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On Deer, Sitka Hunting in Alaska United States

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 10475 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 7, 2015 to September 13, 2005
Place of Hunt: United States - Alaska
Hunt Area: Prince of Wales Island (POW)


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Kurt Whitehead; Alaska Glacier Adventures. PO Box 388; Klawock; AK; 99925; Tel. 907-738-5000; Email: kurt@alaskaglacieradventures.com; Web www.alaskaglacieradventures.com/
Personal Guide (if any): Kurt Whitehead
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Bear - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Bear - Availability: No Time only 1 Guide
Deer, Sitka Blacktail - Availability: No Time only 1 Guide
Game Condition Comments: Nice Black Bear


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Poor Guide/PH Ability: Fair
Condition of Camp: Fair Condition of Equipment: Fair
Quality of Food: Poor Trophy Care: Good
Name of Airline: Alaska Air Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: 10,000 Amount: $20000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: 2700 Amount: $2700
Charter Airfares: 200 Amount: $400
Other Costs: 3400 Amount: $3400
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Outfitter unprepared. 2 on 1 Guided hunt versus 1:1 Guided hunt we were led to believe we booked. Outfitter unprofessional
Highlights of Hunt: 1 Black Bear taken
Equipment Recommendations: $3,400 of special equipment was purchased per outfitters listing. Only about 1/3 of additional equipment was utilized.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? no
Why? Outfitter unprepared. 2 on 1 Guided hunt versus 1:1 Guided hunt we were led to believe we booked. Outfitter unprofessional We were expecting 7 full days of 1 on 1 guiding. We got 2 on 1 guiding, Trina was working at another Outfitter as their cook while we were there and the outfitter told us he did not want to hire another guide. The outfitter was late picking us up at the dock, when asked what the week would look like he did not have an itinerary he just wanted to wing-it. When we asked him what time we should be up and ready to go in the am, the outfitter stated, I imagine youll be up at the butt crack of dawn, not me. And he went to bed leaving us wondering when we should be up or even what the trip would be like. The following morning we thought we would depart in his high-speed, boat. The first day of our hunt we never hunted (Monday, 9/7) we finally left the boat dock at 2:00pm; not in the am like expected. The outfitter was not prepared, the boat was not ready. High-Speed which we were told his Glacier could go upwards of 30 mph; we travelled at 3.9 mph. as per outfitter This is the most efficient speed. It took us 9 hours to travel 33 miles! Day 1 was spent traveling to the anchor point. No dinner today. The outfitter boasts about the fantastic food and says, youll be fed some of the best cooking youve ever eaten. Our weeks mainstay food consisted of oatmeal, scrambled eggs, stale peanut butter sandwiches, ramen noodles and little else. Trip information clearly states We start hunting and fishing within 30 minutes of leaving the dock. One way commute from the anchored Glacier to our hunting stream was 3 hours. The outfitter would get up daily at 11am! Wed leave the Glacier between 2-3pm, get to the bottom of the salmon stream between 5-6pm. Walking up the salmon stream took 45min to an hour. Hunt for 30-60 minutes and head back to the Glacier. Overall for our 7 days of hunting we booked we ACTUALLY hunted about 10 hours. The outfitter INSISTED we had to walk IN the spawning salmon stream. Every day the 3 of us would walk up and back down in the stream disrupting the spawning nests, I saw no consideration for conservation while doing this! If you walked on the shoreline the outfitter would physically grab you by the shoulders and push you back into the stream. Outfitter showed us the boat and rules but NEVER mentioned the option to Shower. After day one of walking in the stream, I developed a severe rash which he knew I had developed. Even though I tried to wash up in the bathroom it kept getting worse. Finally, the very last day, the outfitter mentioned a shower. By then I didnt care and was more than irritated. After returning from this trip, I was diagnosed with a severe bacterial skin infection which took months to clear. The heat in the Glacier was never turned the on and our wet clothes never dried. All our clothing were wicking so with heat they would have dried quickly. Luckily, we both had heavy sleeping bags rated down to 0 (for the Sitka Hunt, we never did) to keep us warm at night We paid for the Black Bear and Sitka Deer hunt, we only hunted Bear and Kurt never mentioned nor was prepared to take us into the Alpine Sitka Deer hunting. September 10th, I did successfully take a Black Bear, the 1 bright spot on this trip. Per the outfitter it was too late to take pictures so we put the bear up on the shore of the stream and headed back to the Glacier in the pitch dark & pouring rain. The next full day was spent on bear recovery. Over the night, the stream had swollen well over its banks and we were unable to walk up the stream. We started bush whacking up through the shoreline and after about 200ft, I fell into a sink hole and mentally shutdown. I am sure I am now officially on the outfitters MENTAL MIDGET listing. I waited by the skiff and my husband and outfitter went up the stream to get my bear. Once they got to the top of the stream the outfitter pulled out a round tipped serrated knife; asking my husband if he had a sharpener! Luckily, my husband is always prepared and had a brand new knife he lent the outfitter to skin my bear. Most importantly, the outfitter did have 5 cameras in his backpack to take pictures of a stiff soaked bear. Unfortunately, for my husband, our hunt was pretty much over. The outfitter spent most of the remaining time taking care of my bear hide and skull; leaving little to no time for additional hunting. If there would have been the additional guide my husband could have had an opportunity to harvest a bear as well. After 1 bear was taken the outfitter acted like he really did not know where any other bears were. He was pretty much done with the hunt. It appeared to us he had mentally checked out. We were both physically fit and prepared for this trip. I am not the most graceful person and I am used to doing a face plant here and there. Im 58, 160 pounds. I do not walk in waist deep salmon streams for a living. Yes, I fell in the stream, I knew and would and was ok with that. What I was not prepared for was the fact we had been told we would use our chest waders to CROSS the streams, to find out we spend ALL our time walking IN the salmon streams, crawling over large fallen trees, fighting strong currents day after day. A few times I had gotten sucked under a fallen tree; luckily my husband helped fish me back up. The outfitter had no idea he was too far in front of us. I am a female hunter and I did not feel this outfitter has respect for female hunters. Even after I proved myself when sighting in my gun and demonstrated proper gun handling; he always had to check to ensure I unloaded my gun. When I took the shot on my bear, I patiently waited for it to get into the middle of the stream to take my shot; even though he was getting inpatient with me on taking my shot. He did follow up my fatal shot with a non-fatal shot putting a nice hole in the bears hide, which he said was an old wound. Overall, thinking back on this hunt; we do think that this outfitter was trying to do everything possible to get us so discouraged wed give up and he could go to his guiding at the same outfitter his wife was a cook at. We were very discouraged of the derogatory comments the outfitter had of many of his past clients. For us this was extremely unprofessional. Lastly, as seen in another bad review of this outfitter, hell come back and slam this review and us as clients and that is fine by us. 1. It shows the type of outfitter and persons they really are. 2. My main goal is to prevent another hunter or hunters from wasting $30,000 of hard earned money with this outfitter.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Rita Reinhart
Contact Information: Tel. 612-423-5081 - 3921 Damon Court, , , E-mail: rtreinhart403@gmail.com
Hunting Experience:
Physical Condition: We were both physically fit and prepared for this trip.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? no Notified Personal Guide? no Notified Booking Agent? no
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide? no
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
Our main goal with this review is to provide honest feedback on this outfitter for any future hunters considering utilizing this outfitter to have all the facts in making their decision. We do not recommend this outfitter.

E-mail from Kurt Whitehead to Rita Reinhart, Dave Wagner and The Hunting Report, March 12, 2016:

Dave,

I received this email below and a phone call today from Tim Jones who works with the Hunting Report.

It's too bad you didn't contact me directly instead of having/letting your wife, Rita Reinhart, file a negative report with the Hunting Report.

Dave, I'd be glad to host you for a black bear hunt June 11-17, 2016, an alpine deer hunt this August or a fishing trip this summer.

Your only expenses will be similar to the ones you paid on your earlier trip i.e. tags, licenses, taxes, etc. The cost of the hunt will be totally free but we have to mutually agree on the dates.

This offer is only good if Rita totally removes her hunt report both online and in print and does not file it with the Hunting Report, any other agency, publication, group, affiliation, person, etc. I'm sure you can contact Tim and/or Barbara at the Hunting Report and have them hold your report while you think about it.

