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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 (or safari company): Kurt Whitehead; Alaska Glacier Adventures. PO Box 388; Klawock; AK; 99925; Tel. 907-738-5000; Email:; Web
Personal Guide (if any): Kurt Whitehead
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:

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:

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

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 Name: Rita Reinhart
Contact Information: Tel. 612-423-5081 - 3921 Damon Court, , , E-mail:
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?

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:


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!


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.


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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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:


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.


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 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

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




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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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

Trina 907.738.5700
Captain-Assistant Guide

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


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.


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.


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


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


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.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Alaska Glacier Adventures Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

Report ID: 9171 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 6, 2013 to May 13, 2013
Place of Hunt: United States - Alaska
Hunt Area: Prince of Wales Island

Outfitter (or safari company): Kurt Whitehead; Alaska Glacier Adventures. PO Box 388; Klawock; AK; 99925; Tel. 907-738-5000; Email:; Web
Personal Guide (if any): Kurt Whitehead and Trina Nation
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:

Major Game Animals Taken: Bear, Black - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Record book
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Excellent -- very few bears were rubbed.

SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: American, Alaska Island Air Airline Service: Fair
Airline Comments: American Airlines made us claim our rifles in Seattle, then re-check them on Alaska Airlines

Hunting Fees: Amount: $6500
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $500
Commercial Airfares: Booked with miles Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Island Air Express Amount: $270
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0

Problems of Hunt: None
Highlights of Hunt: We four friends all got bears. One was B & C All-Time at 21 4/16" and two more will make B & C Awards.
Equipment Recommendations: The best rain gear you can afford. Stainless rifle with synthetic stock.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Prince of Wales produces record book bears and Kurt and Trina can find them.

Hunter Name: Dave Baxter
Contact Information: Tel. 903-581-2131 - 15130 CR 1261, Flint, TX 75762 E-mail:
Hunting Experience: 45-plus years
Physical Condition: Very good

IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Alaska Glacier Adventures Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

Report ID: 8042 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: November 5, 2010 to November 12, 2010
Place of Hunt: United States - Alaska
Hunt Area: SW prince of Wales Island

Outfitter (or safari company): Kurt Whitehead; Alaska Glacier Adventures. PO Box 388; Klawock; AK; 99925; Tel. 907-738-5000; Email:; Web
Personal Guide (if any): Kurt Whitehead/ Trina
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:

Major Game Animals Taken: Deer, Blacktail - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Average 2X#
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments:

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

Hunting Fees: Amount: $3800
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0

Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: A really fun hunt. Stayed on a boat. Hunted deer on skiffs and had fantastic sea duck hunting, crabbing, and shrimping.
Equipment Recommendations: Helly Hanson rain gear, bikini scopes for rifle, gun cleaning kit and ultra-tuff boots.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? The pace was excellent. We saw lots of deer(although not any big deer) the duck hunting was fantastic. The fresh seafood, shrimp and crab was awsome!!! These guys are excellent hunters and very saftey conscious. The boat takes some getting used to but after a while everyone gets along fine!

Hunter Name: Greg Schubert
Contact Information: Tel. 678-463-3614 - 311 Anders Path, Marietta, GA 30064 E-mail:
Hunting Experience: Not enough
Physical Condition: Good

IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Alaska Glacier Adventures Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

Report ID: 7043 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 31, 2008 to September 10, 2008
Place of Hunt: United States - Alaska
Hunt Area: Ketchikan and Misty Fjords

Outfitter (or safari company): Kurt Whitehead; Alaska Glacier Adventures. PO Box 388; Klawock; AK; 99925; Tel. 907-738-5000; Email:; Web
Personal Guide (if any): Kurt Whitehead
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:

Major Game Animals Taken: Goat - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Wolverine - Availability: Secondary consideration.
Game Condition Comments: Condition of the goats were excellent. The billies were large in body and horn size and nannies and kids were plentiful. Overall appeared to be a healthy population.

SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Alaska Airlines Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: A reasonably pleasant experience. No issues. A superlative is given for allowing me to carry my horns on the plane.

Hunting Fees: Amount: $8000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $500
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1500
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $1000
Total: $0

Problems of Hunt: Incredibly tough terrain. Its doubtful that anyone living east of the Mississipi (including the Appalachian chain, of which I'm a native) could duplicate the terrain for the purposes of training. Additionally, this is a backpack hunt. You need to be able to carry at least 45 pounds on your back over the steepest possible terrain.
Highlights of Hunt: An all-time Boone and Crockett head that green scores 54-0/8. Not only that, but the satisfaction that comes from conquering the physical challenge.
Equipment Recommendations: Buy precisely those items on Kurt's list. He knows exactly what works and what doesn't.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? I highly recommend Kurt Whitehead as an outfitter. I would only recommend this hunt to someone willing to commit to the arduous physical training required to be successful. This is not only difficult but dangerous country.

