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#5537560 - 01/12/15 11:16 AM Affordable Outfitter REVIEW Bryson/Jacksboro, TX
Jace313 Offline
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Registered: 11/25/13
Posts: 29
Me and 3 other guys booked a trip with Affordable Outfitter near Bryson and Jacksboro, TX this past weekend. We were looking for a cheap meat hunt. I did a search on here previously and didn't see any bad reviews for them. However, I have found a couple now and they seem to have had the same experience that we did. We paid $2,400 for the weekend. ($600 each) The website said they were under new management, it also said we were allowed a cull buck, a doe and 2 hogs each.

Everything was great leading up to the hunt. The outfitter James made good contact, told us what to expect with weather, and sent us game camera pictures the week of our hunt. Once we got close to the cabin we were staying in we were given directions from James on how to get to the cabin. We never met him in person and once we got on to the property we could not get ahold of him again. (and still haven't)

We were unloading our stuff into the cabin when the guide (Aaron) showed up and said "I believe there is a balance due" We paid him the rest of the $2,400 after our deposit and he explained that he was seeing lots of game. Told us that our cull buck was a spike only.

The cabin was decent. An old cabin with everything you could need. Not the nicest but I am not picky about that part of my hunting. (I've stayed in much worse) The guide (Aaron) explained to us that he was Harley mechanic from Montana and just showed up guiding this year at Thanksgiving. Everything is still fine at this point. All I need is someone to show me where to hunt and where to sleep and I would be perfectly happy. He explained that the ranch we were staying on was 5,000 acres. and the other ranch we would be hunting is another 5,000 acre ranch.

What he didn't know is that I am a professional land surveyor and my buddy is a land man. After our failed hunt we researched him and it turns out the property we were staying on is only 115 acres. Which would still be fine since we were not hunting there. He also told us that the 5,000 acre ranch we were hunting on, only had 6 blinds on it??

The first time he dropped us off for the Friday evening hunt. He placed us all within about 400 yards of each other. One person in my group was sitting 50-75 yards out in front of me. Right in the path of where I would be shooting since he threw the corn out there. 2 of us were put in duck hunting blinds at frozen ponds and with no feeders. Somebody threw out corn the day before we got there is what it looked like. We didn't see a single deer or pig. The next day we were all put in a box blind. They were nice blinds. some of our feeders went off, some of them didn't. We were spread out a little more, but it was more of the same. Not one single deer or pig was seen.

We asked the guide where the game cameras were. "There aren't any game cameras on this ranch" he said. So James was sending us pictures from another ranch apparently.

We asked to be taken to a different ranch but had the same luck. One of our blinds was a motor home that looked like someone was living in. I will see about getting the pictures up on here. We told him we didn't want to go hunting on the last morning. So the guide came into our cabin Saturday night while we were taking our boots off and said "I will take my tip now" We had to pay him a little cash just to get him to leave us alone.

It was a bad experience. So bad I wanted to share with everyone and hope nobody else uses them. The only deer we saw was after dark on the road back to our cabin. It goes to show, you get what you pay for. We weren't expecting to limit out, just looking for a last minute meat hunt before season was over. Hopefully, someone will learn from our mistake.

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#5537571 - 01/12/15 11:22 AM Re: Affordable Outfitter REVIEW Bryson/Jacksboro, TX [Re: Jace313]
Jace313 Offline
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Registered: 11/25/13
Posts: 29
This is one of the blinds he had us hunting out of. Again, the box blinds were nice.




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#5537889 - 01/12/15 02:02 PM Re: Affordable Outfitter REVIEW Bryson/Jacksboro, TX [Re: Jace313]
Stevarino Offline
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Registered: 01/25/10
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Loc: Mckinney, TX
Wow.. Speachless.. and you tip'd him.

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#5537951 - 01/12/15 02:26 PM Re: Affordable Outfitter REVIEW Bryson/Jacksboro, TX [Re: Jace313]
MN Hunter Offline
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Registered: 12/28/14
Posts: 26
Just about booked with that outfit. Glad I did some last minute research on line. Found 4 to 5 bad reviews and one good. Im traveling way to far to hunt roll the dice on a outfit like that. Sorry to hear your hunt didnt go well. Thanks for the report. Confirms my suspicions that I made the right choice to look else where.

