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Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Southeast Alaska Guiding 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: 8922 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: November 4, 2012 to November 4, 2012
Place of Hunt: United States - Alaska
Hunt Area: Southeast


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Hans Baertle; Southeast Alaska Guiding. PO Box 240266; Douglas; AK; 99824; Tel. 907-209-2109; Email: info@seaguiding.com; Web www.seaguiding.com
Personal Guide (if any): Hans Baertle
Booking Agent (if any): Jeff Blair; Blair Worldwide Hunting. P. O. Box 3088; Flagstaff; AZ; 86003; Tel. 800-338-5252; Fax: 928-779-2429;Web www.blairworldwide.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Goat, Mountain - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 8 3/4"
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: game throughout this region. lots of glassing involved, but the goats are abundant. make sure you're in top physical condition for this 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: American and Alaska Airline Service: Fair
Airline Comments: lost my gun in chicago. took 4 days to find it


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $10000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $685
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $640
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: hotel Amount: $300
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: great hunt in the glacier area of southeast alaska. As always, rain, rain and more rain. Lots of climbing and walking up the mountains to finally come across a small herd of goat. The coats on these animals are exceptional this time of year.Hans and his wife Natalia run a first class operation from their boat
Equipment Recommendations: good hiking boots, quality rain gear and a good pair of binoculars. Also when hunting in this region it's recommended to use a rifle with a composite stock
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Hans knows the areas and along with his other guides gives it a 110% when hunting them


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: mike boritz
Contact Information: Tel. 717-577-3043 - 4430 bull road | dover | pa | usa | 17315 E-mail: ascom@comcast.net
Hunting Experience: usa,south america, africa,canada. started hunting at age 16.
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
if you want an excellent trophy goat, this is the place



Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Southeast Alaska Guiding 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: 8072 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: November 4, 2010 to November 12, 2010
Place of Hunt: United States - Alaska
Hunt Area: Southeast Alaska


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Hans Baertle; Southeast Alaska Guiding. PO Box 240266; Douglas; AK; 99824; Tel. 907-209-2109; Email: info@seaguiding.com; Web www.seaguiding.com
Personal Guide (if any): Wes
Booking Agent (if any): North American Fair Chase. 397 Stonegate; Wind Gap; PA; 18091; Tel. 610-863-5678;
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Goat, Mountain - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: B+C
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Lots of goats.


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 Airline Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Gun plus duffel bags were on time.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $9500
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $400
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $700
Charter Airfares: Boat hunt out of Juneau, Alaska Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Shooting a B&C long hair mountain goat with many to pick from. Also a surprise video of my hunt.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Because Southeast Alaska Guiding is a top notch operation. Quality animals plus great scenery.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Nyhe R. Swast
Contact Information: Tel. 724-664-6802 - 102 Hoover Rd. Templeton, PA 16259
Hunting Experience: Grand slam of sheep, times 2. Also super slam of North America. 29
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 Southeast Alaska Guiding 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: 7416 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 1, 2009 to September 11, 2009
Place of Hunt: United States - Alaska
Hunt Area: 1C


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Hans Baertle; Southeast Alaska Guiding. PO Box 240266; Douglas; AK; 99824; Tel. 907-209-2109; Email: info@seaguiding.com; Web www.seaguiding.com
Personal Guide (if any): Hans Baertle
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Bear, Black - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: 8 foot square - 20 15 /16 skull.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Bears were scattered due to large salmon run. Abundant berry crop, overhunting by non selective spring hunters.


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: Excellent
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $5500
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $390
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1000
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Tips. Amount: $1500
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Very large bear taken, sea-life, wildlife, scenery, fishing and food.
Equipment Recommendations: Hip boots, stainless steel rifle.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Hans does a great job and would not allow us to take a substandard bear.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: James Brogan
Contact Information: Tel. 304-384-7162 - PO Box 591, Athens, WV 24712 E-mail: misinc@frontiernet.net
Hunting Experience: I do about 5 international hunts annually.
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 Southeast Alaska Guiding 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: 7188 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: November 5, 2008 to November 8, 2008
Place of Hunt: United States - Alaska
Hunt Area: Southeast


