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Report ID: 10355 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: April 14, 2015 to April 17, 2015
Place of Hunt: United States - Tennessee
Hunt Area: Monterey

Outfitter (or safari company): Wilderness Hunting Lodge. 553 Cedar Chapel Rd; Monterey; TN; Tel. 931-839-2091; Email:; Web
Personal Guide (if any): Alan Wilson
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:

Major Game Animals Taken:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Turkey - Availability: No guide. Turkey were tame turkeys that were released in a 10-20 acre fenced area.
Game Condition Comments: False advertisement of a fair chase hunt.

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

Hunting Fees: $250 deposit, $850 total Amount: $850
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: All furnished Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0

Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt:
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? no
Why? People are paying to shoot tame animals!!

Hunter Name: Glen Pollack
Contact Information: Tel. 501-766-7447 - PO Box 184 , North Little Rock , AR , E-mail:
Hunting Experience: I've hunted for 44 years.
Physical Condition: Good

IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? yes Notified Personal Guide? no Notified Booking Agent? no
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide? yes
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought? $200 fuel costs, $500 lost wages, $60 meals.

"A fence shoot is just the sale of a fabricated image to people who have neither the skill nor the inclination to obtain the real thing."

"Fair chase has been defined relative to the animal in particular, to the animal's ability to escape."

I was led to believe, through the attached brochure, that this would be a fair chase hunt. All I required was somewhere to hunt and someone who knew the land.

What was going on was a fenced hunt of tame animals, much like hunting in a chicken coop. There is no sport to this.


Brochure Copy:
Wilderness Hunting Lodge
Boar Hunting At Its Finest!
Located in the beautiful hills of Tennessee.

Guaranteed Hunts
At Wilderness hunting Lodge our hunts begin at 7:00 am. Our guides take you into a choice area, place you on a stand, stay with you or leave you alone, the choice is yours. Then the guides will bring you back to the camp for lunch and a rest period and then youll go out again in the afternoon. Dogs are used if the hunter request them. Our professional guides are always within your immediate area should need arise. Theyll help you field dress or do it for you, whoever you prefer and then bring your kill back to the camp by ATV. The choices are almost endless when choosing a hunt at Wilderness Hunting Lodge. Were confident we have the best trophy hunting available.

Wilderness Hunting Lodge
173 Norrod Lane, Monterey, TN 38574

All Hunts Include:
Lodging * 3 Day Hunt * Fully Guided * Licenses and Permits * Dogs * Field Dressing * 3 Home Cooked Meals Daily * Linens & Towels

Methods of hunting include stalking, stands and chasing with dogs.
Fair Chase year-around hunting.
Wilderness Hunting Lodge is family owned and operated.
Life Member North American Hunting Club
Member National Rifle Association
Est. 1978



Rebuttal from Alan Wilson:

This report is toward the merits of hunting inside a fence. This just like gun ownership will always be debated.

Hunting in 15-20 acres is a lie. No guide present is a lie. Poor condition of lodge is a lie. Hunting tame animals is a lie. Turkeys being released in area is a lie. Poor food is a lie. Poor condition of guide a lie. Contacted the outfitter a lie.

Mr. Pollack was scheduled for a three-day, three-night hunt with meals, guides, license, and lodging included. He was told that we could try birds on the fenced lodge property but also to expect to also be hunting outside property. We have lots of birds inside the fence but the fence is no deterrent to them. Birds gather and wonder on the property because of the grain that is put out for the wild boar. When spring gets here the birds start breaking up and moving to lower ground and nesting areas.

Mr. Pollack asked if he could hunt without getting a license and I did say we could try that first morning on the fenced area then get the license needed to hunt outside. My plan was to hunt that first morning and go out and pick up his license that afternoon. "The evening he arrived at lodge, Mr. Pollack said he wanted to see and possibly roost some birds. He and a guide drove around in a UTV but found zero turkeys that evening. Mornings are always better for us and seeing turkeys. "The guide that took him out called me that night and refused to hunt with him the next day. I've never before had a guide to refuse a client. "It didn't matter either way, as Mr. Pollack left from lodge about 7:00 am the first morning before his actual hunt began. Even though it was raining, I was out at daybreak to locate birds for him. Inside the fenced area, I crow called and got two separate birds to shock gobble. Another guide, Lynn, was at the lodge to fix breakfast and get hunters ready to go out. Breakfast is over by 7:30 and that's when I made it to lodge. By that time, Mr. Pollock had already left. The only thing he said to Lynn was that his contract stated he would have a guide at 7:00am. At 7:03 he told Lynn contract was broken and he was heading back to Arkansas. "We run about 80% success on turkey hunts and it's no kill no pay. This past spring we were charging $725 and that included a non resident license. I deal with clients in some way or another 365 days a year and have done so for 36 years. Most are great, with an occasional tough one thrown in. I have never had a client like Mr. Pollack and pray that I never will again. Wilson also disputes the poor rating for his lodging, meals and services and sent us a number of photos to prove his point.

Re-rebuttal from Pollack

As to the question of the hunting license, a Major C. J. Jaynes with the Tennessee Wildlife Department ( phone number 423-763-8098 ) informed me that no hunting licenses or permits are required by the Tennessee Wildlife Department because all farm raised animals such as hogs, turkey, and the numerous other game animals housed there do not fall under licensing requirements for harvest. Mr. Wilson must, however keep records of all animals harvested by hunters and submit this to the Tennessee Wildlife Department. Also Major Jaynes stated that Wilderness Hunting Lodge has tame turkeys registered with them for harvest purposes.

Regarding Mr. Wilsons comment about the guide, I found the man to be very pleasant and cordial. I was unaware as to the reason the guide would have requested not to hunt with me. I would have liked to have had a statement from the guide directly rather than Mr. Wilsons.

Mr. Wilsons own rebuttal clearly says that he showed up at the lodge at 7:30. The brochure that is attached clearly states under guaranteed hunts At Wilderness Hunting Lodge our hunts begin at 7:00 am. As most turkey hunters know, prime time is fly down and 1 hour after. In the last paragraph of Mr. Wilsons rebuttal, he states We run about 80% success on turkey hunts and its no kill, no pay. I had no guide at 8:00 am and I paid a $250 deposit.

Also for the record, under all hunts included in the brochure, Mr. Wilson stated that Wilderness Hunting Lodge offers fair chase hunting year round. I believe Mr. Wilson should be educated on the definition of fair chase hunt.

Fair chase hunts are defined as the animal having an ability to escape. What was offered was a fenced hunt somewhat like hunting in a chicken coop. This is the type of experience that lends fuel to those opposed to hunting in general.

Hearkening to the recent incident regarding Cecil the Lion.

All I required and expected was somewhere to hunt and the direction of someone who knew the land. I would not even recommend this as a beginner hunt for a child. There is simply no sport in it. Buyer beware. Pretty pictures and flashy brochures can be very misleading and can ruin great expectations.


Glen Pollack

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