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Double Y outfitters

I have booked an archery elk hunt with Double Y outfitters and was wondering if anyone else has hunted with them? ie: would you recommend? were the guides knowledgable? did you have good opportunity?

The reason I'm asking these questions now; I found a couple of negative reviews on this outfitter and has me a little nervous. Now I do clearly understand that usually only unhappy people, take the time to post reviews. This outfitter came very highly recommended by a local taxidermist and is the reason why I booked.

I am just looking for someone to put me at ease or tell me that I have a valid concern and should consider other outfitters. Thanks for the help

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6 months before your hunt

6 months before your hunt isn't the time to be researching the outfitter that you have booked a trip or hunt with.  What did the reviews say that seamed negative?  A quick search on the didn't turn up anything bad but that really doesn't mean too much. 

You can always call the BBB in the town that they are located in and see if they have any reports or check with the Wyoming Guide and Outfitter Association if they are a member.  Also remember that some hunters want a animal sitting in their laps or are not willing to do the work for a animal and a lot of times they blame the guide for their lack of trying.  You can also go back to the taxidermist that gave you their recommendation and talk to him about it.   

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thanks for the response.  I

thanks for the response.  I completely agree with, this isn't the time to get nervous.  Here is the link maximumhunting.com

like i mentioned above, i clearly understand that usually only unhappy people post reviews.  most happy people just are happy and tell their friends about how great the trip was.  unhappy people tell everybody how unhappy they are. 

i was just looking for a little piece of mind. 

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the sight wouldn't let me

the sight wouldn't let me post the entire link.  /double-y-outfitters.com

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Here is the correct link if

Here is the correct link if someone else wants to read the bad reviews.

http://www.maximumhunting.com/double-y-outfitters/

A couple of them sound kind of like sour grapes along with not realizing that they were hunting and that the guides really can't guarantee that you'll get a animal. A couple of questions for you. Did you get a contract from them explaining the entire cost of the hunt except for a possible gratuity? Also did they explain that on most hunts you will spend 2 days traveling, one day in and one day out that while you really won't be hunting it is considered part of the hunting trip? Last year I went on a 10 day grizzly hunt in British Colombia. The first day was spent entirely on a horse and we saw one black bear on our way in. The following 7 days we saw a few black bears and I was able to shoot one of them which turned out to be a smallish one (my fault not the guides) I pulled the trigger. On the 8th day I saw my first grizzly of the trip. The shot would of been 550+yards with the bear in a small clearing with dark and I mean dark timber on 3 sides that he could of made it into. I didn't take the shot. We didn't see another bear and on day 10 we spent the whole day back on horseback coming out.

Now I could of said that they didn't know what they were doing and that they spent too much time with the horses shoeing one after she threw a shoe, and moving them to a meadow so that they could feed, cutting wood since there was no wood when we got into the cabins since this was their first trip of the season. I could even blame the weather since it rained on us 5 days out of the 10 but I didn't and I would recommend this outfitter for bear, elk, moose, and goats in a heart beat. I am even toying around the idea of going back to get that grizzly, even after the way that I felt after the 23 mile ride out of the wilderness and the way that by body felt. Did I say that I had a great time even if I only took one shot.

What I am getting at is that if you are committed to the hunt then go and enjoy it. Understand that it is a hunt and not a killing and that no matter how good the guide or outfitters are they can not guarantee you a animal.

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Critter, thanks for the

Critter, thanks for the response.  You make some very good points.

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