ago! It led to an arrow shot which put down a coveted “Big 8”! (I will share the second adventure in another blog.)

Over the many years of guiding I find clients often become friends. A few are hard to describe without creating a comic book character. Joe Shepard is one such character. He started hunting with me ten years ago. As an animal control officer his patrol covers the area around Framingham, Massachusetts. Joe has lived here his whole life, hunted, fished and has managed through the area’s housing and population boom to continue his outdoors traditions. These traditions have become apparent to me and without a doubt Joe is the best hunter and trapper I have ever met. Just taking a look at the bucks on his wall, and the racks that are not, are a true testament.

Joe’s a quiet legend, one who doesn't need to show his success nor does he need to boast about his life as a great outdoors-man. Joe loves to teach and has taught me to be the ultimate predator. 

Joe Shephard with Maine Black Bear
On many occasions, I have been blessed to be able to spend time with Joe and his wife Judy at their home on the lake in Framingham. When I arrived this December, Joe and I worked animal control calls for Joe's personal business and scouted a few areas for deer.  

Joe had his eyes on one particular buck before my visit. Trail camera pictures collected two years prior showed the buck would have great potential. For this reason, the area had not been hunted. While scouting we noticed a fresh scrape by Joe’s stand set in a cedar tree that had grown beside a dense and unkempt road. The rest is history. Thank you Joe.

Without a doubt, 2013 has been a year that has been filled with many opportunities and blessings. Whether it's the filming of new television productions, planning hunts abroad, outfitting in different destinations, or as discussed above putting down the “Big 8”, truly the year was a gift from God. I will continue to thank God for opening doors and His astute direction of my path. Also, thank you to all my family, friends, teachers, and clients who all contribute in a wonderful way to the adventure of life. 

Happy New Year!

Kentucky Elk Herd is Thriving - 1,000 Tags for 2014! - Apply Now.

Best Elk Hunting East of the Mississippi

Kentucky Elk Tag 

Since being introduced in 1997, elk have thrived in eastern Kentucky. High breeding and calf survival rates, the absence of predators, mild winters and abundant food sources support an expanding herd and elk which are on average 15% larger than elk found in western states.

1,000 permits will be issued for 2014 and hunters will have a choice of 5 areas to hunt in a 16 county region. 

OMM will be guiding hunts exclusively on expansive privately-owned land representing some of the most desirable habitat. Contact us now to talk about application strategies. You are encouraged to apply for this hunt.

The lottery application period runs from January 1 to April 30, 2014.

Introduced in 1997 the herd has multiplied to over 10,000 animals.