Hunter Name: Dr. L. Mark DeLong
Contact Information: Tel. 270-844-0683 - 9720 Tillman Bethel Rd., Henderson, KY 42420 E-mail:
Hunting Experience: It was an exceptional experience. Kurt is the hardest working and is one of the most knowledgable guides I've ever seen. Kurt hunts not only difficult, but dangerous country. He will put you in places that you may be very uncomfortable going, but he will only do so if he believes it is possible. He will explain to you what you need to do to stay safe and will give you options if things become dicey. Kurt also expects you to work. This is not for the hunter that wants everything done for him. Think of this as a partnership with your guide.
Physical Condition: I thought I was in excellent shape when I started. I worked very hard lifting weights, running and backpacking for 9 months prior to this hunt. After a 6 hour assault on a 3000 ft mountain that encompassed only a half mile linear distance, I knew I wasn't in anywhere near the shape I would have liked to have been. Having said that, I was in adequate enough shape to be successful and pack in my own gear and pack out my hide and head.

IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?

The following is a synopsis (albeit a very long synopsis) of an account of this hunt written by me to be published in the 2009 West Virginia Trophy Hunters' Hunting and Fishing Show(SM) Annual. Permission to use is granted. Let there be no doubt, Kurt is a fine outfitter and I had the time of my life. "We're gonna do what?" I asked Kurt in an incredulous tone. "We're going to climb that mountain behind you", he replied. I immediately laughed. Kurt Whitehead, my outfitter and guide, has pulled my leg for the last couple of days. It's nearly 3000 feet of rock and ice. He's kidding. Don't see how we can do that, I thought. After being fogged in for a couple of days, we began our ascent of the mountain. Yes, that mountain. I m weighed down with about 45 pounds of gear. After climbing the first 500 feet, it occurred to me that neither was I as ready as I wanted, but it was doubtful I could have ever prepared for the onslaught of ice, boulders, waterfalls and glass-slick vegetation. Not only that, but I had to learn some basic mountaineering skills and fast, otherwise if I slid the wrong way down an ice field, I could be maimed or killed. At 1000 feet, I donned crampons. Kurt then instructed me on how to use my ice axe to stop myself in an emergency. As he explained, I was the only one that could stop myself if I slid. Three hours and 1500 feet later, we cleared the ice and began our trek up an avalanche chute. At one point, Kurt determined that we would have to cross a place he deemed too dangerous. I was dejected to learn that we had to descend about 300 feet and find another way. The other way was not terribly easy either. We roped ourselves up and across an eight foot boulder. The path ahead, while treacherous and, perhaps even steeper, could now be seen by even a greenhorn like me. Even though my legs and lungs burned and I was dripping in sweat, I found some solace that we could press forward. After six hours, and nearly 3000 vertical feet, we reached a low, snow covered pass. We had traveled all of about a half mile as the crow flies from base camp. We stopped just on the summit and enjoyed the coolness of the ice. It provided a respite from our labors, and just as importantly, some protection from the swarms of black flies. We quickly ate lunch and Kurt matter-of-factly explained some rules. You have to be careful how you take your pack off and on. You bought the best pack on the market, but it can stand only so much and you're careless with the straps. If it breaks, your hunt is over. As for your shooting, if I think that you even clip a toe on a goat, your hunt is over. A wounded goat never lives in this country. Kurt had admonished me once before on how I was treating my pack and I knew he was right. As for my shooting, I had shot literally thousands of rounds through this gun on both targets and game. I intended on letting my shooting speak for itself. Kurt, knowing his words were correct, yet sensing his tone was a bit too severe, added, "You did really well on the climb up. A lot of guys would have never made it. Just be careful and you ll do fine." With that, we ran the ridge for about a quarter of a mile and found a nice spot for our spike camp. We