Do not, I repeat, DO NOT use Outfitters. We used them in March of this year (2015) and was a FIASCO. To begin with, the forms they sent us with their policies was so badly written, misspelled words, poor grammar and filled in with PENCIL. But, whatever, we booked three days for two hunters, $1,200.00.
So we get there, they drive by our RV park and we follow them and the first thing they do is pull into a gas station to fill up and get breakfast. We ate breakfast before they came by, but whatever. So we had to wait until they filled up. Then we followed them out to the field they had reserved for us. Then about 6:30 the geese started flying and the Rancher came out into the field and told us that we did NOT have the right to hunt there. So we had to pick up and move. But by the time we moved, the morning flight was over. In talking with them, they said they had another field scheduled but that rancher had called them the night before and told them he forgot he had already promised another outfitter they could use his field. So we set up and took down, TWICE, the first day and never fired a shot. This was Thursday.
Friday morning, they come by to have us follow them again, and lo and behold, they stop at the gas station, fill up with gas and get breakfast. ***? Why didn't you fill up before you came by to get us. So we set up again, this time over a flooded field. Geese are flying everywhere but none come in closer than 50 yards. We wing one and the guides dog refused to go get it as it sailed across the flooded field. Finally, we got a flight in at about 40 yards and my son drops one.
Saturday, I happened to look in the bed of the guides pickup and there are half a dozen dead snow geese. So I asked him what they were doing there. He said they were shot last Saturday, a week ago, and they just never took them out of the truck. ***? We did get a few birds, a total of 7, 5 Specks and 2 Ross, in three days hunt with them (this was only five weeks ago) At $1,200 for the hunt, those are some expensive birds. I have hunted with several of the "Veteran Snow Goose" hunters at Wister and every one of them can call circles around these goof offs, the Wister guys put out better spreads and make better blinds.
So to reiterate:
1. Very unprofessional communication
2. Aging dead geese in the pickup bed (did I mention the rear window of their pickup truck was missing?)
3. No permission to hunt in the ranchers field.
4. Sloppy decoy setups
5. Extremely poor calling
6. Made us, the paying customer, help set up and take down the spreads.
7. Made us build our own blinds.
8. On the second day, gave us 'white suits' that were made of tracing paper and shredded when put on.
9. Were constantly 'social chatting' with each other, even when birds were in the area (and cell phone conversations)
10. Couldn't call a starving dog to dinner, yet alone a goose!
11. I dropped a Ross across a 40 foot wide ditch and the guides dog refused to cross the ditch to get it. The guide had to take him 1/2 a mile back to the bridge, then come back with the goose. My dog would have had that goose in my hand in 30 seconds!