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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 8696 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 1, 2012 to May 6, 2012
Place of Hunt: United States - Idaho
Hunt Area: 23


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Heaven's Gate Outfitters. PO Box 1196; Riggins; ID; 83549; Tel. 208-628-2783; Web www.hgoid.com
Personal Guide (if any): Andy Savage
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Bear, Black - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 6ft
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Game was abundant. Four bears taken during my five day hunt, mine and three other hunters. 100% success. Andy and his guides have great concessions, great dogs and work hard.


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: Southwest Airlines Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Southwest Airlines makes it easy to travel with firearms and easy to change flight times if you tag out early and want to get home.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $2900
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $240
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $500
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None
Highlights of Hunt: The hunt was great. The morning hunts were behind hounds. There were two truck boxes with 16 dogs total. The two strike dogs were great and ran three bears during my time there. The evening hunts were done over bait in the Nez Perce National Forest after riding horseback to get into the remote locations. The scenery was breathtaking, the guides were experienced and friendly, Andy runs a good camp, his wife Karen is friendly, helpful with all the pre-trip details and a great cook. The dogs were a pleasure to watch work. Andy and Karen bought Heaven's Gate from Darwin Vander Esch. There are some negative reviews about Darwin's operation (which probably explains why he sold out). I never hunted with him, so can't comment from first hand experience, but Andy and Karen kept many of his guides and I can tell you that based on their stories about Darwin, I can understand the negative reports. I can tell you that Karen and Andy's operation is top notch.
Equipment Recommendations: Bring raingear and two pair of lace up waterproof boots. This is a back country hunt and you will be in the field. Most of the days were beautiful, but is does rain in the mountains.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Andy runs a top-notch operation. This is a true western experience and hunt. You will be on horseback and hunting behind great hounds. Andy's guides are friendly and experienced. His hunting areas are breathtaking and full of game. The evening we arrived we drove a three mile loop in the mountains around his house and saw over 100 whitetail and mule deer and flocks of turkeys and elk. There were three other hunters in camp while I was, we all got bears - I got mine behind dogs. There are just too many positives to list them all here.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Jeff Passmore
Contact Information: Tel. (214) 287-3533 - 6502 Wickerwood Drive | Dallas | Tx | USA | 75248 E-mail: jeffpassmore@hotmail.com
Hunting Experience: I have hunted for 25 years in multiple countries: birds, deer, bears, sheep, goats, in mountains, timber and grasslands. I have used outfitters and guides in the US and internationally.
Physical Condition: Good. I run 20 miles per week most weeks.


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
The Hunting Report is a great resource and I use it all the time before booking a hunt or bidding on one at a convention. Hunting report needs to remove report 6751. It reports on the prior owner of Heaven's Gate (Darwin Vander Esch) based on a hunt in January 2008. The current owner is Andy Savage. Andy and his wife Karen bought the operation from Darwin in 2009. They relocated from New Hampshire where Andy had hunted, trapped and run hounds his whole life. He runs a very friendly and quality operation and report 6751 is misleading to the potential hunter who might not know about the change of ownership.





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