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Tim Mercier PhotoTim learned about hunting, fishing and the outdoors from his Dad and Granddad. He has been enjoying the backcountry since he was old enough to walk and hunting since he was old enough to safely carry a gun. For well over 30 years Tim has been packing horses and mules and outfitting big game hunts of one kind or another. In 1995 Tim was fortunate enough to be able to dedicate most of his efforts toward hunting Desert Bighorn Sheep. For the past 40 years he has lived in the Mojave Desert of Southern California, in the heart of Nelson Desert Bighorn Sheep Country.

Hunting and guiding is his passion and his livelihood and he spends the entire year scouting, guiding or hunting. Having served for 12 years as Commander of his local Sheriff's Search and Rescue Posse, he has been trained in tracking, desert survival, map and compass, GPS, and CPR (he can really get you lost). During his career he has had the opportunity to guide and assist hunters of all different levels of experience, from all over the country. He is a member of the NRA, Wild Sheep Foundation, Grand Slam Club, Society for the Conservation of Bighorn Sheep, Safari Club International, Rocky Mt. Elk Foundation and Christian Sportsmen's Fellowship.

Cliff St. Martin PhotoCliff is a seasoned sheep hunter with numerous trophies to his credit. He is a third generation outdoorsman, learning his hunting and tracking skills from the best…..his dad and his grandfather. He has hunted big game in most of the western states with both a rifle and a bow. Cliff likes to say that hunting is not a hobby for him, but it's who he is, and he takes it very serious.

He worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Northern California as well as the California Department of Fish and Game as a biologist in the backcountry of the Sierras. He has paramedic training which includes training in First Aid and CPR. Cliff is also a skilled gunsmith.

Clay Gilbert PhotoClay is a third generation hunter, born and raised in the heart of "Desert Sheep Country" with extensive time spent in the backcountry and countless hours behind his optics. Clay is trained and experienced in backpacking, mountaineering, tracking and desert survival. He is always a welcome sight on any type of hunt with his smiling face and his high level of energy and enthusiasm. Clay is an experienced hunter that we are very proud to have as a main part of our crew.

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Jason is known by the rest of the crew as “Jay Bird." After meeting Jason you will see why it didn’t take Dry Creek Outfitters long to realize that he would be a great member of our team.

Jason’s day job is working for the California Highway Patrol and has been employed with the State for over 15 years. He spent many years patrolling a section of highway in the Mojave Desert that is dead smack in the center of some of the finest desert sheep country in California.

Jason comes from a strong background of love for the outdoors and hunting. Since he was old enough to pack around his first BB gun, he and his brother, father and grandpa would be out in the field. Jason received his hunter’s safety at age nine and didn’t waste any time in harvesting his first deer at age twelve with his bow. Jason has hunted many of the western states and Canada while harvesting many big game species along the way.

An excellent hunter, glasser and guide, Jason is someone everyone enjoys spending time in the field with. He is a humble, quiet, confident and experienced outdoorsman, as well as a trained and certified EMT.

Matthew St. Martin PhotoBorn and raised in the foothills of California at the base of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, where he is currently employed. Matt, nicknamed “Sequoia”, is a fourth generation hunter and outdoorsman with numerous trophies to his credit. Matt spends every chance he gets hunting, glassing and guiding sheep, deer, elk and antelope in the western states but sheep hunting is his passion! He is honest, humble, dedicated and hard working young man who leaves a lasting impression on everyone he meets. Matthew is beyond his years in his ability as a guide and his keen eyesight enables him to spot animals even under the toughest of conditions.

Shawn Lindey PhotoA graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Wildlife Science and many years as a Field Biologist in the Mojave desert plus his passion for hunting and his love of the outdoors have helped make Shawn an excellent Desert Sheep Guide.  An extreme outdoorsman with excellent eyes, Shawn also known as “Alabama” is an important member of our team.  A hard-core hunter that loves hunting sheep and is good at it.



Ben Mattausch 500Ben AKA “Grizzly” lives in Tucson, Arizona. Growing up in a family of hunters, Ben began hunting at an early age. The amount of time Ben has spent in the outdoors, his passion for hunting, his respect for wildlife, has made him the guide he is today. Ben is arguably one of the best sheep guides in the country. He has hunted Desert and Rocky Mountain Bighorn in the United States and Mexico. During the off season, Ben spends most of his time scouting and filming big game.

Just recently, Ben was recognized by the State of Arizona for achieving the “Heads and Horns” award and also the Arizona Big Game Award. The big game award is in recognition of harvesting all nine species of big game in Arizona.

Ben has been guiding with Dry Creek Outfitters for many years.



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Tom Humphreville (AKA) “Tonto” was born and raised in the Mojave Desert in the middle of sheep country.  He is a third generation hunter and an avid outdoorsman.  For many years he was a lead member in the sheriff’s department desert search and rescue unit.  Having been trained in desert survival, first aid, CPR, tracking and map and compass.  He grew up working on his family’s cattle ranch in the local desert mountains.  He volunteers a great deal of his time helping with the desert sheep watering projects.  Doing installations, repairs and monitoring of the some of the many big game guzzlers in the desert.  Tom knows a lot about this desert and the sheep that live in it.  He is a self-employed contractor and a dedicated family man.  We are honored to have him as a member of our team.



Kirk Stiltz 500Kirk Stiltz, aka “Sawyer” lives in Three Rivers California, his home town, and is retired from the National Park Service. Hunting is in his blood, a 5th generation descendent born and raised hunting, fishing, and trapping the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Kirk has lived in and/or hunted many other western states and has extensive experience in wilderness country, hunting, fishing, backpacking, stock packing and mountaineering. Desert Bighorn Sheep hunting and scouting is his foremost affection. Kirk is an adept sheep hunter with inherent natural abilities at finding game. He can cover the miles in the roughest of sheep country and is committed to do what it takes for our clients to have a great experience with their hunt of a lifetime.



Nate Lang 500Nate Lang’s (AKA. Dirt Dog) love of the outdoors began at an early age. Hunting, fishing and backpacking were a passion handed down to him by his grandfather and father. Some of his greatest and earliest memories took place in the back country hunting bucks and fishing trout streams. Nate harnessed that passion for the outdoors, graduating with a degree in Wildlife Management at Humboldt State University, which led him to a career as a wildlife biologist for the USDA. Respect for wilderness and the creatures that live there are a family tradition and were ingrained at an early age. Hunting is a way of life for Nate and in the desert you will find him "glued to the glass", searching for that elusive ram.



Who We Are

Dry Creek Outfitters is a professional hunting guide and outfitting service. We specialize in Trophy Desert Bighorn Sheep hunts in Arizona, California, and Utah. We also offer hunts for Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, Elk, Pronghorn Antelope and Javelina. We are fully licensed, bonded, insured, and permitted.

We have a full time team of professional, knowledgeable guides. Please take a few minutes to look over the information we have provided for you. We think it will substantiate the professional and dependable guide service we have to offer. We sincerely hope that you will consider using Dry Creek Outfitters to assist you in making your hunt truly a HUNT OF A LIFETIME.

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