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Outfitter Review - Sourbrine & Sons

Submit Date: Aug 10, 1999

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Sourbrine & Sons

Outfitter / Contact: Sourbrine

Location: Montana, USA

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: elk/deer

Game Quality: poor

Game Quantity: fair

Accomodations: good

Camp Condition: n/a

Food Quality: excellent

Guide Experience: good

Other Personal Experience: good

Review Information

Hunter: Marshall Floyd

Phone: (904)-378-9718


Would Recommend: not from my experience

Overall Impression: Not what I expected

Mr. Sourbrine and his sons are nice folks, but they are hard of hearing. There were four hunters in the outfit myself included. Three of us wanted to get a mule deer first and then go after the much harder to score on elk. The guides listened to this but it didnt seem to sink in as we never started where the mule deer were at. We started up at the top of the mountains in the morning and by the time we got to the sage hills where all the mule deer were, it was dark or right at it. I did take a shot at a mule deer and the muzzle flash blinded me because of the low light. I was told that I hit it and it rolled down the hill. We couldnt find it that night so we returned in the morning to find the deer. Before we got to the location, we saw around 5 muley bucks that I would have loved to shot, but I had one on the ground and I was determined to find it. The guide did say however that if I wanted to shoot one to go ahead but I didnt. We never did find the deer I had shot the evening before, only found a few drops of blood. I later shot a small whitetail on the next to the last day of the hunt, only to have some meat to take home. One of the other guys shot a whitetail for pretty much the same reason. He propped off the cab of the Suburban we were riding in from a public road. (I didnt agree with that) None of us saw a legal bull the entire week. We saw some cows and calves but no bulls other than one spike that I saw on the last day. Our guides on the other hand, saw huge bulls almost every day, but then they would go into some woods before any of the hunters could see them, and never be seen again?????(go figure) This wasnt what I thought my once in a lifetime elk hunt would be like, I was dissapointed as well as the other hunters in my group. I think this outfitt could improve on his set up greatly if only he would listen to his guests and try to accomodate their requests first. They were nice folks, and fed you very well. The sleeping was in a remodeled garage with 4 bunk beds, bathroom, kitchen sink and coffee maker. It was good enough to bathe in and sleep good in. That was some long tough walking all day long, sometimes up to an hour or more after dark to get down to the truck at the bottom of the mountain.

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