Last year I was able to sponsor a greenwing hunt for four teenage boys with this gentleman. I did not set up the trip, just provided some money for the lodge and travel expenses we stayed at. There was no extra charge for the hunting as Mr. Baker was taking the kids out for free. I was invited to join the kids and bring my trailer of decoys to help out on the hunt. The lodge was nice, the kids killed some birds the first day, none the second, but I believe the group had a great time. I had a couple meetings and converations with Mr. Baker before the trip and had taken him out hunting on one of my spots the season before and been invited to hunt with him and a couple other guys in corvalis the year before, more or less a excrement show, but whatever.
I have heard alot of stories about his operation there and have no idea what to believe. I have heard DU was providing the leasing fee for the ranch, I have heard the majority of his wounded warrior hunts are him and a buddy of his from dillon. I have really no idea what to believe at this point.
I do know that when I was talking with the guy who set up the greenwing hunt last year and asked if he would be needing another donation to take a group of kids this year he said he wasn't going to do the hunt. Now this is second hand, but this is what I was told. Upon inquiring about taking the trip he was told by Mr. Baker that due to him going broke and spending so much of his own money that this year it would be 550 for the lodge and 500 for hunting fees. Lodge check made out to the owners like last year and hunting fees made out to Jason Baker. I'm no legal expert but that certainly sounds like a guide fee to me and Mr. Baker is definatly not a licensed guide. Once again this comes with the caveat that this is second hand info and I have heard so many stories of this operation from a ton of different people that it could all be true or all bull excrement.
I don't live there, I have enjoyed some wonderful hunts on that ranch when it was block management and wish it was still available. If it is all above board then I congradulate Mr. Baker on providing something for WWP and Greenwings. I just have my doubts.
I'm the type of guy who "cups" his hand over his butt, farts, and dishes it out like a soup kitchen.