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Outfitter Review - Great Southern Outdoors

Submit Date: Jul 14, 2006

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Great Southern Outdoors

Outfitter / Contact: Rex Pritchett

Location: Alabama, U.S.A.

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Whitetail

Game Quality: POOR

Game Quantity: POOR

Accomodations: Excellent

Camp Condition: Good

Food Quality: Excellent

Guide Experience: POOR - THEY ARE TAXI DRIVERS!!

Other Personal Experience: N/A

Review Information

Hunter: Ralph A. Gerdes

Phone: 859.380.5358


Would Recommend: NO

Overall Impression: POOR

As previously referenced, the accommodations, food and drink, and support staff (cooks/housekeeping) at GSO were exceptional. There were several individuals that certainly went out of their way to ensure a pleasant stay. However, when it got down to hunting in the truest sense, the owner and his “guides” don’t have a clue. Stand placement often times wasn’t complimentary to the prevailing winds and my family repeatedly noticed stand locations that were EXCESSIVELY hunted. This was confirmed by the various candy wrappers, scent wicks, cover scent / attractant bottles, numerous cigarette butts, toilet paper, and various piles of human feces in and around stand locations. Prior to booking this hunt (June 2005), my cousin and I flew from Northern Kentucky to GSO to check the facility out in person. We were specifically told that due to the strict adherence to the number of hunters permitted at GSO, stand locations were most often times “ONLY HUNTED ONCE A YEAR” unless otherwise requested by the respective hunter/customer. This is certainly not the case. Also, I personally had the owner, Mr. Rex Pritchett; take me to and from various stand locations during our stay. While doing so, he often took the liberty to smoke while in the vehicle. As most people know, that is not conducive to good deer hunting, especially when stand placement is off. In addition, during the stay, respectful, yet clear requests were made by my family to possibly remedy the situation. On the last morning of the hunt, the owner, Mr. Pritchett, attempted to place me in a climber that was to be placed ON A HIGH VOLTAGE POWER LINE POLE. Not in an adjacent tree line, but the pole itself. This was also during a storm front with heavy rain, and yes, LIGHTENING. I’m confident the power company would be as entertained as my family was with such a request. If you have any questions, please call as needed. Happy hunting!

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