Butterfield filed his report with us in February after what he says are numerous attemtpts to reach Jakab. Since then, we have made repeated attempts to contact Jakab by email and phone to get his side of the story and, hopefully, to help resolve this snafu. As we were laying down this issue, Jakab called and promised to send us a response, explaining why it takes so long for him to ship trophies. We held this story as long as possible, but at press time had not received anything.
Jakab has been the subject of 26 past subscriber reports, 25 positive, from 1998 through 2012. The one negative report, 6028 (from a red deer hunt in Scotland in 2005), also mentions unshipped trophies as one of the complaints. Digging deeper, we called a number of subscribers who had filed previous reports on Jakab and discovered what appears to be a repeated pattern of Jakab providing excellent hunts, but then not being reachable or following up on delivering trophies. As one subscriber who asked not to be named told us, "I had a great hunt with Joe and filed my report immediately, without realizing it would take a long time and a lot of effort to get my trophies."
During our telephone conversation with Jakab, he said that he brings all of his clients' trophies back himself, thus saving them money on shipping from Europe. But this creates various complications with trophies from multiple destinations, as each country must issue its own........(continued)