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Outfitter Review - Northern Idaho High Country Outfitter

Submit Date: Nov 20, 2001

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Northern Idaho High Country Outfitter

Outfitter / Contact: Chad Gallagher/Jeanie Richardson

Location: Idaho, USA

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Elk

Game Quality: None

Game Quantity: None

Accomodations: good

Camp Condition: good

Food Quality: poor

Guide Experience: 1 guide-fair

Other Personal Experience: drunk

Review Information

Hunter: Rob Alexander

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Email:

Would Recommend: NO WAY!

Overall Impression: it sucked!

This was an Elk hunt during opening week in the Idaho panhandle (Oct 10-17 2001). This hunt sucked. The outfitter, Chad Gallagher, is a scam artist. In fact, we were delayed on the first day because he was talking to his attorney to keep himself out of jail. He also told us he has had problems with the game warden, and if we saw him to let him do the talking. There were 4 hunters in camp but only 1 guide but paid for a 2on1 hunt, so Chad was a 'acting guide'. In a 7 day hunt, all 4 hunters combined saw 4 cows and calfs. The one guide in camp had guided for 14 years, but he arrived in camp the same day we did, therefore no scouting was done beforehand. This was primarily an elk hunt however, Chad promised an excellent chance at a deer, bear or cougar. We saw a combined 4 does and fawns and never saw any bear or cougar sign. Chad only hunts on public land (national Forest). We saw other hunters everyday! Chad packed us in several miles by horse to 'get away from the public'. However, this area allows motorcycles, and we saw motorcycle hunters everyday. While we were out hunting, motorcycles would drive right through our camp. Many times the motorcyles would beat the horses to the area where the guide wanted to hunt. Days before we were to leave Chad called and wanted all the money up front. He said the elk rut had not started and guaranteed we would hear bugles daily. He also told us based on archery season, we would see elk everyday. Needless to say we never heard a bugle and the elk were not rutting. The oufitter's Mommy bought this guide service for Chad Gallagher from another outfit the year before and along with it bought alot of new equipment. Therefore the camp is in good shape. However the food was sucked. This oufitter is new and young. He believes in getting drunk every night and lying about everything. Maybe when he grows up he will learn to treat his cutomers with respect. And that we are paying for a professionally guided hunting trip rather than a $3750 camping trip. I have been on many hunting trips and this was by far the worst ever! Beware he might change the name of this outfit in order to scam the next years hunters. The outfitter licesnce belongs to Mommy - Jeanie Richardson (and Mike Richardson).

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