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Rutting Ridge Outfitters Testimonials

Here's what a few of our customers have had to say about us.
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Travis Steffen

Travis Steffen

BUFFALO COUNTY HEARTBREAKER

I had the privilege to hunt with the RRO crew during the 2021 season for both archery and rifle. The action was fast and furious, with the ability to see some great up and comers and plenty of mature deer. Personally, passed on double digit bucks that led to a shot on an older, goofy looking deer. It was my 5th encounter with him, and while it didn't end the way I wanted it is part of hunting. The guides and tracker used were top notch and helpful in trying to recover the deer after an arrow deflection. 
The guides, Jason, Mike, Max, Jordan, and Jarrad were fun to be around in camp and made the experience enjoyable. The camp atmosphere is loose and inviting and the food that Maggie cooked up was absolutely delicious! We will be back for years to come and something we are looking forward to the calendar rolling back around to November! (pic attached, was a young up and comer) 
Jacob Zabkowicz

Jacob Zabkowicz

2021 - Milwaukee, WI

Captain Jarrad and his team of professional guides are the some of the best in the industry. I started hunting with Jarrad 10 years ago and I have been coming back for both the great whitetail hunting but as well as the Walley and Perch fishing. What makes Jarrad one of the best outfits that I have been to is not only getting on some of the biggest Walleye of my life +28", or seeing +30 whitetail deer in a day sitting in the stands, it is his hospitality and willingness to share his knowledge to us avid outdoorsmen. For the past 3 years, I have been bringing my son and his friends on an annual fishing trip with Captain Jarrad. The past 2 years we have turned the trip into a father/son fishing competition where the boys fish with Captain Jarrad and the fathers fish on a 2nd boat (normally one of his guides). Jarrad has always been class act with the kids, teaching them different fishing techniques, how to drive a boat and navigate waters, and giving them an education that cannot be learned in a classroom. I would highly recommend RRO to anyone, young or old, male or female, experienced or not. The atmosphere that Capt. Jarrad provides will make it a great experience for anyone!

Kai Peterson

Kai Peterson

Fall 2021 - Fridley mn

A note to let you know how impressed. I am with you and your team. The accommodations are good and you have a great bunch of guys to hang out with after the hunt. The hunting is fantastic, your stands are setup perfectly are very comfortable and safe and in great locations. This last fall was my second year in a row with you and I shot a nice buck on both trips. In addition, I saw other bucks and does making each sit in the woods exciting and enjoyable. I have hunted with other outfitters but without question your team and hunting opportunities are far superior. I can’t wait to come back next fall. Thanks again to you and your team.

Ryan Steffen

Ryan Steffen

Fall 2021 - Fond du Lac, Wi

My brother and I were looking to try something different this past fall for deer season. We were ready to get off of the public lands and make something our “own”. We started with looking for a lease, well that didn’t happen. We started looking into outfitters and found Rutting Ridge Outfitters! Neither of us had been to an outfitter before so we were a little cautious going into the whole experience. He bothered Jarrad probably a lot more than most but we wanted to be ready for everything. We both hunted hard sitting all day everyday except one rain day. My persistence and the knowledge of Jarrad and his crew paid off big time with my biggest buck to date. It was great meeting everyone in camp and made some new friends along the way too. Needless to say the hunting and properties were great along with lodging and food which there was way too much of. A big thank you to Jarrad, Jason, Mike, Max, Jordan, and MagPie! Can’t wait for bow season 2022!!!

Dallas and Faye Smith

Dallas and Faye Smith

spring summer 2021 but many years really - hugo minn

we have not personally hunted with RRO but we have been fishing with jarrad many times on the river and lake pepin and also on lake Erie. he is a lot of fun to be with and his knowledge of the river is unbelievable , he works hard to put u on the fish and gives it his best out effort! if u are looking for a guide for a day on the water of the mississippi river lake pepin or lake Erie in the early spring we wouldn’t recommend anyone else but jarrad , if u wanna learn the river or lake pepin he is the guy u want to learn from. he is truly a great fisherman and he is also now a good friend of ours. ! we are also looking to a hunt with him sometime soon at RRO. go Dawgs.

Jeremy Seiler

Jeremy Seiler

Fall 2021 - Laona, WI

I’ve hunted with Rutting Ridge for the last 6 years. One thing you’ll notice while in camp is most hunters are repeat customers, which should say a lot. Id say each year feels like a family reunion but I’d be lying, nobody in their right mind would want to see all of their family every year, it’s much better than that. Lol. I’ve shot a buck every year I’ve hunted there and unfortunately I lost one due to a one lung shot. There’s a lot of deer and good quality deer if you’re patient. You can still have some slow days, but with patience you’ll likely be rewarded with some very memorable days. He’s always had good properties to hunt with many stand locations, and he doesn’t start hunting until around October 20th which is nice because the deer aren’t pressured or educated prior to prime time. If you’re looking to try hunting Buffalo County, Rutting Ridge Outfitters should be a strong consideration.

