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Hunter: Lindsey Merryman
Ratings to date: 7
Average Rating 4.3
Hunter Comments
I do not recommend this outfitter

We booked this hunt last minute and did not do much research on the guide, big mistake. This was supposed to be a 9 day archery combo hunt for mule deer, antelope, and turkey.

First day showed up and the guy was very secretive about things, very odd and didnt want us talking to anyone around the ranch or in town. Also admitted lying to the landowners about several details. After just one day with this guy he had several irrational outbursts, it was obvious to me that he was emotionally unstable and I tried my best to avoid him in camp and just be cordial. Extremely negative and controlling, everyone around his camp and all his past hunters were inferior and stupid according to him, felt like a prison, if he lost sight of us in camp he would ask where the other was, stating he was worried we would screw up his stands nearby.

Before booking the hunt we told the guy we wanted a spot and stalk hunt but it was obvious he wanted us in blinds and stands most of the hunt once we got there. After politely suggesting we try spot and stalk several times he got defensive and downright verbally abusive and by day 3 he was making direct insults at my husband and trying to make me look like an idiot with everything I said. Day 4 we finally are going to try spot and stalk, he screams and cusses at us right before getting out of the truck to attempt a stalk and our nerves are completely shot. He wants both me and my husband to shoot at a mule deer at the same time, at 50 yards in high wind, my husband already explained he wants me to have first shot at a deer but guide does not listen. I go to take the shot and deer I want to shoot is laying down with no ethical shot, I bah and get him to stand up broadside at which time the guide starts screaming " NO NO NO YOU F***ED UP" and continues cussing at me. I had no idea what was wrong and deer ran off before I shot. We were furious and that afternoon on the 4th day of a 9 day hunt my husband asks the man for a partial refund and to just leave, the guide gets defensive and takes a step at him then backs off, refusing any kind of refund, completely content with himself for "giving you a shot opportunity". At this point we are actually scared of the guy and realize that without cell reception for miles and are on an extremely remote ranch that we need to get the hell out. We tell him the next morning that we are going to sleep in because we dont feel well and secretly pack up and leave, at this point we are both worried he will slash our tires or something and do god knows what. This hunt was a complete nightmare all because of the guide, if he had behaved normally the hunt would have been great.

Was the outfitter notified of problems? - YES

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Hunt Information
Date of Hunt - September 2017
Implement - Compound Bow
Hunt Type - Guided
Personal Guide - Dana Bokelman
Number in Camp - 2
Outfitter Cost - $3,400.00
Other Costs - $650.00
Weather Information
Did Weather Affect your Hunt? No - Weather not a factor
Weather Comments:
Extremely hot, near 100 degrees but did not really affect the hunt
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