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Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Elkhorn 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: 7998 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: November 15, 2010 to November 19, 2010
Place of Hunt: United States - Colorado
Hunt Area: Northwest


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dick Dodds; Elkhorn Outfitters. 37399 North Highway 13; Craig; CO; 81625; Tel. 970-824-7392; Fax: 970-824-7392; Email: elkhornout@hotmail.com; Web www.elkhornoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any): Tony
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Deer, Mule - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 167 inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Deer, elk, pronghorn, were abundant and in great shape.


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: Fair Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Airline Service: N/A
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $5700
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $331
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Tips $500, taxidermy $400. Amount: $900
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Two hunting buddies also talking quality deer.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? 90 percent of what you would want in a mule deer hunt.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Robert Cullen
Contact Information: Tel. 512-968-2060 - 3415 Rain Forest Dr., Austin, TX 78746 E-mail: rcullen@austin.rr.com
Hunting Experience: 44 years. 3 safaris to Africa, also Canada, Mexico and multiple hunts in several western states.
Physical Condition: Ok for 53 and overweight.


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 hunt was promoted to us as a place were 180 plus mule deer were available. There was a 189 killed and other reportedly seen. Both of my friends killed upper 170 class deer. I have read here (Hunting Report) about a dissatisfied hunter and I saw nothing to justify his complaint. Elkhorn did all and more for the hunters to be successful as any outfitter that I have hunted with. The deer were abundant and in great shape. The quality was just what I was lead to believe before I arrived at camp and what the guide (Tony) told us to expect after we arrived at camp before the first morning hunt. The food was FAIR not bad or terrible. All equipment was GOOD or better not excellent. I did not go there to ride in brand new trucks or eat 5 star food. I would highly recommend Elkhorn Outfitters for Mule deer hunting and plan on returning next year.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Elkhorn 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: 7211 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: December 1, 2008 to December 5, 2008
Place of Hunt: United States - Colorado
Hunt Area: Elkhorn


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dick Dodds; Elkhorn Outfitters. 37399 North Highway 13; Craig; CO; 81625; Tel. 970-824-7392; Fax: 970-824-7392; Email: elkhornout@hotmail.com; Web www.elkhornoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any): Logan
Booking Agent (if any): San Miguel Outdoors. 6705 Hwy 290 W Suite 502-197; Austin; TX; 78735; Tel. 512-891-7787; Fax: 512-891-6575;Web www.sanmigueloutdoors.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Deer, Mule - Availability: No trophy size bucks. No bucks over 150. Billed as exclusive big bucks by San Miguel.
Game Condition Comments: Saw 200 mule deer daily. No shooters. Full rut with nothing over 140-150 B&C. Was not promised big bucks by Elkhorn (no contact) only San Miguel Outdoors.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $6500
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $350
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $500
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: No mature deer. Seems to be shot out.
Highlights of Hunt: Nice guide, pretty country, lots of wildlife.
Equipment Recommendations: Private plane to get out.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? No
Why? This is strictly a meat hunt.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Cottie Morse
Contact Information: Tel. 239-775-9114 - 2200 Heritage Trail, Naples, FL 34112 E-mail: heysean@cs.com
Hunting Experience: 11 times Africa, South and Central America - 6 times. Alberta - 8 times, Manitoba, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, Illinois, Montana, etc.
Physical Condition:


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? No Notified Personal Guide? No Notified Booking Agent? Yes
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide? No
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought? To let people seeking a chance at a big muley to stay far away from this meat market.


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
Rebuttal from Dick Dodds of Elkhorn Outfitters:

Thank you for the heads up on this report. As it was stated in the report we didn't have any contact with Mr. Morse prior to his arrival, in fact we were not even paid for his hunt by San Miguel until the following week, and our policy is 30 days before the hunt is scheduled. I have been on this ranch for 21 years. It is 51,000 acres and our other ranch is 48,000 acres. We hunt a total 45 deer hunters combined. The only trouble we have had with our deer hunting, in the past two years is with booked hunters from San Miguel. Last year was a tough hunting year due to weather conditions. Deer and elk migrations were very late, almost into Jan, and I am sure Mr. Morse was told or was led to believe by San Miguel that our hunting was as simple as hunting in a high fence operation in Texas, which could not be further from the truth. Over 1/2 of these 2 ranches are shut down to foot or horseback travel only and have been that way for over 15 years and is very good hunting to the person that is willing to hunt. Thank you for your time.

Rebuttal from Mike Gardner of San Miguel Outdoors:

Dick Dodds provides you false information. We have ceased sending him clients based on our clients hunt reports.

