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Outfitter Review - Newfoundland Guide Service

Submit Date: May 26, 2002

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Newfoundland Guide Service

Outfitter / Contact: Bill Bryden

Location: Newfoundland, Canada

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Caribou, Moose, Black Bear

Game Quality: Very Poor

Game Quantity: Essentially none

Accomodations: Extremely poor

Camp Condition: Poor to nonexistant

Food Quality: Very poor

Guide Experience: Modest to Poor

Other Personal Experience: NA

Review Information

Hunter: Hal Ledbetter



Would Recommend: Not to my worst enemy

Overall Impression: Unimaginable disaster

I made arrangements for a tent camp wilderness hunt for myself and my brother. On arrival we were not met and Bill Bryden seemed surprised we were in NF. That night he began to get some things together to take us hunting, basically amounting to a quick run to the grocery. Bryden was late because he had made no arrangements for our flight to camp. I had to pay the added cost of a larger aircraft to transport the camp gear and guides on top of our "outfitting" costs (apparently all of which went to paying his debts to other hunters). Bryden told us we would now be hunting from a cabin on Saviour Lake. He neglected to mention that he did not have permission of the owner, who arrived on the first hunting day and wanted us out. The cabin was a shambles and filthy beyond description. We had no form of light, which meant we could not hunt from dark to dark. Some of the food was half-eaten fare from Bryden's own refrigerator. We never saw a legal caribou or moose. Bryden ranted all week about his debts to other hunters from failed ventures in the arctic and apparently some unresolved issues from the preceding season. He had no functional binoculars and wore a white T-shirt when hunting. He admitted to poaching bears for gall bladders. When we were going to be evicted he failed even to summon the motivation to get us resituated. He talks a good game, but don't be fooled. The only reason that I have not sued him is that I know he has no assets.

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