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Subscriber-Written Trip Report On NWT 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: 8845 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 24, 2012 to September 1, 2012
Place of Hunt: Canada -
Hunt Area: North West Territory


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Eric Mikkelson; NWT Outfitters. 3018 Kensington Crescent; Courtenay; BC; V9N 8Z8; Canada; Tel. 250-897-0057; Fax: 250-897-0054; Email: nwtoutfitters@shaw.ca; Web http://nwtoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any): Craig Walls + Jon Huisman
Booking Agent (if any): Jeff C. Neal; Jeff C. Neal, Inc.. 2651 E 21st St; Suite 304; Tulsa; OK; 74114; Tel. 918-299-3580; Fax: 918-299-3582;Email: Nealhunts@aol.com; Web www.jeffcnealinc.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Sheep, Dall - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 12.5 years old, about 150 broomed
Caribou, Mountain - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: About 350 SCI
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Saw more rams on this hunt than any other North American hunt I've been on. 20-25 over 3 days in the field.


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: Excellent Trophy Care: N/A
Name of Airline: Candian Air + United Airlines Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: For once the airlines didnt screw things up. UA even upgraded me to 1st class. Miracles still happen.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $26035
Trophy Fees: for the Caribou Amount: $4600
Permits/Licenses: included Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: included Amount: $0
Other Costs: tips Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Cut the palm of my hand when I fell climbing on the first day.
Highlights of Hunt: Taking the ram on the third day after a very difficult climb. Getting off the mountain just before dark. Great guides.
Equipment Recommendations: Good boots
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Lots of game but be in shape for some difficult climbing.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Edward D. Yates
Contact Information: Tel. 717-252-2571 - 690 Grand Manor Dr. 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 NWT 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: 7917 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 25, 2010 to August 31, 2010
Place of Hunt: Canada - Northwest Territories
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Eric Mikkelson; NWT Outfitters. 3018 Kensington Crescent; Courtenay; BC; V9N 8Z8; Canada; Tel. 250-897-0057; Fax: 250-897-0054; Email: nwtoutfitters@shaw.ca; Web http://nwtoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any):
Booking Agent (if any): Jeff C. Neal; Jeff C. Neal, Inc.. 2651 E 21st St; Suite 304; Tulsa; OK; 74114; Tel. 918-299-3580; Fax: 918-299-3582;Email: Nealhunts@aol.com; Web www.jeffcnealinc.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Sheep, Dall - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments:


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Good Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Canada North Airline Service: Fair
Airline Comments: Canadian North is disorganized - had to fight my way to fly out early. Tried to put locals in front of me on standby.


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: Blisters on heals - must be in great physical shape. I wasn't and it wore me out.
Highlights of Hunt: Beautiful vast mountains. Argo transport - great. Don't have to worry about horses.
Equipment Recommendations: Good stiff boots for climbing. Mole skin haaseline for blisters.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Dr. Thomas Cate
Contact Information: Tel. 918-747-2225 - 2828 E 51 Street, Tulsa, OK 74105
Hunting Experience: Advanced.
Physical Condition: Ok - I am 5 foot 8 inches and 165 pounds. 51 years of age.


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 NWT 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: 2297 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: April 26, 2001 to April 29, 2001
Place of Hunt: Canada - British Columbia
Hunt Area: West Coast of Vancouver Island


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Eric Mikkelson; NWT Outfitters. 3018 Kensington Crescent; Courtenay; BC; V9N 8Z8; Canada; Tel. 250-897-0057; Fax: 250-897-0054; Email: nwtoutfitters@shaw.ca; Web http://nwtoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any): Tom Ross
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Bear, Black - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: six feet, eight inches square, 19 5/8-inch skull.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: One huge bear was rubbed too bad to go after.


