It is a very long story but after providing two hunters to my outfitter (myself and one other), I showed up to camp and was assigned my guide.
Side note - When I booked in the Spring I told the outfitter that there were two specific guides that my buddy and I wanted. We were assured that this would be taken care of.
Back to my story....my buddy was assigned one of the two guides that we were promised (the outfitter himself) and I was assigned a different guide (not the other guy we had requested.....he wasn't in camp).
I won't bore you guys with all of the details but it quickly became apparent that I had been screwed. As time went by I found that my guide knew NOTHING about elk hunting and learned that he had never set foot in the unit until a day or two before my hunt. Nice guy but his absolute lack of hunting knowledge was atrocious. Finally after four days I was reassigned to a different guide. I went home empty handed. That was my fault. I missed a shot at 42 yards (miscommunication between the guide and I....I thought he said 60 yards).
There is a lot more to the story. I will say this, there were 5 hunters in camp and there were 2 actual guides. The other three were buddies who supposedly had some sort of hunting experience. I can also say with certainty that the outfitter will have a hard time coming up with a good referral out of the camp of guys hunting 5BS.
Oh yeah, and I had left my target there in camp when I left. I was back down a few days later and was going to go pick up my target. Texted the outfitter to tell him I was going to grab it and he said that he didn't want me in camp and that he would mail it to me. Guess what I never received.
There is ALOT more to the story but I'm typing on my phone and don't feel like hammering it out on this tiny keyboard.