The Carter family legacy starts with ranching. Dawn's father had a ranch in Garden Valley and every summer they'd take cattle to pasture in the Deadwood region. Eventually Dawn's dad, started selling elk hunts and that kind of thing in the Deadwood region, which turned into a side job as Deadwood Outfitters in 1969. Deadwood Outfitters really started out of a tent city and was built to what it is today because of the hard work and passion of the Carter family. Tom and Dawn, took over the Deadwood Outfitters early on in their lives. Tom was a lumberjack from Oregon who started out as a cow hand for the Carter family and eventually married Dawn, his sweetheart and they took over the outfitting business. Tom and Dawn worked Deadwood Outfitters for many years. They raised their family there. All of their kids and grandchildren worked there. It was always a family run operation that served guests with intentionality. They had a passion for caring about people and for getting people into the outdoors. Tom and Dawn have given their heart and soul into making Deadwood outfitters work and over the years have had an incredible legacy and influence and impact in the region. Deadwood Outfitters is what it is because of their story. It's a story of hard work, cowboy ethic and family.
"Just a note to let you know how much we enjoyed staying at your place and visiting with all of you. We had a great snowmobile trip, on to Staney. Thanks again, we appreciate your hospitatlity. We voted your meals the best of the trip!!"
"Thank you so much for the great weekend. Deadwood is so beautiful! We enjoyed the good food and company. Just wish it could have been longer."
"I wanted to thank you for the great trip I had last week. It was one of the top 10 experiences of my life and the hunting surpassed my expectations"
"Just a quick note to let you know that I am back in town. Thank you for such a wonderful weekend. As always I left with my heart and spirit full and restored. I am blessed to have such a special retreat with such beautiful people."