About Colorado Outfitters
Russ grew up in Strong, Maine spending his childhood hunting and fishing the western mountains of Maine. The son of a Maine Master Guide, Russ would harvest his first whitetail buck on a solo hunt at the age of 14. Later he would travel to Colorado as a teenager with his dad and successfully harvest his first bull elk – he was hooked. The Rocky Mountains, the Colorado snow, and riding horseback was so alluring that Russ knew Colorado was where he wanted to be.
While a student at the University of Maine, Farmington, Russ worked at Weatherby’s Fishing Resort & Western Mountain Hunter’s Service. Upon graduating from college, Russ immediately made his way back to Colorado and not long after his arrival he was in the woods and on the trail of some of Colorado’s finest big game.
Russ’ passion for the outdoors and his love and respect for wildlife is evident as he teaches and shares his knowledge with all who get the privilege of being guided by him. He specializes in big game hunts which include elk, deer, moose, antelope, bear, and mountain lion.
Russ is a Maine Master Guide and Certified Professional Hunter of South Africa.
Owner & "Trail Boss"
Starting at a very young age while growing up in Grand Junction, Colorado, Mike found himself roaming around game trails and mountain lakes in the Colorado Rockies. There was seldom a day when he couldn't be seen riding his bike with a fishing pole or gun on his back, a time when such things didn't alarm people.
He learned many valuable lessons and techniques in the outdoors from scouting, his father, his grandfather and many of their friends. He has built many businesses all with the goal of pursuing a career of doing what he loves, a means to an end. That goal eventually became a reality and outfitting is his full time passion.
With thirty three years and over 200 harvested elk that he has participated in, his greatest joy comes from sharing his world with as many other aspiring outdoor enthusiasts as he can. He has continued his passion for the outdoors, horses, hiking, camping, fishing and hunting all throughout his life until this very day.
Bob grew up hunting, fishing and horseback riding in the Catskills of New York State and moved to Colorado in early 1994 and has been elk hunting, fly fishing and horseback riding ever since! He thoroughly enjoys taking clients out fly fishing and hunting no matter what their experience level, sharing his years of experience to meet their interests. Bob especially enjoys guiding our back country fly fishing expeditions (including for those new to the sport) and archery elk hunts where he can use his years of calling experience. A key highlight in Bob's guiding career (outside of the fishing and hunt trips themselves) was playing a role in Danner Boot's documentary on elk hunting in the Colorado Wilderness entitled "The Trembling Giant" which aired on the Sportsman's Channel in 2014. Bob is entering his 13th year guiding.
Guide and Head Chef
Mason known as the Cowboy Chef was one of the stars of Hulu’s( Disney plus for international friends) Chefs Vs Wild, season 1 episode 6, but Mason grew up in the Appalachian mountains of Pennsylvania. Before he could walk, he was learning to hunt, fish, and process game from his father and great-grandfather. His great-grandfather would also raise orphan whitetail, black bear (and occasionally trained) and other animals which he watched and learned animal behavior. Later in high school he expanded his hunting experience to the north woods of Vermont chasing moose and worked as a cook for Smugglers Notch Ski Resort.
After highschool he joined the U.S. Air Force as an Intelligence Analyst for 12 years. It took him all over the world but it finally landed him in Colorado in 2011 when he became obsessed with chasing big western game, elk, mule deer, and pronghorn in particular!
He also decided to return to the Culinary world and went to study at Auguste Escoffier School for Culinary Arts which was followed up with a coveted internship one of the top restaurants in the country, Sean Brock's McCrady's in Charleston, South Carolina, he's worked in kitchens throughout the US and some of the top restaurants in Europe
Mason is also an experienced horseman having competed in both the Colorado Pro Rodeo Association and the Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association as a Bareback Rider
Matt grew up in VT and started going to the family deer hunting camp at age 5; he has been hunting and fishing ever since. He is a U.S. Army veteran and works as a physical therapist for most of the year. His first hunting adventure in the Rocky Mountain West took place in 2013, chasing elk and mule deer in Wyoming. He started hunting in CO with Russ and his crew in 2015 and guided his first elk hunting clients in 2022. Matt believes hunting should be an adventure and that chasing game in the wilderness is an experience everyone should have at least once in their lifetime.
Wrangler and Ranch Hand
Tanner is a traveler most of the year working as both a professional fisherman in the rough water of Alaska and leading mule trains in the mountains of Colorado.
His summers are spent working as a deckhand on commercial fishing vessels in Alaska. Catching cod and other fish in one of the most dangerous jobs in the modern era.
He has spent the last several years working with Colorado Outfitters in the fall where he has full immersed himself in the wrangler and packer trade. He enjoys the time spent bring hunters on and off the mountain and swapping stories in the trail.
In the winter he enjoy getting off the cold colorado mountains and heading for the warmth of southern Arizona and exploring the outdoors on his motorcycles. Lastly, as his last name suggests he has even spent a few years working as a professional brewer making beer.
Head Wrangler and Packing Instructor
Bob Shellum, a former Marine Corp Master Gunnery Sgt, has worked in the outfitting industry for over 20 years with jobs ranging from Camp Jack, Wrangler, Head Packer, General Manager, and sales representative. He has also been an Instructor for a outfitter, guide, and packer school along with conducting packing demonstrations and seminars at outdoor sports shows and other venues throughout the United States.