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: Good
Name of Airline: Airline Service:
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $3850
Trophy Fees: Amount: $500
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $150
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Rain, rain, rain; but that's the territory!
Highlights of Hunt: Beautiful ocean, and rain forest.
Equipment Recommendations: Take rubberized rain gear, and waders.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Almost guaranteed a big black bear. Pricey compared to inland hunts.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Marshall W. Thompson
Contact Information: Tel. 509-725-8899 - 34197 Teel Hill Rd. N.
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 NWT 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: 2240 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 16, 2000 to October 3, 2000
Place of Hunt: Canada - Northwest Territories
Hunt Area: Mackenzie mountains (Keele river)


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Eric Mikkelson; NWT Outfitters. 3018 Kensington Crescent; Courtenay; BC; V9N 8Z8; Canada; Tel. 250-897-0057; Fax: 250-897-0054; Email: nwtoutfitters@shaw.ca; Web http://nwtoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any): Wayne Sawatzky and Chad Elgert
Booking Agent (if any): Trophy Connection, The. PO Box 2565; Cody; WY; 82414; Tel. 307-527-5506 / 800-308-1161; Fax: 307-587-3308;Email: info@thetrophyconnection.com; Web www.thetrophyconnection.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Wolf - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Immature.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Moose - Availability: Scarcity of game and short length of time to hunt.
Game Condition Comments: I saw only one mature bull moose, but had less than two and a half days of hunting on a scheduled ten-day hunt (please see attached letter for explanation).


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Guide/PH Ability: Good
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Fair Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Canadian Air Airline Service: Fair
Airline Comments: Flight from Norman Wells to Edmonton was cancelled.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $6850
Trophy Fees: Amount: $100
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $250
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1200
Charter Airfares: Amount: $600
Other Costs: Amount: $250
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Scarcity of game and short length of hunt.
Highlights of Hunt: Scenic beauty of Mackenzie Mountains.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? No
Why? Please see attached letter.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Seth R. Hootman
Contact Information: Tel. 517-332-2967 - 1300 Blanchette, East Lansing, MI 48823
Hunting Experience: I have been on numerous guided hunts in US, Canada and Africa.
Physical Condition: Average.


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? Please see attached letter.


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
To: The Hunting Report From: Seth R. Hootman Re: Hunt For Alaska/Yukon moose and caribou

These comments refer to a September, 2000, hunt for Alaska/Yukon moose and mountain caribou in the Mackenzie Mountains of Canada's Northwest Territories that my wife, Lynn Richardson, and I took with NWT Outfitters Ltd., owned by Mr. Eric Mikkelson of Courtney, British Columbia. This hunt was booked for us by Mr. Toby Griffith of The Trophy Connection, Cody, Wyoming. I am writing these comments because I cannot recommend this outfitter. I will first briefly describe the hunt itself and then detail the reasons for my inability to recommend NWT Outfitters Ltd.

The hunt was scheduled for September 17th through the 26th. We arrived by air in Norman Wells, NWT, on the 17th, but bad weather prevented us and the four other NWT Outfitter's clients from flying out to the outfitter's base camp at June Lake until the 19th. When we arrived at June Lake, Mr. Mikkelson informed my wife and me that the two of us would be flying on to one of his other camps approximately thirty miles away located on the Keele River. We arrived there and were met by our head guide, Wayne Sawatzky, and assistant guide, Chad Elgert. Mr. Sawatzky informed us immediately that game was scarce near the camp because the local Dene Indians were extensively hunting along the river. That afternoon, Mr. Sawatzky took us eighteen miles upriver in a boat with supplies to stock a camp between June Lake and Keele River Camp (Grizzly Camp). We saw one bull moose briefly in the timber, but could not call him in. The next day, Mr. Sawatzky, my wife, and myself hunted down river on horseback, but saw no game. That evening, in a radio conversation, Mr. Mikkelson ordered Mr. Sawatzky to begin closing up Keele River Camp for the season. Accordingly, on the 21st, the guides, my wife, and I spent the day closing up the camp, a task that occupied all four of us until after 5 p.m., and then beginning to trail the pack string of thirteen horses up river toward Grizzly Camp. Darkness forced us to bivouac that night, but we reached the camp by midday on the 22nd. We hunted on the 23rd and 24th. We saw one bull moose on the 23rd and my wife shot a mountain caribou on the 24th. The next morning, we closed up Grizzly Camp and trailed the horses up to June Lake, arriving about 3:30 p.m. That afternoon, three of the other clients were flown out to Norman Wells.

