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Outfitter Review - Young Scouts Outfitters

Submit Date: Jan 13, 2006

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Young Scouts Outfitters

Outfitter / Contact: Randy Armstrong

Location: Saskatchewan, Canada

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Whitetail/Mule Deer

Game Quality: Poor

Game Quantity: Poor

Accomodations: Poor

Camp Condition: Poor

Food Quality: Poor

Guide Experience: Poor

Other Personal Experience: Poor

Review Information

Hunter: Dan Newman

Phone: 281-293-9823


Would Recommend: No

Overall Impression: Terrible

This was the worst experience I have ever had in my 37 years of hunting (including 10 years in Canada). I called and then wrote a letter to the Saskatchewan Outfitters Association and the president of Tourism Saskatchewan. The following parts from that letter will give you an idea as to what happened on my hunt. My group was booked for a 7 day hunt. Upon arriving at the Saskatoon airport we were to be picked-up at 4pm by a representative from Randy's operation and driven to the indian reserve. At 5:30pm we started to try and reach Randy to see why we had not been picked-up. After several hours of being told someone was on their way, we were finallly picked-up at 11:30pm, 7-1/2 hours after we had landed and were scheduled to be picked-up. We were then taken to a motel and told that we would have to pay for the room and that we would be reimbursed later. This was due to the fact that Randy had overbooked at the hunting lodge and had no room to keep us. The next morning we met Randy for the first time and immediately communicated (politely) that we wished to speak with him, when he had a moment, regarding the way things were being handled. It was getting late, and all of the hunters still had to be dropped off for the morning hunt so we did not get the opportunity to discuss the matter with him at that moment. No one in my group saw Randy again until noon the second day. When we did finally see him, we asked again to speak with him about our concerns. Here is where it really gets bad..... A member of our group began to inquire as to why so many things were not as promised. Randy's reaction was totally unexpected and caught us all off guard. He immediately began to use profanity and curse directly at our party member calling him names that I will not write down. I immediately tried to stop Randy's verbal altercation fearing it would escalate. I then communicated to Randy that I thought, at this point, it would be best if our group ended the hunt and left. I asked if he could arrange to have us driven back to Saskatoon immediately. He did and within minutes we were gone. The scheduled 7 day hunt was over after 1-1/2 days. No refunds, no reimbursments. In all of my years of hunting, I have never witnessed such an outburst and vulgar display from anyone at a hunting camp, much less the outfitter. Randy's outburst was totally unprovoked and his actions were extremely unprofessional. I was surprised at the outfitters verbal attack on a friend. I was concerned for our safety because we were on an Indian reservation in a foreign country with no vehicle or way to get out. If you are wondering, I did call references. The main concern with references that come from the outfitter is often (sadly) they do not reflect the entire story. I have done everything in my power to report this individual and his operation. All I can say about this outfitter is be warned!

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