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Cast and Blast Lodges

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Hunter: hal thomas
Ratings to date: 8
Average Rating 3.9
Hunter Comments
I do not recommend this outfitter

Purchased a donated 5 day archery hunt and took a friend for $3000, ($500 discount). C & B says they have 8000 acres under management but fail to mention it is a working cattle ranch. My stand had plenty of curious cattle and donkey around. Do have food plots with automatic feeders/corn however my partners feeder failed to work. "Guides" response: " corn gets damp and won't disperse". Third day they managed to get it working. Guides were friendly but offered no real assistance other than to show stand locations. Travel to and from is your responsibility. C & B has no facilities to process or hang animal and guides will take to a processor but caping ? It wasn't an issue for us as only one hunter got a shot at a buck he was pre-approved to take; Emphasis was very strong on a $ 1000 fine for killing a sub 135 . Many fine photos appear on website but guides couldn't produce any trail cam photos of bucks frequenting any of their stands. Reason: " bucks don't always appear in front of camera ". The fine trophy mounts in the lodge were taken from a high fence operation the owner has somewhere in Pa; as per guides. As we were only allowed to hunt the PM hunt we were treated to pheasant hunts in AM or we could fish on one of their many ponds. Guide took us to ponds which were apparently created by old strip mining operations. Most of shoreline was inaccessible due to steep banks and brush. Ponds were shallow and weed choked. Boats that were said to be available to rent were non-existent. In short, we caught lots of weeds. We had about eight hunters. Two left early supposedly due to their work. I suspect they realized that the operation was not quite what it was advertised to be. In all fairness the weather was very warm. While I believe there are big bucks around, everything that is not pasture or food plot is very thick and rough terrain. The lodge was very comfortable and the food was very good but beyond that I believe that the success rate is very, very low with few hunters having an opportunity to shoot a 135 + buck. While the photo gallery doesn't necessarily tell you the date or location of the kills I haven't noticed any new postings. If you want to pay $3,500 for a pheasant hunt this is a great place, even if the birds are rather immature, planted and have to be literally kicked by the guide. I purchased my hunt for $ 1000 and would never go back even at this great price.

Was the outfitter notified of problems? - NO

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Hunt Information
Date of Hunt - October 2018
Implement - Crossbow
Hunt Type - Outfitted
Number in Camp - 2
Weather Information
Did Weather Affect your Hunt? Yes - Unusually Warm Conditions
Weather Comments:
Every day was in mid to high eighties
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