If her report goes public to any of the above mentioned persons/agencies/affiliations, etc. , the deal is off. You and the public will be able to read my exhaustive official rebuttal and trip notes that I took during the hunt as well as this email in the Hunting Report regarding Rita's shortcomings, neuroticism, drinking, swearing, etc.

I've conducted at least one fall black bear hunt, if not two in that same river every fall and have had about 12 clients shoot giant record book 19"- 21 1/4" skulled, huge bodied black bears all within the same 1 mile stretch of river that Rita killed her stud 19" 9/16" skulled black bear. It is a remote and difficult place to access that is loaded with fish, hence the large bears, and it is truly fair chase hunting as you have to wade upstream and down for at least an hour both ways as well as take three different watercraft even before you start walking.

In retrospect, I should not have taken Rita anywhere near that river due to the difficulty factor involved and her inexperience, lack of hunting skills and lack of physical and mental skills. We should've hunted more accessible creeks so that your wife would have an easier time of it on her first Alaskan hunt. I am sorry for that mistake.

The only valid complaint that Rita's report contains is that I didn't have Trina along to guide her as originally planned. Trina is much more adept in dealing with problem clients.

Dave, I am truly sorry that I did not have Trina along to guide Rita and I am offering you a free hunt/fishing trip in 2016 or 2017.

Nothing good will come of publishing Rita's report for any of us.

I urge you to put this behind us, move forward and come have an excellent adventure of your choosing in Alaska.

You are an excellent hunter, an excellent outdoorsman, a physically and mentally tough person and an all around good guy!

I look forward to hunting with you again!

Thank you!

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E-mail from Rita Reinhart to The Hunting Report, February 19, 2016:

In response to Alaska Glacier Adventures email; I would like to add the following information.

In preparation for this hunt, and per the suggestions from documentation provided to us by Alaska Glacier Adventures (see Expectations and Gear List attached), we did the following:

1. Upwards of a year out we increased our workout schedule. Working out 3-4 day/week including lifting weights, running, hiking with a loaded backpack of 45-50 pounds, etc. Four months from the start of our hunt we increased our workouts to 5 days/week with 2 days having 2 workouts/day. Overall, I also lost 45 pounds in preparation for this hunt.

2. As provided to us by the outfitter a complete gear list of what we were supposed to bring including the specific part numbers and where to purchase the items from. We adhered to this list exactly hence the additional $3,400 expenses. Specifically two large backpacks we needed for the Alpine hunting which were never used nor have been used since (Invoice for Black Bear/Deer Hunt is attached).

3. We spent hours at the range sighting in our rifles. Shooting hundreds of round of ammunition in all different positions as suggested per his Expectations document.

4. I researched and read about proper shot placement for bears and spent numerous hours dry firing as I practiced shot placement.

5. We left nothing to chance in our preparation for this hunt.

To Mr. Whiteheads defamatory comment pertaining to my drinking. Not that I need to explain. I purchased 1 bottle of local Alaskan vodka and 1 bottle of local wine to enjoy with dinner but found out that no wine or alcohol of any kind goes very well with a dinner of ramen noodles or scrambled eggs. The only time I ever had a drink was after the days hunt.

To Mr. Whiteheads defamatory comment pertaining to neuroticism I have never been diagnosed as such nor have ever had any type of mental illness diagnosis.

To Mr. Whiteheads defamatory comment pertaining to swearing. The definition of fricking is as follows: A Southern and Midwestern slang word used to express excitement or detainment without using profanity.

To Mr. Whiteheads commentary, In retrospect, I should not have taken Rita anywhere near that river due to the difficulty factor involved and her inexperience, lack of hunting skills and lack of physical and mental skills.  I couldnt have had that much inexperience, lack of hunting skills, and lack of physical and mental skills as I AM THE ONE WHO GOT THE BEAR. I have hunted in Africa, New Zealand, Wyoming, Iowa, Wisconsin to name a few and have successfully taking bear, deer, antelope, red stag and various small game. I would hardly call this inexperience. I took my bear with one excellently placed shot and dropped the bear in sight with no tracking needed.

Mr. Whiteheads rebuttal is fully directed to my husband. We find this rather interesting as I am the one who wrote the report. If he is offering anything to make this right it should be extended to both of us not just my husband. Regardless, we are not interested in anything from Alaska Glacier Adventures. Again this review was completely based on a hunt we thought we were getting AND paid for versus the actual hunt we received.

While Alaska Glacier Adventures may rebuttal this response; I highly recommend that Mr. Whitehead NOT continue down the path of defamation as seen in their most recent email response. This is Alaska Glacier Adventures opportunity to specifically and professionally respond to the hunt we purchased versus the hunt they provided and immediately cease and desist all defamation of David and my (Rita) character and reputation.

Yes, I did get a great black bear but nonetheless this hunt was the worst guided hunt we have done.

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Second rebuttal from Kurt Whitehead to The Hunting Report, March 12, 2016:

Tim told my by phone a few weeks ago that 3.12.16 was the last day to send in my official rebuttal. It is now 3.11.16. My official rebuttal is attached. My first rebuttal I emailed you on 2.12.16 is also part of my official rebuttal. Please print it as well.

There are several other documents that are part of the rebuttal. Please publish all of them.

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Dave Wagner contacted me in February of 2014 inquiring about our services. I sent him 11 different documents and two highlight emails from the preceding years regarding our operation on February 18. On March 25, 2014, I received a deposit for he and his wife Rita Reinhart for a Fall combo hunt for Black Bear/Deer.

I have attached all the information we sent Dave. There were just a few phone calls. I believe there was one phone conversation with Dave and Rita on speaker phone.

As per their email dated 7.20.15 they were getting in shape and practicing shooting so we are ready.

Both of them were certainly well geared but the main issue with this hunt was the fact that Rita was neither physically or mentally prepared and had a negative attitude. It was her first hunt for big game in North America other than deer hunting in her local area. It was also her first trip to Alaska. She only recently started hunting. Dave is a seasoned hunter, is mentally and physically tough and an optimist.

One of the 11 documents I sent them on February 18 is titled Hunter-Guide Expectations which is a 2 page document providing more information on how our trips work. As a result of Ritas hunt it is now titled Safety, Success and Comfort and was enlarged to 4 pages. It is what you just read.

Never did I mislead Dave and Rita into thinking that this hunt would be anything short of a true Alaskan, fair chase, challenging hunt in a temperate rain forest while walking directly in the creek both upstream and down in search of an elusive and well fed giant black bear. In our conversations and emails I made it abundantly clear that the black bear hunting was the priority and was done on foot while wading up salmon infested rivers. I also made it clear that the deer hunting was done up on the ridge tops utilizing spike tents and was a difficult climb up, down and during the hunt.

Dave should have brought his untested and inexperienced spouse on one of our Spring black bear hunts that are much easier both mentally and physically. Also there is more daylight, the bears are rutting and the weather is better which all lends itself to an easier and more enjoyable hunt for inexperienced hunters. I would have steered them towards this hunt had I known.

I have been an Alaskan fishing guide since 1995, an Alaskan hunting guide since 1996, I have worked for 10 other hunting outfitters over the past 21 years. Ive been hunting black bears in Southeast since 1996, guiding for them since 2000, started my own operation in Southeast in 2004 and have been guiding for black bears as an outfitter in Southeast since 2006.

I have conducted 144 black bear hunts in Southeast as an Alaskan outfitter and guided approximately 20 more black bear hunts working for 3 different outfitters from 2000-2004. I have guided approximately 100 different brown bear/grizzly hunts on the Alaskan Peninsula, Seward Peninsula and in Southeast Alaska each Spring and Fall from 1996-present. I have also guided many other hunts for goats, sheep, moose, caribou and wolves. I currently guide fishermen on the saltwater every summer for halibut, salmon, rockfish, lingcod, shrimp, crab and whatever else bites. I have held a USCG license since 1995 and in years past held a commercial pilots license. All Ive done for the previous 22 years is guide anglers and fishermen.

Our typical Fall black bear hunts are conducted from our motor vessel Glacier that we use for transport and sleeping accommodations. We tow one or two skiffs with us that we use to access the beach and from there we walk up the salmon-choked streams in search of a mature male that is usually gorging on salmon. The weather is normally decent and the scenery is simply amazing. Wading up these creeks while salmon are swimming into your legs and feet is an experience you will never forget. It is a physically active hunt and some of our best hunting areas are the most inaccessible ones.

