Hunting Report 10475

Hunter Information
Hunter Name:Rita Reinhart
Contact Information:3921 Damon Court, , , , ; Phone: 612-423-5081 Email: rtreinhart403@gmail.com
Hunting Experience:
Physical Condition:We were both physically fit and prepared for this trip.
Date and Time of Hunt
Weapon Used:Rifle
How Hunt Was Conducted:
Date of Hunt:09/07/2015 to 09/13/2005
Place of Hunt:Alaska - United States - 13
Hunting Area:Prince of Wales Island (POW)
Outfitter, Guide and Booking Agent Details
Outfitter (or safari company):Alaska Glacier Adventures ; PO Box 388 Klawock,AK 99925 ; Phone: 907-738-5000 Email: kurt@alaskaglacieradventures.com Website: www.alaskaglacieradventures.com/
Personal Guide (if any):Kurt Whitehead
Booking Agent (if any): ; , ;
Trip Arrangements (if self-guided):
License Required:
Game Description
Major Game Animals Taken:Bear
Game Sought But Not Taken:Bear; Deer, Sitka Blacktail; ; ; ;
Game Conditions Comments:Nice Black Bear
Service Ratings
Quality of Outfit:PoorGuide/PH Ability:Fair
Condition of Camp:FairCondition of Equipment:Fair
Quality of Food:PoorTrophy Care:Good
Name of Airline:Alaska AirAirline ServiceGood
Airline Comments:
Costs
Hunting Fees:10,000Amount:$20000.00
Trophy Fees:Amount:$0.00
Permits/Licenses:Amount:$0.00
Commercial Airfares:2700Amount:$2700.00
Charter Airfares:200Amount:$400.00
Other Costs:3400Amount:$3400.00
Total:$23800.00
Summary Remarks
Problems of Hunt:Outfitter unprepared. 2 on 1 Guided hunt versus 1:1 Guided hunt we were led to believe we booked. Outfitter unprofessional
Highlights of Hunt:1 Black Bear taken
Equipment Recommendations:$3,400 of special equipment was purchased per outfitters listing. Only about 1/3 of additional equipment was utilized.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend?no
Why?Outfitter unprepared. 2 on 1 Guided hunt versus 1:1 Guided hunt we were led to believe we booked. Outfitter unprofessionalrnWe were expecting 7 full days of 1 on 1 guiding. We got 2 on 1 guiding, Trina was working at another Outfitter as their cook while we were there and the outfitter told us he did not want to hire another guide. The outfitter was late picking us up at the dock, when asked what the week would look like he did not have an itinerary he just wanted to u0018wing-itu0019. When we asked him what time we should be up and ready to go in the am, the outfitter stated, u001cI imagine youu0019ll be up at the butt crack of dawn, not me.u001d And he went to bed leaving us wondering when we should be up or even what the trip would be like. The following morning we thought we would depart in his high-speed, boat. The first day of our hunt we never hunted (Monday, 9/7) we finally left the boat dock at 2:00pm; not in the am like expected. The outfitter was not prepared, the boat was not ready. u001cHigh-Speedu001d which we were told his Glacier could go upwards of 30 mph; we travelled at 3.9 mph. as per outfitter u001cThis is the most efficient speed.u001d It took us 9 hours to travel 33 miles! Day 1 was spent traveling to the anchor point. No dinner today. The outfitter boasts about the fantastic food and says, youu0019ll be fed some of the best cooking youu0019ve ever eaten. Our weeku0019s mainstay food consisted of oatmeal, scrambled eggs, stale peanut butter sandwiches, ramen noodles and little else. Trip information clearly states u001cWe start hunting and fishing within 30 minutes of leaving the docku001d. One way commute from the anchored Glacier to our hunting stream was 3 hours. The outfitter would get up daily at 11am! Weu0019d leave the Glacier between 2-3pm, get to the bottom of the salmon stream between 5-6pm. Walking up the salmon stream took 45min to an hour. Hunt for 30-60 minutes and head back to the Glacier. Overall for our 7 days of hunting we booked we ACTUALLY hunted about 10 hours. The outfitter INSISTED we had to walk IN the spawning salmon stream. Every day the 3 of us would walk up and back down in the stream disrupting the spawning nests, I saw no consideration for conservation while doing this! If you walked on the shoreline the outfitter would physically grab you by the shoulders and push you back into the stream. Outfitter showed us the boat and u0018rulesu0019 but NEVER mentioned the option to Shower. After day one of walking in the stream, I developed a severe rash which he knew I had developed. Even though I tried to wash up in the bathroom it kept getting