The weather deteriorated on the 26th so that we could not be flown out. On the 27th, Mr. Mikkelson and all of his guides except Mr. Elgert left June Lake, trailing the entire pack string over McMillan Pass into the Yukon. Mr. Elgert, my wife, one other client, and I stayed at the June Lake camp until the afternoon of September 31st, when the weather improved enough to allow a floatplane to fly us back to Norman Wells. We were scheduled to fly to Edmonton the next day, but this flight was cancelled and we did not arrive there until October 2nd.

When we reached Norman Wells, Mr. Elgert revealed that Mr. Mikkelson had not provided him with sufficient funds to cover his lodging there, or his airfare to Edmonton, and asked us if we could pay for them, assuring us that we would be reimbursed by the outfitter. We therefore covered these expenses, which amounted to $1,036.96 CDN. We arrived home on October 3rd. On the 7th, I wrote to Mr. Mikkelson and sent him the receipts for Mr. Elgert's expenses.

The following constitute the reasons why I cannot recommend this outfitter.

1. The outfitter sent my wife and myself to the camp on the Keele River where his guides knew that game was scarce because of heavy hunting pressure from the local Indians. Since Mr. Mikkelson was in daily radio contact with Mr. Sawatzky, I'm sure that he knew this as well.

2. Because of the logistics involved in closing up Keele River Camp and Grizzly Camp for the season and moving stock up to June Lake Camp, my wife and I spent at least three days not hunting, but actually working for Mr. Mikkelson.

3. By November 13th, I had not received any communication from Mr. Mikkelson regarding the expenses that I incurred for Mr. Elgert. I therefore phoned him on that date. We spoke briefly and he suggested that these expenses might be used as a deposit on a future black bear hunt in British Columbia for my wife with NWT Outfitters. After discussing this with her, we decided that we would rather be reimbursed now. I e-mailed Mr. Mikkelson on November 16th. Receiving no response from Mr. Mikkelson by December 4th, I called Mr. Griffith at The Trophy Connection and discussed the situation with him. He agreed to speak with Mr. Mikkelson. Within a few days, my wife received a reimbursement check from NWT Outfitters Ltd., dated the same day as my conversation with Mr. Griffith. My wife and I are convinced that Mr. Mikkelson would not have repaid us for our expenses on behalf of Mr. Elgert without Mr. Griffith's intervention.

My wife and I feel strongly that Mr. Mikkelson made some very unprofessional and perhaps unethical decisions in his handling of our hunt. His lack of communication and good faith attempts to resolve the issues noted above prevents me from recommending NWT Outfitters to other subscribers to The Hunting Report. I should emphasize here that this is the first time in fifteen years of booking guided hunting, and fishing trips, that I have had an experience of this nature. This letter also will be sent to the North American Hunting Club, Safari Club International, and the Guide/Outfitters Association of British Columbia.

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To: The Hunting Report From: Eric Mikkelson of NWT Outfitters Ltd. Re: Mr. Hootman's hunt in Alaska Date: April 1, 2001

This is in response to the letter written by Seth R. Hootman concerning the moose/caribou hunt he and his wife took with us in September 2001. I regret that he is disappointed with his hunt, although I am puzzled as to why. He never indicated to me in camp that there was anything amiss. On the contrary, during the last evening I spent with Seth and his wife before I left June Lake they were talking about coming on a black bear hunt in our guide area on Vancouver Island in the spring of 2002.