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Hans Baertle; Southeast Alaska Guiding. PO Box 240266; Douglas; AK; 99824; Tel. 907-209-2109; Email: info@seaguiding.com; Web www.seaguiding.com
Personal Guide (if any): Wes Malcow
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken:
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: I saw some goats, however due to the lack of snow, most were at the higher elevations. The trophy anyhow.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $9000
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: See comments.
Highlights of Hunt: Scenery.
Equipment Recommendations: Good boots, white non-isolated jacket and pants.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? No
Why? See comments.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Ken Huebsch
Contact Information: Tel. 717-514-1793 - 39 Laudermilch Rd., Hershey, PA 17033 E-mail: kenhuebsch@hotmail.com
Hunting Experience: Great experiences in New Zealand, Africa, Canada and Russia.
Physical Condition: Excellent - very active in sports.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Yes 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? Money is not the goal, however I feel I am entitled to $3,500. This is less than half of the cost I paid for the hunt.


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
While on a mountain goat hunt this past November 2008 with "Southeast Alaska Guiding", owned and operated by Hans Baertle, I feel I was taken advantage of by Wes Malcow, the other guide under Mr. Baertle.

My complaint has nothing to do with the fact the guide will claim the animal was wounded after a shot I took. The guide and I began to run further up the mountain in pursuit of what may or may not have been a wounded goat. Because I dread the idea of having an animal suffer, and knowing the guide could reach the potentially wounded animal before I could, I ethically handed the guide my rifle, instructing him to kill the goat if he was wounded. The guide ran up ahead of me as I followed at a slower pace. I watched and waited as he searched for any evidence of blood. This went on for 15 minutes while I waited 100 yards below with the guide in clear sight. Upon his return, he approached to within 5-10 yards of my position. To the side of me was a rise in elevation roughly 25 yards away. The guide wanted to check over that way. Feeling refreshed, I asked for my rifle back. The guide would not return it. Instead, he said he wanted to check, just over the rise. I told him I wanted to come. He stepped further away from me, telling me to stay put; that he would get me if he saw the goat, so that I could make the kill. I trusted him at his word, although his actions were making me feel suspicious. (Why would he keep my rifle and not let me follow?) Within seconds he cleared the rise and shot 3 times. This occurred within one minute of leaving me standing, waiting! Wounded or not, Wes Malcow of "Southeast Alaska Guiding" refused to: 1. Give me back my rifle when I asked for it. 2. Let me come with him. 3. Come back as he said he would, denying me the opportunity to kill the goat I paid to hunt.

When I got home I needed to get back to work and get through the holidays like everyone else. I gave myself time to get over it; however, the more I tried to let it go, the more I felt I was truly neglecting my responsibility as a hunter. I called the owner and tried explaining what had occurred. He began to defend his associate, taking refuge in "what his guide is required to do if an animal is wounded," not even considering that what I was telling him was both sincere and honest. He said he would talk to Wes and get back to me. Well, as expected he told me he believes the other guide.

I have hunted and missed an animal before. That's hunting! I have hunted in Russia, Africa, New Zealand, Canada and throughout the US, and never have I been treated so unprofessionally. For this guide service, and that is what they are, to treat me this way and hide behind the shield of a so called "wounded animal" is unconscionable. I care deeply about how people are treated; I started a program in my state of PA that is responsible for putting out 4,000 meals worth of venison each year for the hungry. I pray you will get this letter out there for other hunters to read. I feel obligated to share this with other hunters who might be considering a hunt with this outfit now or in the future.

Conditions on the boat were average at best. Bring ear plugs if you plan on trying to sleep. Be prepared; the sleeping conditions are what they are. I was crammed into the lower part of the bow with another hunter and guide. You could hear every noise including the snoring that went on all night. I slept with my pillow over my ears. The second night I slept above on the narrow cushioned seat in the kitchen area, the only other place you could be. Showers were discouraged. After climbing a mountain all day long you may find that unacceptable. Due to a limited supply of water, I took what is commonly referred to as a navy shower. The water was cold making it impossible to stay in for long anyway. The living area on the boat is tight. If you have a problem being confined in tight quarters you may want to reconsider this approach to goat hunting, at least on this boat.

Rebuttal from Hans Baertle of Southeast Alaska Guiding:

I received your Hunt Report from Ken Huebsch just a few days ago. I have been on a road trip since January 19th. As you suggested for me to do I will tell you the way I view the matter under discussion.