A record book bear is usually an old bear and old bears are very smart, cunning and not keen on human activity.

This hunt is physically and mentally challenging. Walking in the water up to your knees and waist while bucking the current is difficult enough, then add being immersed in cool water for many hours. Due to the difficulty of the logistics we are seldom back on the Glacier before 10pm and often midnight. If we kill a bear and skin it out that day we might not get back to the boat until much later. If this isnt difficult enough, throw in the fact that most mature bears, brown or black, seldom come out on the streams to feed until the last hour of light. So here you are, wet from sweat, often bug bitten, standing in water up to your crotch waiting for an elusive giant to make an appearance on a small creek long enough for you to get a good shot. Anyone that has hunted Fall bear knows exactly what Im talking about. It is not for the faint of heart but for all the above reasons is incredibly rewarding and a once in a lifetime experience. Add to the above scenario accessing a difficult area and having to use 3 different boats every day, portaging waterfalls, hiking out by headlamp, late nights, watching all the birds, bears, sea lions and seals feeding on salmon and the reward factor is raised even further.

This is an AWESOME hunt but only if you are physically and mentally tough, optimistic, love a challenge and want a big bad bruin taken totally fair chase in some of the wildest country in the world.

After getting back to the boat many hours after dark, taking care of our gear is the priority. If there is a bear hide to flesh I often stay up all night until it is done. The ears, lips, nose, paws are all professionally fleshed and every square inch of the bear is heavily salted, rolled up and stored in a waterproof area. I have NEVER lost a bear hide due to negligence. The time involved to process one of these giant black bear hides is around 5 hours.

Often during these hunts the weather is good and the sun is up in the morning so we again take care of our gear, dry everything, prepare for the day, eat, hydrate, clean things, take care of boat chores, listen to the weather and get ready for another adventure on the salmon stream.

Our diesel burning stove on the Glacier is normally only used if it is raining since it throws out so much heat that nobody sleeps well. It is always available but the suns rays and breeze dry things out much faster. Often the back deck of the Glacier looks like a laundry facility while we prepare for the day.

The freezer on the boat is always well stocked as is the giant, ice-filled cooler. Shrimp pots, crab pots and fishing rods are at the ready but unless it is a priority for the client we focus on HUNTING first, and fishing once the bear is in the salt. Our twin generators are fired up nearly every morning and evening to charge various batteries, operate appliances and/or the ceramic heater. Our 2000 watt inverter provides power when the generators are not in use.

Our twin sink galley is constantly used to clean dishes and the bathroom (head) has a private sink/ toilet/shower/mirror/medicine cabinet so anyone wanting to clean/relieve themselves are more than welcome and encouraged to do so. Normally everyone washes up in the head nightly after a long day.

We dont drink, smoke, seldom swear, are very tough, healthy and take our hunting/guiding very seriously.

We prefer to guide clients that are like minded, tough, prepared, positive, hardcore trophy hunters that want a jumbo bear and a phenomenal experience in the wilderness of Alaska.

I took detailed notes during Dave and Ritas trip when I first sensed problems on Day One and initially I was going to share those with all of you but have edited them significantly. Suffice it to say that Rita should never hunt for Fall bear in Alaska with ANY outfitter in ANY part of Alaska.

Day 1
9.7.15

The first day of the hunt we always sight in our guns, eat a large breakfast, pack the truck, then the boat and head out of the harbor towing one or two skiffs. Running fast while towing a skiff is not advisable. We do run fast if we are not towing skiffs or in one of our smaller vessels. On our Spring hunts we start hunting 15 minutes after untying and continue cruising and glassing the shorelines. On the Fall hunts the large bears are congregated near the creeks eating salmon. The logistics involved during the Fall hunts are more complicated. The mature male bears are experts at catching fish, have the best fishing holes and rarely come out much during the day but rather are largely nocturnal.

In fact, on the same stretch of river that I took Dave and Rita to hunt we have guided 11 other hunters to record book bears. Two of the 12 hunters wounded their bears but the other 9 hunters kill stats are as follows:

Sept. 4, 2007 74 Hide20 4/16 Skull 8 years old .338/121 yds/2 shots
Sept. 6, 2009 72 Hide 19 14/16 Skull 13 years old .375 H&H/112 yds/1 shot
Sept 10, 2010 80 Hide 22 2/16 Skull 5 years old .338/110 yds/3 shots
Sept. 11, 2010 74 Hide 19 13/16 Skull 15 years old .300 RUM/54 yds/2 shots
Sept. 3, 2013 7 3 Hide 20 5/16 Skull 16 years old Bow/32yds/2 shots
Sept. 11, 2013 7 2 Hide 19 14/16 Skull 7 years old .338/107yds/3 shots
Sept. 13, 2013 7 4 Hide 20 11/16 Skull 12 years old .270 WBY/82yds/1 shot
Sept. 12, 2014 Wounded a Giant Male 9.3x62/89yds/2 shots
Sept. 11, 2014 Wounded a Large Male .300/129yds/3 shots
Sept. 3, 2015 610 Hide 17 2/16 Skull No Age Yet 60 yards/.375 Ruger/ 1 shot
Sept. 3, 2015 75 Hide 20 2/16 Skull No Age Yet 30 yards/.375 Ruger/ 2 shots
Rita Reinhart/Sept.10, 2015 70 Hide 19 9/16 Skull No Age Yet 43 yards/.338/1 shot

I have attached a document with all of our kill stats since 2006 and they are also listed on our website.

Ritas complaint that game is scarce are false. Daily we walked past two bear carcasses that our hunters shot the prior week, one was in plain sight that we had to step around. The previous week we saw two other large males that we did not kill and did not spook. One was the largest bear weve seen in a long time and he is still alive. Rita killed her bear on 9.10.15. It is a record book bear and a very nice male that I had not seen before. This area is a phenomenal creek to hunt! Out of the 12 bear hunters that have shot/wounded bears on this creek, only 2 of the bears were not killed in the last 2 hours of light and most were killed in the last 30 minutes of light. The bears are largely nocturnal, have no competitors (no brown bears on Prince of Wales Island) are well-fed and can get food anytime they like. We normally start hunting at the first good creek we come to after leaving Klawock which is about 3 hours from the dock. It is a good shakedown for the clients and we have killed/stalked several bears in the near vicinity but it is not our go-to spot.

I elected to forgo the first nights hunting due to the tides that are necessary to access the spot we hunted from Days 2-5. It is only accessible on a high tide and the high tide was around noon the following day so we needed to be in position at that time.

Ritas statement in her complaint Even after I proved myself when sighting in my gun and demonstrating proper gun handling; he always had to check to ensure I unloaded my gun, proves her inexperience. I have almost been accidentally shot by clients on 2 different occasions and any guide worth his salt is very demanding of gun safety for his own preservation. Just a couple of years ago a client shot and killed a fellow hunting guide in Southeast AK.

Rita proved during the gun sight-in that I needed to be very watchful of her and she proves it again in her report about being upset by me constantly watching/checking her. Every seasoned hunter thanks us for asking about gun safety and their feathers are surely not ruffled when asked if their gun is unloaded.

Day 2
9.8.15

We were able to access our hunting area around noon and spent the morning getting geared up, fed and packed. It takes three different vessels to access the hunting area and we finally got on the river around 2pm which is perfect. If you are on the river too early the fickle winds can blow upstream and most of the mature male bears are not on the creek until late afternoon/evening anyway. We motored upstream until we could go no further and then started walking in the creek up to the prime hunting area. If you dont walk directly in the stream it is almost impossible to make headway given the thick brush. Also spreading your scent all over the same trails the bears travel is not conducive to harvesting a bear. Contrary to Ritas comment about disrupting spawning salmon, I do take the path of least resistance and also try to limit walking over the salmon nests (redds) but in many places the entire stream is one large salmon redd so the only way to hunt effectively and not disrupt the tens of thousands of spawning pink salmon would be to fly or swing from tree to tree. I havent perfected that approach yet.

