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Outfitter Review - Thunder Ridge Outfitters

Submit Date: Jul 20, 2008

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Thunder Ridge Outfitters

Outfitter / Contact: Wade/Tony sheman

Location: IA, USA

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: WHITETAIL DEER

Game Quality: POOR

Game Quantity: POOR

Accomodations: POOR

Camp Condition: POOR

Food Quality: GOOD

Guide Experience: GOOD

Other Personal Experience: FAIR

Review Information

Hunter: John Alvino



Would Recommend: RELUCTENTLY

Overall Impression: NOT IMPRESSED

First of all I should say I hunted the late muzzleloader hunt. The outfittter reccomended the hunters not hunt in the mornings as to not disturb the bedding areas as the deer are pretty much exhausted at this time of year..or at least that is what he claimed. The weather was unseasonably hot with cold weather coming in the last 2 days but it didnt help much. I stayed in the back of the taxidermy studio which one of the owners owned, it was comfortable except for the out house...One of the major problems with this outfit is one of the owners hunts the stands he places hunters on. Even though he has a farm in zone 5 which he also hunts on. I know there is internal friction with the other brother/owner in this regard. But it seems as though nothing can be done about it at this time. He even had a photo on the wall of a 180 class buck he took just 3 weeks before I arrived in camp which by the way is the stand he had me in...Most of his ground blinds are set of for nw winds...if the wind changed your pretty much out of luck..I suggested enclosed elevated blinds to help elevate that problem to which I was told they might do that.. I really believe this could be a great place to hunt if they take this guiding business serious, but as of now I believe that for at least the one owner it is only a place to finance his own trophy hunting..And to add insult to injury I booked this hunt 2 years prior with Cabelas for the first gun hunt in december where my chances would be improved, they applied me for the late season for which I had the bad luck to hunt. I would never reccomend cabelas to anyone either. Email me if you would like further info.

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