The only thing San Miguel did was send him a lot of clients, and a lot of money previously through the years. A lot. As for his 30 day pay policy, he always cashed our checks for years, didn't he? Interesting how he turns this on the agent, who sent him thousands of dollars through the years. In my opinion, there sure seems to be lot of hunters running through there in the last 1.5 years that has come to light. Based on Mr. Morris' report, we have ceased sending Elkhorn clients.

As far as selling his hunts, several of the salesmen in our office including myself had all been to Elkhorn previously so we know what we are selling. The quality of the horns and experience has changed at Elkhorn lately, so we will not be sending Elkhorn anymore clients.

I do not see where high-fence whitetail hunting in Texas has any relevancy to this hunters report in Colorado.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Elkhorn 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: 7436 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: October 22, 2007 to October 26, 2007
Place of Hunt: United States - Colorado
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dick Dodds; Elkhorn Outfitters. 37399 North Highway 13; Craig; CO; 81625; Tel. 970-824-7392; Fax: 970-824-7392; Email: elkhornout@hotmail.com; Web www.elkhornoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any): Dick Dodds
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Elk - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Average.
Deer, Mule - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent.
Antelope - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: I saw over 1,000 elk and three thirty inch mule deer in the first two days of the hunt. I also shot a 6X7 mule deer and a 6X6 elk on the first day of my hunt. I shot a 14.5 inch antelope on the second day.


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:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $0
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:
Highlights of Hunt: Elkhorn has over 120,000 acres of private land available. We hunted on mules and saw more game than I could ever imagine.
Equipment Recommendations: Plan on shots between 200-300 yards, especially if you are hunting mule deer.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Elkhorn is a fantastic operation. I made many friends and I am planning on returning for a trophy mule deer hunt during the rut.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Stuart Littlefield
Contact Information: Tel. 913-299-2320 - 9855 Meeks Rd., Kansas City, KS 66109 E-mail: slittlefield@kckpd.org
Hunting Experience: 30 years of upland birds, waterfowl and deer hunting.
Physical Condition: Excellent.


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
I won my trip through Outdoor Life and was accompanied by the Editor-in-Chief, Todd Smith. Elkhorn is featured several times a year on various outdoor television shows. Their ranch is absolutely fantastic. 5 and 6 point bulls are common. Although we didn't see any giants, I could not have been more pleased with the number of elk we saw. The quality of mule deer on the ranch is superb. We were surrounded by over 200 elk the first hour of the first morning, but decided to pass on several 5 point bulls in the hopes of finding something larger. While we were stalking the herd, Dick spotted a very nice mule deer for me and I shot him at about noon on the first day. About 2 hours later, we relocated the elk and I took a very nice 6X6. Not bad for one day of hunting. We packed out our game on the 2nd morning and didn't get out for antelope until late the 2nd afternoon. It took Dick about 2 hours to find them and I shot a 14.5 inch buck just before sundown.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Elkhorn 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: 5024 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 15, 2005 to August 17, 2005
Place of Hunt: United States - Colorado
Hunt Area: Craig


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dick Dodds; Elkhorn Outfitters. 37399 North Highway 13; Craig; CO; 81625; Tel. 970-824-7392; Fax: 970-824-7392; Email: elkhornout@hotmail.com; Web www.elkhornoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any): Dick Dodds (owner)
Booking Agent (if any): Cabelas. 610 Glover Road; Suite A; Sidney; NE; 69162; Tel. 800-346-8747; Email: outdooradventures@cabelas.com; Web www.cabelasoutdooradventures.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Antelope - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Mine. 13 3/4.
Antelope - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: My sons. 14 1/4.
Antelope - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: My grandsons. 14 5/8.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Game was abundant and the area was also well populated with trophy mule deer. Elk still in high grounds.


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: Northwest Airlines. Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Northwest did a good job in accomodating us.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $1,950 per person. Amount: $5850
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: $290 each. Amount: $870
Commercial Airfares: $275 each roundtrip. Amount: $825
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Tips, etc. Amount: $500
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None.
Highlights of Hunt: Stalking to 100-300 yards to make shot.
Equipment Recommendations: Good shooting sticks.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Lou Trama
Contact Information: Tel. 248-569-1430 - 908 E Third St., Royal Oaks, MI 48067 E-mail: latrama@ameritech.net
Hunting Experience: Africa twice, Canada numerous times and North America.
Physical Condition: Fair (Asthma).