Our one mile hike up the creek involved at least 4 rest stops of 5 to 30 minutes. Rita was having a very hard time remaining upright as we walked upstream and Dave was supporting her most of the way. His help worked well. I knew Rita was laboring quite a bit but with the frequent stops and reasonable pace she had no complaints. When we stopped at the first good hunting spot I had her load a round since the cover is so thick and many times a bear just materializes out of the bushes. We discussed a shooting rest for her largely with sign language since it was prime time. After 40 minutes or so we got underway again; before moving I made sure Ritas rifle was unloaded knowing that her rifle would be pointed at my back when she fell...and fall she did.

We hunted until last shooting light and only saw one large OLD bear about an hour earlier that we wouldve gladly shot if it had a good hide but it was so mangy I let it walk off. It is the only Fall bear Ive seen with a lousy hide so Id be surprised if it made it through the winter. The bear finally sensed me at 8 yards after about 5 minutes and Im not sure Rita even saw it since I was just around the corner from her as she had stopped to urinate. We hunted until last light and then walked downstream back to the first skiff by headlamp for about 40 minutes. It is easier to walk downstream than upstream. It is an incredible experience to see and feel so many fish bumping into your feet/legs. It is also challenging and Rita was at a decided disadvantage with her physical skills. This is standard operating procedure on a Fall hunt not just for our operation but also the other 5 Southeast brown bear/black bear outfitters Ive guided for during the past 20 years as well as the other 4 brown bear outfitters up North Ive worked for extensively.

After reaching the second skiff it usually took another 40 minutes to get back to the main vessel the Glacier due to the tides, portage of the waterfall,etc.

By now if was about midnight and we were all extremely exhausted.

I do not drink alcohol (I did more than enough of that in college; wish I had all those nights back!) and am always eating and drinking water and anyone thats every hunted with us knows that Ritas claim of poor food are false. Dave and I ate well on the trip and I always offered to cook some of the delicious salmon, venison, sausage, fruits, vegetables that were in our freezer and extremely large cooler and in fact did cook a lot but what isnt reported is that she rarely ate much at all and never wanted/asked for anything. She was usually complaining about her stomach, her feelings or her body so when she said she didnt want dinner and Dave seconded that we just snacked and ate quick dinner meals in anticipation of laying down for the night. We ate very large breakfasts of eggs, sausage, potatoes, vegetables, toast, fruit, cereal, milk, etc. every morning and I packed two sandwiches each and plenty of snacks, granola bars, candy bars, candy, along with water for all of us during the day. I rarely cooked a large meal at night because they didnt want me to. We all had the opportunity to eat and drink plenty before bed but Rita usually didnt eat much and was busy drinking liquor. When its midnight and Rita is too tired to eat that is her decision.

Dave and I ate plenty of food and I always asked them what they wanted but it is entirely unfair to say one thing every night during the hunt and then find out 5 months later through a complaint to a third-party that this was an issue.

Day 3
9.9.15

Day three found us in the creek at the same time, late afternoon, doing the same thing we did the day before and the same thing Ive done with the prior 11 clients. Hunting hard, effectively and smart. Rita almost shot a mature bear right at dark but we needed about 5 more minutes to make it happen.

Day 4
9.10.15

Some of my notes on that day:

Rita kills a stud at 7:10pm way up the stream at 43yds with 1 shot with her .338 and I shoot once with my .458.

Rita made a good shot, offhand, right near dark and Dave was directly behind us so a follow up shot from him was out of the question. After her shot, I fired as the bear streaked off and later collapsed in the river. The bear was nearly totally submerged so no more shots were fired. The bear died/ drowned shortly thereafter and we later congratulated each other, retrieved our gear, donned headlamps, and then drug the bear downstream to an acceptable place to get it out of the river. I was under the bear lifting and soaking wet while they pulled from above. After many attempts and lots of muscle we were able to position the bear for photos the following day and ensure it did not get carried away in case the river rose due to the falling rain.

Ritas complaint about me having a dull serrated knife are totally inaccurate. Anyone that has hunted with me knows I always carry TWO sharp, straight edged Victorinox skinning knives since serrated knives dont work nearly as well and my scalpel is on the boat for the fleshing.

I did borrow Daves knife that night since I was soaking wet and my knives were buried in my pack. Dave produced his knife, I punched a hole in the hide, tagged the bear and we headed back down the stream by headlamp.

On the Glacier it was more of the same as the previous evenings.

Day 5
9.11.15

My notes on that day:

On the way back to the river to skin the bear and get photos Rita blows a cog and quits on the way to the bear because we had to bushwhack since the river was flooded. Tears-swearing-etc. so Dave and I finally arrive at the kill at 6:12pm. Rita stays in the skiff most of the night. We arrive back at the skiff way after dark and dont get back to the Glacier until 2am. Thankfully we pull our skiffs out when we leave.

That day it was raining and the river had risen about one and a half feet overnight. We motored as far upstream as possible and then started walking on the bank since the creek was too high to wade. As mentioned earlier, it is extremely thick and brushy in a temperate rainforest next to a salmon stream and after only going about 150-200 yards I heard lots of commotion. Rita had reached her limit and Dave and I did our best to calm her down and reassure her that she would be all right. We all went back to the skiff and left her sitting in the skiff that was floating in the river tied to the bank with a firearm, food, water, extra clothes and a PFD. Dave and I proceeded to walk as fast as possible for about an hour to the kill site, take photos and skin the large bear. I did borrow Daves knife for part of the bear skinning.

Ritas complaint that He did follow up my fatal shot with a non-fatal shot putting a nice hole in the bears hide, which he said was an old wound. is once again inaccurate. The fact is that I missed the running bear, she killed it and there were several old pus-filled wounds from other bears in his large hide. She wasnt even there to watch the bear get skinned or take photos of it.

On the return, I carried the bear, Dave carried our gear and we met up with Rita several hours after dark. More of the same in prior nights on the Glacier regarding Ritas attitude and actions. I thoroughly washed the bear hide in the salt water to help get rid of the bacteria and stowed it in a basket for the night so it could drain. We finally crawled into bed early in the morning around 3:30am.

Day 6
9.12.15

My notes on that day: Dry out gear, flesh and salt the bear all day and hunt the bay to the South in the evening. One fat sow, 3 other adolescent bears. Rita stays on the boat. Rita had another meltdown before bed about ????? who knows what. Her attitude and actions make no sense.

Day 7
9.13.15

My notes on that day: Mega attitude this morning so I tried to talk to her and find out what is wrong and all she said was Im just done Im tired and I just want Dave to kill a bear or this will be the most expensive bear hunt ever

I offered to head straight to the nearest dock and get shuttled to our house. She said No, I dont want to spend anymore money I offered to pay and she said No Ill be fine.

I cleaned the boat, talked about how the shower works, told her to take advantage of it and she replied NO. Ive tried several times today to talk to her while Dave showered but she is in silent mode. Even though it is the last day of the trip and we normally would head into port, I offered Dave another night of hunting. He definitely agreed so we motored for five hours and hunted until last light. Lots of sign but zero bears. Rita was in bed when we arrived. Dave and I ate a delicious meal of venison tacos and had a lot of fun telling stories till late. He acts like nothing is wrong and when I confronted him earlier in the day about Ritas behavior before we went hunting and told him her actions and attitude are totally out of line he just said to leave it alone and she will be fine.

Day 8 of a 7 day hunt
9.14.15

My notes for the day follow:

Pulled anchor shortly after 7am and motored for home.Tied to the dock around 11:30am and immediately took them to the house for the rest of their gear and later took them to the airport.

Kurt Whitehead

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Attention Hunters!

Are you thinking of coming to Southeast Alaska for a Black Bear Hunt? Here are some suggestions that will make your experience more enjoyable. [This is just one of several informational attachments we send to ALL of our prospective hunters. I feel the information lined out in these four pages are KEY to establishing the expectations I have for my clients. It also gives our hunters a basic understanding of how we conduct our hunts & answers many of their questions right out of the gate. I have highlighted several sections that pertain to this hunters specific complaints so The Hunting Report readers can decide for themselves what is good, bad, or ugly in this case.]

Safety, Success, and Comfort

Alaska Glacier Adventures and its guides will work exceedingly hard for you and try their utmost to make your trip of a lifetime an enjoyable and successful experience. Our goals are to provide a safe, legal, productive, enjoyable trip and send you home with the trophy of your dreams. A successful hunt is not always a killing hunt, as we cannot control Mother Nature or certain factors that may arise during a hunt. Our detailed information is for your safety, comfort and success. Please read all the information we send you. The following letter is to help ensure a successful trip.

