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Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Blackstone Outfitters Hunts

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

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 9387 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 23, 2013 to October 5, 2013
Place of Hunt: Canada - Yukon
Hunt Area: Area 2 (northern Yukon)


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jim Fink; Blackstone Outfitters. PO Box 7; Meadow Lake; Saskatchewan; S9X 1Y1; Canada; Tel. 306-236-2131; Fax: 306-236-2133; Email: blackstone@klondiker.com; Web www.blackstoneoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any): Norm Brown
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Moose, Alaska-Yukon - Availability: Saw plenty that were legal. Held out for larger.
Caribou - Availability:
Game Condition Comments: Saw plenty of moose. A dandy on the 1st day near camp (why not shoot him? that wouldn't have been a hunt!) and then another dandy on day 6, but he was just outside the legal hunting area by about 10 feet (oh well!) Saw quite a few other smaller bulls 50" range. Caribou were in another area, and since we didn't tag a moose we never focused on anything else.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Good
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: N/A
Name of Airline: Alaska Airlines and Air North Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: Flew from Fresno to Vancouver with Alaska Airlines (no problems at all), then Vancouver to Whitehorse with Air North (no problems at all). Highly recommend Air North over Air Canada! Also keep in mind there is a charter you have to pay for for the flight from Whitehorse to camp.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $18500
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $850
Charter Airfares: Amount: $1250
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Weather was an issue. Outfitters commented that weather was the worst they had seen in a long time for this hunting period. Hunt was still good, but weather sucked.
Highlights of Hunt: Calling in moose during the rut. An amazing sight. They also have no problem coming right up to you.
Equipment Recommendations: Outfitter only has one "gear list" for all hunts (should be a little more specific depending on the different hunts in my opinion) So if you are doing a float hunt, make sure to bring rubber boots! For example Muck Arctic Pro boots would be my choice if going away. Something water proof and warm. Some high 13" or higher pac boots would work well too. You will be stepping in and out of water many times a day. Also bring dry bags for your gear, it will get wet.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Amazing country. Lots of game. Well run operation. We will be back!


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Robert Naugle
Contact Information: Tel. 559-627-0731 - 1400 E Castleview | Visalia | CA | | 93292 E-mail: renaugle@gmail.com
Hunting Experience: Been a few places, seen a few things.
Physical Condition: Average. FYI: Float hunts are great for hunters who want to do a more relaxed type of hunt.


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?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
Please feel free to email me for more info or for a link to a video I made of the hunt. It will give you a good idea on the terrain and the type of hunting done on a float trip in this area.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Blackstone Outfitters Hunts

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

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 9256 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 12, 2013 to August 21, 2013
Place of Hunt: Canada - Yukon
Hunt Area: Blackstone River


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jim Fink; Blackstone Outfitters. PO Box 7; Meadow Lake; Saskatchewan; S9X 1Y1; Canada; Tel. 306-236-2131; Fax: 306-236-2133; Email: blackstone@klondiker.com; Web www.blackstoneoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any): Logan Fink
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Sheep - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Fannin; 11 years old
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: The area supports several varieties of game. Saw grizzlies, caribou and moose, including one outstanding bull).


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: United and Air North Airline Service: Fair
Airline Comments: United late leaving Harrisburg (mechanical problems). Missed connection and had to stay overnight in Vancouver. As a result, held up charter in Whitehorse.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Donated hunt, bought at fundraiser Amount: $18000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $265
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $370
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1600
Charter Airfares: Amount: $1200
Other Costs: Tips Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Thunderstorms every day, unseasonably hot. Saddle sores.
Highlights of Hunt: Great stalk. Spotted ram (in a group of five) about a mile and a half away and up high.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? First-class outfitter with a very good concession.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Ed Yates
Contact Information: Tel. 717-252-2571 - 690 Grand Manor Dr., Wrightsville, PA 17368 E-mail: yates690@comcast.net
Hunting Experience: Extensive
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?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Blackstone Outfitters Hunts

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

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 9008 Weapon Used: Muzzleloader How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: October 1, 2012 to October 10, 2012
Place of Hunt: Canada - Yukon
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jim Fink; Blackstone Outfitters. PO Box 7; Meadow Lake; Saskatchewan; S9X 1Y1; Canada; Tel. 306-236-2131; Fax: 306-236-2133; Email: blackstone@klondiker.com; Web www.blackstoneoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any): Logan Fink -- Jim's oldest boy 20 yrs. old
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Bear, Grizzly - Availability: - Trophy Size: Good
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Shot the first bear I saw 3rd day of hunting