Justin Boisseau

Justin Boisseau

Fall 2021 - Westfield,Massachuttes

I've been to Rutting Ridge several times over the last 10 years and am very pleased with Jarrad and all the guides who work there,all very informative on all properties to be hunted...Camp is always great to meet hunters from all over and food is amazing!All the properties have many stands to choose from and hold many bucks and does and several mature bucks. The day I shot my buck I saw 5 bucks and several doe,which were seen throughout the day and I shot mine at 130 in the afternoon which is another reason to hunt ALL DAY.never know. I give Rutting Ridge Outfitters 5 stars.

Kurt Haberle

Kurt Haberle

Fall 2020 - Cedarburg WI

Jarrad is a great host and the guides are really good guys. Had a nice cabin and the food is good ! I worked with Jason and Mike, knowledgeable guides and hard workers. I highly recommend Rutting Ridge Outfitters !!!

William Hiler

Buffalo County Whitetail Hunting

Hunted with RRO in 2019, great guys, great properties that they have a lot of history with and know how to hunt. We where not successful but we recognize, unlike a lot, that it’s not a sure thing when you go to an outfitter. Food was good and plentiful as was the drinks. Word to the wise though it’s not a place to hunt if your not hardy. All day sits are the norm. Up 2 hours plus before daylight. Long difficult walks into and out of stand locations. They do have some stand set up closer for older less active hunters but most are not. Good price and Jared is a nice guy. We plan on going back.

John Gregory

John Gregory

Buffalo County Buck with Rutting Ridge Outfitters

Was there 2018 and 2019 great guides good food great times . Cant wait to go back.

Jeremy Seiler

Jeremy Seiler

Bone collector - Laona, WI

I’ve been hunting with Rutting Ridge Outfitters for the last three seasons and it doesn’t disappoint. I’ve had chances every season with mature deer but even more importantly I always have a blast in camp. Between the guides they have and the hunters in camp, their deer camps quickly feel like you’re hunting with a bunch of buddies rather than just visiting an outfit. If you’re considering trying a hunt in the driftless region or anywhere in Wisconsin in general, give them a shot. Great food, great lodge, great guides and hunting...and Jarrad is alright too. ??

TED PECK

TED PECK

OUTDOOR WRITER/ Professional Guide

The Fluekiger family epitomizes the very soul of the Immortal Mississippi River. Jarrad's profound understanding of all things outdoors shows depth and knowledge far beyond his years because he was raised up on the shoulders of River Rat Titans who have kicked around the bluffs and bottoms in primal days before the dams. Like a haggard hawk, Jarrad has the inherent sense to perch high in the very best tree to watch the wariest whitetails trying to sneak to the mist long before they even feel the urge to meander down a certain trail...and like a haggard hawk, the Fluekigers have found their way to the very best trophy whitetail country on earth. Tight lines and sure shots, River Brothers!

Nick Angerman

Nick Angerman

Archery - Woodbury, MN

Unbelievable, the only word that describes hunting at Rutting Ridge. The morning that I shot my buck was without a doubt the best hunting experience of my life. I saw SEVEN different bucks along with a number of does prior to shooting this deer at High Noon. Two of the other bucks I saw were locked into an all-out brawl 100 yards up the ridge, and both of those were Bigger than the one I shot. Jarrod’s guides know where the deer are and they put you on them. The lodging is exceptional, and the food is amazing. I would go every year if my wife would let me...

Jerrod

Jerrod

Archery - Bloomer WI

I booked a hunt with Rutting Ridge Outfitters out of Alma because I didn't have nothing I wanted shoot on camera at home. So Brett Hilger and I rolled the dice with these guys. I've never been on a outfitter hunt before but this place was top notch! Food absolutely awesome! Nice well kept and clean lodging! Didn't see large numbers of deer but lots of quality young bucks and some real nice shooters. Before I shot this buck I was hooked and coming back. Jarrad and his guides Mike Joe and Jason take care of you and are totally professional hunters. I've never been a fan of all day sits but on well managed property it alot easier knowing you got a legitimate chance of a booner or at least a real good buck coming by at anytime. Stands are comfortable and in pinch points and funnels right where they need to be in my opinion.