Three things you can control are

1) Your mental and physical conditioning;
2) Your quality and selection of gear-if anything tests gear, it is an Alaskan Hunt.
3) Your shooting ability-practice, practice, practice. Shoot from extreme angles to find out what your guns trajectory is and shoot from many different positions, especially the prone position. Most of our clients shoot from the prone position because it is very stable position when both elbows are on the ground.

A few thoughts on your PHYSICAL CONDITIONING regarding our different hunts:

1) The spring black bear hunts and the late November and December Deer hunts are generally easy because we cruise around by boat and beach hunt. You should be able to get in and out of our boats and walk on the beaches proficiently.

2) The fall black bear and late October/early November deer hunts are more difficult as we do a lot of walking and are on our feet most of the day. The salmon streams where we hunt the fall black bear and the muskegs(meadows) where we hunt the deer have slippery and uneven footing.

You need to be in moderate/good shape and have good mobility and balance for these hunts.

3) The early season deer hunts in August and September are strenuous. This is a backpack syle hunt. Be prepared to haul a 30-40 lb. pack uphill 2500+ feet near the top of the mountain where we will camp and then hunt from a spike camp until the deer hunts ends. After we complete the deer hunt, be prepared to pack a heavy load when we descend to the boat. We will do some fishing on the way home if weather and time allow. You need to be in good/excellent shape for this hunt.

A few thoughts on SHOOTING: There is a trophy fee on some hunts so please practice. Even a nonlethal wound will be assessed a trophy fee. Wounded animals will invariably die at some point. You can only shoot/wound one bear. This is the Alaska State Law. You can shoot more than one deer but dealing with the meat/trophy of the first deer is the priority. You need to do your part to make this a successful experience and much depends on you.When it comes time to take the shot, we normally do not spike your adrenaline and also alert the animal by telling you exactly when to shoot. This is a critical moment and the less distractions you have, the better shot you will make. Please realize that when we finally give the stamp of approval to a particular animal, the hunt is now in your hands. Wait for the correct shot placement, then take the shot if your are comfortable. We normally will not call your shot. We will have earplugs in and will likely be preparing to back you up. It is very difficult if not impossible to back up a hunter while telling them exactly when to shoot. You need to be prepared to make that decision. We will coach you in the days and hours preceding this moment and if you are unsure, please ask and we will discuss it in great detail. Too often our clients expect us to give constant feedback meanwhile the best shot opportunity disappears. Normally we are silent after we tell you the animal is a trophy and that you should shoot it because we do not want to rattle you or alert the animal. We are concentrating on our shot if it is needed and also want to see where the animal is hit. Many well intentioned guides will say SHOOT, SHOOT, SHOOT but it has been our experience as both the shooter and the guide that this usually results in a poor shot.

The prone shooting position is by far the best position to be in when shooting big game animals because of its stability. This is the position we strive to be in when it comes time to take the shot. Please practice shooting from this position. It is the same position snipers use, on your stomach with both elbows on the ground. This forms a tripod with your rifle stock and both elbows.

Do everything you can to get in a prone position before taking the shot.

We will do a pre-trip sort through of your gear and ensure you are well prepared. Everything from more clothes to a better headlamp to scope covers has been purchased in the past. We will go to the gun range prior to the trip to verify your guns accuracy and determine your skills. Please have your weapons sighted in dead-on at 200 yards. Never put a round in the chamber until you are instructed to do so and always practice gun safety and muzzle control.

A few thoughts on WEAPONS & AMMUNTION: Bears are by far the toughest and smartest of Alaskas game and they hardly bleed due to their thick layer of fat that acts as a plug. They bleed internally but weve found plenty of mortally wounded bears with hardly a drop of blood. Also, Southeast Alaska is a temperate rainforest. We receive over 10 feet of rain a year. Tracking a bear that doesnt bleed much, if at all, in a wet rainforest means that you should dispatch your bear as quickly as possible if you want to take it home. This means...use a big stick. We are proponents of overkill. Kill the bear right there, right now and you will not lose sleep and will take your bear home with you. Yes, your trusty .270 will kill the bear, but will you find it? Not many bears can take the punishment of a .300, .338 or .375 and go very far. We are also proponents of getting close; this is called hunting. We are not snipers and big game animals deserve to be hunted, not sniped from way too far away. With this is mind, please bring a .300 win mag or larger. The venerable .30-06 is fine if you are shooting a 220 grain bullet but this is the smallest caliber we recommend. Please bring a weapon that is stainless with a synthetic stock. Saltwater is hard on guns.

Please bring a premium scope with at least 6 power magnification. You will always be more accurate with a higher power scope. We prefer you bring a variable power scope that you can turn down to low power if we are tracking game and turn up to a higher power of 8 or more when it is time to shoot. Too many of our clients forget about cranking up their scope prior to shooting. Lets do everything we can to remove the variables of a poor shot. Turning up the power setting on your scope makes a big difference. Also, the bikini scope covers work great for sealing out rain.

Bullets are equally important. Please do not bring any type of ballistic tipped ammo for the bear hunt. We recommend premium controlled-expansion bullets like Barnes Triple-Shock, Swift AFrame, Trophy Bonded Bearclaws, Nosler Partitions, etc. Berger bullets and others that fragment are a poor choice if you want to take your heavy boned, giant black bear home with you. Most of the bears our clients shoot are well over 300 pounds with many in the 500 pound category.

A few thoughts on BOWHUNTING: If you are a bow hunter, we highly recommend a heavy fixed blade broadhead such as Muzzy or Thunderheads.

To LEGALLY HUNT IN ALASKA WITH A BOW: 1)Beginning July 1, 2016, all hunters using bow and arrow to hunt big game must have successfully completed a department-approved bowhunter certification course. 2) The total weight of the arrow has to exceed 300 grains and be at least 20 inches in length. 3) Your bow has to have at least 40 pounds of peak draw weight. 4) The broadhead has to be a fixed, replaceable or mechanical/retractable blade type and can not be barbed.

A few thoughts on BOOTS & RAINGEAR: Our early season deer hunts in August/September will find you sweating a lot. Bring top of the line breathable raingear such as Kuiu and the Helly Hansen Impertech jacket listed on our gear list if you want to cover all bases. The spring and fall Black Bear hunts and the late season deer hunts will find you in need of excellent raingear at some point. If you are going to bring one set of raingear, then the Helly Hansen Impertech bibs and jacket is it. Make sure it is Impertech. Helly Hansen makes a large array of gear but this stuff is the quietest rubber raingear we have found. If you want to increase your odds, then bring both a set of quiet, high quality, breathable raingear like Kuiu and the Impertech rubber raingear. Xtratuf boots have superior traction. Get the insulated models for all the hunts. They keep your feet warmer. Remember they need to fit over your neoprene stocking foot waders. This means you should buy them one size larger. The Bama Socks take up the extra room in the boots when you are not wearing the waders. They go over your regular socks. You will wear socks, Bama Socks and Xtratufs or socks, waders and Xtratufs. On the alpine deer hunts in August/September, you need very sturdy, high-quality, hiking boots. Also bring the Xtratufs while on the boat/fishing.

A few thoughts on TRAVEL & LOGISTICS: You are responsible for all your own flights including reservations on Alaska Airlines (800.252.7522) from Seattle to Ketchikan, Alaska and from Ketchikan to Klawock, Alaska. We recommend you travel from the Ketchikan airport direct to Klawock, AK via Island Air. Then you dont have to deal with the fact that the Ketchikan airport is on an island with no road access to town. IF you are traveling to town you will need to pay the $6 airport ferry to cross the channel to town. Call the Cape Fox hotel before you start this trek to get their free shuttle. You can also take a taxi, which are usually lined up and available on the town side. Word to the wise: Get a free luggage cart on the airport side at baggage claim as it makes transporting your gear on and off the airport ferry and up and down the ramps much easier! You can return the cart on the town side at the top of the ramp. The carts will be available there for your return trip as well.

We provide transportation to and from the Klawock Airport.