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#5538148 - 01/12/15 03:58 PM Re: Affordable Outfitter REVIEW Bryson/Jacksboro, TX [Re: Jace313]
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My goodness that is truly unfortunate.
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#5538453 - 01/12/15 06:06 PM Re: Affordable Outfitter REVIEW Bryson/Jacksboro, TX [Re: Stevarino]
Jace313 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 11/25/13
Posts: 29
Originally Posted By: Stevarino
Wow.. Speachless.. and you tip'd him.
go

I told him I wasn't tip anything. Another guy in my group felt bad and decided to give him a little cash cause he wpuldnt leave us alone. They have signs posted saying it's an insult not to tip the guide.

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#5538623 - 01/12/15 07:09 PM Re: Affordable Outfitter REVIEW Bryson/Jacksboro, TX [Re: Jace313]
blackdog21 Offline
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Registered: 03/06/08
Posts: 483
Loc: NW Denton County
The insult is they call themselves professionals. Sorry this happened to you.
There are lots of reputable pros on this site to turn to in the future.
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#5538791 - 01/12/15 08:08 PM Re: Affordable Outfitter REVIEW Bryson/Jacksboro, TX [Re: Jace313]
Jace313 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 11/25/13
Posts: 29
This was the 3rd hunt I've been on this year. One was a drawn hunt by tpwd. Tpwd gave us a great hunt too. Need to find a better meat hunt for next year. My family will go through at least 7 or 8 deer in a year. Lesson learned.


Edited by Jace313 (01/12/15 08:09 PM)

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#5538957 - 01/12/15 08:59 PM Re: Affordable Outfitter REVIEW Bryson/Jacksboro, TX [Re: Jace313]
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Registered: 12/30/12
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Sorry to hear about a bummer hunt.
For me getting on animals is only part of what I expect from a guide/outfitter. I expect a good time and experience and animals/fish, although they do not always cooperate.
I have stayed in single wides with sandwiches and enjoyed myself better than the a lodge with steaks.
I also hate guides that are always telling you about all of the other great hunts they have done, when they cannot find you a thing.
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#5539114 - 01/12/15 09:47 PM Re: Affordable Outfitter REVIEW Bryson/Jacksboro, TX [Re: Jace313]
Mike Savoy Offline
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Registered: 08/05/10
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Jace,
I offer a meat hunt for about the same price in Central Texas. I would be more then happy to have you down to the ranch. Sorry you had such a bad hunt.
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#5539138 - 01/12/15 09:52 PM Re: Affordable Outfitter REVIEW Bryson/Jacksboro, TX [Re: Jace313]
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Registered: 09/24/10
Posts: 33682
Loc: Mansfield, Texas
Hate to hear that and glad you posted for others. Hopefully people will do their research and pick one of the more reputable outfitters on this site. Good luck next year up

As a side note, ain't no way in hell the "guide" would have bullied me into tipping. You either deserve it or you don't. If you want a better tip, run a better operation
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#5539191 - 01/12/15 10:04 PM Re: Affordable Outfitter REVIEW Bryson/Jacksboro, TX [Re: txshntr]
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Registered: 08/03/11
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Loc: Katy, TX
Originally Posted By: txshntr
Hate to hear that and glad you posted for others. Hopefully people will do their research and pick one of the more reputable outfitters on this site. Good luck next year up

As a side note, ain't no way in hell the "guide" would have bullied me into tipping. You either deserve it or you don't. If you want a better tip, run a better operation
X2 thanks for sharing and that sucks. I'd have socked him in the face and then gotten myself in a bunch of trouble lol grin
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#5540291 - 01/13/15 12:25 PM Re: Affordable Outfitter REVIEW Bryson/Jacksboro, TX [Re: Jace313]
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Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 107
Sorry for the unfortunate experience, and loss of time and funds. Glad you shared so no one else is unaware. WOW is all I can say to the trailer blind.

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#5540868 - 01/13/15 04:28 PM Re: Affordable Outfitter REVIEW Bryson/Jacksboro, TX [Re: Jace313]
Gamblinman Offline
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Registered: 09/02/04
Posts: 628
Loc: Yantis, TX
Wow..just wow. Some folks have no conscience. Sorry for the bad hunt.

People like this need to be prosecuted for fraud.

Gman
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#5541153 - 01/13/15 07:25 PM Re: Affordable Outfitter REVIEW Bryson/Jacksboro, TX [Re: Jace313]
Buzzsaw Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 5023
Loc: Frisco, Texas
Been on one of those....it stunk

been on another...we all killed GREAT deer....then found out we were trespassing . Ranch owner liked us so we stayed out of jail at least

we all cancelled our checks to the "outfitter"
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