The outfit is located on the Belle Fourche River
and equipped with a full-time taxidermy service on site.
I was on a low bluff overlooking a bend of the Belle Fourche River
, cottonwoods along the stream below; hayfields left, right, and center; timbered ridges rising a few hundred yards away.
Water for irrigation is diverted from the Belle Fourche River
to the Belle Fourche Reservoir, which holds over 185,000 acre-feet of active conservation storage.
in 2014, earned the recognition this year for its successful restoration of the Belle Fourche River
But most of Wyoming's true trophy whitetails are concentrated in the northeastern sector of the state, where the Black Hills and the Bear Lodge Mountains spill over and down from South Dakota into the drainage of the Belle Fourche River
Despoiled by a century of mine tailings from Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, the creek was a foul-looking flowage that poured down out of the Black Hills and spilled onto the prairie, meandering sickly toward the Belle Fourche River
My good friends Russ and Wanda Roberts, owners of Western Gateway Outfitters, had chosen this spot near the Belle Fourche River
for us months before our arrival.
Like an artist slowly pulling the veil from her creation, the Belle Fourche River
has slowly eroded away the surrounding rock, uncovering the monolith we know today.
It is thought to be the core of a volcano exposed by erosion from the Belle Fourche River
over many millions of years.
In fact, after a few years of filming hunts in the area, Stroff began leasing ground and opened WRO, an operation that offers guided whitetail hunts on 35,000 acres of private ranchland along the scenic Belle Fourche River
Cloud Peak Energy's Cordero Rojo mine, located near Gillette, Wyoming, received the 2015 State of Wyoming Reclamation Award from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Land Quality Division for the successful restoration of the Belle Fourche River
. The award was presented at the Wyoming Mining Association's Annual Safety and Reclamation Banquet in Cody, Wyoming, on June 19.
The frost-glazed yellow grass brushed stiffly against our boots as we angled up the slope, and as first light began to lend form to the landscape, we stopped to listen--gazing south across the pine-studded ridges and knolls and the broad, open sweep of the Belle Fourche River