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Outfitter Review - Turnpike Ridge Outfitters

Submit Date: Feb 17, 2010

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Turnpike Ridge Outfitters

Outfitter / Contact: Don Helstrom

Location: Quebec, Canada

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Bear

Game Quality: average

Game Quantity: low average

Accomodations: excellent

Camp Condition: good

Food Quality: n/a

Guide Experience: excellent

Other Personal Experience: good

Review Information

Hunter: Len Read



Would Recommend: no

Overall Impression: poor

This occurred in June 2000. I was new to bear hunting and assumed their would be some guidance. 50 miles from any civilization, I was placed in a lawn chair on the ground 50 yards from a bait bucket that was upwind from me. When I asked Don about being directly downwind from the bait bucket, he stated the bears will come from any direction. He left to deliver other hunters to their "stands". Before dusk,, I had a approx. 200 lb. bear sneak up to 5 paces from behind me coming toward the bait bucket that was upwind. It bolted when it recognized my presence. I was left at the site for approximately 2 (two) hours after dark before the guide came back to pick me up (dark moonless night). Almost everyone got a bear including me, the nimrod. However, I shot the first bear that appeared and gave me a shot after 4 days of intensive hunting. The guides were aloof and did not interact with the group I was with. They hung around with their buddies. Not what I would call a good quality hunt

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