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $12000
Trophy Fees: Yukon gov. harvest fee Amount: $500
Permits/Licenses: Non resident alien Lic. $150, $25 grizzly seal Amount: $175
Commercial Airfares: Cannot remember, close to $1000 Amount: $1000
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Motel room on both ends of hunt $125/night Amount: $1000
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Snowed in first day - missed first day - didn't matter.
Highlights of Hunt: Watching bear for over 2 hours between 150-300 yds. and then harvesting him at 40 yds with my muzzleloader.
Equipment Recommendations: Patience.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Blackstone Outfitters are very organized and try very hard to get your animals. 3rd hunt with them and killed a 71 1/2' moose and 421 caribou with muzzleloader, WORLD RECORD BARREN GROUND CARIBOU.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Mark Almgren
Contact Information: Tel. 320-764-2617 - 66959 343rd St., Watkins, MN 55389 E-mail: mark.almgren@bnsf.com
Hunting Experience: 25 years of Western US and northern Canada; 19 North American species taken
Physical Condition: Avg to a little better, 53 years old


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?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Blackstone Outfitters Hunts

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

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 6946 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 22, 2008 to September 4, 2008
Place of Hunt: Canada - Yukon
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jim Fink; Blackstone Outfitters. PO Box 7; Meadow Lake; Saskatchewan; S9X 1Y1; Canada; Tel. 306-236-2131; Fax: 306-236-2133; Email: blackstone@klondiker.com; Web www.blackstoneoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any):
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Sheep - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Fannin sheep. 37 1/2 inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Moose, Alaska-Yukon - Availability: Passed up good bull waiting for a "monster".
Game Condition Comments: Great area, with grizzly, caribou, wolves, moose and sheep.


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: Air Canada Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: They actually came through.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $14000
Trophy Fees: Only if second or third animal taken. Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $200
Commercial Airfares: Points. Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $800
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Getting a ram after three other unsuccessful hunts.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? First rate group of people and area.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Rick Taylor
Contact Information: Tel. 250-353-7735 - Box 547, Kaslo, BC, Canada. E-mail: wildworld@netidea.com
Hunting Experience: 40 years worldwide.
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?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Blackstone Outfitters Hunts

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

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 6253 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 1, 2007 to August 7, 2007
Place of Hunt: Canada - Yukon
Hunt Area: Mt Whitney, Ogilvie Mountains


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jim Fink; Blackstone Outfitters. PO Box 7; Meadow Lake; Saskatchewan; S9X 1Y1; Canada; Tel. 306-236-2131; Fax: 306-236-2133; Email: blackstone@klondiker.com; Web www.blackstoneoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any): Tyler Badger
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Sheep - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Fannin sheep. 153 6/8.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: With over 100,000 square miles of mostly uninhabited, roadless area to hunt Jim Fink was able to land me on a gravel bar near some mountains that had been prescouted. We then backpacked into the high country.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $15000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Rained everyday. Air Canada lost my guides gear.
Highlights of Hunt: Backpacking in beautiful country - collecting a curl and one quarter ram. Making a 619 yard shot.
Equipment Recommendations: Good raingear.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Jim and Adrianne Fink have it sorted out, have a great area and work hard.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Rex Baker
Contact Information: Tel. 770-645-9411 - 136 Atlanta Country Club Dr., Marietta, GA E-mail: sheephunter@aol.com
Hunting Experience: 51 sheep.
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?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Blackstone Outfitters Hunts

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

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 4347 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 26, 2004 to October 6, 2004
Place of Hunt: Canada - Yukon
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jim Fink; Blackstone Outfitters. PO Box 7; Meadow Lake; Saskatchewan; S9X 1Y1; Canada; Tel. 306-236-2131; Fax: 306-236-2133; Email: blackstone@klondiker.com; Web www.blackstoneoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any): Kelly Wiebe
Booking Agent (if any): Safari Outfitters Inc. 410 W. Yellowstone Ave.; Cody; WY; 82414; Tel. 307-587-5596; Fax: 307-587-2265;Email: hunt@safari1.com; Web www.safari1.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Caribou - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Bear, Grizzly - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Over 25 years old and 7 foot.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Moose - Availability: Did not see one that would make B&C.
Game Condition Comments: Lots of good animals and easy hunting. Thousands of caribou in migration. Saw moose everyday just didn't see one I wanted to take.


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: Airline Service:
Airline Comments: Drove from Colorado to camp, did not fly.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $9500
Trophy Fees: For grizzly. Amount: $4500
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $1000
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Getting to see caribou migration, grizzly bears, floating a river for moose, flying with Jim Fink.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? A wonderful hunt with really nice people who work hard for the hunter.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Dick Schmidt
Contact Information: Tel. 970-225-0486 - 3265 Rock Park Dr., Ft. Collins, CO 80528
Hunting Experience: 40 years.
Physical Condition: Fair.


