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Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Sable Expeditions, Ltd 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: 1964 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 27, 2000 to September 10, 2000
Place of Hunt: Russia - Kamchatka
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Bob Hudson; Sable Expeditions, Ltd. 906 West Northern Lights; Anchorage; AK; 99503; Tel. 907-561-7267; Fax: 907-561-1027;
Personal Guide (if any): Dima/Fgor
Booking Agent (if any): Bob Hudson; Sable Expeditions, Ltd. 906 West Northern Lights; Anchorage; AK; 99503; Tel. 907-561-7267; Fax: 907-561-1027;
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Sheep, Bighorn (Rocky Mountain) - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Above average. I took two.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: The region I hunted supported a tremendous population of sheep. I looked at over 50 mature rams in my eight days of hunting.


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: Good Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Reeve Allutian Airlines Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: Return flight was delayed by five days due to mechanical problems.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $20000
Trophy Fees: Second ram. Amount: $7500
Permits/Licenses: Included. Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $2000
Charter Airfares: Helicopter included. Amount: $0
Other Costs: Tips: Additional hotel nights. Amount: $2000
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None.
Highlights of Hunt: Harvesting two mature rams in beautiful country.
Equipment Recommendations: Good mountain boots and rain gear.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? This is a great fair chase, back pack hunt in an extremely remote area of Kamchatka.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Jay E. Link
Contact Information: Tel. 715-466-2234 - PO Box 210, Minong, WI 54859 E-mail: jaylink@linksnacks.com
Hunting Experience: Vast worldwide experience.
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 Sable Expeditions, Ltd 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: 2131 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 22, 2000 to August 7, 2000
Place of Hunt: Russia - Kharbarousk Territory
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Bob Hudson; Sable Expeditions, Ltd. 906 West Northern Lights; Anchorage; AK; 99503; Tel. 907-561-7267; Fax: 907-561-1027;
Personal Guide (if any): Yuri
Booking Agent (if any): Bob Hudson; Sable Expeditions, Ltd. 906 West Northern Lights; Anchorage; AK; 99503; Tel. 907-561-7267; Fax: 907-561-1027;
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Sheep, Snow - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: 91 centimeters - 10 1/2 centimeters.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Animals were spooky but healthy. There were few mature rams. I saw three bands. The first had eight rams where two were good, second with three and one was good and the third with seven where one was good.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $13500
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Gun $200, license $75. Amount: $275
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $2600
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Tip for a guide $500, visa $120. Amount: $620
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: There were problems with communication because there was no interpretor. Weather was also a factor. There was a lack of transportation and poor guide quality.
Highlights of Hunt: Taking a large sheep.
Equipment Recommendations: Mosquito net and boots.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? No
Why? See comments.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: R.P. Mussleman
Contact Information: Tel. 530-284-6116 - 176 Hotsprings Rd. E-mail: blkheart@psln.com
Hunting Experience: I have hunted in North America, African and the Far East.
Physical Condition: Excellent.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Yes Notified Personal Guide? Yes Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought? There is so many issues and I am uncertain if it is important to discuss rebutes.


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
I am filing a report on a recent Siberian snow sheep hunt with Sable Expeditions in the Kharbarovsk territory of Russia. I spent 24 days on this hunt. Five days were spent hunting, and the rest were spent trying to get into or out of the country. There were five of us together. Separate reports will be sent from each of them.

As you remember, I filed a report last year on a hunt for Kamchatka bighorns I took with Sable Expeditions. That hunt went without a hitch, as I reported. This year the hunt for Siberian Snow Sheep was rote with problems. Bob Hodson, the owner/agent for the company, was present during part of this time. I want to take time to express the good things that occurred on this trip, as well as the bad. First and foremost was the ability to rapidly traverse the airports, customs and obtain permits within the cities. Mr. Hodson had done a good job in that regard. He had all of the necessary people arranged to make the transitions easier. When present, he also looked after you while you were in the cities. In Kamchatka, Bob had good control in the field when I was with him before in 1999. However, in Siberia this is not true. It actually is the complete reverse. The Russian partner/host did what he wanted, when he wanted, making it difficult to make transfers and hunt in game rich areas.