dropped our packs and began glassing. In a matter of minutes, we spotted a herd of 10 goats. It was dominated by nannies, kids and two and a half year old billies. We eased on down the mountain. Kurt with a light pack and his Swarovski spotting scope and me, with rifle, binoculars and camera. We continued to glass and Kurt suddenly hissed, "Swing your gun over you shoulder and follow me.: We descended down a gently sloping rock face for about 300 feet. I was in the process of retrieving my binoculars, when Kurt said, "Leave them alone and get behind me." Another 200 feet down and 300 yards across, it's obvious to the naked eye that there was one very large goat across the valley and on a ledge. Kurt put his spotting scope on him and asked me to look. "What do you think? ", he asked. I had studied goat pictures for the past two years. He was big. His bases were bigger than his eyes and his horns were much longer, perhaps even twice longer, than his ears. It was the first day of hunting, but I had no doubts. "He looks good to me. What do you think, Kurt? Kurt replied, "I think you should take him. He's 264 yards and I don t think we can get any closer. Do you think you can make that shot?" Yes. With that, I witnessed one of the more remarkable things I have ever experienced. Kurt laid out his pack and cleared vegetation. He asked me to hand him my spare ammunition. He then told me to get into a comfortable prone position across his pack. Kurt looked it over and told me that I had more than enough room to move my legs around to square up to the shot. I was comfortable, but, I thought, it wasn t a bad idea. He then asked me to open the bolt, but not chamber the first cartridge in the magazine. Instead, he dropped a fresh round directly onto the feed rails for me. This probably took three minutes, but it allowed me to focus on the shot and to lose a bit of adrenaline that might make me rush. I settled in and now the goat was directly facing me. "I don t have a shot", I said to Kurt. Kurt is now the excited one. Why not? , Kurt hurriedly asked. "He's facing me. He looks like he'll turn", I said. Perhaps 10 seconds later, the goat turned and I m as steady as if I were on the bench. I hesitated for just a second to play the shot out in my mind. I clicked the safety off and said, "I m going to take him." "Anytime," Kurt replied. I heard the roar of the rifle and, simultaneous to the unmistakable sound of bullet striking flesh, I saw the goat hump up at the shoulders. Hit him again! , Kurt said as nearly a single word. I worked the bolt and before I could close it, I saw the goat fall backwards and disappear into the brush a few feet below. I heard Kurt remark, "I've never seen one go down that fast before. You smoked him! Wait here until I can get to him. If he gets up, hit him again." Nearly 30 minutes pass as Kurt must descend 300 feet, climb 200 feet, then descend another 300 feet. From across the valley, I heard these words, "Six and a half year old. All-time Boone and Crockett record." It's now getting dark. Kurt yelled for me to meet him at spike camp. Cold cheese, cold sausage, cold bagels and hot coffee never tasted so good. That night Kurt told me that we would have a rough descent, followed by a dangerous climb, then another rough descent to retrieve my goat. "Can I make it?", I asked. "Yes you can.", he replied. Nearly an hour after we left spike camp the next morning, Kurt said something to me that I will never forget. We re standing on a narrow ledge; the dangerous part of the climb. "There's no place to rope you off. If you fall here, you'll die. Do you want to go on?" Now, I m thinking, No, not really, but my goat is over there. And, remember, you paid for this. What I said was, "Yes, I m going." We take pictures for over an hour (Kurt is an outstanding photographer and when he gets too old to goat hunt, this could easily be his second career). Skinning and butchering took another hour. Kurt carried over 100 pounds of boned-out meat and I carried nearly 60 pounds of hide and head. The weight made the trip across the narrow ledge even more exciting. We returned to spike camp at dark. The following day, we pack even more weight onto our backs and head back to base camp. The trip down is anticlimactic.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Alaska Glacier Adventures Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

