About Us

John Howell grew up hunting and fishing on his family ranch in Nebraska. He has always had a passion for the outdoors and sports, especially football. While attending Colorado State University on a football scholarship John continued his involvement with the family ranch as his love for the outdoors grew stronger.

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Dismal River Outfitters
8276 Sand Dollar Drive
Windsor, CO 80528

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Dismal River Outfitters
36660 Riverside Drive
Mullen, NE 69152

John Howell
813.323.6074
john@huntdismal.com

Bruce Grant
941.776.3029
grantadven@aol.com


Booking Info

Our trophy and meat bison hunts are conducted within a 3,000 acre high-fenced section of our ranch.  These are 2 day hunts and no license is required.  Our clients arrive day 1, hunt days 2, 3, and depart day 4.  You can use a muzzleloader, bow, rifle, or handgun.

Our bison hunts are done during the months of October, November, and December.  Our trophy bison are 5 and 6 year old bulls.  These bulls will weigh between 1750 and 2000 lbs.  They have great genetics and are very large at a young enough age the meat is still excellent.

Our deer hunts are free ranging and a Nebraska state deer license and habitat stamp are required.  These can be obtained over the counter or online for $210 for a non resident.  We can assist you in the process of obtaining these.  The season opens every year on the Saturday closest to the 13th of November.  A deer license in Nebraska allows you to shoot either a whitetail or a mule deer and we have both on our ranch.  We do a lot of glassing and spot and stalk style deer hunting.

Bison hunts are 2 x 1 hunts (2 hunters per 1 guide) and deer hunts are 1 x 1 (1hunter per 1 guide).  There are usually 2 hunters total in camp during bison hunts and 5 – 6 hunters in camp during deer hunts.

If you plan to fly in, please plan to fly into the North Platte, Nebraska airport. We will pick you up and provide all additional transportation required while you are there. If you are driving in please contact me for directions to the ranch.

You will stay in a large refurbished ranch house with all the amenities including wet bar, big screen T.V., hot tub, and internet access.  The meals are fantastic, all home cooked steak, potatoes, salads, wine, etc.

Half down is required to book a hunt and the remaining balance is due 45 days prior to your arrival.  You can book a hunt anytime as long as there is availability.  If you would like to book please notify me before you send your deposit.  Once I receive your deposit I will send you the paperwork consisting of a contract, liability waiver, and pre-hunt questionnaire.   There are no hidden fees in the cost of your hunt.  The only things the price does not include is meat processing, taxidermy, and Nebraska 5.5% sales tax.

We can bone your bison meat out for you for an additional $250 or your deer for an addtional $50 to take home to your meat proccessor

Hopefully this information helps.  If you have any further questions about booking please feel free to contact us any time.