Angie Denny wears a lot of hats — outfitter, guide, outdoor TV host and dedicated hockey mom just to name a few. What she gets her most recognition for is certainly up for debate, but something that can’t be argued is the professionalism and passion she has displayed for all of them at any given time.
Scott and Angie Denny have operated Table Mountain Outfitters — now in its 33rd year overall — since 1996. But it wasn’t until Scott met an outfitter that things really started rolling.
“He came home one day and said, ‘Did you know you can hunt for a living,” Angie recalled. “I think I want to do that.”
From there, they put Scott through guide school and a new life was born.
“I was a city girl who grew up not understanding or having ever been exposed to it,” Angie said. “But [Scott] went to that guide school and it wasn’t but two years later that he was talking me into buying Table Mountain Outfitters.”
Still, Denny never figured she’d fall in love with the industry that she’s been a part of for the last 21 years. The couple relocated to Cheyenne, Wyoming while she was pregnant with their first child, and the assumption was that she would return to work while helping with Table Mountain on the side.
“Once [Kinlee] was born, I thought I’d go back to work. I’d help with the business aspect of things and go on an occasional trip, but I never thought I’d be as involved as I am now,” Denny explained. “It’s kind of an amazing thing to look back now and see that we’ve been doing it for 21 years. It’s scary and it’s cool at the same time!”
In 2009, after several years of sporadically hosting hunters for their respective TV shows, the Denny’s made the decision to do it for themselves. After all, the majority of their clients are everyday hunters — not professionals — so following them around with a camera seemed like a great way to relate to an audience. What it brought them was “The Life,” and a new catchphrase was suddenly born — THE LIFE at Table Mountain — which can be found on The Sportsman Channel.
“As we watch our kids grow up in the business, it really means more to us that this is our life — THE LIFE,” Denny said. “I’m very proud that [daughter Kinlee and son Keedin] took to it and are appreciative of it and want to be a part of what we’re doing.”
When asked what her favorite animal to bowhunt was, there wasn’t much of a hesitation.
“I love hunting elk with my bow,” Denny said. “I think that’s probably my ultimate — running into the middle of a herd and then having to sit there for two or three hours with all that adrenaline because you don’t want to push them. It’s so hard to describe.”
Denny also gave some advice to the young female bowhunters out there that may be uneasy about joining an industry that has been historically dominated by men.
“They definitely belong. More and more, doors are opening up every day. Don’t let somebody tell you that you can’t do something just because you’re a girl,” she said. “There’s not a lot of women that let that happen anymore, but there’s still some who are maybe a little too timid to reach out and ask. But there are a lot of women out there who are very knowledgeable and very talented and would be more than happy to help.”