Luke Pladson

Luke Pladson

Fall 2015 - Moorhead, MN

This was my 2nd trip with Jarrad, my 3rd trip for Fall of 2016 is in the works. An amazing place to hunt and experience. The energy in camp with Jarrad and the other guides is great, they really make you feel welcome and are glad to have you there and are willing to do as much as possible to make your trip a success. They have the same stuff you see on tv when it comes to deer hunting including numbers of deer and numbers of big bucks! Jarrad and another guest in camp showed me how to properly use rattling antlers, and boy did they work. I rattled in 12 bucks of various sizes including the 11 point 144 3/8" buck I was lucky to harvest on the last day of my hunt in the first 10 minutes of legal shooting time. It was my biggest buck to date! It's great to have multiple farms and stand setups to choose from. Jarrad knows how to set up for proper winds and will do everything he can to get you on a buck; including setting up another stand location. There's multiple big bucks on every property, and because he only takes a small number of hunters, the deer are very relaxed and seem like they've never been pressured! They even volunteered to get me a professional photo shoot of me and my deer! I really can't say enough about this place, they make you feel like it's your home away from home where your only duties are hunting, eating, and hanging out until your ready to go to bed. I will continue to make this trip as annually as possible! Feel free to contact me for a reference. Thanks again Jarrad and everyone else who helped make my trip a success! This is the reason I will continue to make this trip a priority.

Josh Kinser - Trophy Hunters TV

Josh Kinser - Trophy Hunters TV

Fall 2014 - San Antonio, TX

Myself and a cameraman hunting Rutting Ridge this fall for our show, Trophy Hunters TV (Outdoor Channel). We had a fantastic time and although we didn't bag a buck we had tons of encounters and had deer all around us. The lodge is great, the crew is great, the food is great and even the packed lunches are above and beyond the call. I would be returning this fall if I wasn't expecting my 3rd so expect to see me back up there in 2016 trying to go after that monster buck I just couldn't call into range on 3 straight mornings.

JIM FOWLER- TRIPLE

JIM FOWLER- TRIPLE

fishing & hunting over 20 years - Hollandale, WI

AWESOME!! I have been hunting and fishing for years with Jarrad, I have memories of a LIFETIME. Jarrad's ability and personality go beyond anyone's expectations. Jarrad accomodations and hospitality make it enjoyable for each and every guest. I haven't topped my wall hanger buck yet, but me and my number one guide, Jarrad (Rutting Ridge Outfitters) are having a great time trying. I have developed a relationship with Jarrad that will last a lifetime.

John George IV

John George IV

Fall 2013/Fall 2015 - New Richmond, WI

Deer, Deer, more Deer, squirrel,Then a WHOLE BUNCH MORE DEER!!! I was searching for a fun place to take my wife and son for their first white tail hunt and RRO in Buffalo County was the perfect place. We ended up going on a doe hunt and saw more bucks then DOES! On a 1 day hunt my wife and son shot their first deer in the same stand, with the same gun, 30 minutes a part. Jarrad and Mike are both top notch proffessional Guides & Hosts with years of personal experience. If you want a first Class buffalo County experience then look no Further!!

Mike Bahr

Mike Bahr

Fall 2010 - Jefferson, WI

When it comes to bagging a mature trophy buck there are a couple of very important factors you need to consider. First you need to hunt where big bucks exist, the more the better and second those big bucks can't be pressured. RRO's 140" minimum helps those big Buffalo County bucks become mature. RRO also helps keep those big bucks from becoming pressured by saving their stands until the last week of October arrives... primetime! While other outfitters begin running as many hunters as possible through their stands as soon as the archery season opens in mid Sept, RRO keeps their stands fresh for the best time of year to kill a monster buck. I first came to RRO as a client in 2010 and was so impressed with Jarrad's operation that I've returned every year since as a guide. I've hunted the bluff country of west central Wisconsin for the last 25 years and RRO seriously has the best hunting I've ever come across.

Jon Mueller

Jon Mueller

Fall 2014 - Mankato, MN

What a fun hunt for me and my 16-year old son. We had a great time in the woods and back at camp. The lodging and food was second to none and Jarrad, his family and crew, did an excellent job making the stay enjoyable and comfortable. We saw deer every day and had plenty of options for hunting spots. A top notch operation! My son and I even got my picture with country music singer Justin Moore will in camp...

Tony Meyers

Fall 2013 & 2014 - Watertown, WI

Don't hesitate! Book this hunt. You will not be disappointed. I have done two bow hunts with RRO. Great experiences in beautiful country with passionate people. Unfortunately I didn't tag out, but I had opportunities. I will be back. Call with any questions 920-285-0744.

