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Outfitter Review - BC Paradise

Submit Date: Jan 2, 2006

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: BC Paradise

Outfitter / Contact: Sheldon Reed

Location: BC, Canada

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Elk, Mule Deer, Black Bear

Game Quality: Extremely Poor

Game Quantity: Minimal

Accomodations: Unsanitary Conditions

Camp Condition: Poor

Food Quality: Average at Best

Guide Experience: Lazy/Nasty

Other Personal Experience: Shorthanded

Review Information

Hunter: Chris Smith

Phone: 724-316-7170

Email:

Would Recommend: Avoid At All Costs

Overall Impression: Scam & Ripoff

I paid $5000 for a premium elk hunt on horseback in the wilderness on "game-rich" lands in a tent camp. The outfitter/guide claimed kill rates of 70-80% and "trust him" that I'll be completely satisfied with my hunt. What I got was a truck hunt on lands that were so over-hunted because we were only 15 miles from a town of 26,000 people. This hunt could have been bought for the price of a tank of gas. We never hunted more than 8 miles from camp, even though the outfitter claimed he had a territory of 1.6 mil acres (basically 53 square miles). And to boot, somehow my $650 Pentax binoculars disappeared up there, including the case they came in. No tents, no game, but we had horses. Yep, 2 horses corralled within a 100' of his "lodge" including big piles of horseshit to walk thru on the way to the outhouse. We ran out of running water on the 4th day. His kill rates are probably bogus also, and that is according to one his his happy clients the week after me. His kill rates may be 25% at best, not the 70-80% claimed. The authorities can determine if the kill rates are a lie. The other hunter I hunted with bought the same hunt I did and felt he got scammed. I did not know the other hunter before hand, and he checked 3 different references than me. And this guy's references gave him glowing reports. How 'bout that! So references don't mean squat sometime. I had to wake his ass up on Weds morning at 7:30. We didn't hunt that morning til 9:30, and after driving 2 miles from camp he never got out of the truck, jsut bugled out the window every 500 feet. One night after a 2 hr stint at trying to traverse an extremely poor road, we hunted for 15 mins. He and his guide smoked in the truck and in the field. "Oh that doesn't matter"...How about that. Ask Chuck Adams if smoking while hunting doesn't matter. Sheldon was nasty when I asked questions or made suggestions, and tried to run me down with the truck when opening his gate. I've been on numerous guided hunts with outfitters, and you don't have to be a genius to know youre being scammed. I pre-booked a moose hunt for 2006, and cancelled because of the poor quality of my elk hunt. He is stiffing me on the moose deposit even though the hunt was cancelled 13 mo. in advance. I filed an extensive claim with the British Columbia Guide Association. I'm still waiting to hear back on what they will do. Sheldon apparently quite the association shortly afterward. Avoid this guy like the plague. The guy that gave me the good reference for Sheldon never called me back after I contacted him after the hunt. How about that. If you've had a bad experience with this guy, call the BC authorities and guide association.

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