It came as a surprise when Ken Huebsch called me right after New Year complaining very harshly how my long time guide Wes Malcom cheated him out of finishing his wounded goat. Up until this call I had no indication that there was a problem. This is almost two months after the conclusion of the hunt. When Ken left the boat to return to Juneau with the other hunter Howard Ozer, both successful, he seemed happy about the hunt and his 9 inch billy. He gave me absolutely no indication of harboring any misgivings. The only thing he complained about during the hunt was how hard the climbing was to get to the goats. My guide Wes Malcom spotted a nice billy coming down into a valley not far from the boat. Wes decided to go after the animal the next morning taking Ken on his first climb to about the 1200 foot level. This was by no means a tough climb. They did not connect with the goat they were after. After returning back to the boat Ken was ready to quit the hunt right then because things were way tougher than he had ever imagined. My other client Howard Ozer took his goat on the first day at about the 1200 foot level. It took all three of us to talk Ken out of giving up the hunt and at least give it another try since he had 5 hunting days left. Wes and Ken then were successful on their next attempt and all was fine again. I don't know what to tell you about the sleeping arrangements on my 50 foot vessel. There are three very long and wide bunks in the forward section of the boat. Typically for boats there is not a lot of room to walk around down there but it is warm and dry. As to the other complaint about people snoring and keeping Ken from sleeping. I can't really comment on that either only that's just how it seems to be in any of hunting camps I have been, whether it is a tent, cabin or boat.

Also Ken Huebsch claims the charge of the hunt was $ 9000. I had a short term cancellation and I passed the hunter's forfeit deposit on to Ken as savings. He only paid $ 7000 for the hunt. The only other thing I would like to mention is anybody who is interested in any of my hunts is offered a reference list of ALL CLIENTS who hunted with me for the previous three years. This means everybody successful and unsuccessful. This will provide anybody interested with enough input to come up with a decision whether or not I provide the right kind of guide service for them.

I have contacted Dr. Howard Ozer the other hunter who was present during the hunt and asked him about his opinion. I received his letter today. You will find it as an attachment along with the letter I send to Ken Huebsch back in January. You may receive an additional Letter from Dr. Ozer.

Rerebuttal from Ken Huebsch:

With respect to me wanting to give up: completely false. Although the mountain climbing was a challenge, I actually enjoyed the climbing aspect of the hunt and never thought or said anything to anyone about quitting the hunt. On the contrary, the other hunter said he was going to have Hans call for a sea plane to pick him up from our location if I had not gotten a goat by the third day; an option apparently available to hunters but logistically less desirable. I did respond to that saying I was going to stay until the end of the hunt if necessary. I am in good shape, physically. The climb was not the issue.

Hans suggested I should have responded to him sooner. Many things going through my mind as I returned home from Alaska. I had ill feelings, and I needed time to come to terms with them; to see how I felt, in retrospect, about the circumstances surrounding my hunt. This could not be accomplished immediately. I am a person who is thoughtful and slow to act. Upon my arrival home, my wife tore all the ligaments in her ankle and I was doing the work of two people. I needed time to clear my head so I could act for the right reasons. As I digested everything, I knew, in the end, that I had been wronged. That's when I began to put my feelings, first into several phone calls to Mr. Baertle, then on paper.

Interestingly enough, Wes Malcolm, the one person who is responsible for breaching my contract is the only one who has not responded.

I too can provide a list of professional guides I've had the pleasure of hunting with over the years. I encourage anyone to email Dirk Dorfling with Mayogi Safaris at mayogisaf@kirkwood.co.za, my PH in South Africa; or Dimitri Sikorski my guide in Russia at club@sdvod.donetsk.ua with Outdoor Adventures. I will be happy to provide other guides on request. My credibility in this matter is critical, so please, if you are a hunter considering a hunt with Southeast Alaska Guiding, contact the guide who I have hunted with that can speak for my credibility.

In conclusion, I felt obligated to report what occurred on this hunt. We, as hunters, who get victimized like this have an obligation to report it. Fortunately, most hunting outfitters do not conduct business like this. I have been fortunate to have top-notch, ethical guides up to this point. In this case, however, Southeast Alaska Guiding showed me the darker side of the trade.