The Russian partners in the city are very helpful and accommodating. Once we reached camp the guides would not listen to Mr. Hodson and would only respond to Alexei, the Russian partner and their boss. This problem was compounded by his absence from the hunting camps and availability only by short wave radio at certain times of the day or night when he was not in Kharbarovsk.

The transportation from Kharbarovsk to the hunting camps was by helicopter and prop plane. The problem was they belonged to the gold mining company and would only transfer hunters after their work was completed, and if they were in the area. They had the additional propensity to overload the machine. Twice we were unable to get off of the ground due to the weight. Loading was haphazard at best, and presented a very dangerous situation for all concerned.

The major stumbling block during this was the lack of an interpreter in camp and the field. We were unable to communicate effectively at critical times, such as during observation of rams, planning stalks and tracking wounded animals. It was my understanding that an interpreter would be provided-for the hunt at each camps There was one in Mr. Hodson's camp, but not in our. There was access to Yuri by radio once in awhile at night. This did not help during the times of immediate need of good communications.

The second problem of major importance was the lack of respect by the field crew toward Mr. Hodson. They would voice their dislike and distrust for him often. This made the hunt very difficult too impossible at times.

A most distressing part of the hunt was the total lack of understanding by the Russian guides of the spot and stalking of rams. Their attitude was shoot, shoot, shoot regardless of distance, wind, size or the hunters's ability. They do not share the same ethical qualities that we do. Some of this is cultural, of course. The dilemma then becomes, do we lower our standards to theirs, or educate them to ours and what we expect on an international sheep hunt? I found it very distressing that my guide refused to track a wounded sheep with or for me. He also wasted an excessive amount of meat on another ram, stating it was too far to pack it to camp. He would rather jump shoot the sheep instead, of slowly stalking and examining the rams carefully as is the norm.

It was felt by all of us that special rams were scouted and saved for special clients. This became evident when one special client could not climb a mountain and one of my group was sent to shoot a ram there. Also, during our final meal in Kharbarovsk we were informed by our host in the city that he was instructed to keep us away from another important hunter who was in the city and leaving for the hunting area the next day. Our discontent was known, and Mr. Hodson did not want us to speak with him.

Another problem developed when the crew hoarded the fresh food and beverages sent into camp and left us with three year old freeze dried arid related foodstuffs to take to spike camps. One of my counterparts even had to eat rancid meat.

Anyone hunting here should know that the wolves, bears and hunting pressure are a major factor in the behavior of the sheep. Insect infestation during that time of year also plays a major role in the sheep's restlessness. They do not bed for very long before moving.

Another problem I encountered was the crew trying to make me have a two-on-one hunt when I paid for a one-on-one hunt. I straightened that out on the second day, but it was distressful to think they tried to manipulate us to their liking.

In summary, I would caution anyone wishing to travel to the Far East to hunt Siberian snow sheep. The weather, travel logistics, and the cultural attitudes of the crews are adverse at best. Secondary itineraries should be planned for the down times. Alternate modes and routes of travel should be planned. Extra time, as much as twice what you would think would be needed, should be discussed. An absolute requirement is that an interpreter be with you at all time. This is especially important on the hunt. You should check the foodstuffs yourself before leaving the city for the hunting camps. The problems of ethics, hunting styles, meat salvage, and trophy care must be understood. The only effective way to obtain this is by having good communication through an interpreter in camp and while hunting.

Up to now I have felt at ease recommending Bob Hodson and Sable Expeditions for a hunting experience in the Far East. He has good control of issues within the cities, but has none in the field. Until these problems are resolved, I would have to caution anyone going at this time, to research the corrective actions he may take in the future carefully. Until now I have gotten along well with Bob and thought the program was straight up. I now have reservations about that opinion.

