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Sandy Hills Hunting Co

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Hunter: Jim Cartellone
Ratings to date: 1
Average Rating 1.0
Hunter Comments
I do not recommend this outfitter

It started with very poor (lack of any) communication prior to the hunt. I sent (3) emails to the outfitters beginning in April (our hunt was in Sept.) with some general questions. He never responded to any of the emails. After the 3rd email to him, I sent a copy of my emails to the booking agent. The outfitter called me within 5 minutes - go figure. When we arrived in Colorado for the hunt, we still had been contacted by the outfitter, even though all three of us called or texted him on the first day of our 2 day drive. When we finally connected, his reply to us was that " . . . he has been a little busy!" He had no schedule for packing us into camp, he didn't know what time or where we were to meet his packer, he didn't know where we were to leave our truck while we were in the woods for the week. He had made no arrangements for us. When we finally got to camp, we were very disappointed to see that the camp was very poorly set up. The tent itself was fine, but the wood stove, the pots & pans, the table, the chairs, etc. were all the bare minimum and poor quality. They were Barbie doll stuff, not something grown men could use after hunting the mountains for 12 hours a day. I even offered them $200 to buy three camp chairs - that they could keep at no charge, and they refused. One of our party harvested an elk. When the packer came to get it, he told us that he would cut the meat (we had boned it out) into large pieces, put them in gallon Zip-Lock bags, and freeze them. The meat left the camp in game bags. When we finished our hunt and went to get the meat for the trip home, the game bags had been dropped in the freezer just the way they left the camp - still in the game bags! They we frozen solid, but as big as beach ball! They wouldn't fit in our coolers, they had freezer burn on the outside. My friend lost about 30 lbs. of his elk meat. The final straw was that we had a contract to hunt six days. For some reason the outfitter packed us out a half day early. Instead of packing out the afternoon of the last day of our hunt, he packed us out in the morning of that last day. We requested a refund of the cost of that last half day and he refused. I am suing him for breach of contract.

Was the outfitter notified of problems? - YES

Outfitter's Response

None to date. If you are the outfitter please email us.

Hunt Information
Date of Hunt - September 2021
Implement - Compound Bow
Hunt Type - Outfitted
Booking Agent - Shoshone Wilderness Adventures
Number in Camp - 3
Outfitter Cost - $3,000.00
Other Costs - $0.00
Weather Information
Did Weather Affect your Hunt? Yes - Unusually Warm Conditions
Weather Comments:
We hunted the 1st week of September and it was unusually hot - mid 80s every day. The elk weren't moving or talking.
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