I plan the hunt for every client based on the information I am given about their physical capabilities and the hunting experience they say they are looking for. Therefore, it is very important that clients be completely candid about their abilities and expectations. In Seth's case, he told me he and his wife wanted a true northern horseback wilderness adventure with the priority being a good caribou for his wife. He also made it clear to his guide that his wife's hunt was the priority and that getting a moose for him was secondary.

With this in mind, I had been watching between 75-100 caribou on a mountainside across from our Keele River camp, including several mature bulls, for a month prior to the Hootman's arrival. Pre-season scouting at our Grizzly Camp upriver had verified that there were some huge 65 inches plus moose in the area along with small herds of caribou. For these reasons, all things being equal, I concluded that Seth and his wife should have excellent game opportunities where I sent them to hunt. As it turned out, Lynn shot a mature mountain caribou close to camp, and Seth could have taken a huge 65-inch bull moose. Trailing a string of horses, together with setting up and dismantling camps is the reality of horseback hunting in the mountains, which is what I understood from them they also wanted to experience.

On the afternoon that Seth and Lynn arrived at our Fall base camp on June Lake, and aware that they had been on the trail for the last few days, I asked them if they wanted to fly into Norman Wells right away as I had a plane coming in. They declined, saying that they wanted to spend another night in the mountains. The next day the weather closed, which made flying impossible for the next five days. Before I left camp the next morning with the pack string, I made all the appropriate arrangements for my three clients and guide to get out safely on the first flyable day. Unfortunately, by the time the group got out of the mountains to Norman Wells, my guide was unable to contact the two people I had set up to look after his arrangements; one was out of town and one was in hospital. It was good of Seth and Lynn to cover his expenses for him. When it became clear by mid-November that they preferred to be reimbursed for their expenses rather than put a deposit on a bear hunt, I did so as soon as I could get to it. By the first of December, I had only been home about ten days since the middle of June and had a mountain of office work to catch up on, including the check to Seth and Lynn.

Seth believes that the presence of Dene hunters in the area was detrimental to his hunt. However, within a 5,000 square mile guide area, the fact that some of the local Dene people hunt 30 miles downriver from our Keele River camp on their annual week-long cultural outing has no impact on hunting opportunities for our client. We have a good relationship with the Mountain Dene and encourage them to come by our camp in mid-September to pick up any excess moose and caribou meat we may have.

Our guide area is ideal for hunters that are looking for 60-65 inches Alaska/Yukon moose and also record book mountain caribou. Some parts of it are stronger for moose, others are stronger for caribou, and some have a mix of both moose and caribou. The distances between various locations are such that it takes days to get from one part of the guide area to another and requires considerable physical stamina. The logistics for our fall hunts are planned weeks in advance based on previous experience, pre-scouting during our summer sheep season, and our client's expectations. I could have sent Seth into a good moose valley where I know of six bulls that would have been over 60 inches with two of those being record book contenders. However, this option would likely have been at the expense of his wife's hunt, which was their stated priority. The location in which they were hunting had a balance of both moose and caribou.

Although I regret that Seth was disappointed with his hunt, it should be recognized that we as guide-outfitters try to fulfill our client's expectations to the best of their, and our, abilities, and that some factors are beyond our control.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On NWT 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: 1656 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 5, 2000 to May 6, 2000
Place of Hunt: Canada - British Columbia
Hunt Area: Vancouver Island


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Eric Mikkelson; NWT Outfitters. 3018 Kensington Crescent; Courtenay; BC; V9N 8Z8; Canada; Tel. 250-897-0057; Fax: 250-897-0054; Email: nwtoutfitters@shaw.ca; Web http://nwtoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any): Doc French
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Bear, Black - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Superb! 21 inch skull, 7 1/2 foot bear. Gold medal.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: I saw four bears in three hours and forty-five minutes the first afternoon of the last week of the season. I took number four. It had a great coat with a 21 inch skull.