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To: The Hunting Report From: R.P. Mussleman Re: Sable Expeditions and Russian Hunt Date: September 21, 2001

I spoke with Bob Hodson about the hunt and the report I turned in to you. Bob had several explanations for some of the problems we encountered. I want to make it perfectly clear that I intend to remain friends with Bob. I feel that there were enough significant problems encountered during the trip, that anyone intending to go should be informed in order to discuss and prevent any recurrences. Bob produces sheep for his hunters and that is good. The Russians have there own agenda, which makes things difficult and occasionally dicey.

I will refer you to Tom Brunner who was on the hunt and experienced the meat problem. You can reach him at 12401 163 rd Ave. SE, Sawyer, North Dakota 58781-9113. The problem with shot sheep and which ones, you can discuss with him and Bob Hall at P0 Box 7965 Jackson, Wyoming 83002, 307-734-2471. A third hunter/guide who had a mix-up on his role as a hunter or guide, can be reached at 10 Creek Lane, Cody, Wyoming 82414, 307-587-5343. I am confused as to exactly what happened with him. You should contact him otherwise it would be hearsay.

The problem with keeping us from other hunters may be a communication problem with the expediter, but one that needs to be corrected. I think these are all the areas Bob and I discussed. I want everyone to know that I would hunt again with Sable Expeditions. I would however stress several caveats to you. First and foremost, you must have an interpreter in the field with you. Second, take extra time and have a secondary itinerary for down times. Third, discuss completely with your guide and interpreter your expectation concerning how you want to hunt, the trophy care, meat salvage, and trophy selection will be done. The ability to communicate effectively with everyone involved will greatly enhance your enjoyment of your hunt. Fourth, schedule extra time, you are going to need it. Last, book an extra exit ticket a few weeks later than your expected departure time. This will be a small expense if you miss your first flight out, and will greatly enhance your trip by reducing the anxiety and boredom of remaining in Russia when you are on a tight schedule.

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To: The Hunting Report From: Bob Hodson Re: R.P. Mussleman and Russian Hunt

Thank you for taking the time to talk with me in regards to the letter that you received from R.P. Musselman. I have talked with R.P. after I returned from my hunts this week and feel that he did have some legitimate concerns. He also had some items in his letter, which I do not agree with and I think that he now also has a better understanding since our conversation.

As we all know, hunting in foreign countries has its challenges. Any hunter who hunts internationally needs to understand that programs in foreign countries do not run as smooth as in the United States. I have been operating in Russia since 1991, spending 2-5 months per year hunting sheep and bear. I have the best partners in the Russian Far East. As good as they are, they do make mistakes, as do we all.

The hunt with R.P. was filled with challenges, most notably the weather and flight schedules. Direct flights to the Russian Far East are only once a week. This creates problems, which I have no control over. If a hunter misses a flight by one day, they must wait a week or fly a different route back to the United States at a considerable expense. The carriers servicing this area were to have had more flights this fall, but decided at the last moment not to offer these flights (as of July 15). Because of this, I had to use services that I normally don't use, which added considerable time to the hunt.

I had sent my guides into the field eight days early to scout for sheep and prepare the camps for my clients. The guides were unable to work due to a large cyclone, which hit the area during that week. My Russian partner decided to establish a central camp to fly the hunters out to spike camps, due to the extended flight times and helicopter operating range. We were delayed due to weather, and as soon as it cleared, they were transferred to my best camp. This camp has produced my seven largest rams, including the number 1, 3 and 4. I was delayed with two other clients for several days by a second cyclone! This delayed helicopter transport. I cannot control the weather.

I agree with R.P. that there should have been and interpreter in the camp with them.

I also agree with R.P. on the meat salvage issue. It is the responsibility of the client to be able to help pack out the ram and their share of the equipment or arrange for a packer if they are unable to do so.