A few thoughts on LODGING: IF you are staying in Ketchikan before or after your hunt, reservations can be made at the Cape Fox Lodge (907.225.8001). The Cape Fox is an excellent hotel/ restaurant and is near the downtown shopping area. We will make lodging reservations for you for the night before and the last night of your trip in Klawock on Prince of Wales Island and you can pay for these upon your arrival.

A few thoughts on HOUSEKEEPING & MISCELLANEOUS: If the weather is lousy for a few days, dont despair, as the weather is fickle and ever-changing. Keep in mind you might be detained by bad weather or stuck out on the water, so float planes are a last resort option. I am generally conservative with my decisions regarding weather since being stuck in bad weather and missing your flight connection is a bad deal.

There is plenty of heat to dry things out on the Glacier and it is a very comfortable floating base camp. We have 120 volt power 24 hours a day to charge/run electronics. PLEASE WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN since none of us need a cold or flu. Turn off lights when you are done and in general try to be neat and tidy so life for everyone is better.

DO NOT bring liquids of any kind in the sleeping berths. Your bunk is clean and tidy like the rest of the boat so please make sure it stays that way for the next guest.

We own a beautiful waterfront lodge Treasure Hunter Lodge where we conduct our summer fishing trips. It is located in Klawock, AK and hunting out of the lodge is certainly an option. We own a new, high-speed, 26 aluminum hunting/fishing vessel Treasure Hunter that can go anywhere anytime and gives us many options.

We own a new, high-speed, 20 aluminum hunting/fishing vessel Trinity that also gives us many exciting options. We own 2 bombproof, rigid-hull inflatables and 2 rigid-floor inflatables that get us to the shore safely, quietly and stealthily.

We can stay at several Forest Service cabins and/or tent camps for part or all of your hunt which also gives us many great options.

We have many resources at our disposal to conduct a great hunt and a great adventure. Weather and unforeseen circumstances may dictate a change of plans to our normal trip of staying on the Glacier during your hunt. Unforeseen circumstances may cause us to change how we conduct our hunts. This may include staying at our waterfront lodge, day hunting via any of our watercraft, utilizing the road system and hunting via ATV/road vehicles, on foot, etc.

So you want a great hunt and a great adventure? Come with a great attitude, be mentally ready, be physically ready, bring good gear, know your rifle, shoot it often from all angles & positions, especially the prone position and come ready to hunt. This is your hunt of a lifetime so prepare for it as such and come with a winning attitude. We are looking forward to a great hunt, great memories, and great friendships!

Kurt & Trina

Gear List from Kurt Whitehead:

GEAR LIST

Black Bear, Deer & Seaduck Hunters:

We are looking forward to some excellent hunting adventures with you and have a detailed gear list for your hunt to help ensure your safety, comfort and success. The weather is always an unknown factor so I carry two types of rain gear: Gore-Tex/breathable for warm weather and PVC/Rubber for wet weather. If most or all of your gear is hydrophobic (synthetic) then you can be assured it will be much better than cotton and much lighter than wool. A few cotton T-shirts to wear around the boat are okay, but cotton is a killer in the outdoors as it sucks the heat out of your body by acting as a radiator.

High quality gear is trip insurance. We recommend Cabelas, Kuiu and Sportsman Guide because they stand behind their products, have the best customer service and they are pro-hunting. Following is a list of gear that we use on the hunts but most of the clothing items are interchangeable. Spending your time cold and miserable can usually be averted if you bring quality gear. Please try to bring camouflage or neutral colored clothing. No Red, Yellow, Orange or White outer-clothing please.

IF YOU WANT TO BE SAFE, COMFORTABLE AND IMPROVE YOUR SUCCESS BRING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

1 Helly Hansen Workwear Impertech II Deluxe Rain Jacket (Cabelas #IK-983235).

1 Helly Hansen Workwear Impertech Bib Pants (Cabelas #IK-985080). Please make sure the Helly Hansen raingear you are bringing is Impertech. It is the quietest rubber raingear on the market.

1 Stockingfoot Breathable Waist High Waders (Cabelas #IK-830207) or similar waders unless you are hunting in the fall, then get the same model in Chest Waders. Please test your rain gear by standing under the shower. This is what Southeast AK weather can be like. We use rubber/PVC raingear that is made by Guy Cotten, Helly Hansen, etc. Even on a nice spring day, the salt spray necessitates the raingear.

1 Pair of Insulated Xtratuf Legacy16 rubber boots. (order online at xtratuf.com) You will wear these over your neoprene stockingfoot waders and will likely need one size larger than usual to go over your socks/waders. The boots will loosen up when they get wet and you walk in them.

1-2 Pair of Bama Socks (order online at amazon) These are boot liners that go over your sock and take up the extra space in your boot when you are NOT wearing the waders.

1 Seal Line Black Canyon Boundary Portage Pack (70Liters-Green or Black Color)(order online at Amazon or Cascade Designs) This is a dry bag with backpack straps that works much better than a backpack since it is totally waterproof and acts as a life preserver if needed. Please get this exact item and SIZE.

1 Rifle-Stainless and Synthetic We recommend you to shoot a .30-06 or larger for Black Bear since these bears are the size of Grizzlies! A .243 or larger for the Deer works well. Sight your rifle 1-2 high at 100 yards.

2 Boxes of Ammo We recommend Barnes Triple-Shock, Swift-A-Frame or Trophy-Bonded Bearclaw. Please do NOT bring ballistic tipped bullets or ones that fragment like Berger Bullets.

1 Bikini Scope Covers Dont bring the Butler Creek flip up scope covers, they dont work in our thick brush and in/out of the rifle case.

1 Rifle Softcase that is plain, compact and light weight. Do not bring gunsocks. It will provide some cushioning and will be used inside the waterproof dry bag which we provide to keep most of the saltwater off your rifle.

1 Large, soft-sided Duffel Bag with no hard bottom or sides, as it will be stored under your bunk. If you want to bring a bag with wheels, then just pack another empty duffel bag to use on the boat and we will leave the wheeled bag and your gun/bow case in storage.

1-Sleeping Bag - Compact 20 degree bag or similar

1 Pair of Croc slippers for inside the boat.

1 bright LED headlamp with extra batteries (Cabelas #518-609 or similar)

2-4 pair MaxiFlex Ultimate-Nylon, Micro-Foam Nitrile Grip Gloves-Black/Gray (Amazon)They are the best thing for bug protection, warmth, dexterity and camouflaging your hands.

1 pair Atlas 495 PVC Insulated Gloves with Removable Liners (Cablelas item #IK-957928) These are the best thing for wet skiff rides.

2 pairs of thin wool/synthetic gloves

1 pair of medium wool/synthetic gloves

2 Face mask/neck gaiters by Mil-tec tiger strip head/neck buffs. These are the best face mask, neck warmer, bug and sun protection on the market. (Sportsman Guide #WX2-643271)

1 warm fleece neck gaiter by Turtle Fur. (REI #663041)

1 no-see-um bug proof head net for the no-see-um bugs during all the bear hunts and the early season deer hunts in Aug./Sept. Mosquito nets do not keep out the No See Ums.

1 Binoculars - Leica, Zeiss, Swarovski or Nikon (Monarchs) We use Leica 10x42 with built in range finders, so you can leave your rangefinders at home.

1 Binocular Case from Kuiu. These are fantastic. Order online at kuiu.com

1 Bow Softcase and a waterproof covering to prevent saltwater corrosion.

1 Thick/very warm synthetic jacket that is compact

1 Thick/very warm synthetic pants that are compact

2 Midweight synthetic shirts

2 Midweight synthetic pants/long johns

2-3 Lightweight synthetic long-sleeved shirts

3-4 pairs synthetic underwear - Ex Officio or Underarmour

6 or more pairs of synthetic socks

3 synthetic stocking cap/beanies, one heavy, one medium and one light

1 Camera with charger or extra batteries The Sony Cybershot with the Exmor processor works wonders. B&H Photo is a great place to buy electronics.

1 quart sized water bottle, Nalgene lexan

1 baseball cap

Earplugs

Sunglasses

Sunscreen

Lip balm

Gun wipes/cleaning kit/bore snake

Electrical tape for your gun muzzle to keep out rain/dirt Duct tape/packing tape to package up your hides/skulls/fish The following ONLY applies to the early season deer hunts in Aug./Sept.

