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Outfitter Review - Higher Ground Outfitters

Submit Date: Mar 12, 2010

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Higher Ground Outfitters

Outfitter / Contact: Doc Ralston

Location: New Mexico, USA

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Bull Elk

Game Quality: Poor

Game Quantity: Poor

Accomodations: Provided Our Own

Camp Condition: Provided Our Own

Food Quality: Provided Our Own

Guide Experience: N/A Spike Camp

Other Personal Experience: Poor

Review Information

Hunter: Robert Cota

Phone: 505-400-2695


Would Recommend: NEVER!

Overall Impression: Poor

We hired Higher Ground Outfitters for a bull elk hunt in October of 2004. We were supposed to meet our guide at 9am to be packed 10 miles into the Gila Wilderness to Unit 16B. Our guide didn't even show up until 4pm. Not only did we have to ride most of the way in the pitch dark, the mules spooked 3 times and damaged multiple pieces of our equipment. During the ride in my wife's saddle slipped underneath the horse in pitch darkness. Thankfully she was not badly hurt. My horse, however, slipped and fell into a ravine during the trip in. By the grace of God, neither one of us was badly hurt! As long as I was in charge, things went very well. At the end of the hunt, our guide was a day and a half LATE! Thankfully both of us had taken extra days off from work to relax after the hunt. We could have both lost our jobs. The hunt was unsuccessful. No effort was made to replace our damaged equipment or to refund any of our money even though many of the services promised were not provided. The Worst Experience of my Hunting Life!

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