Bitterroot Mountain OutfittersIdaho
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On the website and for the price of the hunt you are led to believe this would be a backcountry wilderness hunt from horseback but in reality you are hunting on foot from a shabby camp that you drive your personal vehicle to and hunt public land that anyone has access to. My guide was nice enough but he had only been with this outfitter and he had only two days to scout the area before he started guiding clients.
Was the outfitter notified of problems? - YES
This was never a wilderness hunt and was not advertised as such on our website. We take a great deal of pride in our camps. It has nice wall tents with wood stoves, some wood floors, wood stoves and a well put-together kitchen. All of our guided archery hunts are from our base camp, they are not packed in. The hunts are on public ground and all of our customers understand this. We did however, have horses in camp. Before Jim arrived to camp, he informed us that he had stuck a fillet knife his leg, but could still come up to hunt. He then showed up with a knee brace. He hunted a day and a half and could not handle the terrain. He only walked 1.5 miles in our best area and told our guide he was turning back. Our guide started on September 3 and Jim arrived on September 12. Our guide then took the customer out to hunt and Jim was upset due to the fact that he saw some cars/trucks parked at the trail head. He assumed they were hunters. When in fact it was the Forest Service clearing trails and fixing a foot bridge about 4 miles in. The others were fishermen. We then turned off the trail and headed in from the bottom. Jim was polite in camp and never said anything to us while he was there. It was not until later he emailed us. We feel his complaint is unwarranted and we did everything we could to oblige him, but due to his physical problems this hunt was not something he could do.
Very mild weather.