1-Sleeeping pad - Big Agnes Insulate Q-Core Pad (long or regular).

1 Extra Large High Quality 6500 cubic inch internal frame backpack or larger. Mystery Ranchs Nice Frame NICE 6500 is a great pack for this hunt or Kuius Icon Pro 7200. Do not bring a backpack smaller than 6000 cubic inches since we will be camping up in the mountains and you are responsible for carrying bulky items.

1 Pair of sturdy, quality hiking boots. ( Meindl, Lowa, Kenetrek, Schnees) Spring bear hunters can bring these if you dont mind walking logging roads.

You do NOT need the following on these early season hunts:

Seal Line Black Canyon Boundary Portage Pack

Stockingfoot Breathable Waist High Waders

On all our hunts we highly recommend you have a full suit of NEW breathable raingear such as Kuiu or Sitka Gear in conjunction with the Helly Hansen Impertech rain gear. Most of the time we will be wearing both sets and our binoculars are between them staying dry and salt free. Even on a nice day we will be wearing raingear to keep the wind and salt spray off us.

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2016 Trip dates:

2016 Trip Dates Alaska Glacier Adventures Cost Per Person

April 18-24 Trophy Coastal Black Bear/Fishing $8500
April 27-May 3 Trophy Coastal Black Bear/Fishing $8500
May 6-12 Trophy Coastal Black Bear/Fishing $8500
May 15-21 Trophy Coastal Black Bear/Fishing $8500
May 24-30 Trophy Coastal Black Bear/Fishing $8500
June 2-8 Trophy Coastal Black Bear/Fishing $8500
June 11-17 Trophy Coastal Black Bear/Fishing $8500
June 20-23 Ocean Fishing/Sightseeing - Klawock $3500
June 27-30 Ocean Fishing/Sightseeing - Klawock $3500
July 7-10 Ocean Fishing/Sightseeing - Klawock $3500
July 14-17 Ocean Fishing/Sightseeing - Klawock $3500
July 21-25 Ocean Fishing/Sightseeing - Klawock $3500
July 28-31 Ocean Fishing/Sightseeing - Klawock $3500
Aug. 4-7 Ocean Fishing/Sightseeing - Klawock $3500
Aug. 11-14 Ocean Fishing/Sightseeing - Klawock $3500
Sept. 1-7 Trophy Coastal Black Bear/Sitka Blacktail Deer/Fishing $10000
Sept.10-17 Trophy Coastal Black Bear/Sitka Blacktail Deer/Fishing $10000
Oct. 30-Nov. 4 Trophy Rut Sitka Blacktail Deer/Fishing $6000
Nov. 7-12 Trophy Rut Sitka Blacktail Deer/Fishing $6000
Nov. 15-20 Trophy Rut Sitka Blacktail Deer/Fishing $6000
Nov. 23-28 Trophy Sitka Blacktail Deer/Seaducks/Fishing $6000
Dec.1-6 Trophy Sitka Blacktail Deer/Seaducks/River Otter/Mink/Fishing $6000
Dec. 9-14 Trophy Sitka Blacktail Deer/Seaducks/River Otter/Mink/Fishing $6000

Hunts are 1 on 1 unless other arrangements are made. All trips start and end in Klawock, AK. Non-Hunters are 1/2 price. Shrimping, Crabbing and Clam digging are available on all boat trips and depend on timing and location. Hunting prices do not include sales tax, tags, licenses or Alaska Non Resident Hunter Preservation Fund. Fishing trips are all-inclusive.

Terrain

The terrain consists of rugged mountains rising from sea level to 4000 feet with heavy spruce/ hemlock rainforest up to 2000 feet. Moderate to rigorous exertion is required for the Deer and Fall Black Bear hunts. Minor exertion is required for the Spring Black Bear, Fishing, and Seaduck trips.

Licenses and Tags Hunting License---$85 Black Bear Tag---$225 Deer Tag---$150 Fishing License---$55 Hunting/Trapping License---$250 Federal & State Duck Stamps---$20 Alaska NonResident Hunter Preservation Fund---$150 City Sales Tax--$200

Deposits and Cancellations No trips will be held without a deposit. A $1000/person deposit is required to book a fishing trip. A $2500/person deposit is required to book a hunting trip. The balance on all trips is due 90 days prior. All deposits are non-refundable. Payments can be made by check or cash only. No credit cards.

Alaska Glacier Adventures
Kurt and Trina
www.AlaskaGlacierAdventures.com

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Harvest data from Kurt Whitehead:

2006 Alaska Glacier Adventures Black Bear Harvest Data 8 Bears for 11 Hunters

Shilo Mathill April 13, 2006 7?3 Hide 20 7/16 Skull 13 years old .375 H&H/92 yds/1 shot

Shane Mathill April 14, 2006 7?8 Hide 21 Skull 11 years old .375 H&H/31 yds/2 shots
Raj Paul April 20, 2006 Wounded a Large Male .30-06/238 yds/3 shots
Richard Leader April 20, 2006 7?0 Hide 20 2/16 Skull 19 years old .375 H&H/189 yards/3 shots
Fred Clark May 5, 2006 7?1 Hide 19 5/16 Skull 9 years old .338/145 yds/2 shots
Steve Brett May 9, 2006 Wounded a Large Male .300/140 yds/1 shot
Carl Shepp May 11, 2006 7?6 Hide 20 13/16 Skull 12 years old .338/28 yds/1 shot
Ron Mace May 14, 2006 7?4 Hide 20 Skull 7 years old .375 H&H/100 yds/2 shots
Carroll Sherman May 17, 2006 7?2 Hide 20 3/16 Skull 14 years old .45-70/60 yds/1 shot
Diana Sherman May 18, 2006 6?9 Hide 18 7/8 Skull 7 years old .375H&H/133 yds/1 shot
Pam Brimer Wounded a Large Male .375 H&H/132 yds/2shots

2007 Alaska Glacier Adventures Black Bear Harvest Data 8 Bears for 11 Hunters

Don Grimes April 21, 2007 7?5 Hide 21 3/16 Skull 9 years old .375 H&H/48 yds/1 shot
Garth Hardy May 2, 2007 7?0 Hide 19 6/16 Skull 8 years old .300/131 yds/1 shot
Wynell Hardy May 3, 2007 7?8 Hide 21 9/16 Skull 12 years old .300/172 yds/1 shot
Chester Mjolness May 8, 2007 7?1 Hide 19 3/16 Skull 16 years old .375 H&H/82 yds/1 shot
Del Brady May 13-19, 2007 Stalked and turned down multiple Bears
Jason Marko May 24, 2007 7?4 Hide 21 3/16 Skull 13 years old .30-78 WBY/179 yds/1 shot
Barry Lockhart May 31, 2007 7?2 Hide 19 9/16 Skull 15 years old .35 Whelen/15 yds/2 shots
Will Strattford June 6-11, 2007 Stalked and turned down multiple Bears
Bonnie Kronberger June 13-17, 2007 Stalked and turned down multiple Bears
Hannah Lockhart June 22, 2007 7?5 Hide 20 11/16 Skull 13 years old .300/182 yds/1 shot
Calvin Conley Sept. 4, 2007 7?4 Hide 20 4/16 Skull 8 years old .338/121 yds/2 shots

2008 Alaska Glacier Adventures Black Bear Harvest Data 9 Bears for 12 Hunters

Ed Jaegles April 10-17, 2008 Stalked and turned down multiple Bears
Budd Florkiewicz April 25, 2008 7?5 Hide 21 2/16 Skull 14 years old .375 H&H/88yds/2 shots
David Moore April 30, 2008 Wounded a Large Male .338/154 yds/2 shots
Speedy Carpenter May 2, 2008 7?4 Hide 20 14/16 Skull 11 years old .375 H&H/97yds/1 shot
Larry Davis May 5, 2008 7?0 Hide 20 13/16 Skull 18 years old .375 H&H/58 yds/1 shot
Barrett Downs May 8, 2008 7?2 Hide 20 9/16 Skull 13 years old .375 H&H/32 yds/4 shots
Mike Minette May 17, 2008 7?3 Hide 21 1/16 Skull 16 years old .375 RUM/129 yds/5 shots
Alan Kirschenbaum May 22, 2008 7?0 Hide 19 Skull 9 years old .375 H&H/80 yds/1 shot
Bill Tidd May 26, 2008 6?8 Hide 16 10/16 Skull 10 years old .300 WBY/92 yds/2 shots

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Trip confirmation from Kurt Whitehead:

July 11, 2015

Dave & Rita,

Thank you for choosing to hunt with Alaska Glacier Adventures. You are scheduled to arrive in Klawock, AK on September 6. Our hunt will be from Sept. 7-13, 2015. You will depart Prince of Wales Island on Sept. 14.

