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post #21 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-20-2011, 07:07 PM
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Re: beware of o.k. outfitters ironton

Many good post here. I think references are critical. We give out 12-14 per sheet, rifle and bow, long time repeats, and first time hunters, hunters from years ago, hunters from last season. You cannot possibly go wrong talking to these guys, and references don't always say what you want to hear.
Always call the outfitter AFTER you have talked with references and see if what he says jives with what you learned in conversations with references. You should be able to get a feel for type of person the outfitter is in your phone conversation, if red flags start going up, go someplace else.
A good outfitter will tailor a hunt to fit clients needs. As much as you need an honest outfitter, you also need to be honest with the outfitter. If you are out of shape, that is info that changes the hunt, and the outfitter needs to know that in advance. If you have allergies or dietary needs you should also disclose that, and gage the outfitter willingness to comply.
The primary goal of an outfitter is to keep everybody safe, were we hunt it is the back country, so in your conversations safety should at some point come up.

The best refernces for hunters are guys who were at the outfitters camp last year, and for the first time. These guys were in the same boat a year ago that you are today. They have not known the outfitter long enough to really have a friendship with him that would warrant them feeding you a line.
Does the outfitter belong to any professional organizations?
Do the locals know him?
When you talk to an outfitter he should be doing more than just selling you a hunt. He should be asking questions about you, your level of experience, your needs and your goals. That tells you that he is attempting to establish what hunt is best for you.

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Re: beware of o.k. outfitters ironton

Old hunting partner and gun writer Ed Seimon and I booked an "easy" elk hunt on what was supposed to be a couple of thousand acre "ranch" in Ohio. Neither of us thought that this would be a real hunt, we needed more meat for this year, and - as they say (Whoever THEY is I would like to kick their azz.)the price was right, not cheap by a long stretch, but reasonable on a per pound of dead elk basis.

We were going to be the "only guys in camp" and "no problem with private bedrooms" (My oxygen machine is LOUD and Ed didn't need to listen to that noise all night.) Called to check in two days before the hunt was supposed to begin - Guess What! There were a dozen OTHER guys hunting so sorry, four people to a bedroom, two guides were sick so only two guides for the whole mob, the local butcher now needed five days to butcher the pile of dead animals that the guide assured us would be piling up round the clock.

I told him to buy himself a half-dozen bottles of Southern Comfort with our deposit and that we wouldn't be coming. He never asked if we wanted to hunt a different date, or if he could do anything to change my mind, or if we wanted to stay at a local motel. Nope ! The SOB just hung up on me.

The deposit was only $100.00 and THAT, in and of itself, should have told me the whole story. After almost fifty years of hunting around the world I am (still) living proof that you gotta be very careful - not just the cash is at stake. Now Ed and I will noit be hunting for the next week, need to find another outfitter, and maybe have our trust restored.

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Re: beware of o.k. outfitters ironton

Lewellen, would you please contact me. I have a friend with a small private preserve who can accomodate you and your friend. I also would like to speak to you on a personal matter, but your PM box is full. Thanks Joe
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Re: How to choose an outfitter

where are you going bear hunting in may? Good luck, get a bruiser!
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