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Outfitter Review - Oak Valley Outfitters

Submit Date: Dec 5, 2006

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Oak Valley Outfitters

Outfitter / Contact: Jon Imof

Location: KS, US

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Whitetail Deer

Game Quality: Awesome

Game Quantity: Lots

Accomodations: Very Nice - New Log Cabins

Camp Condition: New

Food Quality: Good

Guide Experience: Excellent

Other Personal Experience: N/A

Review Information

Hunter: Ken Wasnock



Would Recommend: Definitely

Overall Impression: Great Experience!!!!

y buddy and I hunted the '06 Kansas rifle season with Oak Valley Outfitters (OVO). Overall we had a great experience. I was nervous about the hunt because I stumbled upon these guys on the web, and couldn't find any reviews or info. Against my better judgment I booked the trip without checking references. Wow, was I glad I did.We flew into Kansas City, rented a car and drove 2 hours south where we met Jon (owner) at Ft Scott. We followed him back to the camp, which was a cluster of new log cabins nestled in the woods on a small winding lake. They had all the modern amenities you could want including washer/dryer and gas fireplace, TV etc. The food was good, steak, chili, bbq...not gourmet but pretty good. A couple of nights we made our own because the guides were out retrieving deer, not a big deal. Jon is a young guy (late twenties) who worked very hard to make sure everybody had a great experience. He has a degree in wildlife biology, is an avid bow hunter who really seemed to know his stuff. He indicated that he is active in QDM consulting and has written articles for many well known magazines. He knew the area and terrain well. Was punctual and dependable, i.e. he was there every morning on time and made sure you were picked up on time.Ok here's the important stuff, the hunting. OVO had lots of land. I am guessing he has 10K plus acres in Kansas alone. Most of the areas were either timber funnels or winter wheat field edges. The guides are very aware of the wind, and would make their decisions on where to place you based on that. I probably hunted 5 different places. The deer were not pressured at all. I never saw another hunter the entire time I was there. I saw several deer on every stand, including a couple of nice bucks that I passed on because it was early in the trip. On third day, after a big snowstorm (12+ inches) I took a really nice 10pt that scored 154. Although I didn't see anything bigger, a saw photos of a few hunters who had taken deer 160-180 during bow season. I can say with confidence that most people should have a realistic opportunity to take something 140+.We had five hunters in camp. Everybody had an opportunity to harvest 140+ buck. Overall the camp went 4 for 5. All but one of the hunters re-booked.I have hunted at many of the "top" outfitters (King Ranch, Campbells, etc) and can say without hesitation that this was one of my better experiences. I whole heartedly recommend OVO.

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