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“I started school lacking confidence and skills to be a quality guide. I left Winterhawk a different person ready to venture out on my own.”

- Dave Winters

Outfitters, Packers, & Hunting Guide Schools----2015  Class Date are: July 25th. to August 23rd.   

*ATTENTION INTERESTED STUDENTS* At this time we are in the process of having our school approved so veterans can use the GI Bill to attend, Our school was approved for years and we just need to be reapproved. Should be final in the next 30 days. 

We are making some changes and inprovenemts in our school for 2015.  We will also have a class to June as well as August. In addition to some other good inprovements in the class. Give us a call if you need information.   

If you're seriously interested in a career in the outdoors industry, our school is for you. We have one of the best line-ups of instructors ever assembled. Our facilities are located on the edge of the spectacular Flat Tops Wilderness area and we have over 250 square miles of remote wilderness to train you on.

The cost for this 30 day class will be: $5000.00 per person. Please feel free to contact us for more information on this class.  Class will start July 25 to August 23th.  Also at this time we are in the process of having our school GI Approved for Veterans to attend.

Corey Jacobson - 6 Time World Champion Elk CallerLearn Elk Calling from a World Champion! This year our students will have the opportunity to learn calling fro 8-Time World Champion Elk Caller, Corey Jacobsen. Finishing in the top 8 at the RMEF World Championship Elk Calling contest 12 times in the past 13 years, Corey has quickly become one of the most sought-after resources for elk calling and elk hunting instruction in the nation.

Corey recognizes that success on the stage doesn't necessarily relate to success in the field, however, and he lives for the real contest that takes place in the elk woods every September. It is there, on public land, over-the-counter archery units that he has been hunting elk for over 24 years.

Stories of Corey's hunts have been published in magazines such as Eastman?s Bowhunting Journal, Western Hunter Magazine, Trophy Hunter Magazine, and more. Corey's passion for bowhunting elk is evident to those who attend his seminars and classes, where he willingly shares the tips and tactics that have brought him consistent success year after year. Corey is also the creater and publisher of a Great Elk Hunting Magazine  " EXTREME ELK"

In addition to being a member of Hoyt's national Bowhunting Staff, Corey currently serves as the Pro Staff Director for Sitka Gear and is a regular on the Extreme Bulls Video series produced by Steve Chappell.

We want to give you the very best education possible and with our staff, facilities, equipment, experience and curriculum we're confident we'll do just that.

You'll receive a real education. We are the only school that offers an apprentice class where you'll actually assist a professional guide and client on a live hunt. You'll "learn by doing."

We realize this is an important decision so we encourage you to compare us with other schools. Then give us a call and let's go to work together. Thanks again for considering Winterhawk. We look forward to talking with you soon.

Larry & Laura Amos

Larry and Laura Amos
Winterhawk Outfitters


Winterhawk's All-Star Instructor Lineup

Winterhawk’s Outfitter, Guide & Packer School is gearing up for a great year, and we’ve got another all-star lineup of instructors. If you or someone you know has been dreaming of being a professional hunting guide or outfitter, there’s no better place to learn from some of the best experts in the industry. Here’s a look at our 2015 instructor lineup:

Elk Hunting and Calling Instructor: Corey Jacobsen

Corey JacobsenFor 7-Time World Champion Elk Caller, Corey Jacobsen, there is nothing like the high-country in mid-September. Finishing in the top75 in the Professional Division at the RMEF World Championship Elk Calling contest 14 times in the past 15 years, he has become one of the most sought-after resources for elk calling and elk hunting instruction in the nation. In 2015, Corey was also named the RMEF’s ‘Champion of Champions’. Corey recognizes that success on the stage doesn’t necessarily relate to success in the field, however, and he lives for the “real” contest that takes place in the elk woods every September. It is there, on public land, over-the-counter archery units that he has been hunting elk for over 25 years.

Corey’s passion for elk hunting also led him to create, a website devoted to elk hunting education, instruction, and entertainment. offers a wealth of elk hunting information, along with interaction with other elk hunters, elk hunting videos, and gear. In 2011, also launched Extreme Elk Magazine. With a foundation of elk hunting stories contributed by real, everyday elk hunters, combined with the energy and experience of dedicated writers like Cameron Hanes, Aron Snyder, and Steve Chappell, Extreme Elk Magazine has burst onto the scene as one of the premier hunting magazines in the nation!

Now living in Boise, Idaho, Corey and his wife, Jennifer, have three children – Isaac, Jessi, and Samuel.

Fly Fishing Instructor: Jim Phillips

Jim PhillipsJim Phillips is a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor and a veteran guide for Vail Resorts and Fly Fishing Outfitters in Avon, Colorado. Originally, from Sonora, California, Jim now lives in Avon and has more than 50 years of fly fishing experience. Jim’s favorite fly is the Patriot, and his favorite trip has been the Kamchatka Peninsula in northeastern Russia. Jim’s fly fishing adventures have also taken him to numerous saltwater destinations. Among them, the Bahamas and the Florida Keys have been his favorites.



Big Game Guiding Instructor: Bob Terwilliger

Bob TerwilligerBob Terwilliger is Head Guide and General Manager for Winterhawk Outfitters. Bob grew up in the heart of the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York, where from a young age he developed a love for the outdoors and horses. He started hunting and fishing with his grandfather and dad at the age of eight. In February of 1994, Bob received a job opportunity in Colorado and he jumped at the chance. This meant a bigger and better place to enjoy the outdoors, including pursuing his life-long dream of a horseback elk hunt in the Rocky Mountains.

For the next 14 years, Bob hunted, fished and backpacked all over the Flat Tops Wilderness before coming to work at Winterhawk Outfitters in the fall of 2008. He quickly fell in love with the operation and all it had to offer. It didn’t take Bob long to realize that Winterhawk was the perfect second career opportunity for him. Since that time, Bob has been guiding fly fishing, elk hunting, and teaching the Big Game Guiding Class for Winterhawk.

In the Big Game Guiding Class, Bob will cover everything you need to know and master to be a successful hunting guide, including how best to work with clients and within your guide team, review gear needed, hunting techniques, proper care of game in the field, and more.

 Wilderness Navigation and Survival Instructor: Bryan Puskar

Bryan PuskarBryan Puskar is a Master Instructor and the Staffing Director for the Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS). He has been teaching wilderness survival and navigation for over 13 years. When not teaching outdoor skills Bryan enjoys sea kayaking, cycling, swimming, and hiking. His adventures have taken him around the United States and Canada as well as Tanzania, Bolivia, Peru, Australia, Mexico, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

In his three-day session for Winterhawk, Bryan will cover basic navigation with map and compass. Students will learn how to stay found regardless of available tools and technology, and common navigation mistakes and how to avoid them. Bryan will also present survival skills, including priorities for decision making, proper shelter construction, thermoregulation, fire, and learning to use the resources that nature provides.

Bryan is also quite versed in astronomy so if the skies are clear it’s pretty easy to get him to point out stars, constellations and planets, as well as teach how they can be used to find your way in the wilderness.

Larry Amos, Winterhawk Owner and Head Instructor

Larry AmosLarry Amos has more than 45 years of guiding and outfitting experience and founded Winterhawk Outfitters as a full-time professional outfit more than 33 years ago in 1982. In addition to our other talented instructors, Larry serves as Winterhawk’s Head Instructor, covering a wide range of outfitting disciplines, including horsemanship, horseshoeing, mule packing, setting wilderness camps, camp management, equipment, outfitter business management, food service, trophy care and more.

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