Every once in a while a Hunting Report subscriber will file a report on a hunt he was unsatisfied with for one reason or another, but he'll request that we simply enter it into our database without airing it in the newsletter. In those cases, we still ask the affected outfitter to provide his side of the story and make that part of the file for interested hunters to read. Usually, we simply list the report in our More Reports column and don't need to mention it any further. This month we find ourselves having to bring attention to one of these reports. The report in question is Report ID 7596 and is on Ruby Range Outfitters in the Yukon, submitted by subscriber Leon Munyan, who was unhappy with the way the organization handled two sheep hunts for him. Munyan said he did not wish to handle his report as a controversy in the newsletter and just wanted to submit it for our database. We are only mentioning it now because subscriber Mike Rex says he felt compelled to file a counter-report about this outfitter, which changed management about a year ago.
Like Munyan, Rex hunted twice with Ruby Range Outfitters. And also like Munyan, he hunted under the old management and under the new management, so he feels that he can speak to both situations. Rex writes, "On the first hunt I took a tremendous mountain caribou after a two-day stalk! Wonderful hunt with a great guide, Ryan Leaf. We spent the balance of the hunt chasing a huge moose around, only to have it get away at 25 yards... a hunt I shall not forget. This was a full combo hunt for caribou, moose and sheep. We did see sheep and even got within riding distance of one shooter, but we put the priority on caribou and moose, not sheep, and ran out of time.
"On the second hunt, I returned to go after that moose. By this time Kelly Weibe had become the new manager. During the entire transition mess (and it was a mess due to........(continued)