You are confirmed for the following:

PRICE PER HUNTER DEPOSIT/DATE RECEIVED BALANCE DUE Fully Guided Seven Day Black Bear/Deer Hunt $9500 $4000 on 3.15.14
Klawock City Sales Tax $180
Metal Locking Black Bear Tag $225
Alaska State Hunting/Fishing Licenses $140
Alaska Non-Resident Hunting Preservation Fund $150 $8195 on 3.25.15
$8195 on 7.11.15 Total $10,195 x 2 = $20,390 $20,390- $4000-$8195 =$8195

We have received the signed liability release and hunt contracts. Thank you.

DEPOSITS & CANCELLATIONS:

No trips will be held without a deposit. A $2500/person deposit is required to book a hunting trip. All deposits/payments are non-refundable. Payments can be made by check, cashiers check or cash only.

TRAVEL:

You are responsible for all your own flights including reservations on Alaska Airlines (800.252.7522) from Seattle to Ketchikan, Alaska and from Ketchikan to Klawock, Alaska on Island Air (888.387.8989) for $135/each plus baggage (the first 40lbs are free).

We will transport you from the Klawock Airport to the hotel/B&B upon your arrival and from the hotel/B&B to the airport upon your departure.

Kurt 907.738.5000
Outfitter-Captain-Guide
kurt@AlaskaGlacierAdventures.com

Trina 907.738.5700
Captain-Assistant Guide
trina@AlaskaGlacierAdventures.com
www.AlaskaGlacierAdventures.com

ALASKA GLACIER ADVENTURES Kurt Whitehead & Trina Nation PO Box 388 Klawock, AK 99925

LODGING:

If you are staying in Ketchikan before or after your hunt, reservations can be made at the Cape Fox Lodge (907.225.8001). The Cape Fox is an excellent hotel/restaurant and is near the downtown shopping area and they provide a free shuttle to/from the airport ferry. Reservations will be made for you at a local hotel/B&B for the night you arrive on Prince of Wales and the last night of the trip. You can pay for them when you arrive. We will provide lodging during the rest of the trip, but you are responsible for your lodging on those dates.

GEAR:

Log Cabin Sporting Goods in Craig on Prince of Wales Island is the best place to buy the Bama Socks, Felt Insoles, 16 Xtratuf Insulated Boots, Atlas Rubber Gloves, and the Waterproof Commercial Fishing Gloves you will find on the Gear List. Log Cabin is well stocked and we will take you there before the hunt to get you set up with these items or you can save time and order them online prior to arriving. Many a deer has been shot because the hunter was wearing Xtratuf boots. You will learn that they are a necessity because they grip the slimy rocks.

Fish Boxes are special waxed cardboard boxes with insulated liners that usually cost about $10/box. They can be purchased in town before you depart for transporting &/or shipping of your hides, skulls, and fish.

MISCELLANEOUS:

Any expenses incurred in town before or after the trip are your responsibility. This includes lodging, alcoholic beverages, trophy/fish shipping and gratuities. Weather and unforeseen circumstances may dictate a change of plans to our normal trip of staying on the Glacier during your hunt. Unforeseen circumstances may cause us to change how we conduct our hunts. This includes staying at our waterfront lodge, day hunting via any of our watercraft, utilizing the road system, hunting via ATV/road vehicles, hunting on foot, etc.

Alaska State Law allows you to shoot/wound only ONE bear, so PRACTICE your shooting skills.

Thank you,
Kurt Whitehead

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Copy of the Hunt Contract from Kurt Whitehead:

Hunt Contract

This contract is entered into this day of March 28, 2014 by and between Dave and Rita Wagner with Kurt Whitehead dba Alaska Glacier Adventures for a guided/outfitted big game hunt.

Alaska State law requires a big game Registered/Master Guide-Outfitter to document terms and services provided to the client and document items, for which the client is responsible.

Now, therefore, in consideration in the amount of $10,195/each and in reliance on the mutual agreements contained herein, the parties agree that the following big game services will be provided by Alaska Glacier Adventures to the client.

Statement of Services

Alaska Glacier Adventures will provide a guided/outfitted big game hunt to the Client starting on September 7, 2015 and ending September 13, 2015. Total number of hunting days will be seven days. The primary big game animal to be hunted is Coastal Black Bear and Sitka Blacktail Deer. The guided hunt will take place in Guide Use Area 02-02 & 02-03 for which Master Guide-Outfitter #211 Kurt Whitehead is authorized to conduct big game services. The above Master Guide-Outfitter will be responsible for two clients in the field during this contracted guided hunt.

Client Responsible for:

Shipping of Trophy, Lodging before and after the hunt on September 6, 2015 and September 13, 2015 that AGA will reserve for you, Transportation to/from Klawock, AK.

Alaska Glacier Adventures is Responsible for:

The costs reflected below are included in the total cost of the services to be provided.

Alaska Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Black Bear Tags, Lodging during the hunt, Meals and Meal Care during the hunt, Trophy Care, Roundtrip transportation from Klawock, AK to the field, Land Use fees, Camp Equipment and Gear, Means of Emergency Communication-Sat. Phone and all Watercraft.

Deposit, Refund, Transfer, Cancellation and Policy Payment Info. can be found on websites, brochures and other documents.

Please read, understand, sign and return this hunt contract via snail mail. Thank you.

_________________________________________ Client signature_______________________________________Date
_________________________________________ Client signature_______________________________________Date
Kurt Whitehead_____________________Master Guide-Outfitter #211 ________________________________Date

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E-mail from Rita Reinhart to The Hunting Report, March 13, 2016:

Below are my final comments on my review of Alaska Glacier Adventures - Kurt Whitehead

2. Per Mr. Whiteheads comment - Daily we walked past two bear carcasses that our hunters shot the prior week; one was in plain sight that we had to step around.

a. Yes, one of the bear carcasses lying in the stream we were told was a sow from the previous week. Not far downstream from that sow was a dead cub. While we do not know if the cub was from the sow, we now question why they shot a cub.

3. Per Mr. Whiteheads comment  Out of the 12 bear hunters that have shot/wounded bears on this creek, only 2 of the bears were not killed in the last 2 hours of light and most were killed in the last 30 minutes of light.

a. Perhaps because that is the only amount of time there was to hunt.

4. Per Mr. Whiteheads comment  I elected to forgo the first nights hunting due to the tides that are necessary to access the spot we hunted from Days 2-5 and he commented needing to go slow towing 1 or 2 skiffs. 

a. We didnt anchor until 11pm. Dave and I were both in bed by that time & the skiffs were not towed they were on the Glacier.

5. Per Mr. Whiteheads comment  Rita proved during the gun sight-in that I needed to be very watchful of her

a. Because I shot a bulls-eye? Mr. Whitehead spent the whole time we were sighting in talking to a local. I have taken Hunters Safety and am ALWAYS extremely diligent to point the muzzle in a safe direction, treat every firearm with the same respect I would show a gun loaded or unloaded, be sure of my target and what is in front of and beyond my target.

6. Mr. Whiteheads comment  Our one mile hike up the creek involved at least 4 rest stops of 5 to 30 minutes.

a. I always wondered why we stopped. I wasnt out of breath or laboring, yes again, I am not graceful and Im 58 while Mr. Whitehead is 64 of course it is going to be more challenging for me to keep up to him. My husband held my hand and we supported each other which made it easier for the both of us. Quite frankly, I thought these stops were a waste of good time. I would have rather kept heading up the stream and hunt. As far as me being physically fit, if anyone would like to see my exhaustive Fitbit & Fitocracy logs please let me know. Finally, in closing; take what you can out of this review. There are definitely better ways to spend this much money on a bear/deer hunt. Whether you decide to book with Mr. Whitehead or any other outfitter I do hope you are successful and have a fantastic adventure! Thank You.



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