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: Continental Airline Service: Fair
Airline Comments: Don't even know their own connecting flight gate numbers in Houston. I almost missed my connection.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $3850
Trophy Fees: Includes one non-hunter. Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Included in hunting fees. Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $355
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: One week vehicle rental and two nights at a motel. Amount: $500
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None.
Highlights of Hunt: Excellent equipment, so many bears and the absolutely gorgeous country!
Equipment Recommendations: Per outfitte'rs list.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? I would recommend the hunt because of the professionalism of the outfitter and the quality of the game.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Gail Greenwell
Contact Information: 109 SW Colonial Street, Port Charlotte, FL 33952
Hunting Experience: Significant worldwide experience.
Physical Condition: Average.


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 NWT 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: 1397 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: October 10, 1999 to October 15, 1999
Place of Hunt: Canada - British Columbia
Hunt Area: Van Couver Island


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Eric Mikkelson; NWT Outfitters. 3018 Kensington Crescent; Courtenay; BC; V9N 8Z8; Canada; Tel. 250-897-0057; Fax: 250-897-0054; Email: nwtoutfitters@shaw.ca; Web http://nwtoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any): Tom
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Bear, Black - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Six feet 8 1/2 inches square.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Excellent.


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: Good
Name of Airline: North West Airlines Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $3450
Trophy Fees: Included. Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $350
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $443
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Motel $155, guide tips $300 Amount: $455
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Lack of rain before hunt. Therefore, salmon not spawning like normal.
Highlights of Hunt: The bear I finally got and the scenery.
Equipment Recommendations: Very good raingear, hip boots and chest waders.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Ron Malueg
Contact Information: Tel. 715-524-2525 - 909 East Ridlington Avenue, Shawano, WI 54166 E-mail: ron@caire.com
Hunting Experience: I have hunted for 30 years all over North America.
Physical Condition: Average.


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 NWT 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: 286 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 6, 1998 to June 11, 1998
Place of Hunt: Canada - British Columbia
Hunt Area: Vancouver Island


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Eric Mikkelson; NWT Outfitters. 3018 Kensington Crescent; Courtenay; BC; V9N 8Z8; Canada; Tel. 250-897-0057; Fax: 250-897-0054; Email: nwtoutfitters@shaw.ca; Web http://nwtoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any): Eric Mikkelson
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Bear, Black - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Six feet, five inches
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Plenty with many trophy animals all in good shape and a few with rubbed coats. Not a tough, physical hunt.


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: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Alaska Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: None.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $4387
Trophy Fees: Included Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $300
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Rental car $250 Amount: $250
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None.
Highlights of Hunt: Saw over 50 male black bears in five days. Really enjoyed fresh seafood. Scenery was beautiful.
Equipment Recommendations: Rain gear (But it never rained!)
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? I would absolutely recommend the hunt because of the easy hunting condions from boats.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Robert. R. Angel
Contact Information: Tel. 208-363-0115 - 35 Horizon Drive, Boise, ID 83702
Hunting Experience: Considerable experience. I have hunted all over the world.
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

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On NWT 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: 289 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: April 24, 1998 to April 29, 1998
Place of Hunt: Canada - British Columbia
Hunt Area: NW Vancouver Island


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Eric Mikkelson; NWT Outfitters. 3018 Kensington Crescent; Courtenay; BC; V9N 8Z8; Canada; Tel. 250-897-0057; Fax: 250-897-0054; Email: nwtoutfitters@shaw.ca; Web http://nwtoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any): Eric Mikkelson
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Bear, Black - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 6 foot 10 incheshide, 19.25 inch skull
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Best I have ever seen.


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: N/A Airline Service:
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Hunting fees plys $150 Goods and SUCS tax Amount: $3500
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $350
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: See attached letter.
Highlights of Hunt:
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: R. D. Jensen
Contact Information: Tel. 503-585-9004 - 3401 Vitae Springs Road, Salem, OR 97306
Hunting Experience: Extensive
Physical Condition: Good for age.