Report ID: 5133 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 17, 2005 to August 29, 2005
Place of Hunt: United States - Alaska
Hunt Area: Sitka

Outfitter (or safari company): Kurt Whitehead; Alaska Glacier Adventures. PO Box 388; Klawock; AK; 99925; Tel. 907-738-5000; Email:; Web
Personal Guide (if any): Kurt Whitehead
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:

Major Game Animals Taken:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Goat - Availability: Rocky mountain goat. Lack of pre-scouting by outfitter. We entered an area that had been hunted by another outfitter very recent.
Game Condition Comments: Due to the outfitters lack of pre-scouting we entered an area that we had to pack for three days before we ever saw a goat.

SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Poor Guide/PH Ability: Poor
Condition of Camp: Poor Condition of Equipment: Poor
Quality of Food: Poor Trophy Care: Poor
Name of Airline: Alaska Airlines Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: They are hard on extra baggage and weight.

Hunting Fees: Amount: $7200
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $600
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $500
Charter Airfares: Amount: $800
Other Costs: Hotel. Amount: $0
Total: $0

Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Unprofessional in every way. Left us at the airport on our arrival, lied to us about departing on the float plane and finally admitted after two days of asking why we can't fly out to the hunting area that he was not ready ( In any way )he had been busy fishing and had not had time to gather all his gear. His gear was what you could purchase at a family outdoor store. He had a bad attuide the whole hunt being rude to myself and my hunting partner. When I finally got to a goat he made it sound like it was a world record goat untill I was about to shoot. He also insisted that I aim too low for the shot which I did and missed the goat. When he went down to check for blood he came up and said it was a "Clean Miss" and we started back to spike camp. About thirty minuted later he said he was going back down to re-check. When he returned about an hour later he said he found blood, or he "Thought it was Blood" and we had no more conversation about it as he walked much faster than I. He then told me to return to base camp with the packer where I was left for three full days by myself. He finall returned on the last evening of my hunt and said he was sorry but we ran out of time. My hunting buddy had killed a goat so the hunt was still not a total loss regardless of how things had gone so far. On departing Alaska he wanted me to pay an extra $ 3000.00 for the goat I missed (or Hit) or whatever. Of course we had a long discussion and agreed to spling the $ 3000.00 and I paid him $ 1500.00 instead. I received a letter from him some two weeks later saying he was sorry about the misunderstanding and that I could come back next year at cost. Even though I would not do that I felt we both learned from the experience. Some two weeks later we received another letter stating he wanted another $ 3000.00 if we ever wanted to the the goat hide of my buddy. He was rude in the letter and just being cocky because he had all the money $ 10,100.00 and the goat hide. At this time I have mailed him another $ 3,000.00 just to get the hide back. He sold us this hunt based on six days hunting and two days fishing / black tail hunting. I never fished or hunted for blacktail. Hunters BEWARE of this rookie. If you look him up, this is Mr. Whiteheads first year in business after leaving another two outfitters in the last five years.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? No
Why? This guy is a rookie guide.

Hunter Name: Adolfo Gutierrez
Contact Information: Tel. 281-469-0643 - 28517 Joseph Road E-mail:
Hunting Experience: All my life, all over North and South America.
Physical Condition: Good to average.

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? Yes
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought? I have complained to the Alaksa Professional Hunters Association only to find out they are friends and regressed my outcome with Mr. Whitehead. After they tipped him off that I was filing a complaint he got even cockier and stated if we wanted to fight we had one. He also stated we would never see the goat hide again. I have contacted an Attorney in Sitka to handle recouping the monies payed to Mr. Whitehead.

There are too many experienced and well recommended guides in Alaska to risk your hunt with this rookie. He is also in poor financial condition which is why I feel we could not fly out as planned (He didn't have the $800.00 to pay the charter). All he could talk about how broke he was because he purchased a new $ 165 K boat. Just don't book a hunt with this guy or you will be sorry. I have written correspondence to back up my report if anybody requires it.

Rebuttal from Kurt Whitehead of Glacier Adventures

Adolfo came to my booth at the Houston Safari club Convention and booked a goat hunt for the fall of 2005. I told him the earlier hunts are the easiest because of the weather and long daylight hours. He asked very few questions and left a deposit. I later sent a contract (enclosed) and liability waiver (enclosed) that he and his cousin John Gustainus signed and sent back. The hunt was a two on one goat hunt. I sent the exact contract (enclosed) to John at the same time in April I believe. It plainly states the balance of the hunt was to be paid 60 days prior. It was not and I did not ask for it either. I did not ask for the balance of the hunt prior to the hunt either. Big mistake. It also plainly states "the hunt for the first goat ends when/if you would the animal and we cannot recover it. You will be assessed the trophy fee for the second goat when the goat is wounded even if we do not recover it so practice your shooting skills."

It was understood that Adolfo got the first shot opportunity and then it was John's turn. It was also understood that the hunt was for six full hunting days and if the weather, the air taxi and my schedule allowed we would fly in early and we could get a few extra hunting days at no charge other than to pay for the air taxi bill. The first of the six hunting days started on the 21st, they flew in at 10:59 pm on the 18th. The 19th we were on schedule to fly out but the weather did not cooperate to fly into the 1000'+ lake as it was foggy and cloudy at that level even though it was nice at sea level. They could not believe this. My pilot has 45 years of bush flying experience and when he says we aren't flying that is final, no questions asked. Instead we rechecked the zero on the rifles at the gun range and loaded up on my boat for a late afternoon run to the shrimp boats which we pulled and got about 2 gallons of Alaska Spot Prawns.

The following day on the 20th we flew to the lake in the afternoon at 4pm and even if we had flown earlier that day, we couldn't hunt the same day. We pitched a "bomb shelter" tent which is a 9 foot by 9 foot tent complete with cots, air mattresses and a propane heater for Adolfo and John. My packer and I stayed in a backpack tent (North Face) 15 feet away and we also erected two large tarps covering their tent and the cooking area to help keep the rain out.

The cooking area had a folding table, four folding chairs, Coleman stove, Coleman lantern, propane heater, Tons of food, including the fresh caught prawns from the day before, about 3 lbs of fresh Dungeness crab, fresh frozen salmon, halibut, lingcod, rockfish, eggs, bacon, bread, milk, potatoes, onions, carrots, lettuce, apples, oranges and about 80 pound of assorted canned and whole food. I also had multiple freeze-dried food packs and high energy food to eat when we spiked out.

