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Outfitter Review - Black Mountain Outfitters, Inc

Submit Date: Oct 6, 2009

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Black Mountain Outfitters, Inc

Outfitter / Contact: Tom McReynolds

Location: New Mexico, US

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Elk

Game Quality: Very Good

Game Quantity: Poor

Accomodations: Fair

Camp Condition: Good

Food Quality: Fair

Guide Experience: Good

Other Personal Experience: Fair

Review Information

Hunter: Charley Thornburg

Phone: 615 440 1793


Would Recommend: No

Overall Impression: Poor

Tom the owner works hard and is personable. He simply over hyped the hunt in terms of expected opportunities. Where we hunted in Area 13 had heavy public pressure, one guide did a locater bugle and successfully called in 5 other public archery hunters. In 2009 Tom had zero success in the first hunt, one small 5x5 in the second and one wounded 5x5 in the third hunt. I was told that we could expect 40 to 50 % success in an average year and 20 to 30% success in a poor year. I asked a guide after we had had several days of no elk, and he said they averaged 10 to 20% and less than 10% success in a poor year. I was not able to talk to the hunters in the first group, but in the second & third groups there were several hunters who did not even nock an arrow except over water waiting for an opportunity after 6 days of hunting hard. The entire hunt failed to meet or come close to expectations.

Outfitter Response: On the last day of his hunt Charley had a legitimate opportunity at a 400" class bull. Charley also had one day that we hunted a 380"+ bull that slipped out from under us after we bedded him down. We do not hunt areas with high densities of elk however our quality is the best in the country. If anybody would like to verify this information they can speak with the other hunter that was guided on this hunt which I would be happy to provide the contact information.

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