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Outfitter Review - Morrell's Big Paws

Submit Date: Oct 20, 2000

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Morrell's Big Paws

Outfitter / Contact: Vic Morrell

Location: Nova Scotia, Canada

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Black Bear

Game Quality: n/a

Game Quantity: n/a

Accomodations: o.k.

Camp Condition: o.k.

Food Quality: o.k.

Guide Experience: n/a

Other Personal Experience: n/a

Review Information

Hunter: Bryan McCreary



Would Recommend: maybe

Overall Impression: n/a

After booking our hunt for black bear about six months in advance, our group had numerous phone calls and e-mails with the owner of Morrell's Big Paws, Vic. We provided the names of our group and our travel plans and started to wonder when we kept getting confusing messages from Vic with other names and requests for info we had already provided. The last phone call from Vic was the night before we were leaving once again asking about our arrival time and place. Well, after a days drive and a 3- hour ferry ride we arrived in Nova Scotia. Vic's wife met us and took us out to the cabin. Later in the afternoon Sis the cook arrived and while preparing supper, she dropped a bomb on us by casually mentioning that the next day, Monday, was Thanksgiving in Canada and no hunting was allowed on holidays. From the time we booked no mention had ever been made that our hunt would be one day shorter than it was supposed to be because of a holiday and to top it off it was apparent that Monday was going to be the best day of our hunt given that it was going to start raining on Tuesday thru the rest of the week and we were moving towards a full moon on Friday. When Vic arrived that night we told him that we were very disappointed that we would have to sit around all day Monday. Vic said that he was just too busy and forgot that it was a holiday and we could not hunt. He did not offer to pro-rate or discount the hunt because of his mistake. When we told him we were heading home he said that he would return half of our deposit but after returning he told us by phone that we would not get a refund. Vic likes to say that he is a "man of my word" but unfortunately he forgets what his word was from day to day or his word changes. The folks we met were all nice but Vic seems to be very unorganized and forgetful, not the way I would run a business. From what we heard the success rate for this year is running about one third of that posted on Vic's web site.

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