Thank you for your interest in cooking for OMM! We’re doing three separate hunts, one each for elk, deer, and antelope. Here’s some essential info:
YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES: You’ll be cooking for approximately 20-22 people on our hunts, and we hope to have 2 cooks per hunt. You’ll be given a menu, and OMM will purchase/transport all the food. You’ll be cooking in a separate tent adjacent to the eating tent, and it’s equipped with two Camp Chef 2-burner propane stoves, lights, heat, tables, etc. All utensils, pots, pans, etc. are provided.
The meals are simple and hardy; having done this for 5 years now, we’ve figured out meals that are relatively quick and easy to prepare. Spaghetti, hamburgers/hot dogs, scrambled eggs with breakfast meats, and continental breakfast items rule the day! Here’s the meal schedule:
Early Morning Before The Hunt: continental breakfast
Breakfast (10 a.m): eggs, toast, sausage, instant oatmeal, etc.
Lunch (2 p.m before hunters head out): Setting out lunch meats/chips/cookies
Dinner (7 p.m.): Hot dinner such as spagetti, bratwursts, etc.
The youth mentors take turns cleaning up under your direction.
HUNT OVERVIEW/DATES: All hunts are four days long.
Day 1: Arrival, camp setup, range ops, hunt area orientation, hunt class for youth/mentors, and Campfire Talk 1 (more info below).
Days 2 & 3: Hunt hard all day with Campfire Talks 2 and 3 at night.
Day 4: Hunt in the morning, camp tear down, departure at noon.
Antelope Hunt: October 12-16th (Thursday-Sunday) in Peyton, CO
Deer Hunt: October 27-30th (Friday-Monday) near Craig, CO
Elk Hunt: January 2024 (exact dates are being finalized with the landowner, but the hunt will likely be Friday thru Monday) in Peyton, CO. We’re shooting for Martin Luther King weekend (JAN 12th-15th) to minimize work/school days missed.
LOCATIONS: The elk and antelope hunts will occur on 80,00 acres of private land leased exclusively by Tri-State Outfitters. We’ll base camp out of the lodge in Peyton and hunt the seven properties in the Larkspur/Kiowa/Peyton area.
The deer hunt occurs in Coal Bank Gulch State Wildlife Area in Hayden (near Craig). This SWA is reserved for youth with mentors; it’s 800 acres of grasslands, rolling hills, and one major ridge separating two grass bowls. We’ve hunted it for five years now, and it’s a great place to teach boys to hunt! We typically see 100-150 deer daily, and our harvest rate is around 75%. We base camp out of Yampa River State Park, which is about 5 minutes from the SWA.
BASECAMP: Basecamp will be identical on all three hunts. One massive wall tent is used as the eating/gathering area, one is for youth/mentors, and one is for guides/support staff. We provide cots and all meals for everyone, including you. We have electricity at all the sites so we’ll have electric lights and heaters.
REIMBURSEMENT: We’ll reimburse your gas costs to and from your house up to $300.
BOOK REQUIREMENT: Our Campfire Talks are discussions based on the book, “Wild At Heart” by John Eldredge. EVERYONE on the hunt participates in these discussions; as a man who went thru the development challenges the young men are facing, your input is critical. You’ll need to read or listen to the book before the hunt.
CAMPFIRE TALKS: Each night we conduct a 1-hour campfire talk based on the book “Wild At Heart.” The talks are designed to help the boy begin to answer 4 questions:
1. What does it mean to be a man?
2. How do I become one?
3. What does a woman need in a Godly man?
4. How do I become truly alive?
While we know the boys won’t be able to fully answer the questions in the 4-day hunt, our goal is to plant the seeds for self-discovery within them and provide them a tool to answer them (the book).
GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER: We’ll do a BBQ in Monument, CO on Oct. 7th to get to know each other. We’ll do ax throwing and archery with prizes for the deadliest shot with ax or bow!
VALUES: OMM’s an unabashedly Christian ministry with conservative Christian values. We believe the Bible is the literal Word of God and is the indisputable guide in how to live one’s life. Additionally, below are OMM’s Core Beliefs. We respectfully ask you only to apply if your values and beliefs align with ours. We believe:
* That boys need a guide in the journey to manhood
* Masculinity is bestowed by a man or a group of men
* While men and women should be valued equally, God made them differently. Men and women have distinct God-ordained roles.
READY TO JOIN US? First, we respectfully ask that you pray on the decision. If you feel the Lord pulling on your heart to serve these young men, here’s the link to the quick application form we ask you to fill out (they help keep us organized). PLEASE SUBMIT THE FORM BY APRIL 1ST. Feel free to volunteer for more than one hunt! If so, please tell us which hunts you would like to support on the application.
Click HERE to apply.
Thank you! It takes a brotherhood of men to help guide teens into Christian manhood – we deeply appreciate your investment in these boys.