By Tim Jones, Editor
Subscriber D. Zuhse is unhappy with his unsuccessful muzzleloader elk hunt in Colorado in Sept. 2016. He hunted with Bucks and Bulls Guides and Outfitters and largely blames his personal guide, Ike, for his lack of success.
In a lengthy report, Zuhse details the circumstances of his hunt (one of his brothers was fighting cancer and had to drop out). He tells us that, for most of his five-day hunt, "My guide was inept and lazy. He took time off during hunting hours to nap, check in by phone on his business and family, surf the internet and preach to me on political and social views. I followed Ike on horseback and was told to wait near the horses while he used binoculars to glass for hours without any interaction with me. On the last full day of our five-day hunt, both guides left us in the upper hunt camp while they spent eight hours to retrieve horses and mules from the base camp, which should have taken less than four hours. The employee responsible for delivering supplies and livestock for the ride out had quit.
"Each time Ike saddled or bridled a horse, he punched it in the nose, kicked its legs or kneed it in the ribs. He justified this behavior by saying that the rented animals were stupid. The second guide never had to resort to similar treatment. The absence of supplies delivered to the hunt camp because of the missing employee also meant that several of the horses went without feed for a day and a half. I assume that the horses used to ride down to base camp on Wednesday were fed there. The two that were left at camp were not.
"I tried to address my concerns with Travis Adams, owner of Bucks & Bulls. He was dismissive in his email response and abusive in our phone conversation. I was not seeking any refund and did not threaten legal action.