A lot of outfitters have come and gone since we started 40 years ago. You don't make it this long without doing a few things right.
Frank, Cal and Ray Stukel (all brothers) started the business on family land back in 1981. Ray was a farmer/rancher who took care of the food plots and could fix anything. Cal was a restaurant owner who provided the best food in the business. Frank was (and still is) the businessman who goes in a million different directions to make it all come together.
The primary property we hunt was originally owned by Frank's in-laws, Arnold and Grace Henrecy, purveyors of Henrecy's Herefords. Their very successful livestock operation included a sale barn that packed with people during annual bull sales.
That same barn is a cornerstone of our operation today. It sure has come a long way in terms of amenities over 40 years!
A photo from 1982. That's Sam and Ben on the bottom left. Carrying BB guns on the hunt was a blast!
In the early days the guides cleaned birds and sometimes helped with the shooting!