Anyone interested in contacting me may do so.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Southeast Alaska Guiding 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: 6688 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: April 23, 2008 to May 5, 2008
Place of Hunt: United States - Alaska
Hunt Area: Admiralty Island


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Hans Baertle; Southeast Alaska Guiding. PO Box 240266; Douglas; AK; 99824; Tel. 907-209-2109; Email: info@seaguiding.com; Web www.seaguiding.com
Personal Guide (if any): Hans Baertle
Booking Agent (if any): Kurt Hughes; Hunters Elite. PO Box 81224; Billings; MT; 59108; Tel. 406-951-1064; Email: okhughes@bresnan.net;
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Bear, Brown - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Over 9 foot.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Bear, Brown - Availability: Passed two shooters that were rubbed out and saw two more after I tagged out.
Game Condition Comments: We saw over 60 bears during 12 days of hunting and this was early in the season with bears still coming out of hibernation.


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 Airline Service: Poor
Airline Comments: The airlines are now a real mess. Coming home, I flew from Juneau to Seattle, then Seattle to DFW. At DFW, I got off the plane and went to the monitor to learn that my flight to Little Rock had been cancelled. It was 9 pm CST and I had been up since 4 am AK Time. My only option to get home would be on the following day. I had to get a room in Ft. Worth, fly to Texarkana the next day, then rent a car and drive for 2 hours to get home.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $14500
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $550
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Tip to Hans $1,000 - he more than earned it. Amount: $1000
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Absolutely none. Spending two weeks on a boat with others could be trying if the personalities do not mesh. I enjoyed Hans' company very much. The other guide, Mike Shaw, is an incredibly nice guy, who is very knowledgeable and helpful. The other hunter, an awesome guy, was Joe Citro from Pennsylvania. We all got along very well and had the best of times together.
Highlights of Hunt: On one occasion, we were wading to the skiff as it began getting dark and my guide suddenly stopped behind me. I looked up to see a brown bear watching us from about 40 yards! It did not know what to make of us. It then came at us, romping like a playful puppy. It was not a charge, but the bear was just curious. It was very exciting to experience this. Of course, the moment of success was one huge adrenalin rush. We spotted my bear from an island and got in the skiff to go to shore downwind for the stalk. As we were motoring to shore, I used small bungie cords to strap my camcorder to my 338 WM. Hans watched me, saying, "I have guided all kinds of hunters, but now I have seen it all!" At the moment of truth, the Sony Handycam did an incredible job. It withstood the shock of four shots from the 338 WM without losing focus. As we crawled over large boulders, we were suddenly on top of the bear and found ourselves facing him at 32 yards!! I was lucky enough to get incredible footage of the moment of truth when I got this large animal. It will be on You Tube. Search videos for "Shackleford hunt". I am also putting a clip on seaguiding.com. By the last day, Day 12, the other hunter had problems with his rifle as his bolt would jam. I gave him my 338 WM since I was tagged out and he got his bear on the last day!!
Equipment Recommendations: We were out all day glassing from a skiff, or setting up on an island or point and watching the shoreline. Good optics will be very useful. I took both binoculars and a spotting scope and I am glad I did. It is kind of a hassle traveling with a spotting scope but you can see so much better with the scope than binoculars alone. Good hip boots and rain gear are vital. We waded through various creeks and when getting in and out of the skiff. There were also periods of rain for several days at a time. My Helly Hansen rain gear was awesome and kept me dry. You need to be prepared for spending hours in windy rainy weather. I took a Sealine Dry Bag to keep things dry while in the skiff. In my day pack, I kept my camera and camcorder in 2 gal zip-lok bags to keep them dry, During my hunt, the highest of highs were around 50 degrees, and the lows in the 30s. We had several days of beautiful bluebird sunny skies.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? It more than met my expectations. It is an incredible feeling the first time you get out of the skiff to stalk a brown bear and be on their turf. We also saw many bald eagles, whales, sea lions. I was very fortunate to have the greatest guide who more than lived up to what he had advertised on his website.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Bruce Shackleford
Contact Information: Tel. 501-765-9009 - 4601 Mountain View Rd., Benton, AR 72019 E-mail: bruceshackleford@aristotle.net
Hunting Experience: Have hunted WTD for over 45 yrs; Hunts booked with outfitters include Yukon moose, elk, caribou, mule deer, pronghorn. I was successful on all game hunted. I have also bagged many Rio Grande turkey, blackbuck and axis deer in Texas.
Physical Condition: Fair for being 56.