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 Elkhorn 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: 4603 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 7, 2004 to September 11, 2004
Place of Hunt: United States - Colorado
Hunt Area: North West Colorado, outside of Craig


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dick Dodds; Elkhorn Outfitters. 37399 North Highway 13; Craig; CO; 81625; Tel. 970-824-7392; Fax: 970-824-7392; Email: elkhornout@hotmail.com; Web www.elkhornoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any): Eric and Buddy
Booking Agent (if any): Cabelas. 610 Glover Road; Suite A; Sidney; NE; 69162; Tel. 800-346-8747; Email: outdooradventures@cabelas.com; Web www.cabelasoutdooradventures.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Pronghorn - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 79 3/4.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Elk - Availability: Had many opportunities but held out for a 320 bull we were chasing.
Game Condition Comments: In 5 days I saw over 3,000 elk and plenty of antelope.


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: Fair Trophy Care: Good
Name of Airline: Delta Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $6,500.00 Amount: $6500
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:
Highlights of Hunt: Seeing more Elk than I have ever seen in my life. The Bugle was just starting to heat up.
Equipment Recommendations: Good optics and long-range rifle.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? A great hunt to see lots of game. Getting to the elk via horseback from the trailhead makes things much easier.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Greg Schubert
Contact Information: Tel. 678-463-3614 - 1051 Woodcroft Chase, Marietta, GA 30064 E-mail: greg@focusrm.com
Hunting Experience: 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
This is not a trophy hunt, as most bulls will go 5X5 and some small 6's. There are however, 300 plus class Bulls out there. This is the perfect place for a first time Elk hunter, father/son/spouse, etc. as you will see tons of Elk. During the week I was there, the other 5 hunters all connected within the first 2-3 days. Overall, very well done!

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Elkhorn 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: 2760 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 5, 2001 to September 7, 2001
Place of Hunt: United States - Colorado
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dick Dodds; Elkhorn Outfitters. 37399 North Highway 13; Craig; CO; 81625; Tel. 970-824-7392; Fax: 970-824-7392; Email: elkhornout@hotmail.com; Web www.elkhornoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any): Dean
Booking Agent (if any): Cabelas. 610 Glover Road; Suite A; Sidney; NE; 69162; Tel. 800-346-8747; Email: outdooradventures@cabelas.com; Web www.cabelasoutdooradventures.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Pronghorn - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: 10.5 inches long.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: My buck was one of three seen. The guides told me that the buck was a good 13 inches plus, typical rack. The buck has a double prong on one side and the other has a very large prong. Genetic freak. Could not find any sage grouse, and they were out of season. The guides told me they have never seen so few antelope.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $1750
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $333
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Guide can't field-judge trophy antelope. Guide left full bladder and bowel in the carcass. He told me to take the third antelope buck we saw all day; poor.
Highlights of Hunt: Being able to shoot accurately and quick when needed.
Equipment Recommendations: Burris signature scopes 4x16x.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? No
Why? There are not any antelope where I was. Both guides told me that there is usually a lot more animals.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Curt Lentner
Contact Information: Tel. 763-757-2589 - 2823 135 Ave. NW, Andover, MN 55304 E-mail: cjl@multitech.com
Hunting Experience:
Physical Condition: 20 pounds overweight, but able to walk for miles; asthma, allergies.


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


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
To: Curt Lentner From: Elkhorn Outfitters, Inc. Re: September Hunt Date: September 12, 2001

In response to your e-mail, I regret to hear you had a disappointing hunt. We try and make sure all of our guests have a good hunt and enjoy their stay with us.

I wish you would have confronted the problem while you were with us instead of waiting till your hunt was over and you had left. It makes it hard to solve the problem when we are not aware there is one. To begin with, in regards to the hunt, you did shoot your antelope the first morning of the first day of your three-day hunt. You could have passed and said I want to see more. The guides do what they can to make a good guess of what the antelope may be, though as you have obviously also seen, they can be very deceiving from what you see through a scope and what the end result is. A double prong antelope is very un-common, and as you referred to as a "genetic freak" to another person is a unique trophy. Not one antelope is perfect and we have several guests who hunt for these animals specifically. From what I understand the pasture you happened to be in where you got your antelope was limited in the number of animals seen. This was just the opposite the following day, showing the reason for no guarantees with how the animals migrate.

When your hunt was booked I received a call from Gregg at Cabela's asking about grouse hunting. I told him at that time this was not generally an option because of limited numbers of grouse seen on the ranch and because of antelope hunting in the same areas. I also told Gregg that depending on the scheduled growth we may have domesticated pheasant hunting available. When you arrived and stated you had purchased a license and was told you would be able to grouse hunt we tried to accommodate you. On Monday I received some very concerning information. The actual season for grouse hunting this year is September 8 through 14. We were not aware of the dates, and if you would had obtained a bird it would have had to been reported to DOW and confiscated with consequences unknown.