The next day on the 21st we walked a total of 1.2 miles to a spike camp right near the goats we had spotted from the plane as we flew in. There were three different groups of goats (about 18 total) we could've hunted that we spotted from the plane as we flew in.

The 22nd we hiked a total of 1.5 miles from the spike camp directly above a group of 12 goats. During this hike I was very concerned for Adolfo's safety as his foot placement was very poor and he continually slipped and tripped. It was a steep mountain as are most every goat mountain and he had very little weight on his back other than about 15 pounds of emergency gear, radios, satellite phone, cameras, optics, etc. John, the second hunter had about 35 pounds of the same gear and his rifle. I asked Adolfo 2-3 times if he was comfortable with what we were doing as I was very concerned about him falling. I stressed that he needed to follow my tracks and watch were I was going then take the same path. Somewhere along this hike I was scared for his safety and instead of "sugarcoating" the situation I was a bit rough around the edges for Adolfo. My exact words were something along the lines of:

"Adolfo, are you comfortable with this? Because you are flopping around so much and not following in my tracks that I am worried you are going to slip and fall. If this happens you will very likely not stop and could die so you better be sure of your foot placement and follow in my tracks dammit. I am following the game trails the goats make and you keep walking above it or below it for some reason. Don't do that as the game trail is the best path."

He didn't like that much and his cousin later confided this was my only mistake of the entire hunt. I "pissed him off". All of Adolfo's hollow complaints to you Don are a result of 3 or 4 sentences to Adolfo about me worrying over his safety.

This is the basis of his complaint.

I tried to talk Adolfo out of shooting the biggest billy in the bunch as he was only about 8 ½ inches in horn and an average goat (with my Swarovski spotting scope). We contemplated shooting it for about 45 minutes and in the meantime, my packer noticed two massive bodied billies across the valley. I told Adolfo I thought we ought to go back to the spike camp, spend the night and the next day go after those two goats. I could not talk Adolfo out of passing on the goat with his exact words being "I hate to walk away from a representative animal." The truth was he was tired and did not want to give the extra effort to get a true trophy. Fair enough, I did not push him as I knew he did not come in shape and it was very apparent he did very little exercising to prepare for the hunt as he was about 50 pounds overweight.

We got 374 yards from the goat (with my Leica rangefinder) and talked about the shot for another 45 minutes. Adolfo had lots of time as we could not get any closer and they had no idea we were there. I talked to him about the shot and suggested he aim at the very bottom of the goat since it was such a steep angle and further explained how gravity affects the bullets trajectory only on a horizontal plane so he should aim like it was 200 yards not 374 yards was we were only about 200 yards from the goat in a horizontal distance and directly above it. In no way did I pressure him to take the shot and even suggested for about the fourth time we leave it and try for the big ones across the valley. I videotaped his shot opportunity and was looking through my spotting scope trying to call the shot for him. His first shot was a clean miss-high. He was stunned and I pulled my eye away from the scope to tell him to "shoot again". His second shot blew hair all over and was high in the back according to his cousin John and my packer Justin. I did not see the second shot since I was telling him to shoot again as he was slow to fire. I did see his third shot hit the dirt about 3-4 feet behind the goat and John also fired once as the goat was in high gear and running. We immediately gave chase an I took Adolfo's rifle and was off to try and see where it went as he was now out of sight. About 15 minutes later my packer and I still had not seen the goat but met up with John and Adolfo and I told him the first shot was a clean miss was well as the third and fourth shots. His cousin and my packer both said the second shot hit him high and too far back. I then went down to were the goat was standing and verified it was hit by spotting blood splattered on a big rock which I did not want to bring back to them as it weighed about 10 pounds. I then spent about one hour tracking the goat and followed it to a very steep cliff face covered in Alders. I looked and looked and would not have gone out on the cliff face as it was life threatening. The goat gave me every indication it was a non-mortal wound and the two witnesses confirmed this. We were tired and very little talking was done on the trudge back to spike camp or over dinner that evening as we were played out.

The morning of the 23rd after breakfast, we all talked about our options and Adolfo's body language gave us every indication he was done for awhile. When given the opportunity to come with John and I to the other valley, as it was fully agrees it was not John's shooting opportunity, Adolfo declined and we all agreed the best plane would be for him to go back to the shrimp, crab, fish, etc, at base camp, hunt deer behind camp and rest up. Then after we got Johns goat down he could have another chance, since it appeared to be a non-mortal wound and it was pointless to try and blood trail a very healthy goat on the side of a treacherous, brush infested cliff, risking our necks. My packer, Justin escorted Adolfo back to base camp and spent the night with him then the next morning he took off back to our spike camp. That night he confided to Justin he had a great time and was in very high spirits and felt very bad about muffing the shot. In the meantime, John and I didn't go anywhere as there was thick fog.