In conjunction with the school he also instructed Army Special Forces in packing operations for deployments abroad. Bob also worked as an animal packer for the Department of the Interior at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado where he supported the Trails Division, and other entities, for Park Operations. He has been mentioned and photographed in several articles of outdoor magazines including Western Horseman.
Edward Sanchez was born and raised in the Florida Keys about as far from western hunting as a person can get. What I was surrounded by was water and my drive to hunt apparently manifested through free diving and spearfishing, similar to bow hunting but underwater.
I always had this overwhelming urge to hunt and harvest which I think came from my Ancestral background on my grandfather side which was Taino Indian which were the native Indians of the Caribbean. My first actual hunting experience came in my late teens early 20s when I was in college in north central Florida where I experienced my first whitetail hunt, after that I was completely hooked. After many years of hunting Florida and Georgia in the late 90s I was able to make a trip to Colorado to bow hunt elk, again I was hooked.
In 2020 I met and was guided by Russ Lambert, where we forged a great friendship. In 2005 I was asked to assist and guide a couple of bow hunters and a muzzleloader hunter, once again I was hooked, since then I have assisted and guided deer elk and moose hunters including early season high country mule deer hunts. One of my most memorable experiences was assisting Bob Terwilliger while working on the documentary by Danner boots on elk hunting in the Colorado wilderness titled
"The Trembling Giant"
Seth is a life long hunter and experienced horseman. having spent over 20 years in the Yampa Valley, there's not too many that know the area better.
He has 25 years of experience as a law enforcement where he also served on the mounted horse patrol, search and rescue, and tactical teams.
Currently still working as a part-time sheriff deputy and he splits his time operating his own horse boarding and hauling business. Horses are his passion and there’s nothing more enjoyable to him than being in the back country on a horse and share that experience with people who don't normally get to enjoy such a beautiful place as the Routt National forest in his opinion the best way possible, on the back of a horse!
Guide and Website Designer
A native Minnesotan, the wide open, wild spaces called Joe out west in the mid 90’s, when he moved to Montana. His love for the mountains, and the game that call it home, kept him in Montana till he moved to Wyoming in 2012. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Wildland Recreation Management with a minor in Wildlife Biology, a Master’s of Science Degree in Technical Communication and a Doctorate of Education.
Joe’s role at Colorado Outfitters is primarily on the operations side, specifically in designing and maintaining the website and electronic communications. He has done this work for numerous outdoor-related businesses, including many guides and outfitters. While much of his work is behind a computer, that doesn’t mean you won’t find him at home helping out at camp, on the trail, and in the mountains and water.
Guide and Camp Personality
In the summer of 1962 when he was just 15 years old, Roger Lambert and an older friend outfitted and guided a group of Boston University Geology students on a 3 day trip up Day Mountain in Strong, Maine.
Forty five years later he still gets just as much kick out of it as he ever did. Whether it's Elk hunters in Colorado, a Moose Photo Safari in the High Peaks region of western Maine, Roger loves sharing the heritage and beauty of mountain habitats.
A Master Maine Guide, Roger's specialty is Moose calling and guiding trophy moose hunters often setting up remote "Moose Camps" for the enjoyment of his Staff and clients.
Roger is very proud to have mentored and inspired many young guides, including his sone, the owner of this company, and has conducted Moose Educational Seminars at many of the major sporting shows in Maine. An active life member of the Maine Professional Guides Association, his advice is often sought out by many policy makers and advocates for Maine sportsmen on many back country issues.
Many of Roger's clients have taken "World Class" bulls and his favorite pursuit is "Holding Out" for a Boone & Crockett Bull.
Wrangler and Ranch Hand
Clayton West, an Iowa native grew up working on a farm in the conservation restortion program (CRP), working on wildlife habitat restoration sparked his interest in hunting whitetail, pheasant, turkey and he enjoys the challenges it creates. He understands you can't have good wildlife with out the right habitat and has passion for wildlife and the environment they live in, leading him to earning a Bachelors of Science in Natural Resource Management at Colorado State University!
He also grew up in a rodeo family, spending much of his time on the back of a horse and eventually competed in the Colorado Pro Rodeo Association and the Professional Cowboy Rodeo Association in Saddle Bronc, the traditional event of rodeo!
While in Colorado he became obsessed with the chance to chase western game, leading him to go after elk, mule deer, bear, and pronghorn!
Clay also works part time logging trees back in Iowa.Outside of work he all spends, in his own words" a stupid amount" of time shed hunting. He does magnificent speciality euro mounts, mounted to cuts from the trees he logs and cures himself as well as other woodworking projects.
What Our Clients Say
Myself, Mike Cigich and Marty Moyer would like to thank you for an awesome experience!
Thanks again for the experience!
Your satisfied client - Adam Walker
I waited 25 years to draw this tag and I can't say enough about how Colorado Outfitters made my dream come true!
Our wilderness pack in trip with Colorado Outfitters was top notch from beginning to end. The quality of the Guides, horses, meals and accommodations were superb.
The Reid Family
I had the good fortune to choose Outfitters as the professional guide service for my Colorado Moose hunt. I can recommend Colorado Outfitters with the highest confidence.
I had a great time fishing at Colorado Outfitters last summer! This was my first time here. Needless to say, I'll be back as fishing, scenery and horses were great!
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Colorado Outfitters, LLC is an equal opportunity employer and provider, authorized by special use permits from the USDA Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office to operate on the White River and Routt National Forests.