Jeremy Ulmer has enjoyed so much success hunting in Arizona, that he’s expanding his horizons.
He’s got a big animal in his sights.
“The No. 1 animal on my bucket list is an Alaska moose,” he said. “You can purchase tags when you go there. We’ll be planning a trip. We did go last year for that animal. It was an unsuccessful hunt, but a very successful trip. I was hunting with a buddy of mine I grew up with, we took a trip up there last year.”
Ulmer was voted Best Hunter in Rim Country in the Roundup’s 2019 Best of the Rim readers’ poll.
Most of his hunts are in this area, although he did have that Alaska hunt and one deer hunt in Ohio.
Ulmer and his wife, Kristy, own Chasin’ A Dream Outfitters, located at 612 S. Beeline Highway. It opened 10 years ago.
Ulmer is the company’s guide, using his expertise to lead clients on successful hunts.
“I do all of the guide service myself,” he said. “I do not farm that out to anybody else. We are a full service archery pro shop. We also sell firearms and offer firearm transfers, where they purchase a firearm from a store online and it has to be sent to us and we do the legal paperwork and we obtain the background check on them.”
He’s certainly a successful hunter.
“There are other outfitters in Payson, there’s a lot of them,” he said. “I think it was just the hunting success that we have obtained. We’ve been successful in most of the hunts we provide for others and personally our success is very high. I’ve obtained once-in-a-lifetime harvest on animals earlier than what the norm is.”
Ulmer, 43, grew up in Nutrioso in eastern Arizona. He graduated from Eagar Round Valley High in 1994 and moved to Payson in 1996.
He started hunting with his father and family at about the age of 10.
By about the age of 19, he decided he wanted to make hunting part of his career.
“It’s a challenge,” he said. “I started to participate in more hunts and every hunt seemed to leave me with the hunger for the next hunt, the next adventure.”
He’s listed in record books multiple times.
He shot a Coues deer in 2008 that ranked No. 2 in the world by the Pope & Young Club Record Book.
He has two entries in the Boone and Crockett Club All-Time Record Book, a world record book, which includes rifle and archery kills. Along with that 2008 archery Coues deer is another Coues deer he shot with a rifle in 2012.
He is listed four times in an Arizona bow hunting record book. That 2008 Coues deer is now No. 8. He’s tied with three others for the No. 4 turkey in the state.
His name was drawn for a Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in 2015 that ranked No. 7 in the state book. Remarkably, he was drawn for a desert bighorn sheep the very next year that ranked No. 19 in the state record book.
“I was lucky enough to draw that in 2016 and it was like being hated by the masses of the hunting community at the absurd luck to be drawn twice at my age,” he said.
All his trophies are on display in the store, which also features an indoor archery range where people can practice and try out bows they may be thinking of buying.
It’s difficult for him to say what was his most memorable hunt.
“It’s hard to pick just one because every single harvest I’ve had has got memories for days,” he said.
The best memories are those of hunts with family and friends.
“That’s what we look forward to in these hunts, time spent with family and friends,” he said.
He hunts with his wife and son, Zach, 20, who attends Mesa Community College.
He’s hoping to be drawn for an Arizona Strip Tag for mule deer.
Ulmer is obviously a great shot, which is evident both by his impressive number of kills, as well as his standing in various target-shooting events. He finished first in the AAE Arizona 3-D Championship Series.
Ulmer said Payson is a great place to live if you’re a hunter.
“We just have a lot of opportunity to hunt and survive in this small town,” he said. “We have a vast choice for animals in this region, in the Rim Country. All directions.”
If you’re interested in booking a guided hunting trip, call Ulmer at 928-468-6181, stop by the store or visit chasinadreamoutfitters.com.
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