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Outfitter Review - Turtle River Outfitters

Submit Date: May 17, 2010

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Turtle River Outfitters

Outfitter / Contact: Richard Bailey

Location: Sk, Canada

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Whitetail Deer

Game Quality: Poor

Game Quantity: Very Limited,never took gun off safety

Accomodations: Average

Camp Condition: Poor

Food Quality: Poor

Guide Experience: Poor

Other Personal Experience: Poor

Review Information

Hunter: Jeff Poosch

Phone: 810-656-0153


Would Recommend: Never

Overall Impression: Very Poor

When an outfitter out right lies to you and it makes you so upset even 4 years later you have to set the record straight. Hunted with many outfitters in SK and across North America and this one was without a doubt hands down the WORST!PERIOD! He never told us a lot of things about the hunt. The biggest one being we could hunt from any of the blinds he had and when we got there he told us we could only hunt from two blinds. He told us he used the best of feed both peas and hay. There was a small pile of peas and absolutely no hay. I can understand how some outfitters get along better with certain people but this guy call me a "FAT ASS" to my friends. I am hardly that! Look at his repeat business and tell me if you see the same faces in those pics. I'm writing this to sling mud I'm writing this to say stay away. I spent a week of my life there that I wish I could have back-along with my MONEY! You need more information call me @ 810-656-0153 Jeff

Outfitter Response: After careful consideration I have decided to write a rebuttal to Mr. Jeff Poosch's review of my outfitting business for whitetail deer. I have many reviews on this site as well as several others that are all excellent reviews. Mr. Poosch's review is the first and only negative review I have ever had. I have been hunting whitetails very successfully for over 50 years and have harvested several Boone & Crockett whitetails plus many other near record book deer. I have consistently produced for my clients as well year after year. That alone speaks for my experience. Myself and my staff are friendly, hard working, and most importantly honest people. When Mr. Poosch first contacted me he told me he had hunted with another outfitter near me and was dissatisfied with that outfitter. That usually is a red flag for me when a hunter has only negative things to say about another outfitter. In spite of my instincts I agreed to allow Mr. Poosch and 2 of his friends to book a hunt with me. Upon their arrival I instantly realized I had made a mistake. They brought more alcohol than any other group of hunters had ever brought. All three men drank daily and drank to excess every evening to the point one of his friends actually soiled his underwear because of excessive amounts of alcohol being consumed. I worked in the area of addictions in Michigan as well as in Saskatchewan since 1974 and in my opinion Mr. Poosch has a severe alcohol problem that should be addressed immediately. As a result of out horrible experience with Mr. Poosch and his friends I now have a zero alcohol policy at my lodge. I am not a prude nor do I intend to deal with excessive drinking while hunting with my service again. Mr. Poosch used chemical hand warmers and actually gave himself severe burns on two different occasions because of the amount of alcohol he had consumed the previous evening. He would fall asleep while in his stand and not feel the burning that was going on. My wife is a Registered Nurse with 30 years of experience and she tried to talk Mr. Poosch into going to the Emergency Room both times because of the severity of his burns. He refused. He had 2 inch tall blisters on both of his feet and the back of his neck in the exact shape of the hand warmers. One of Mr. Pooschs friends insisted on wearing his "lucky" cowboy hat and it was minus 30 degrees c. His friend was very upset when I told him he had to wear a decent hat and also he needed a colored hat to be legal. I personally took Mr. Poosch to his hunting site daily and put out the legal amount of grain and hay every single day. My guide did the same for his two friends as well. There was snow on the ground and when I would pick him up 100% of the grain would be gone yet he claimed he never seen a deer. Numerous deer tracks were everywhere and on several of the days we had fresh snow which erased old tracks and showed new tracks. Mr. Poosch is from Michigan and at that time baiting was not controlled in his home area so he did not understand that if you put out copious amounts of bait the deer will go nocturnal. I tried to explain this to him and his friends numerous times. Saskatchewan law allows only 2, 5 gallon buckets of bait per site per day along with a maximum amount of 198 lbs. of hay. We follow the law and will not break the law intentionally for any reason. Mr. Poosch was so overweight and I had to rent a 6x6 Polaris ATV and a Polaris snowmobile to haul him around on as he would not fit on any of my regular equipment because of his size. That was my mistake as I took Mr. Poosch at his word when he stated he was "a little bit overweight". I have a seen recent photograph of Mr. Poosch on the internet and he still appears to be very overweight. Mr. Poosch complained about my wife's cooking, the equipment, and anything else he could complain about in his review and I ask everyone to take the time to read about my service in all the other reviews and you will see nothing but excellent complementary remakes about everything he complained about. I could go on and on disproving his false accusations but I will let my other reviews speak for me. I totally disagree with everything he stated and if he continues writing untrue statements legal action will be taken immediately.

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