The morning of the 24th there was again thick fog and finally in the afternoon it broke just as Justin arrived with more food so we took off to the next valley and made a spike camp in the bottom and went to be watching 5 big billies above us.

The morning of the 25th we stalked to within 250 yards of an 11 ½ year old 9 foot ½ inch billy that weighed in excess of 300 pounds. It had 94 pounds of pure boned out meat and 64 pounds of hide and skull on my certified scale back in town. We killed it, butchered it, broke camp and packed all the way back to Adolfo and base camp in that same day.

The morning of the 26th, which was the last day of their hunt, I told Adolfo it was unrealistic to go for a goat as there weren't any within a feasible one day striking distance and he fully agreed. I did however give him the opportunity to go if he wanted. They then asked if they could get flown out early so I called the air taxi on my satellite phone and he whisked them to town.

That evening I informed them of the costs due which were the same costs as stated in the contract and Adolfo stepped in to pitch a fit stating he didn't think he owed the trophy fee since they only ended up with one goat? I was shocked that he would think this and unfortunately lost my cool. I later met him at his B&B and we talked and argued for about two hours. I was finally beaten down so much I agreed to let them walk without paying the trophy fee. I talked to all my following clients about this and 3 fellow guides and many friends. I decided not to give in to their strong arm business tactics and requested they send the trophy fee if they wanted the goat hide as originally agreed. I then wrote John a letter (enclosed) and Adolfo a letter (enclosed) and had more conversations and emails regarding the matter. It was finally agreed John would pay me $2,435 for the goat hide. I still have the goat hide and horns in my possession and they are fully taken care of, fleshed, salted, etc. and am waiting for the hide to fully dry before I ship it as it was stored in my freezer during the remainder of the goat/deer season.

I have full support from APHA executive director Robert Fithian on this matter and have also enclosed the contact info. Of all the other goat hunters and my packer and even a CD of photos from my goat hunts and camps from the last two years.

I worked for Jim Boyce the previous five years as well as Brad Dennison, Dale Adams, Butch King for seven seasons, Rob Jones, Bob Hannon and have been guiding full time the last 11 years.

For the record, Adolfo had his shot opportunity on the second day of the hunt and flubbed the shot three times. He also saw about 18 goats total in one day. Not bad for an outfitter that did "no pre-scouting" is it. We did fly the area with the plane prior to landing and had three different groups of goats located.

There was another outfitter that hunted out of the same lake on August 1st and took one goat three weeks earlier.

The reason we didn't fly on the 19th had nothing to do with the payment and I have never had a problem paying my bills. The actual cost of the air taxi was $1,200 and their name and number is Sitka Air, pilot is Ken Bellows, number is 907-747-7920 if you want his comment. When Ken says we don't fly, you don't argue with a pilot that has over 35,000 hours.

The agreement is we would hunt early if possible and if that happened they would pay the air taxi bill as my time would be free.

My boat cost $250,000 not 165K as Adolfo stated.

I am by no means in poor financial condition as Adolfo stated and I pay all my bills and my bank is ALPS Credit Union and Wells Fargo in Sitka if you want their comments.

We packed into a spike camp one day not "three" that took my packer exactly one hour 45 minutes to cover 1.2 miles.

My gear is all top quality equipment as the base camp tent he stayed in retails for $900 and is a "bomb shelter" and can be purchases at Barney's in Anchorage. My spike camp tents are all North Face and Mountain Hardware and average $450 per tent. The Coleman stove and lantern are hunting camp fixtures worldwide and the compact table and chairs are the best I can do on a fly in hunt. Sorry they aren't wooden rocking chairs.

I was only rude when Adolfo was very close to falling off the mountain as he would not listen to my advice to follow my path. This was only done as a last resort to keep him from dying and in fact I was not very rude at all but rather driving my point home to fellow that refused to follow important advice.

I, in fact, tried to talk him out of shooting the goat for about two hours but Adolfo did not want to go after something bigger and plainly stated several times he "hated to walk away from a representative animal."

The first shot was definitely too high, not "too low" as I was watching through a 60x Swarovski spotting scope at 374 yards.

Adolfo was left in base camp for two days not three to hunt deer (which he saw several) and dined like a king on all the food I supplied because he was to whipped to come with us.