worse. Finally, the very last day, the outfitter mentioned a shower. By then I didnu0019t care and was more than irritated. After returning from this trip, I was diagnosed with a severe bacterial skin infection which took months to clear. The heat in the Glacier was never turned the on and our wet clothes never dried. All our clothing were wicking so with heat they would have dried quickly. Luckily, we both had heavy sleeping bags rated down to 0 (for the Sitka Hunt, we never did) to keep us warm at night We paid for the Black Bear and Sitka Deer hunt, we only hunted Bear and Kurt never mentioned nor was prepared to take us into the Alpine Sitka Deer hunting. September 10th, I did successfully take a Black Bear, the 1 bright spot on this trip. Per the outfitter it was too late to take pictures so we put the bear up on the shore of the stream and headed back to the Glacier in the pitch dark & pouring rain. The next full day was spent on bear recovery. Over the night, the stream had swollen well over its banks and we were unable to walk up the stream. We started bush whacking up through the shoreline and after about 200ft, I fell into a sink hole and mentally shutdown. I am sure I am now officially on the outfitteru0019s u0018MENTAL MIDGETu0019 listing. I waited by the skiff and my husband and outfitter went up the stream to get my bear. Once they got to the top of the stream the outfitter pulled out a round tipped serrated knife; asking my husband if he had a sharpener! Luckily, my husband is always prepared and had a brand new knife he lent the outfitter to skin my bear. Most importantly, the outfitter did have 5 cameras in his backpack to take pictures of a stiff soaked bear. Unfortunately, for my husband, our hunt was pretty much over. The outfitter spent most of the remaining time taking care of my bear hide and skull; leaving little to no time for additional hunting. If there would have been the additional guide my husband could have had an opportunity to harvest a bear as well. After 1 bear was taken the outfitter acted like he really did not know where any other bears were. He was pretty much done with the hunt. It appeared to us he had mentally checked out. We were both physically fit and prepared for this trip. I am not the most graceful person and I am used to doing a face plant here and there. Iu0019m 5u00198u001d, 160 pounds. I do not walk in waist deep salmon streams for a living. Yes, I fell in the stream, I knew and would and was ok with that. What I was not prepared for was the fact we had been told we would use our chest waders to CROSS the streams, to find out we spend ALL our time walking IN the salmon streams, crawling over large fallen trees, fighting strong currents day after day. A few times I had gotten sucked under a fallen tree; luckily my husband helped u0018fishu0019 me back up. The outfitter had no idea he was too far in front of us. I am a female hunter and I did not feel this outfitter has respect for female hunters. Even after I proved myself when sighting in my gun and demonstrated proper gun handling; he always had to check to ensure I unloaded my gun. When I took the shot on my bear, I patiently waited for it to get into the middle of the stream to take my shot; even though he was getting inpatient with me on taking my shot. He did follow up my fatal shot with a non-fatal shot putting a nice hole in the bearu0019s hide, which he said was an old wound. Overall, thinking back on this hunt; we do think that this outfitter was trying to do everything possible to get us so discouraged weu0019d give up and he could go to his guiding at the same outfitter his wife was a cook at. We were very discouraged of the derogatory comments the outfitter had of many of his past clients. For us this was extremely unprofessional. Lastly, as seen in another bad review of this outfitter, heu0019ll come back and slam this review and us as clients and that is fine by us. 1. It shows the type of outfitter and persons they really are. 2. My main goal is to prevent another hunter or hunters from wasting $30,000 of hard earned money with this outfitter.
Important Notes
Notified Outfitter?noNotified Personal Guide?noNotified Booking Agent?no
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, booking_agent or guide?no
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?
Additional Hunter Comments and/or Outfitter/Booking Agent Rebuttals