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Outfitter Review - North Fork Creek Outfitters

Submit Date: Mar 18, 2007

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: North Fork Creek Outfitters

Outfitter / Contact: Ralph Johnson

Location: Montana, usa

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Elk/Mule Deer

Game Quality: poor

Game Quantity: poor

Accomodations: Worse Than Terrible

Camp Condition: Wornout Horses

Food Quality: poor

Guide Experience: fair-18-19 year old kids

Other Personal Experience: Fair

Review Information

Hunter: Richard Talley

Phone: 501-617-4338


Would Recommend: Not even it was free!

Overall Impression: Terrible

I Went with a group of 7 from Arkansas. They drove I flew. Ralph Johnson said he had someone that could pick me up at the airport. I had to have someone else pick me up at the airport because Ralph Johnson would not return my call after he recieved our money. When we got to Lodge I fould out we were (all 7) staying in a cabin which should have been for 3. There were only 3 cots, no beds, which we had been promised. We had to ask for 2 hours for 4 more cots. Army cots, no pads. Three of us sleeped in the kitchen. Seven men in a 400 SQ. FT. cabin. an one small bath, and were 1 mile from the lodge. If I had a way to the airport and a flight, I would have left that first night. Five out of the seven wanted to leave also, but we thought the hunting would be worth the terrible accomidations. Well we were wrong. The next morning 4:45 at the lodge no Ralph or guides,cold cereal and make your own toast. There were 28-30 hunters with six guides plus Ralph. Most of us had 4:1 guide ratio. All we did the first morning was take a horse ride,never got off the main trail,saw no elk or deer, and we were back in the camp at 10:00 am. We were told we would have a lunch packed and hunt all day. We were also told this was a 1:1 or 2:1 guide ratio. It did get better the rest of the time it was 3:1 ratio. The cook left the second day so we had a 20 year old kid from town that cooked. Food was Fair at best,not what was expected. In the afternoons we road around in the guides truck. This was a joke. I did kill a 4x4 muley, spotted by one of the my guys in the truck. It was 800 yards away. The guide said it to far away. We made him stop the truck and I spent 30 minutes to be able to get a shot, he did not want mess with it because it was 30 min. until shooting time was over.I kill him and we got him out ok. We took him to camp an hung him from the tack room porch. They did not have a skinning pole.GO FIGURE. I was dropped off the 3rd and 4th afternoon to hunt, and fould out later that you must be with a guide all of the time. Third day one guide quits, now down to 5. Several hunters came in and left the 1 day. We should have. It never got any better. A couple of our guys did kill elk,one on his own. Back to the beginning. We were told we would be the on 7 people in camp that week. There was an average of 20+ hunters. We were on public land with all of the locals and other outfitters. There was nothing to see 50-60 hunters a day. This was my first guided hunt to Montana and maybe my last. I would hope these guys are the worst of the worst. As I close FRAUD comes to mind. SO DON'T BE FOOLED BY NORTH FORK CREEK OUTFITTERS. I am forwarding this review to the State of Montana. :00am

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