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'm writing to mention a truly outstanding bear hunt on Vancouver Island. This hunt is conducted by Eric Mikkelson of Courtenay, B.C. He controls a huge hunting area encompassing at least a third of the northwest coast of Vancouver Island. The concession is so vast that I doubt if Eric will ever explore all of it. The country is steep and heavily forested to the water's edge. The bear population has exploded following extensive logging in the area and both bears and hunters use the logging roads for access. I hunted for 4 days in late April. Hunting is conducted from Eric's 2 custom aluminum hunting boats, from pickup trucks, from ATVs, and on foot. The hunt can be as exerting or as relaxed as the hunter desires. I could imagine this hunt as being a very fine option for a handicapped hunter. Eric maintains an excellently equipped base camp with a well stocked cook tent. I stayed in a log cabin at the base camp. The other option was to sleep in a trailer parked in the camp. Power was by generator and there was a propane-fired hot shower. Two other hunters were in camp, and each hunter had his own guide. While I was hunting, I didn't see any other hunters, or for that matter, anyone else. Eric is a fine guide, and the other hunters were very pleased with their guides. The weather varied from cool and rainy to warm and sunny. Hummingbirds had already arrived from the south. Abundant seafood was available at the camp doorstep, with prawns caught in traps within sight of the camp, a specialty. I saw about 50 bears and finally selected a mature male with a very long, lush jet black coat. He was on the beach of the open Pacific Ocean, grazing on grass at the upper edge of the sand. I stalked him through the driftwood at the high tide line to about 40 yards, and was able to place an instantly fatal shot using an improved .375. The other hunters were equally successful. Everyone used big bores, since these bears are apparently quite tough and can be very difficult to track and find in the very dense undergrowth in this area. Eric told me two earlier hunters this year hit and lost bears using .338 Win Mags. Eric recommends using bigger rifles. This is an interesting hunt in spectacular country using top quality equipment. Eric and his guides are true professionals. My bear was average for this hunt, the hide squaring at 6 feet, 10 inches and the skull measuring 19 1/4 inches. I saw bigger bears, but they had rubbed spots so I passed them up. I saw about 50 bears on my hunt and the 2 other hunters saw equivalent numbers. For anyone wanting a well conducted bear hunt in a beautiful and interesting spot, this is it! One of the other hunters in camp was Dr. Leo Mack of Tyler Texas. You probably know him. You might ask him if he agrees with me. He tagged 2 very nice bears in 2 days, so I suspect he does. He's been hunting with Eric before and he has plans for a Roosesveldt elk hunt with him later this year or next year.

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 285 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: April 23, 1998 to April 29, 1998
Place of Hunt: Canada - British Columbia
Hunt Area: Van Couver Island


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Eric Mikkelson; NWT Outfitters. 3018 Kensington Crescent; Courtenay; BC; V9N 8Z8; Canada; Tel. 250-897-0057; Fax: 250-897-0054; Email: nwtoutfitters@shaw.ca; Web http://nwtoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any): Tom Ross
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Bear, Black - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: SCI Gold
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: El Nino blamed for early rubbing of black bears and lack of good hibernation habits.


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 Airlines and Canadian Air Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Every piece of luggage searched by Canadian authorities and travel gun case completely dismantled by Canadain authorities, but with a smile on their face.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: One bear $3, 500, two bears $5, 500 Amount: $0
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Included Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None
Highlights of Hunt: Abundance of bear seen, hunting by boat at low tide in the evening.
Equipment Recommendations: Good rain gear.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Yes


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Leo W. Mack, Jr.
Contact Information: Tel. 903-592-8141 - 714 Turtle Creek Drive, Tyler, TX 75701
Hunting Experience: Excellent
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



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