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
Hans Baertle is a one-of-a-kind guide who is very focused and extremely serious about getting his hunter a bear. He does not have a lazy bone in his body and always puts forth his best, working very hard to make it a hunt of a lifetime for his hunter. He has an uncanny ability to spot and field judge brown bears. He is meticulous about everything he does and keeps all his gear (skiffs, boat, etc) clean and in tiptop shape. I had a very comfortable stay on the Northern Star and the food was excellent. Hans is a top notch cook and makes some very creative dishes. Once you get a bear, Hans goes to great efforts to prepare your trophy. He has great skill in removing the hide from the animal in a manner such that there is very little fleshing to do. Once you get it back to the boat, he does all the detail work, fleshing around the lips, ears and eyes, then salting the hide. Upon observing this, I commented to him, "I bet the taxidermists love you!" because he makes their job much easier and makes sure to take the greatest of care of his hunter's trophy. Hans' approach to brown bear hunting is as though he had been told he had a terminal illness and this was going to be his very last hunt. That's how dedicated he is to the hunt. He is in excellent shape and is a predator, yet, he has a tremendous amount of respect for the creature he is seeking. It took me a while, but I finally realized that he wanted to get a brown bear as much as I did! On a hunt like this, the hunter spends every waking hour with his guide. I found Hans to be a very easy person to get along with, and enjoyed all of his interesting stories and experiences about hunting. In summary, all I can say is Hans Baertle does absolutely nothing half-ass and I will definitely hunt with him again! DEMOCRACY is two wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for lunch... LIBERTY is a well armed sheep contesting the outcome of the vote...

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Southeast Alaska Guiding 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: 7278 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: November 20, 2006 to November 26, 2006
Place of Hunt: United States - Alaska
Hunt Area: Southeast of Juneau


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Hans Baertle; Southeast Alaska Guiding. PO Box 240266; Douglas; AK; 99824; Tel. 907-209-2109; Email: info@seaguiding.com; Web www.seaguiding.com
Personal Guide (if any): Hans Baertle
Booking Agent (if any): Keith Atcheson; Jack Atcheson & Sons, Inc.. 3210 Ottawa St; Butte; MT; 59701; Tel. 406-782-2382; Fax: 406-723-3318;Email: office@atcheson.com; Web www.atcheson.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Goat, Mountain - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Very nice long haired billie - 9 inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: This was a late-season November hunt and all goats spotted had excellent coats.


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: Delta and Alaska Airlines Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: The good attitude and helpfulness of Alaska Airlines was quickly apparent.


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: High winds delayed flying out to Hans' boat (which is the camp) early in the morning and we waited until that afternoon to go out to the boat. Obviously this was basically a problem-free hunt.
Highlights of Hunt: The boat ride and scenery going up the arm and viewing the glacier. Seeing goats every day while on the boat and while hunting. Hans is a wealth of information and entertaining as well. Food was great.
Equipment Recommendations: Very rocky terrain so high quality and lighweight footwear. White camo if on the late season hunt.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Definitely recommend this hunt. You have an excellent chance at a long haired mature goat.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: David Rodgers
Contact Information: Tel. 870-830-1224 - 1786 Highway 276, DeWitt, AR 72042 E-mail: jaekandrip@netzero.com
Hunting Experience: Hunted western US, northern Canada, Alaska, Argentina, Namibia. Commercial waterfowl guide.
Physical Condition: Very good.


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


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
I would highly recommend this area and outfitter. Atcheson's have always given me good advice and outfitters to use. You have to be in shape for this hunt. You will stay on the boat in the evenings and climb up each day that you hunt. Altitude is not a problem, so concentrate on getting your legs in shape. Hans has a lot of life experience and he is very entertaining to be around as well as an excellent hunter. I went on the last hunt of the year (late November) and would remind any late season hunters that the days are very short and the nights long. You will spend a lot of time on the boat in fairly close quarters. This was not a problem in the least, just letting you know what to expect.



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