Capture powerful images of mighty rams battling for dominance during Jeff Parker’s Bighorn Rut Photo Tour 2021.
Western Wyoming hosts one of North America’s largest populations of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. Each winter hundreds of Bighorns move into the region’s river valleys providing photographers with excellent access to the action.
December marks the peak of mating season — a.k.a., the rut — and this tour puts you in the right place at the right time to shoot it. Watching male Bighorns in head-to-head combat makes for one of nature’s most spectacular scenes.
With outer hooves shaped to grasp protrusions on rocky slopes, Bighorn rams don’t just go at it on flat surfaces. It’s not unusual to see them fighting on the side of steep cliffs.
Bighorn rams can weigh more than 350 pounds. Their compact, muscular bodies include strong necks that bear their famous curved horns, which average 30 pounds and measure up to 3-feet long and over a foot in circumference at the base.
Jeff’s Bighorn Rut Photo Tour 2021 takes place in the shadow of the rugged Absaroka Mountain Range. The Absarokas border the eastern edge of Yellowstone National Park and rise over 13,000 feet high. With their jagged silhouettes, these peaks make striking photo subjects themselves so, while our focus will be on the Bighorns, be sure to pack a landscape lens!
We may also see deer, bison, eagles, magpies, ravens, and elk so keep a lookout for them and other wildlife. But truly, it’s those rutting rams that you’ll want to watch and photograph with your keenest eye so you can go home with the most dramatic images as possible.
Jeff Parker’s Bighorn Rut Photo Tour 2021 is limited to six (6) photographers.
~ ALL-INCLUSIVE ~ Your photo tour includes lodging, meals & ground transportation
WHAT YOU CAN LEARN ON THIS TOUR:
- How to get sharp action shots
- When & why to raise your ISO
- How snow can affect your image
- What makes a good wildlife image
- Other technical aspects of field photography
- Knowledge provided through our unique Skill Sharing Sessions (see below for more info)
What’s a Skill Sharing Session?
Our Skill Sharing Sessions give me a unique opportunity to give you one-on-one assistance when not in the field, while also providing a way for other photographers to share their skills and problem solve with each another.
During our Skill Sharing Sessions, tour participants gather together to share expertise and discuss wildlife/nature photography challenges and solutions. Such sessions provide a way for everyone to benefit both from my knowledge as well as one another’s.
A note about instruction on my photo tours:
Since skills levels vary so much on photo tours, I don’t typically focus on structured lessons during these events (my workshops, however, are a far different story — they are all about structured instruction).
Instead, on photo tours, I tailor my teaching to individual needs done on a one-on-one basis. Please do not be shy about telling me what you need!
PLEASE NOTE: This is an estimated schedule and we’ll do our best to stick to this itinerary, but certain conditions may necessitate changes. Good photographic experiences will be our goals at all times.
Monday, December 13, 2021:
Plan to enjoy a 6:00 pm Welcome Dinner together (time may be adjusted once we know photographers’ flight arrival times).
During our Welcome Dinner, I’ll go over the plan for our upcoming days of photography fun while we all get to know one another.
After dinner, settle into your comfy room for a great night’s sleep. (Double-occupancy lodging included.)
December 14 & 15:
Rise and fill up on a warm breakfast then bundle up and head out for a day of photographing Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep.
These winter days are short so we’ll plan to remain out for the day, eating a casual lunch in the field.
Around sunset, we’ll return to town. There you can peel off your layers, take a hot shower and enjoy a tasty dinner. After dinner, you should still have time to download the day’s images so you can problem solve with Jeff in time for the next day’s shoot if you need to.
If time and energy allow, we’ll enjoy a Skill Sharing Session together. (See “What You Can Learn on This Tour” to learn more about our Skill Sharing Session.)
Thursday, December 16, 2021:
It’s our last day in the field. Let’s make it an extra good one!
After breakfast, just as you have the last two mornings, bundle up. You know by now how cold it is out there!
And, as before, plan for a casual lunch chomped in the field between wildlife action shots.
After we’ve shot out the daylight we’ll finish up our final shoot and head back to Cody.
We’ll enjoy our final dinner together with our new friends as we relive the experiences of the last few days.
Friday, December 17, 2021:
If you don’t have an early flight, enjoy lounging in your warm bed a bit longer this morning! Then eat a leisurely breakfast at the hotel.
When you’re ready, we make sure you get to the Cody airport in time for your flight home. When you get home, be sure to reach out to your new friends – and to us! – to share some of your images and memories.
- Lodging (double-occupancy; limited singles available)
- All ground transportation once in Cody, Wyoming
- All meals (lunches will be in the field)
- Snacks & water in the field
- Skill Sharing Session™
- Tips for meals
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
Transportation to and from Cody, alcoholic beverages, trip insurance, medical costs, laundry or other personal costs.
LOGISTICS, EQUIPMENT & SUCH:
We will be photographing the Bighorns from terrain that’s mostly flat. Unless you decide to venture off, you’ll be capturing your shots not far from our vehicle. There’s no need during this tour for significant walks or any hiking.
IMPORTANT! ~ Please do keep in mind that this time of year this region it is extremely cold and you will need to dress accordingly. Temps could be below zero (not common, but definitely possible) and you may be out in such temps photographing the rutting animal action.
Please plan to arrive in time to join us for our 6:00 pm Welcome Dinner.
We’ll pick you up at the Cody airport so you don’t have to worry about transportation once you arrive in Cody.
The airport is officially called “YELLOWSTONE REGIONAL AIRPORT.” The airport code is COD.
Both United and Delta Airlines have regular flights into Cody by way of Salt Lake City (Delta) and Denver (United). Arrival times are between 12:40 and 1:30 pm so if you have no flight issues you should arrive in plenty of time for the 6:00 pm Welcome Dinner.
However, depending upon where you live, you may need to stay the night in Salt Lake City or Denver or take a red-eye to Salt Lake City or Denver.
LODGING & MEALS:
Double-occupancy lodging is included in this tour. A limited number of single-occupancy spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please email me if you are interested in a single.
All meals are included in the tour from dinner on December 13 through breakfast on December 17.
We’ll send out more info, including a personal-item packing list, as your photo tour grows closer.
In the meantime, wondering what sort of photography equipment you might need for this tour? Check out the EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST for this Bighorn Rut Photo Tour 2021.
NOTE: You do not have to own or bring everything on the checklist! It’s a list of recommended equipment. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!
GENERAL INFO / SIGN UP:
- DURATION: Three (3) full days & four (4) nights, including the evening of the Welcome Dinner
- DATES: Monday evening, December 13 — Friday morning, December 17, 2021
- SPACE FOR: Six (6) photographers
- PRICE: $2,195
- DEPOSIT AMOUNT: $500
- PAYMENT DUE DATES: A total of half the cost of the tour due 6-months before departure. Remaining balance due 60 days prior to start date of tour.
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At the start of each event, we’ll ask you to sign this liability waiver. We encourage you to review it before signing up.