Luke Pladson

Luke Pladson

Fall 2014 - Moorhead, MN

My experience was amazing! I saw tons of deer every day, I witnessed two mature bucks fighting on November 28, 2014 just like the stuff you see on the hunting shows on tv. That morning in particular I didn't think the deer were ever gonna stop coming through, TONS of deer! Jarrad and Laura are the best hosts, I went by myself, came in a stranger, left feeling like part of there family! Most importantly I had FUN every minute I was there, nice relaxing evenings talking with the other hunters in camp and exchanging stories with everyone was a great way to realize I had picked the best option for an outfitter in Buffalo County. I'm going again this year and plan to make it as often as I'm able. Jarrad and Laura are the best! Can't wait to come back this fall! Take care.

Jarrod Erdody

Jarrod Erdody

Fall 2013 - Plainwell, MI

I can't get to Buffalo County Wisconsin often enough! I absolutely love it here and Jarrad's hospitality and accommodations only make the experience all the more enjoyable. They are fun, honest, hard-working people. Jarrad's connections and expertise as a guide are second to none. I absolutely recommend hunting or fishing with Jarrad. And just take a look at their cool lodge...staying at Hillcrest Motel & Lodging is a no-brainer!

Bill Melanson

Bill Melanson

Fall 2014 - Kodak TN

Great food, accommodations, guides, and stands! Jarrad has secured great hunting spots, and knows how to work them. Just a fun place to hang out, and see nice bucks. Oh, you will gain weight, the food is that good.

Joe Collins

Joe Collins

Deer season 2014 - Paintsville KY

I have always dreamed of hunting in Buffalo Co WI. Heard about rutting ridge and gave it a try. Everything about my experience was awesome. From accommodations to hunting and man those ladies can cook. After hunting there and killing a nice buck I feel not only did I have a wonderful experience but I made life long friendships!!! Jarred Steve Mike and all the crew are the best!

Jon Lundholm

2015 - Madison lake mn

Class A accommodations and with excellent service! They know the mighty Mississippi like the back of their hand..

Chris Hacker

Chris Hacker

2009-2015 - Too many to mention

I've fished an hunted with RRO for several years now. Funny how the time flies when you're having fun. Several 8+ pound walleyes have been boated and I've had many close encounters with big +140 class whitetails. One thing that I've come to learn is prepare, prepare, and prepare some more because the bucks you'll see will make your knees wobble and your hands shake. Jarrad and the staff have always been incredibly accommodating and the sack lunches are always hearty. They've made every season enjoyable. He is one heck of a Lake Pepin Walleye Guide...

David Bente

October 2014 - Jefferson, WI

I did my first ever outfitted whitetail hunt with Jarrad and his staff at RRO. I was impressed at his willingness to return all my calls with my many questions leading up to my hunt. The hunting locations were superb and I saw numerous deer every day. The accommodations, food, and guides were all top notch. I would definitely recommend a hunt with RRO. You will make memories and friends to last a lifetime.

Michael J. Riesterer

Hunted 2009 and 2010 - Chilton Wi.

Rutting Ridge Outfitters runs a top notch operation. Your going to have a good chance at a shot at a trophy buck where he takes you. The cooking is second to none and all modern facilities with a family atmosphere make it a hunt to remember. Jarrod went way out of his way to make my hunt special. I hunted with a disability but that did not slow Jarrod up. I even had to leave and rest up and come back to complete my stay there. Jarrod always would be accommodating and made sure that your hunt was done right. Save your coins boys, this hunt is a keeper. If you have more questions just call; 1-920-775-3642

Chad Schilling

spring 2015 - Akaska, SD

I have spent time with RRO both hunting and fishing and have had incredible trips everytime. Jared takes great pride in their accommodations and services and it shows. I would recommend their place to anyone looking for a great Buffalo County and or Mississippi River experience.

Cory Schuster- Sioux Falls South Dakota

several - Sioux Falls SD

I have hunted with RRO for the last several years. Everyone knows Buffalo County is a fantastic place to hunt whitetails and Jarrad doesn't disappoint. His lodge along with the hunting is terrific. If you are looking to book a deer hunting trip, you couldn't find a better place than with Jarrad and RRO. Just make sure and let your taxidermist know you will be visiting him when you get back home. And don't forget about the fantastic walleye fishing. I'm still working on him to guide for turkey hunts. feel free to call me if you have any questions...Cory 605-201-4247

Easton Schuster- South Dakota

Easton Schuster- South Dakota

Whitetails 2011 TO PRESENT Many years to mention...

Rutting Ridge Outfitters has always been an accommodating and welcoming guiding service that has kept me coming back year after year. The potential of seeing a buck of a lifetime is greater here than anywhere else and the landscape of Buffalo County is something you see out of a picture book. The lodge for housing guests only continues to get better and better with new renovations added and already great food. Definitely the place to be in the fall.