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Outfitter Review - Timberland Outfitters

Submit Date: Jan 13, 2009

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Timberland Outfitters

Outfitter / Contact: Ben Plattner

Location: Illinois, usa

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: WHITETAIL DEER


Game Quantity: POOR

Accomodations: GOOD

Camp Condition: GOOD

Food Quality: RESTAURANT

Guide Experience: POOR

Other Personal Experience: NOT APPLICABLE

Review Information

Hunter: stu mauney

Phone: 912-530-7751


Would Recommend: DEFINITELY NOT!!!

Overall Impression: POOR

Booking agent Tony Ruggeri of Trophy Seekers Worldwide was the major problemn of this hunt. He sold the hunt as a "good opportunity to take a 150 - 180 class" deer. In fact this was a total misrepresentation! None were even seen in 3 days. After the hunt the owner Ben Plattner even admitted to me on the phone that he told Ruggeri not to book hunters in for the Dec 12 - 15, 2008 time frame due to past poor succes duirng this time frame. Ruggeri said Plattner only runs 30 - 35 hunters thru when Plattenr admitted later that the number was 90 -110. Ruggeri said there were 3000 acres to hunt on in Cass County, the southern camp, when in fact there were only 5 leases of about 300 acres each - all with heavy adjoining deer and pheasant hunting pressure. One lease even had tresspass issues !!! On the night before the hunt I asked head guide Joe Coates how many 150 or higher deer were taken in the season so far and the answer was "I don't know" I then asked no less than 3 times to see their 2008 harvest log book and was told first it was "at the camp' and then "I don't have the key to the camp" Later via phone owner Plattner stated he thought that number was "about 3 - 5". That's about 10 - 15% - a far cry from the "good opportunity" as the hunt was represented as! Do not go to Timberland Outfitters if you expect to see or have a "good opportunity" to harvest a 150 " or higher deer. More importantly, do not ever book a hunt with Tony Ruggeri of Trophy Seekers Worldwide, in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, he will lie and misrepresent the hunt to make a sale!

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