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?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Blackstone Outfitters Hunts

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

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 3935 Weapon Used: Muzzleloader How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 16, 2003 to September 25, 2003
Place of Hunt: Canada - Yukon
Hunt Area: Dawson City


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jim Fink; Blackstone Outfitters. PO Box 7; Meadow Lake; Saskatchewan; S9X 1Y1; Canada; Tel. 306-236-2131; Fax: 306-236-2133; Email: blackstone@klondiker.com; Web www.blackstoneoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any): Kent
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Caribou, Mountain - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Tiny - did not come close to book.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Moose - Availability: None in concession.
Game Condition Comments: Virtually no trophy size animals.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $3200
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $600
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1800
Charter Airfares: Amount: $1200
Other Costs: Accommodations $500, meals $200. Amount: $700
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt:
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? n/a
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Leon J. Munyan
Contact Information: Tel. 480-496-0701 - PO Box 51138, Phoenix, AZ 85076-113 E-mail: leon@munyan.com
Hunting Experience: 40+ years, six continents.
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?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
This is a hard hunting report to write. Jim and Adrienne Fink, owners of Blackstone Outfitters were good people. We met them at the 2003 convention and liked their style. We bid and won a 10 day caribou hunt for September 16-29, 2003. we also added a moose to the hunt. There was a miscommunication regarding the cost of a non-hunting companion (my wife Kathy). The Finks graciously allowed her to accompany me for free! The Finks handled all charter air and ground transfers flawlessly. Their key people were friendly. We would have had a good hunt, except that there were no trophy animals in their area that we hunted. And believe me, we hunted: nine days of twelve hours each day riding horses, and one day traveling 40 miles by auto, scouting the river. We traveled and thoroughly scouted over 500 square miles without sighting one trophy moose or caribou. There was fresh snow, so tracking was easy; we only found tracks for 15 moose and 15 caribou in the entire 10 days. There were 10 hunters in camp, all on multi-species hunts. There were no sheep or bear harvested, I took one small, non-book caribou and there were two 55"-60" moose taken. When we had flown into camp and met the previous group of hunters, it appeared they had faired about the same. Of course, we heard the standard Canadian outfitters excuses I have heard for years: The rut was off-kilter; the weather was too warm, too cold, too wet or too dry, the moose were too high, or all on the river; the caribou were not herded-up or were too herded-up; and my favorite: We have had 100% success for years until this hunt... The bottom line is that the outfitter was ok, but his area does not seem to have huntable herds of trophy animals. The one caveat hunts offered by Blackstone in November should have decent success. For the Finks' sake, I wish I could file a more favorable report. Unfortunately, I feel hunting reports should state the facts.

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To: The Hunting Report From: Jim Fink Date: December 23, 2003 Re: September Alaska Hunt

