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!!!Warning!!!!

Avoid Ohio Monster Outfitters at all costs. We just returned from Ohio and got totally taken accross by this outfitter.

The owner / Operator Dustin Pierce has a RAP sheet a mile long. You can see some of it online by searching for his name at http://www.muskingumcountycourt.org/

We have filed official complaints with the Police Department, IRS, BBB, Attorney General and local news papers.

Please if you know anyone that is thinking about this outfitter, avoid him at all costs!

PM me if you need more details.
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What happend on your hunt?

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Tell us what happened Squid.

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Ok, Here is the full story...appologies for the long post!

Ohio Monster Outfitters Report.
http://www.ohiomonsteroutfitters.com
Owner, Operator Dustin Pierce

We booked a 5 day semi-guided hunt for the week of November 5th near Zanesville Ohio. Our trip was to consist of us staying in a Motor Home at a local campground (I have a motor home that we would be driving from PA) recommended by Dustin. He was to make all arrangements for us prior to arrival. We were then to be hunting on a 2000 acre farm as the only hunters for the year. We would be picked up each day via a truck by Dustin or one of his guides to be taken to a stand location. It was suggested that we bring our own stands “just in case” we found a better spot. We checked with 6 references and had several calls with Dustin before booking our trip. A deposit of 1000 was sent, 50% the cost of our hunt.

Instead here is what we got.

· Arrived in Zanesville Ohio at his address as directed. Only to find out he wasn’t there and no longer lived at the address.
· After leaving several phone messages, Dustin met us at a Tractor Supply parking lot near Zanesville. He then had us make reservations at Dillon state park as the place he planned on us staying was closed for the season. He never setup our camping arrangements as promised.
· On the way to Dillon we stopped at the 2000 acre farm. This farm is owned by a local Zanesville physician that is friends of the family. There was already someone hunting the property. We later found out that this farm was not leased, he just had permission to hunt there.
· Dustin picks us up Saturday to go scouting in a Chevy Camaro (Blue) with temporary license tags. He indicated his truck broke down.
· Saturday evening he takes us scouting to a housing development near Dillon called Stone Henge. He tells us that he is leasing the undeveloped land and that we do not need permission slips because we are hunting with an outfitter.
· We hunted Sunday from our own climbing stands as he did not have any stands for us in this area.
· At 4:30 in the afternoon (an all day sit) he comes and gets us telling us he lost his lease for this property and that we had to leave immediately. We later find out that hunting is NOT permitted on this property, someone called and filed a complaint.
· We then proceed to hunt several different properties over the next few days. Bells hog farm, which we later discover was not leased and allows anyone to hunt that asks. No exclusively leased land as promised.
· Dustin Was 40 minutes late picking us up Tuesday morning.
· Dustin ran out of gas on our way back to Dillon state park on Tuesday evening. We arrive back at the campground over an hour and a half later than before.
· Wednesday morning after waiting a half hour for him to show (5:30) am I called him. He claimed that his car would not start and that he did not have my number. However, he called me several times a day the days before.
· Dustin never picked us up in a truck. He drove us around in the Camaro that did not have room for two hunters, two treestands and all our gear.

After all this happened, we asked Dustin to meet us at the campground at 10:00 on Wednesday. When he arrived we told him this was just not working out. This was to be our dream hunt and was not even close. He asked us what he did wrong beyond the obvious. We gave him the list to start above as a starting point. We said that the best thing for us to do was to end our hunt. Upon doing this, we felt that a fair deal would be to get half our money back. He said 750 and we said half. He agreed, but asked to pay via check. I said no since I gave him cash. He then asked if he could have my bank account number and do a money transfer, I again said no and wanted cash. He then claimed his bank was 1 hour away and it would take him some time to get the cash. He requested that we meet him along the highway in 2 hours. We said no to that request and asked that he meet us at the campground at 12:30pm. We also warned him to not stiff us and to do the honorable thing.

12:30 came and went with no Dustin. We called him several times with our calls going straight to voicemail. After an additional two hours, we then called the local sheriffs’ department and Ohio DNR. We filled a report with the sheriffs’ office. According to them, this is not the first time for this behavior and we were told he would be jailed when caught.

We are still trying to contact / work with the DNR to see what we can do in respect to that.

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shafted in OH @ Ohio Monster Outfitters

Wow Brick Wall,) What a disappointment. What a tool this guy must have been, I'm surprised you guys lasted as long as you did!

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I hate to hear about that Squid. Experiences like your are one of the reasons I became a booking agent, to prevent that from happening to others since we hunt and fish with all of our outfitters first and won't reccommend those that will give our clients anything less than a great experience, since we lots of clients to them. Guys like that give hunting a bad name. I hope it works out great for you next time and you get that dream trip.

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I'm from pa. to I'm looking to book a bear hunt in maine next year your story makes me nervous about booking.You should've brought this guy back to Pa. ............in a body bag!

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Well just looked at the page.That guy looks like a odd one.Im from Ohio let me be the first to say sorry about that.I hope you get your money back.

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That sucks man....sorry to hear that.

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That sounds like a complete nightmare...I have gone on a couple of guided moose hunts. One was great the other was not all that it was made out to be.
Having looked at hunderds of Websites and after going to his website there are a couple things in his gallery that would concern me. If you look at Gallery #2 the guy in the glasses is in just about every picture. These are probably pictures of his buddies, and deer he had nothing to do with. And by looking at the other pictures he appears in one picture with a deer, and that deer is shown in several other pictures with kids. As for the big buck that he is holding that is mounted to the board and the mount on the wall behind him.
They both look old, the mount behind him is discolored and the rivits on the board mounted buck are rusty. If I shot those two bucks I would have a picture somewhere of me with those bucks. My guess is someone else shot the bucks and he posed in front of them. The other thing I look for is older pictures, like the one of the guys sitting on the tailgate with the big buck. After having been taken myself, I am very cautious about who I go with now. There are some really good outfitters out there, hopefully the next guy will make up for this clown.

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Update,

So I recieved word today from the Police Dept. that criminally there is nothing they can do to this guy.

The only thing they were able to do is change the acreage he was advertising on his web page from 30,000 to 3,000 and remove some pictures he did not have permission to post.

Only other option I have is to file a civil suit. According to the police, it will most likely cost me more for the civil case than the money I lost.

Just stinks that there is nothing more that I can do. Never figured I would get my money back, but thought for sure I would be able to get this guys business shut down.

Just keep passing the word on this crook so that he does not take anyone elses money.

Squid

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