• Report:  #25746

Complaint Review: CABELA'S - SIDNEY Nebraska

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In 2001 I booked a combination big game hunt for mountain goat, black bear and moose through Cabela's outdoor Adventures with McKenzie Brothers Outfitters of Alberta, Canada. This hunt occurred in September of 2001 with a total cost of $7500.00. The outfitter did not provide experienced guides for the hunt.

One of my guides refused to take me hunting one day due to the rain because she did not have the proper clothes and did not want to get wet. This same guide while unloading her rifle three feet from me accidentally discharged it. I was lucky that I was not shot.

I was not allowed to shoot a black bear of considerable size because the guide did not want to pack it out of the bush. The goat I shot was lost to a bear and I was not allowed a new tag due to the outfitters bad judgement. Half the time there was no heat in camp due to generator problems.

Food service was terrible due to lack of enthusiam by the cook. before you book a big game hunt through Cabela's email me first and I will give you a detailed synopsis of the ten day hunt. Then make your decision.


Front Royal, Virginia

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The Facts From Cabela's

#2UPDATE Employee

Thu, September 12, 2002

Randy booked a single species goat hunt. It was not a combination hunt. The outfitter allowed him to purchase tags for black bear and moose, in case they encountered these animals on the hunt. If a bear or moose were harvested, it was agreed that a trophy fee would be paid for the additional animals. The cost of the hunt was $4,800, not $7,500. The outfitter himself, was Randy's guide for the goat hunt. This outfitter is a highly qualified and experienced mountain big game guide. He got Randy within 50 yards of the mountain goat. A grizzly bear claimed the goat before Randy and his guide could negotiate a route to where the goat fell. It is a law in British Columbia, Canada, that you must cancel your tag upon killing an animal - irregardless of what happens to the animal. This law is in place so that hunters do not shoot more than one animal. This same law is in effect in most other Provinces and States. It has to do with managing renewable resources. When Randy killed the goat, his hunt was basically over, because that was the animal he contracted the guide for. The outfitter was generous enough to allow Randy to stay at his base camp and continue hunting for bear and moose. He was guided by the cook, who also holds a current British Columbia guide's license. The black bear (that Randy was instructed not to shoot) was across a river and there was not a boat available to retrieve the animal. Cabela's has contacted the outfitter and Randy on several occasions and also tried to resolve the issue with a $1,000 dollar gift certificate towards another hunt. Randy sent back the gift certificate. Randy also killed a black bear and did not pay the outfitter the agreed upon fee. He also purchased a mountain goat hide and horns (from a local resident) so that he could have a trophy mounted for his collection. It appears to Cabela's that Randy may be an unethical sportsman, that wants to harvest game without a license, or kill animals that are unretrievable. When sportsmen and sportswomen purchase hunting trips, they are not purchasing animals. They are paying for an adventure with (hopefully) an opportunity at a trophy. It is unfortunate that this is confusing to some so called hunters. Cabela's represents excellent guides and outfitters all over the world. These outfits are tried and proven. We can tell our customers how these hunts have gone in the past, or, how their hunt may possibly unfold in the future. However, it is an adventure without an itinerary and there is simply no way for us to predict the outcome. Thank you for allowing Cabela's the opportunity to provide the rest of the story. Gregg Severinson, Manager Cabela's Outdoor Adventures and Travel Services

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