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Outfitter Review - Bullseye Outfitting

Submit Date: Dec 26, 2008

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Bullseye Outfitting

Outfitter / Contact: Jeff Smith / Ben Mummert

Location: MT, USA

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Elk

Game Quality: Low

Game Quantity: 3 elk in 5 days

Accomodations: OK

Camp Condition: OK

Food Quality: Pretty good

Guide Experience: Low

Other Personal Experience: N/A

Review Information

Hunter: Brian Mcilnay

Phone: 423-745-8062

Email:

Would Recommend: Never

Overall Impression: Totally Disatisfied

Jeff and Ben seemed like nice people. Accomodations were OK for a just out of town hunting camp. First of all, we were not physically prepared. That I am sure had an impact on the quality of our hunt. The outfitter may have tried to customize our hunt based on our physical ability. However, being an experienced elk hunter with 8 bulls from my bow, self guided, I don't think that is entirely the case. I think they saw us coming from a mile away. A 64 year old hunter with his 40 year old son just wanting a Montana experience. It was the last week of Archery, they were tired and just wanted a lazy week before the hustle and bustle of the rifle hunts. Hunting consisted of waking at 4am every morning of a 4:30 breakfast followed by over an hour drive to wherever they were taking us for the day. The hunts lasted until around 2 pm or so. That included their nap as you "sat and listened" It felt like they were obligated to keep you out "in the field" until early afternoon so that you did not feel jipped on time. Ben got us semi lost a few times, we could not find the trail and had to make our own through some of the nastiest terrain I have ever had to crawl down. That made for an interesting and painful day. Jeff was out with my Dad one day, scouting for an upcoming Ram hunt that he had a customer (either a family memeber or a friend of the family) He was busy glassing the rocks for Rams instead of trying to figure out a way to get an elk in front of my Dad. On our best day, Ben and I were onto an elk. We got to within two to three hundred yards. I was set up on a steep side hill. I wanted to move up to a flat spot ten yards up the hill. He waived for me to hold tight. He then started rustling around behind me so I turned to look. He was taking off his back pack. I thought he was going in for the fold out decoy. A minute or two later, I turned to see what he was doing. He was sitting on his A** eating a f****** sandwitch. As I am standing there, uncomfortable as hell on a sidehill on which he told me to stand tight... I gracefully took my arrow off of my string and put it back into my quiver. When he finished his sandwitch, after the elk had moved way ahead of us (I have no idea if we would have been able to keep up with this bull) Ben came up to me and suggested climbing a little higher. That was the end of my hunt. I told him that I was done, I had no desire to climb any more. I have never left a bugling bull on a hill like that before but I had no desire to spend any more time with that outfitter. And, when I got back to camp that day, before I even had time to speak, my Dad said it first. He said "I am done, I do not want to hunt with these yahoos any more". With that, we cut our hunt short by one day. I have much more to the story if you would like to hear. From an experienced archery elk hunter, I would not ever recommend this outfitter. Feel free to email or call me.

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