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Outfitter Review - Savage Encounters Inc.

Submit Date: Dec 5, 2003

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Savage Encounters Inc.

Outfitter / Contact: Chad Lenz

Location: Alberta, Canada

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Whitetail/Mule deer

Game Quality: extremely poor

Game Quantity: poor

Accomodations: adequate

Camp Condition: adequate

Food Quality: adequate

Guide Experience: poor

Other Personal Experience: adequate

Review Information

Hunter: John and Tanya Vanden Dungen



Would Recommend: NO

Overall Impression: disgusted

We had booked this hunt a year previous, intending to bring our young sons as they had advertised contained wild boar and sheep hunts in addition to the deer hunts. In addition , the advertisement was that we would see enough animals to have a selective opportunity at a decent buck. As circumstances do change sometimes, we did not end up taking the boys along. We were REALLY looking forward to our adult only vacation. From the start this hunt was a disaster. The day we arrived we were greeted with "What are you doing here, you're not supposed to be here till next week." It was not until we produced documentation proving we were in the right that they accepted our existance in camp. Even then we were treated as though it was our fault we were even there. The guide we were given had even been told that we had shown up early. We had chosen Alberta because we wished to spot and stalk, and/or still hunt rather than sit on stand over bait in another province. We had brought our own pop-up blinds to give us flexibility, and thank goodness we did because that is all we used. We were put on stands overlooking cut lines in small timber blocks in a far from remote area. We were assured that "a big deer had been seen in the area." I was put on a cut line near the local dump. It stunk. When my husband questioned the locality I was moved to a line looking down upon an intersection on a main highway a mere 600 yards away. Safe. Not. In all I spent 9 sessions on stand never seeing a deer. My husband saw all of 4 deer in his sets, two of which were very small bucks. After my husband complained to Chad that we had actually paid for a combination MULE DEER/whitetail hunt we were taken glassing an area that looked to be good muley habitat. This was only after our guide got permission from the outfitter, Chad to go there after he and his client had left. You can guess the results. In the week we were there 8 hunters took a grand sum of 3 deer. One average mule deer which was shot while standing on a road, and a reasonable whitetail (135) by road hunting. The only deer shot from one of their prepared stands was a small 8 point. The owner, Chad managed to get away to the property adjoining camp and shoot a better buck than any of the clients took that week. It was squirreled away in the shed quietly. All in all it was a waste of our time and secondarily our money. It appeared to us that most of our stand sights were not pre-scouted. Others got the impression that their stands had been well used in previous weeks. What was advertised was no where near what we or any of the hunters there experienced. We were told over and over "Oh, the deer just aren't moving." This was in the week of 3 different weather patterns, including -20 for 2 days in the middle of the rut. The deer taken had swollen necks and a couple of hunters had actually seen a buck chasing does. We got the impression that the area is not heavily populated with deer and as witnessed by all in camp there was a lot of local hunting pressure. We saw more bucks in the first hour driving home south of the hunting area than we saw in a whole weeks hunting. A great website, don't get fooled by it. Please feel free to contact us for more details is you so desire. Tanya and John Vanden Dungen

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