I did not return on the last evening of the hunt, but the second to last evening and stated, "I am willing to go hunt for another goat with you but don't think it is feasible to do it in one day but will try if you want."

He did go fishing for shrimp and also hunted deer out of the base camp for two full days.

Every complaint Adolfo has is illegitimate and full of holes. He is upset because he flubbed his shot opportunity, because his cousin killed a stud billy and he didn't, and the outfitter was too stern with him on the mountain because he was endangering his own life.

I urge you all to check the long list of references, call the packer Justin Holman, the other hunter, his cousin John Gustainus and the pilot Ken Bellow if you want the truth, not the fictional complaint made up by Adolfo Gutierrez.

Contract sent prior to hunt

Thank you for choosing to hunt with Glacier Adventures. You are scheduled to arrive in Sitka, AK on August 17th or 18th and our hunt will be from August 19-26, 2005 and departing on August 21st. The extra days of hunting (Aug 19-20th) are only applicable if you pay for the total air taxi flight bill for your hunt of approximately $800. Otherwise we can go with the original dates of Aug 21-26th. I have you confirmed for the following:

1 X 2 fully guided goat hunt...........................$7200 Trophy fee for second goat.............................$3000 Non-hunter rate..........................................$200/day Sitka sales tax....................................$60/person Goat locking tag.................................. $300 each Alaska state hunting license........................$85 each Alaska fishing license.......$10-65 depending on number of days and species targeted etc.

The hunt for the first goat ends when/if you would the animal and we cannot recover it. You will be assessed the trophy fee for the second goat when the goat is wounded even if we do not recover it so practice your shooting skills.

You are responsible for your own reservations on Alaska Airlines (800-252-7522) from Seattle to Sitka, AK. Fish boxes are special waxed cardboard boxes with insulated liners that usually run about $10/box and can be purchased in Sitka prior to departure for the storage of hides/fish/skulls etc. Any expenses occurred in Sitka before or after the hunt are your responsibility.

I will send you receipts as I receive payments and I also need you and the other clients to understand the risks involved with this type of hunt and have every client sign and return the waivers.

Letter sent 9-28-05

Just got out of the hills from the last hunt and it was a marathon as the weather set in but still got a 74 year old, 30 pound overweight, smoker a good goat on the first hunting day and the second hunter a 9 3/8 inch billy on his first hunting day even though it took five days for the storm to abate and get the first goat mopped up. I was 7 for 7 on shooting opportunities and 6 for 7 for killing and recovering them. Every hunter left happy other than Adolfo which leads me to believe it was just as I first though. Since he missed the shot and didn't kill his goat then it must be something the outfitter did even though you guys had the best camp, best food, etc. If Adolfo would have killed his goat then he would have been singing praises from every rooftop. Funny how that works isn't it. "Yeah I shot my goat then I went back to a very comfortable base camp the very next day, ate crab, shrimp, king salmon, rockfish, hunted deer and rested up while poor John had to stay three more nights in a pup tent eating freeze dry food. Ha Ha "Easy to imagine that outcome isn't it. "Yeah he was really concerned for my safety almost to the point of overkill." I stayed from where I shot goat, he fetched it and we hightailed it back to camp the same day, didn't have to spend the night on the mountains. Ha Ha Great hunt you should go."

I guess what I am getting at is it is so easy to see how the tables can get turned. If Adolfo would've made his shot I'd be the hero. Instead you guys are throwing egg on my face. I have had lots of time to reflect on it. I talked with length about it with all my other clients and guide friends and without any urging they all said the same thing. "Well shoot Kurt that's easy. It's right there in black and white in the contract. "...The first hunt ends when the first goat is shot or wounded even if it is unrecoverable." John still owes you $3000 for the goat hide and horns because he shot another goat."

Well, after much consideration and looking at it from both sides and talking to lots of people, I just can't for the life of me see where you guys have a leg to stand on for not paying the trophy fee. I did everything I said I would do and then some. The extra days were very plainly spelled out to be just that. Freebies if it happened. Fishing and duck hunting were freebies if it happened. The only thing I guarantee to provide was the goat hunt. You guys both knew that and you had a great hunt and got the best goat of the year (the second best was a 9 ½ year old monster with horns that were 9 ¼ inches and very heavily broomed off to 3/8 inch at the tips. A legit 10 + inch monster as well.) You got a great trophy video, photos etc. for $4200 which may I remind you is a savings of $3000. Right now you are trying to get the hunt for $1200 which I just can't let happen.

