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Outfitter Review - Ram Aviation

Submit Date: Oct 10, 2006

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Ram Aviation

Outfitter / Contact: Mike Spisak

Location: Alaska, USA

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Caribou

Game Quality: Poor

Game Quantity: Poor

Accomodations: N/A

Camp Condition: N/A

Food Quality: N/A

Guide Experience: N/A

Other Personal Experience: N/A

Review Information

Hunter: Dennis Bryant

Phone: 903-482-9161

Email:

Would Recommend: NEVER

Overall Impression: TERRIBLE

This was our first trip to Kotzebue and our first experience with Ram Aviation (Mike Spisak). We had done as much research on Ram as was available on line but, unfortunately for us, what we had read on line didn’t tell the full story. The camp to which we were taken was filthy and over-hunted. There were lots of cans, bottles, broken glass and tin foil in the fire pit that had been made by the previous hunters. What bothered me most, however, was the fact that there was a white 5 gallon bucket half full of human waste sitting in the nearby trees not more than 20 yards from the tent site. I left the bucket there and Mike never made any attempt to do anything with it, nor was he even remotely concerned about the overall condition of the camp when we arrived or left, including the fire pit. As for the hunting, we found out after the fact that we were the last group into that camp for the year and the previous groups (2 or 3) had all hunted the tundra directly across the river. It reminded me of a battlefield as it was littered with numerous gut piles. Of the caribou remaining in the area that we saw few were mature bulls. During our 5 day hunt we only saw two bulls that we considered to be “shooters”. Towards the later part of the week we saw few caribou, not seeing any two days in a row! When Mr. Spisak flew in to pick us up he merely said that it appeared that all of the caribou had moved out of the valley and left it at that. Once back at the airport, Mr. Spisak walked away without so much as a “thank you” or “come again”. I was shocked by his total lack of disregard not only to us, but to the entire experience.

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