An Update On Arrow Five Outfitters


Published: April - 2001

Longtime subscribers know I have always encouraged hunters to book with proven professional outfitters, particularly when going South of the Border. I mention this because I recently received a phone call from Jim Schaafsma of Arrow Five Outfitters that reinforces everything I've said about this before. Seems Schaafsma, who runs a variety of hunts in California and Mexico, wanted to tell me about one of his Mexican hunts that went off the rails last year. The hunts were conducted in the Sierra Madre Mountains through a Mexican outfitter (a common practice) on ranches that had been only recently opened to hunting. Trouble is, Schaafsma's 11 hunters did not find any of the game promised, plus there were other aspects of the hunt that didn't measure up.

I'm telling you all of this to illustrate how a proven outfitter makes good on an otherwise disastrous experience. Schaafsma promptly offered his clients another hunt on one of his other ranches in Sonora. Three hunters have already taken their hunts and eight others are scheduled for this season. The fact that six of the affected clients have already booked other hunts with Schaafsma speaks volumes about the way he handled the matter.

While I had him on the line, I asked Schaafsma how his other Mexican hunts went. He reported much better results. Out of the 16 hunters he hosted on his other ranches, only two returned home unsuccessful, and they have rebooked. The best two Coues bucks taken had green scores exceeding 110 points, which will qualify them for B & C if they hold up after the drying period. Schaafsma conducts these hunts on a 1 x 2 guided basis, which means the client hunts with an American guide and a Mexican guide. Hunts run five days at a cost of $4,000; or $3,500 for 2 x 2. This hunt is for one deer, but if a client wants to take a second buck, it can be arranged as a seven-day hunt for $6,500. The cost of this hunt includes pickup and return to the Hermosillo airport and bunkhouse accommodations........(continued)

 
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