I had a great time with you and would love to hunt with you again, but I can't take a hit like that and let you guys get away with it. Adolfo knew full well the deal and that is one reason I spelled it out so clearly on paper. I am enclosing another copy of the contract that I sent Both of you very early on and you had lots of time to clarify things if you didn't understand and Adolfo had lots of opportunities to clarify things and speak up during the hunt and especially the morning he left for base camp when he was so tired and weary, we all knew he needed a few days off to recuperate and he wanted to say so but couldn't admit it so I made it easy for him and said after asking him several times what he wanted to do and not getting anywhere and his body language was implying he needed to rest "...Adolfo if it were my decision you should go back to base camp for a while, rest up and eat all that good food and hopefully we will be back for you in 1-2 days then we can continue your hunt." "That sounds good to me Kurt" Adolfo immediately chimed in. Can I do anything if thick fog rolled in for two days? Hmmmm. If he had a problem it should've been addressed immediately while I could do something about it not after the hunt was over. And I sure can't do anything because we lost two days to thick foggy weather.

If Adolfo wants I have extended the offer he can come back for a very reduced fee and pay the trophy fee when he shoots something. I already sent him a letter confirming this. Trophy fees are nothing new to you guys at all. All of Africa works this way. You two were just beating up on a farm kid that is not nearly the "businessman" that you two are. Your good guy, bad guy routine and all your running behind closed doors to strategize, you should save for your "business" deals, not a straight up, say it like it is, hard-working, grunt like me that doesn't have a pot to piss in and is in debt up to his eyeballs.

You two ought to be ashamed of yourselves for beating me up like that after I did everything I could for you guys and gave you 120 percent and gave Adolfo every option to stay with us that morning and go to the next valley. Not my fault he missed a slam dunk opportunity to kill a nice billy of which I tried to talk him out of anyway. He all but said "Hell no, we aren't passing up this opportunity."

He knows if you know and I know it, It is not my fault at all and you two had a great hunt. Alaska does not lend itself to having 12 workers waiting on you, your clothes pressed, hot meals every time and soft bunks. So that gibberish Adolfo was talking about me not doing this that and the other holds no weight. I conducted a first class hunt. You seemed to have nothing but great things to say about the same hunt so how can there be two vastly different opinions. Hmmmm.

Like you said my one mistake is I didn't sugarcoat how dangerous it was on the side of the mountain when it got steep. Well, I likely saved his neck from a nasty fall, especially given how he was flooping around up there, not putting his feet were I asked him several times and slipping and sliding and generally scaring the crap out of me.

So in putting this matter to bed once an for all I will send your goat hide and horns and video of he hunt, you already have the photos, and the exact ice axe you want for $3135 plus you pay for the shipping via Fed Ex to your doorstep from Sitka. The replacement cost on the ice axes are $100 and the shipping to get them to Sitka is $35. If you want your rain gear and head lamp back I will surely send them as well. I leave for two weeks and will send your goat when I receive payment. Send me a letter as your reply.

Kurt Whitehead

To: John Sent 10-18-05

I received your recent letter and it states there is a check for $1120 that was enclosed. It was not. In reply to your letter, you left Sitka owing me exactly $3000 for the trophy fee of your goat. I never received it and my services were fully rendered to you in good faith and with 110 percent effort. I did an excellent job of guiding you to your stud billy (which has been in my freezer since you left along with the horns) so for my services I feel quite justified in requesting the trophy fee especially since it was spelled out so clearly in black and white on the contract of which you now have 2 or 3, but I will send another to refresh your memory.

I'm not sure how you construe that as extortion, but anyway as stated earlier, I am awaiting payment of $3000 for the goat hide and horns, $135 for the ice axe and I will also send your rainsuit and headlamp back to you along with a copy of the hunting video of your trip that I took with my camera. The payment for shipping of the hide, horns and axe also falls upon you. Your cape will be well taken care of, salted and cured before shipping and sent via Fed Ex.

To Adolfo From Kurt Whithead

My sincerest apologies for being so stern with you on the mountain about your foot placement, your comfort level, etc. Please understand the underlying concern had everything to do with your safety and that is all. I should have said it in a better way. I also apologize for not communicating more, but that is a two way street.

I am offering you a goat hunt for the fall of 2006 for yourself only for #2600 to cover my expenses with a trophy fee of $5000 that is assessed when/if you pull the trigger on a goat regardless of wounding or hitting it. There is so much work that goes into getting you in that position that the rest is up to you so don't take the shot unless you are comfortable and confident. If you mortally wound the goat then we will hunt for deer or go fishing. If for some reason you miss the shot/shots cleanly or wound the goat lightly and I determine it will live, then we will continue to hunt for another goat or the same goat until your hunting time elapses.

Once again all expenses occurring in Sitka prior to or after the hunt are your responsibility and this offer is good for the Fall of 2006 only. This hunt is only for you and you alone and no other party will accompany you on the hunt.

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