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Outfitter Review - Sweetwater Lodge

Submit Date: Jan 5, 2001

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Sweetwater Lodge

Outfitter / Contact: Alan/John Gentry

Location: AL, USA

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Whitetails

Game Quality: poor

Game Quantity: poor

Accomodations: good

Camp Condition: good

Food Quality: very good

Guide Experience: highly experienced

Other Personal Experience: N/A

Review Information

Hunter: Bud Meadows



Would Recommend: NO

Overall Impression: declining hunt quality

I've hunted with Sweetwater 8 or 9 times in the past 8 years. Although I shot a 19" 9 pointer with them in 1996, in my opinion the hunting has deteriorated in the last 5 years. In 2000, I didn't see a single buck, and very few does. In 1999, I shot the only buck our group of 3 guys saw, a small 5 pointer. Didn't see any bucks in 1998 or 1997. Despite the declining quality of the deer herd at Sweetwater, I was still going to hunt a couple of days with them in late January 2001 (their rut). When I tried to book a hunt with Alan Gentry, one of the owners, he said they had no openings during the rut. That was the final straw. If this is the way they treat their repeat customers, then I don't need to give them my business anymore. Like a number of lodges in southern Alabama, they're living off their prior reputation.

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