What is truly troubling is when we receive multiple negative reports on an outfitter our subscribers have previously recommended. It is especially troubling when the reports indicate a pattern in the kind of problems hunters experience with a particular operator. It is the development of such patterns that indicate something is truly wrong. Our advice to hunters is to pay close attention to such patterns. Sometimes the outfitter rights his operations to fix what's wrong. Sometimes not. It is all in what responsibility he is willing to take for the problems and what steps he takes to correct them and prevent them in the future.
This month we have two complaints on an operator some subscribers have recommended in the past, namely Todd Rice of Sonoran Outfitters, who offers deer and sheep hunts in Mexico. In the past, we have had four positive reports on Rice (9492 from November 2013, 9111 from February 2013, 9029 and 8568) and one negative report (see the article in our June 2013 issue, or Report 9126 from January 2013 in our database). The two new negative reports are from Randy Cramer (9604) on a November, 2010 desert sheep hunt, and Carl Lohrer (9603) on a February 2013 desert sheep hunt taken as a makeup hunt for two mule deer hunts gone bad.
The crux of the complaints is that, while both hunters took sheep (Cramer's a 10.5-year-old 165-point ram with broomed horns; Lohrer's a "great" ram, unmeasured), neither hunter has received their trophies. Both are now claiming they were taken on hunts for which there were no........(continued)