I would like to thank you for sending me the hunt report from Leon Munyan. As you have indicated, it is good to get the views of both parties involved when there is a less than positive report. I recognize The Hunting Report as a valuable tool for hunter to research outfitters. Through your report we have had numerous positive reports from out past clients. I would like to comment on a few of the points that Leon has brought up that are considerably incorrect. Leon Munyan purchased this hunt at the SCI Convention in Reno in 2003. it was a donated caribou hunt with the option of adding moose and/or grizzly bear on a harvest fee basis payable to the outfitter. If he had been successful in killing a moose he would have owed an additional $6,500. We, the outfitter, only received $975 for this hunt, which was 30% of the auction purchase price. If anything, we needed Leon to harvest a moose, just so that we could break even on this hunt. As far as his wife coming along for no charge as a non-hunting companion, SCI misprinted in their auction guide that this was included. We did not realize this until the hunt was purchased and as he stated, we honored this and gave it to them for free, at a value of $2,000. I do not believe that the hunt cost was an issue in this negative report. As you can see by the structure of the price, it was more than fair from the outfitter. I do not feel that it is fair for Leon to assess the previous group of hunters, as he only met them as they were departing. Leon stated that "the previous group of hunters" appeared to fair about the same as he and the hunters on his hunt. In fact, there were five sheep hunters and one moose hunter on that previous hunt. They all were successful, some took more game than what they were originally booked for. If you would like, I can give you the names and numbers of any of these hunters. As far as the number of hunters in camp while Leon was there, we have never taken 10 hunters at a time! During his hunt there were six hunters, including Leon. There were two non-hunters (including Leon's wife) in camp. One of the hunters did not even meet Leon, as he arrived one day later and departed a day before the end of the hunt. None of these hunters were classed as being on a "full mixed bag hunt". Our booked, paying clients were there for moose with an option of caribou or grizzly bear. Some of the hunters were there for only one animal. In regards to game taken on this hunt, it was our poorest hunt in regards to success since we have been outfitting in the Yukon (four years). There were three moose taken, measuring from 55-62", and Leon's caribou (that he purchased). One hunter, (who was on his fourth hunt with us and is booked to come again in 2004), shot at and missed a large moose and saw several others in the area he had been hunting. The other hunter who was unsuccessful in getting a moose, as he was a client with a positive attitude, was offered an extension of his hunt. As far as the "Ratings" are concerned in his report, I don't feel there is any point going into a long, drawn-out explanation because you can see how negative he is. We are operating on a 60% return client base and if we provided what Leon considered poor in every aspect, would we be having this many return clients? Just to give you a brief outline: Leon and his wife stayed in a brand new cabin (built in 2003) at base camp, one of the saddles they were using was new, we also have a professional saddle-maker repair tack at the beginning of the season to make any necessary repairs. Transportation was a 2003 Chevy Duramax Diesel truck, and we had two new airplanes this season! I do recognize that Leon did not see many moose. As I explained earlier, it would have benefited us as much as him to take a moose. I tried to help, through aerial support, but had very few options. The aircraft were grounded, due to weather and large amounts of snow. Because of the bad weather, it limited my access into optional areas for him to be moved. I had seen more moose than the `15' that he stated, but hunting cannot be done from the air. The rut was off and the moose weren't calling. Through his 40 years of hunting experience on six continents, I would assume that he had run into circumstance beyond his control such as weather and game movements more than once. Through his comment about "Canadian outfitter excuses", it goes to show that he is more of a collector than a hunter, as he does not believe that there are things not in our control. This is why it is called hunting and not species gathering. This was one of the most difficult hunts that I have seen in 18 years in this business. I have talked to several outfitters, hunters and residents throughout the north, (Alaska, Northwest Territories, Yukon), and they all had tremendous trouble with weather and finding game during this portion of September, 2003. Due to the bad weather and strange game movement on this hunt, I decided to postpone to 2004, four of the six hunters who were booked to come on the next hunt. The two hunters who did come, were successful in taking two moose over 60". They were both very flexible hunters and gave us the opportunity to get into areas that Leon's circumstance would not allow. They also took two caribou. Leon had informed me that this was his third try at getting a caribou, as he is a species hunter and needed to "collect the animal". He was able to hunt in a caribou area for two days during this hunt and was successful in seeing caribou and taking a bull. If he would not have been as hung up on collecting the species, he may have had the opportunity to take a trophy animal rather than taking what he considered was "tiny". It comes down to the age-old question, why did you shoot it if you were not happy with it??? Leon did put in a good effort on this hunt, as did his wife, who went along everyday they hunted. Neither the weather, nor light conditions at this time of year allow for 12 hours a day of riding. I regret the fact that I did not realize that Leon did not get along with his guide and cook/wrangler until the hunt was nearly over. In many cases, I have found personality conflicts between guides and hunter creates a poor atmosphere for both parties with the hunters leaving with a bad taste in the mouth for the outfit. If I had known earlier, I may have been able to switch guide. If there are "virtually no trophy size animals" in our area, how have we taken numerous awards at the Yukon Outfitters' Association for some of the largest animals taken within the Yukon each year we have outfitted? When Leon states that there is no moose in our concession, he must not have realized that our area covers 10,000 square miles and I would surely hope that there is at least one moose left in this vast country called the Yukon! In conclusion, we are disappointed, but not surprised to see this report from Leon Munyan. In the past, if we have had hunters who were disappointed with any aspect of our outfit, they have had the decency of bringing it to our attention, personally. We have always been as accommodating as possible to see that our hunters have an option for future success. Jim and Adrienne Fink.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Blackstone Outfitters Hunts

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

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 2704 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 11, 2001 to August 21, 2001
Place of Hunt: Canada - Yukon
Hunt Area: Ogelvie River, Hart River


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jim Fink; Blackstone Outfitters. PO Box 7; Meadow Lake; Saskatchewan; S9X 1Y1; Canada; Tel. 306-236-2131; Fax: 306-236-2133; Email: blackstone@klondiker.com; Web www.blackstoneoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any):
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Sheep, Stone - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 41 x 41 x 13 7/8; by far old ram; light-colored sheep.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Caribou, Mountain - Availability: Not enough time left on hunt.
Game Condition Comments: 75 percent of the 10,000 square-mile area has not been hunted. Outfitter is developing landing strips in remote areas for backpack hunts. Four of eight rams taken during the first two hunts taped at 40 inches.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: 10 days, in camp for 12 days. Amount: $10500
Trophy Fees: Amount: $227
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Round trip to camp. Amount: $520
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Great chance for the ram of a lifetime.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Hard working, dedicated staff.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Jim Travis
Contact Information: Tel. 520-745-5452 - 3710 S. Dodge, Tucson, AL 85713 E-mail: thelwig@mindspring.com
Hunting Experience:
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?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL



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