Yellowstone - Teton Early Winter Wildlife Photography tour
Join Jess on this special wildlife photography exploration of the most dynamic wildlife ecosystem in North America at the perfect time. While most of the general Yellowstone and Grand Teton winter photography trips are operated from early January to early March, this trip is designed to get the most for the wildlife photographer. There is no other time and place where you have the opportunity to photograph big Moose with antlers, migrating Elk, Predators ( Wolves, Coyotes, Otters, Bobcats, and Foxes ) who have little contact with visitors for 6 weeks, Big Horn Sheep, Bison, and Pronghorn Antelope all in their prime condition.
We will begin this trip in Grand Teton National where the bull moose will generally be grouped up in bachelor bands with several large moose in each band. At this time of the year, there may be grizzlies still out of their dens as there have been in the past but to be honest, they could be denned, it just depends on the weather and availability of food. While the annual late elk hunt is controversial it does supply additional early winter food for bears, Last year the hunt ended Dec 12th. At this time of the year, Teton Elk are also migrating into the Elk Refuge so there can be good chances to photograph some big bulls.
Another special opportunity is Teton Wolves that are in a protected are but outside of the park.
The afternoon of the 14th we will take the scenic drive from Jackson to West Yellowstone where we will look for the winter Trumpeter Swans before we check into our rooms. On the morning of the 15th the road into the interior of the park will open to the public for over-snow travel in our custom 15 passenger Snowcoack with stand-up headroom and leg space. This part of the park will have been closed to public travel since early November which allows the predators to become less wary of the summer and fall crowds. This can be another exceptional chance to capture unique wildlife photos of otherwise elusive animals. The snow will be light this early in the season but this means most of the prey animals who live in these higher elevations of the park will not have migrated to the winter range in Lamar and Paradise valleys. For the next three days from before sunrise until near dark we will explore the newly opened river basins of the Madison, Gibbon, and Yellowstone in search of Wolves, Coyotes, Foxes, Pine Marten, and the secretive Bobcats. Yes, there will be other distractions such as steaming thermal areas, waterfalls, and frosty landscape photos but that will be secondary to our dawn until dark search from the most charismatic predators in North America.
After our final snowcoach exit of the park on the 17th, we will head for our last night of the trip in Jackson Hole where we will have a final sunrise photoshoot before we say our farewells and fly out of Jackson homeward.
Plan to arrive in Jackson Wyoming in the late morning or early afternoon go Dec 11th and depart from Jackson afternoon on the 18th.
Included, all transportation, lodging, guiding, and instruction from Jackson airport on Dec 11th to departure from the Jackson Wyoming airport noon on the 18th.
Deposit $1500 non-refundable. Total cost $6250 final payment due 90 prior to departure.
A two day extension into Lamar Valley is available Contact
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GROUP MINIMUM: Occasionally I am able to run a trip below our group minimum which is generally 3. In such instances, it may be necessary to apply a small group supplement. You would be contacted regarding such a situation but you would not be obligated to accept the new terms.RESERVATIONS: Your deposit is required to secure your place on any trip, with the balance due120 days prior to the departure date..Details of hotels, flight arrival recommendations, and other trip tips will be mailed when the tour is full.MEALS: Some meals and refreshments are included depending on the trip details, but not alcoholic beverages.ADMISSIONS: Access to public buildings and national parks etc. are not included in the land price.CANCELLATIONS: All cancellations must be confirmed in writing, and due to costs incurred by Jess Lee Photos in arranging a tour, deposits are non-refundable. Payment in full is required 120 days prior to departure. Cancellations after 120 days will receive a full refund( except deposit) if your spot can be filled from a waiting list or if you can fill your spot.JessLeePhotos LLC strongly suggests that tour participants invest in trip cancellation insurance..CANCELED EXPEDITIONS: In the event of insufficient tour sign-ups, JessLeePhotos reserves the right to cancel any given trip. However, JessLeePhotos is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers.LUGGAGE: JessLeePhotos request that tour participants limit their luggage to the equivalent of one suitcase, one flight bag, one camera bag, and tripod. We ask that group members bear in mind space and comfort in our vehicles. All personal luggage is the responsibility of the owner so please keep the weight to a limit you can handle and other restrictions can be met.SMOKERS: Smoking is not permitted at meals or on vans. It can be permitted at photo stops where local ordinances permit, photography, and photographers are not affected.RESPONSIBILITY: JessLeePhotos LLC and its agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to travel arrangements, and as such, do not assume responsibility for injury, accident, damage, loss, delay, or irregularity which may occur via defect of transportation or any other cause. JessLeePhotos reserves the right to substitute hotels, and other previously outlined arrangements as necessary, to either improve or equal the travel experience.JessLeePhotos reserves the right to pass on to tour members any additional and unplanned expenditures incurred during the tour, via events beyond JessLeePhotos' control.The right is reserved to accept or decline any person as a member of any tour. Payment of tour fees by trip participants constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein including but not limited to injury, death, or other liability incurred during a trip.
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