By Tim Jones, Editor
In our Jan. issue we ran a negative report (10733
) on a bear hunt with Cavner and Julian on the Alaska Peninsula and asked for more feedback on that outfitter. We immediately received a negative report from Robert King (10837
) about a wolf hunt, followed by a second negative report about the same hunt from King's hunting partner, Dallas Munroe (10865
). We published those in our May issue.
In the meantime, we've received four additional negative reports on bear hunts with Cavner and Julian, all from 2015.
Subscriber Pete Larsen (Report 10864
) copied us on a letter he sent to Cavner following an unsuccessful hunt in Oct. 2015.
In his preface to the letter, Larsen told us, "Below is the email I sent to the outfitter at the end of my hunt. In it, I did not mention that I was required to carry all my own equipment, including a poor tent that I literally found for myself in a storage shack after being dropped off at our point of departure. The tent that was supposedly onsite for me had no bottom. Hardly acceptable in 25-degree rain/sleet. My guide told me this, which is why I searched for a replacement tent. I found my guide, Audun Endestad, who was finally assigned to me for my hunt, to be professional, knowledgeable and humorous. I had no difficulty spending several days in the field with him."
In his letter to Cavner, Larsen outlined his misgivings, saying, "Please do not take the concerns that I express as the result of having not harvested a bear. I truly believe that while harvesting a bear may have mitigated some of the feelings I have, it would not change the concerns that I am going to outline....