I don't know what happened over there. How can 1 business be so different.
This was our 2nd hunt with BearPaw. My wife and I both hunted bears in May 2019 with Bryan. He was such a gracious host. There were 4 people that hunted bears at that time. He made everyone feel welcome BEFORE and AFTER their hunts. Bryan was actually my wife's guide. He walked the sole off her boots literally. But she got a bear. Bryan and I were talking one evening. I told him that I wanted to do a mule deer hunt and if he knew where a good one was. He recommended their Utah/Idaho hunt. Since we both had such a wonderful time hunting with BearPaw before Why Not Do It Again. So
I booked a Mule deer hunt 1 year in advance. The hunt was Oct 10-14 2021. We stayed in Utah, but I hunted in Idaho. The day we arrived we met with Tara. We weren't even in the door 5 minutes when she was asking us to pay our bill. I realize that this is a business and all but come on. She could have asked if we were settles in knowing we traveled 30 hours/3days one way to get there. It could have waited for a little later. After all we wern't going anywhere.
When we got there I was told my guide was supposed to be Daniel. But instead I had Zane. He was/is very very green and he told me that I was his very first client. He did try very hard with no success in getting me a mule deer. I hunted 4 days and I didn't see any animals I could shoot. I did see 2 beautiful coyotes though. Zane said he didn't know if I couldn't shoot them or not. When we arrived back to the lodge He asked Tara and also Daniel if they could have been shot. They both said yes definitely shoot every coyotes seen. Shouldn't he have known that they could have been shot. That would have made my hunt right then an there bonus.
I took my wife with me. I spent an extra $500 for an nonhunter. After i paid the bill Tara's whole attitude changed as more hunters started coming into the lodge. Every night after dinner, Everyone was getting their game plans together for the next day. After the 2nd and 3rd day of hunting with a total of 13 guys hunting no one saw any deer. All the hunters started asking where are all the deer while others left. Everyone was getting pissed and started realizing that they had been taken advantage of.
As far as my nonhunter wife. No one said what time meals were for nonhunters or dinner for anyone. There wasn't any reason for her to get up at 5:30am for breakfast as she wasn't going with me. She always went to the dining area a few hour later. There was a sign in our room stating breakfast ends at 9:30. One morning she heard talking upstairs and then doors closed suddenly. Another morning Tara wouldn't get off the phone. She was never offered anything for breakfast or lunch. But she was offered a cup of coffee once. But the funny thing was Tara said every evening "You must be starving, " Knowing She hasn't eatten anything there. She was taught that you don't ask for food or go in other peoples refrigerators unless you are told you can. I started bring her 2 of the sadest sandwiches ever that was being served for our lunches each day. The dinners could have been a lot better considering how much we all paid for our hunts. Some hunters said we should at least have had a steak night and not just spaghetti and meat sauce, tacos and dry chicken. Everyone was really suprised when we had BBQ rubs one night and ham another. I think everything was so bland because everyday we heard the same thing how Tara had Covid 7 months ago and still couldn't taste or smell. If that was the case then why was she cooking dinner everynight.
After i put out a little over $5000 on a hunt and license and didn't even see a deer. I am VERY VERY VERY disappointed and will NOT recommend anyone to hunt in Utah/Idaho for mule deer with BearPaw.
WARNING WARNING DO NOT HUNT WITH BEARPAW IN UTAH/IDAHO FOR MULE DEER. Don't waste your money you will be disappointed.
Sincerly, Marshall Thomas