Unhappy Report on Unsuccessful Alaska Bear Hunt with Wildman Lodge


Published: August - 2017

"I'm not angry, just very disappointed," is how subscriber Lewis Metzger (Report 10920) describes his reaction to a May 2016 brown bear hunt with Butch King's Wildman Lodge on the Alaska Peninsula. "Butch King has a good reputation among Houston Safari Club members, and I was told there were plenty of 10-foot bears. I was disappointed in the lack of quality bears, the number of hunters (when I flew in on the charter, three or four other hunters got off the plane and three or four got on to fly out), and a poor guide. The weather was pleasant and comfortable for the AK Peninsula, facilities were comfortable, the food was good, but there were no bears. I'd estimate a success rate of less than 50%. I don't remember my guide's name, but he told me he was a fishing guide, not normally a hunting guide. His arrogance made for a long 10-day hunt."

We sent this report to Butch King, who replied by email on July 9, 2017. He writes:

"I have been an acquaintance of Lewis Metzger for many years, seeing him often at both Houston and Dallas Safari Club conventions. Over those same years, I have hunted many of Lewis' friends from Texas. Naturally, I wanted the best outcome possible for his hunt but really wished he had booked Alaska years ago and saved Africa for his retirement. When he asked me about his chances to take a 10-foot bear in our area, I gave him my standard answer: There are a lot of 10-foot bears in our million-plus-acre hunting area, and chances are probably better in this part of Alaska than most anywhere on the planet.' I truly believe this canned statement, and it is backed up by a 10-foot club' list of more than 135 record-class, 10-foot-or-larger brown bear from this part of Alaska since I started keeping track by computer. I don't know how many we took prior. These trophies include many in the top 10 in SCI records, including the number one twice and three SCI World Hunt awards and numerous Alaska Professional........(continued)

 
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