Hunter Loses Deposit Over One-Sided Contract For New Mexico Elk Hunt


Published: August - 2012

Subscriber R. Towry is unhappy with the way his booking for an elk hunt in New Mexico was handled by Stephen Flowers and Richard Sears of Private Land Bucks and Bulls. He says he walked away from a deposit due to the hunting contract he later received and the manner in which Sears and Flowers treated him when he objected to the wording.

"The outfitter took my deposit and then refused to deliver a contract for weeks. When I got the contract, I could see that it was very one-sided," says Towry. "If a 16-year-old kid showed up drunk to guide me on private land that they did not have access to, they would have fulfilled their contract. When I suggested some modifications to the contract they yelled and cussed at me and called me names." Towry says he walked away from his deposit to avoid "sending good money after bad."

We sent a copy of Towry's complaint to Sears and Flowers but have never heard back from them. Here at The Hunting Report our advice to hunters is to demand a written agreement for services to be rendered at the time a deposit is provided. Read the entire contract and note what the operator agrees to provide and what you will be required to do. Make sure you understand everything, including the terms for cancellation. Only then should you turn over your money.

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