Once again I apologize for your dissatisfaction in your hunt and wish we had been able to solve the problem while you were here. We wish you the best and good luck in future hunts.

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To: The Hunting Report From: Dick Dodds of Elkhorn Outfitters, Inc. Re: Trip report by Curt Lerner Date: December 4, 2001

We would like to say thank you for writing to us so that we may offer more information into the hunt with Curt Lentner.

To give a little background, we setup our antelope hunts for three days with a guide per every two hunters (2x1) and all the accommodations at our lodge. Curt had booked for an antelope hunt and sage grouse hunt through his agent. When the booking agent called and stated Curt wanted to hunt antelope and sage grouse the agent was told we did not hunt grouse on the ranch due to limited numbers though pheasant hunting would be available and requires no license. The agent said he would let Curt know. Curt hunted with us September 5 through September 7, 2001. Since there was an odd number in camp that week Curt received a 1x1 hunt at no additional charge with a guide by the name of Dean. Dean is a taxidermist and has been hunting and guiding with us for thirteen years. He comes highly requested each year by previous guests and friends for his guide service and taxidermy work.

The first morning of the hunt Curt and Dean went to an area we had been having good success in the previous seasons. This morning though it seemed the antelope had migrated to another pasture and the usual numbers were not seen. Curt blamed this on his back luck. They did come on a few bucks and finally setup a stalk on one. As they were watching the buck, Curt asked what Dean thought. Dean said he couldn't really tell with the way the buck was standing but looked to be a nice typical buck. As Dean was glassing, Curt took the shot and was successful in harvesting the buck. The buck itself turned out to be non-typical with a second prong on one horn. Curt then took several pictures and video taped the place of the kill and the events of the stalk leading up to the harvest.

When Dean and Curt returned to camp, Curt seemed excited about his success and talked with the other guides and hunters about how different the buck was. Curt then wanted Dean to cape out his trophy so that his taxidermist could mount it. When Dean was done Curt shook his hand and thanked him for a good hunt and tipped him $300.

Curt then requested the next day to go grouse hunting. He was told there were very few numbers on the ranch and could do some pheasant hunting instead. Curt said he had purchased a hunting license, though had not conferred with us. After review of the Colorado hunting guide it was found sage grouse were not in season. Curt seemed disappointed and declined to pheasant hunt but went sight seeing on the ranch to photograph the few grouse on the property. When his hunt was booked there was no additional charge to him for a grouse hunt and he had signed the hunt contract with Elkhorn Outfitters, Inc. stating an antelope hunt only.

During Curt's stay with us here at Elkhorn Outfitters, he never stated there was a problem or that he was dissatisfied with his hunt. The hunt was scheduled for three days though Curt shot one of the first bucks he seen the first morning of the first day. We have over 50 thousand deeded acres available for antelope hunting but never had the opportunity. The buck Curt harvested and referred to, as a "genetic freak" is very unique. We have several guests return each year just to hunt animals such as these. Curt is also the one who shot this "genetic freak" which he had seen through his binoculars and scope. We give our guests the opportunity to hunt the entire three days though Curt made his choice, not waiting or requesting to do more hunting and see more antelope. The week following Curt's hunt, the same pasture had several antelope with the harvest of two typical, very nice scoring bucks. It is all part of the hunt and there are never any guarantees. After Curt had left it was brought to our attention by another guide that Curt was sleeping in his vehicle and did not use the accommodations provided. Curt never stated there was a problem with his room or bed, which appeared odd to us.

Curt emailed us the week following his hunt stating his unhappiness. We were very surprised to hear of his dissatisfaction. We were also curious why Curt never stated there was a problem during his stay and why he said he had enjoyed his hunt. It is difficult to solve a problem when you are mislead and not aware there is one. A dissatisfied hunter is never something we want to hear about and we always take care to correct the situation when it is brought to our attention. We apologized to Curt for his dissatisfaction and wished he had stated so during his stay. For some insight, the same week Curt hunted, there were other guests in camp who were return hunters and another gentlemen who has now booked two more hunts with us. They had nothing but praises then and now.

Under the circumstances with comparison of the events during the hunt and then after, we did not find much we could do to resolve the problem or a need to. We hope this explains the events a little more and want to thank you again for the opportunity. If there were any more explanation you would like us to provide, please let us know.



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