The lack of respect that R.P. refers to is a complex issue. I do require a lot out of my guides, this is one of the reasons that I have been so successful in Siberia. Trophy quality, camp preparation and guiding are all complex issues to Russian guides who are subsistence hunters. I feel that my guides are the very best in Siberia. I also recognize that employees and their bosses do not always get along. The guides understand a lot of English and were aware of negative comments directed toward them by the clients.

R.P. wounded a ram early in the hunt. This created a problem, which I am still working on.

On the way to try and find the wounded ram, R.P. shot a second ram. This only delayed the search for the wounded ram. I feel that any hunter must not be so focused on species collecting or going home without an animal that they lose focus on what hunting is all about. In my contract I have a wound/loss policy, which clearly outlines my position. R.P. does not feel he should pay for the ram that was wounded and takes no responsibility for this animal.

R.P. also commented that I held special rams for clients. This is not true, and I work equally hard for all of my clients. We did take some exceptional rams again in Siberia this year the ram R.P. shot was an above average ram, and the one he wounded was even larger. I also feel that as R.P. stated in his report, rams were scarce he saw 18 rams, four of which were good. I feel that this is a good number of rams for hunts that are conducted, ethically, on foot. All five of the clients associated with R.P.`s group got rams.

I send a large box of fresh food from the United States with each group of clients. If R.P. or any of my clients had a problem, they were told to communicate via radio with me at 10 p.m. each night or leave a message on my emergency contact telephone, which I check via satellite telephone.

I have enclosed my hunt descriptions and departure checklist (I have highlighted areas of interest). I believe that most of the concerns that R.P. states were addressed in these documents and should have been no surprise to him. Every season in Russia is different and full of challenges; it is also full of rewards.

R.P is a good hunter and I hope that we will hunt together again.

I will continue to do my best for my clients. I learn from them, you and others to try and make my hunts as successful and enjoyable for my clients as I can. I enjoy hunting. I enjoy my hunters. The bottom line is sometimes things do not go as planned. I accept the responsibility and will do what I can to correct the problems.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Sable Expeditions, Ltd 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: 1416 Weapon Used: Primitive How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 8, 1999 to September 20, 1999
Place of Hunt: Russia - Kamchatka
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Bob Hudson; Sable Expeditions, Ltd. 906 West Northern Lights; Anchorage; AK; 99503; Tel. 907-561-7267; Fax: 907-561-1027;
Personal Guide (if any):
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Sheep, Bighorn (Rocky Mountain) - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 150 class.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Bear - Availability: Large nut crop. Big bears high in mountains. Low on salmon numbers and out of time.
Game Condition Comments: Excellent. Beautiful country. I saw 13 fams, 11 of which were mature.


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: Rssue Alaskain Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $15800
Trophy Fees: Second sheep. Amount: $7000
Permits/Licenses: Visa Amount: $185
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $2200
Charter Airfares: Unknown Amount: $0
Other Costs: Tips $1200, overnight aircharge $200 Amount: $1400
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Ram first day and the high cliffs. Ram muzzleloader sixth day, "world record."
Equipment Recommendations: Usual sheep stuff! Be in shape!
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: R. P. Muzzleman
Contact Information: Tel. 530-284-7443 - PO Box 729, Gisserville, CA 95947
Hunting Experience: I have hunted in the United States, Canada, Africa and Asia.
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 Sable Expeditions, Ltd 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: 649 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 22, 1998 to September 3, 1998
Place of Hunt: Russia - Kamchatka
Hunt Area: Central Ridge


