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Outfitter Review - Heaven's Gate Outfitters

Submit Date: Mar 14, 2010

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Heaven's Gate Outfitters

Outfitter / Contact: Darwin Vander Esch

Location: Idaho, USA

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Mule deer

Game Quality: Poor

Game Quantity: Few

Accomodations: Average

Camp Condition: Average

Food Quality: Below Average

Guide Experience: ZERO

Other Personal Experience: Limited

Review Information

Hunter: Mitchell Windham

Phone: 251-973-1396


Would Recommend: To my enemies

Overall Impression: POOR

Darwin's daughter was my guide.Dispute started from beginning, booked through McCarthy Adventures and Darwin stated we stole money from him due to his commission he had to pay. I have taken three mulies in 190 range and explained didn't want to kill something small just to kill one. Shot mulie first full day guide guaranteed it was sited week before and biggest one on the ranch, it scored maybe 130. Deer was bedded 428yards. Spent more time instructing on how to tip properly than anything else. I've hunted from Africa to BC and by far the WORST HUNT I have ever experienced. Bank held check by mistake but all he wanted to do was threat suit even when all was corrected. It's nothing but a con unless you want to just shoot something. Told over and over friend could hunt there with heart condition but ground very rough even though I discussed this 3x before booking. Booking agent was no help just didn't want to be bothered after deposits were made. I would have rather given $5,0000.00 to Salvation Army. I'll never hunt Idaho again.

Outfitter Response: Just wanted to let everyone know that HGO has been sold and we are the new owners. So please do not base your decision to hunt with HGO on this review. We having been running the outfitter for the past year and we have great animals and amzaing hunts to offer.

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