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Report ID: 10713 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 20, 2016 to September 27, 2016
Place of Hunt: Canada - Yukon
Hunt Area: 4

Outfitter (or safari company): Alan and Mary Young; Midnight Sun Outfitting. Box 40144; Whitehorse; Yukon; Y1A 6M8; Canada; Tel. 867-633-2885; Email:; Web
Personal Guide (if any): Alan and Logan Young
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:

Major Game Animals Taken:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Bear, Grizzly - Availability: Misrepresentation
Moose, Alaska-Yukon - Availability: Outfitter did not obtain license as promised
Game Condition Comments:

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

Hunting Fees: Grizzly/moose Amount: $27000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Yukon Amount: $500
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Outfitter Amount: $2000
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0

Problems of Hunt: Outfitter promised horseback grizzly/moose hunt for me and partner. Wanted to split us, no horses, decided no moose hunting upon our arrival
Highlights of Hunt: Two guides we were matched with, Levi and Stevie were great. Enlightened us on what was going on in operation....big problems
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? no
Why? Lied about entire hunt. Took money...did not care after money in hand. DO NOT USE THIS OUTFITTER!!! Run as fast as you can.

Hunter Name: Jim Welles
Contact Information: Tel. 505.967.6562 - NM, , , E-mail:
Hunting Experience: Extensive
Physical Condition: Good

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

I have good reason to believe this outfitter would do nothing to make this right. Found out he has a bad rep with the locals as well.Please feel free to call me about my experience. I would be happy to let you know my opinion. Can't see how this guy is in business. I have extensive experience in the outfitting business myself.

The two guides we were matched with, Levi and Stevie, were great. But the outfitter promised horseback grizzly/moose hunt for me and partner. He wanted to split us, had no horses available, and upon our arrival, he decided NO moose hunting. Basically he misrepresented or lied about the entire hunt. He took our money, then did not care after he had the money in hand. To top off the pain, we flew over a huge bull moose (we had no license) when we were shuttled into a camp that was represented to have a bear on a moose kill, only to find out that there was no bear had been on or near the kill.

My partner and I have no interest in a discounted return hunt. Logan knew there was a problem and yet never contacted me until after I filed this report. He should have taken the initiative when he first knew there was a problem. We did give Logan the opportunity to provide a refund, all or part. The response was 'Hey Jim as a policy we dont do refunds but we would be happy to make you a good deal with you guys to come back to make your hunt right.' This was to his credit no doubt. However, we have no interest in going back to the Midnight Sun camp given the way the hunt went down and what we experienced in terms of care.


Hunting Report note: We sent Alan Young a copy of Mr. Welles' report on October 13, 2016 with a request for his side of the story. When we published this report in the January 2017 issue, we had not heard back.


E-mail from Richard Bonander to The Hunting Report, January 24, 2017:

"After reading your January 2017 issue, I went to work finding an old file on a hunt I had with Alan Young. I have enclosed some documents I kept from a major complaint I had with Alan Young when he owned Ottertail River Outfitters in British Columbia (1995). I considered suing him, but I'm not sure what I would have won.

"Alan shot a 41-inch Stone sheep ram on the opening day of the season and then sent me to an area where there were no legal rams. I talked to hunters for five years prior to my hunt and found that he usually booked around 10 or 11 Stone sheep hunts but had a quota of only three rams. I suspect he worked very hard at not getting a hunter his sheep so that he could keep taking more hunters and their hunt fees. Back then the hunt cost me $11,000.

"I sent my short story to all the booking agents I knew and then had copies distributed at the Sheep Show (then called FNAWS). He sold his area in BC and then bought Rick Furnis' area and called it Midnight Sun Outfitting. As far as I am concerned, Alan is basically taking advantage of unknowing hunters. It is amazing that it has taken this long for it to surface."

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