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Bob Hudson; Sable Expeditions, Ltd. 906 West Northern Lights; Anchorage; AK; 99503; Tel. 907-561-7267; Fax: 907-561-1027;
Personal Guide (if any): Alexander
Booking Agent (if any): Bob Hudson; Sable Expeditions, Ltd. 906 West Northern Lights; Anchorage; AK; 99503; Tel. 907-561-7267; Fax: 907-561-1027;
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Sheep, Bighorn (Rocky Mountain) - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: 34 x 14. I saw twelve rams and only two were decent.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: An excellent job done by Bob Hudson from Sable Expeditons.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: experimental hunt Amount: $0
Trophy Fees: Amount: $4000
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1610
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Weather, rain, wind and fog.
Highlights of Hunt:
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Robert Logan
Contact Information: Tel. 403-264-2245 - 100- 909- 7 Avenue South East, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 1A6, Canada
Hunting Experience: I have hunted most North American animals and 23 species of sheep for a total of 29.
Physical Condition: Respectively 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 Sable Expeditions, Ltd 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: 834 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 26, 1998 to June 5, 1998
Place of Hunt: Russia - Siberia
Hunt Area: Nel Kan


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Bob Hudson; Sable Expeditions, Ltd. 906 West Northern Lights; Anchorage; AK; 99503; Tel. 907-561-7267; Fax: 907-561-1027;
Personal Guide (if any): Bob Hodson and Steve Hitchcock
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Sheep, Snow - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 166 points. Should be number 5 in SCI Record Book.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Excellent for spring hunt.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Alaska Air Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: One flight per week to Khacaborok.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $12500
Trophy Fees: included Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: included Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1400
Charter Airfares: included Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $2000
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: A lot of down time to spring weather in Siberia. Be in shape, lots of snow shoveling.
Highlights of Hunt: Days spents in Kharauork, great Russian guides, days in Nel'Kan
Equipment Recommendations: Snow shoes and plastic Koflach boots.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Lee R. Anderson
Contact Information: Tel. 612-545-1004 - 5500 Wayyata Boulevard, Suite 950, Golden Valley, MN 55416
Hunting Experience: I have hunted 15 species of world sheep.
Physical Condition: Average plus.


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
18 day hunt, five days hunting, 13 days travel and tent time in snow storms and fogs.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Sable Expeditions, Ltd 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: 837 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 18, 1998 to June 5, 1998
Place of Hunt: Russia - Siberia
Hunt Area: Nilkon Region, Kalitta Valley


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Bob Hudson; Sable Expeditions, Ltd. 906 West Northern Lights; Anchorage; AK; 99503; Tel. 907-561-7267; Fax: 907-561-1027;
Personal Guide (if any): Bob Hudson, Tad Gilbert
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Sheep, Snow - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent, 145 net SCI, should be new number 14 SCI
Game Sought But Not Taken: Bear, Grizzly - Availability: Late spring and El Nino.
Game Condition Comments: Rams were in beautiful condition. Hides were in no danger of slipping due to late spring. Spring hides have a tendency to be bleached from sun (almost a light golden retreiver color).


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Alaska Airlines -- good, Aeroflat -- fair to poor. Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: Totally unrealiable flight schedules and many delays. I waited for Aeroflat one week!


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $12500
Trophy Fees: included Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: included Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: first class from Minneapolis to Kharpost Amount: $2500
Charter Airfares: included Amount: $0
Other Costs: additional hotel nights and miscellaneous expenses Amount: $1500
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Adverse weather, late spring with lots of late season snow and wind conditions, Aeroflat Airlines one week delay and unreliable flight schedule.
Highlights of Hunt: Many, many, rams. Outfitter was the biggest highlight. Excellent, excellent, excellent equipment and area first class.
Equipment Recommendations: Extremely good mountain snow shoes, walking stickd, good day pack, the best mountaineering sun glasses and snow gators.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? I would recommend the hunt without a doubt! Yes!


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Jay E. Link
Contact Information: Tel. 715-466-2234 - P. O. Box 210, Highway 53S, Minong, WI 54859
Hunting Experience: I have hunted in Africa, all of North America, Russia, Central Asia and the South Pacific.
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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