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Old 03-16-2012, 10:08 AM
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 2

The State is doing great things, there is a ton of leased farmland, but the facts are the facts, the ground is being over hunted and there is quite a bit of inaccurate information being shared to get folks booked! PS. I hunted sunrise to sunset two of the four days. And please don't challenge my hunting skills dalitegobble. I am quite capable of sitting on a stand, all day, and very still!
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:13 PM
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 1
Thumbs down Omg do not go

We had to stay in Iowe. This made for a 2 to 3 hr ride. guide used a G P S all ways got L O S T had to call for H E L P. First day 25 go out3 deer. We got L O S T all three days. Ran out gas in pickup at 4 AM No 24 hr gas. the 3rd day call to Main Office about what was going on No Help. Not a thing at 3am to eat no one there no coffe nothing. guide did not make sandwich. WE had 2 good hot meals in 4. we like many got out so sick!!!!!!!!!!!! of all B S. if you got $$$$$$ you don't need and don't want to get or see a deer. you need to lose some weight. this is no way all that was bad with I M B outfitters!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 03-22-2012, 12:23 PM
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Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 240

Another 5 star review!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:41 AM
Fork Horn
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Montrose, Michigan
Posts: 102

Hatcher88 check out ganderoutfitters.com they are in Missouri and are friends of mine. he posts pictures from his trail cameras on the website of the bucks he has on his farms check him out.
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Old 06-15-2012, 11:40 AM
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Missouri
Posts: 1
Default Dishonest hunt review....the real story

The post above entitled, “RUN DON’T WALK WAY FROM” is a lie. In fact this particular post has now become the centerpiece for a law suit against the man that posted it, unless he removes it promptly. You must understand as you read hunt reviews that sometimes they are true and sometimes they are intentional attacks on one outfitter by another outfitter. Just recently a person was successfully sued for posting exaggerated comments on an outfitter in Wyoming. Persons are responsible for all comments they post in a Court of Law. Sometimes these hunt reviews are just a mad hunter who’s expectations were too high. They can also be the hunt reviews of a hunter that did not do their part during the trip. While I hate outfitters that provide poor hunts, I also do not approve of anyone using a forum section to defame another person with dishonest comments. Here is the real version of what happened to Greg on his hunt.

This hunter hunted in 2003 out of our 5 Starr Lodge in Pike County, Illinois during the 1st Gun season. His hunt review says, “The lodge was overcrowded, overpriced, with lunch meat and hamburgers for meals.” HOWEVER This lodge is really a 5 starr lodge with some rooms containing Jacuzzis. The lodge has a capacity for over 100 hunters. During the first gun in Illinois we normally book 20 hunters. Thus with 100 person capacity you can plainly see the lodge was not overcrowded. The food at the lodge is wonderful with food inclusive of steaks, chops, hams, appetizers, ceasar salads, fresh steamed vegetables, and we even have “theme” food nights, like “Italian Night” etc. WE DO NOT SERVE LUNCHMEAT AS ENTREES AS THIS USER STATES!

This hunter indicates deer stands were hung 30 to 35 feet in the air. This is not true. All stands are setup with 15 foot strap on climbing ladder sticks. These sticks are manufactured at 15 feet. This puts the stand at 15 at it’s highest possible point. Most stands are hung 2 feet below the top of the tree sticks making them 13 feet high. Stands may be higher only if the client requests an additional section of ladder stick be attached. We have never hung a 30 foot stand in our 13 year history. This is not true.

This hunter reports minimal deer sightings, however during this camp despite high winds and drizzle 20 hunters saw 734 deer in a mere 3 days, 41 record book bucks, and had 25 chances to shoot record book bucks at less than 30 yards. The success rate on shots at trophy deer exceeded the number of hunters in camp during this hunt he speaks poorly of. HERE IS A CRUCIAL ISSUE TO OBSERVE. Out of all 20 hunters only 4 of them did not have encounters with record book deer. 3 of those 4 hunters were in this man’s group that is complaining. The truth is while everyone else was having a blast, this man’s group was upset. Sometimes a hunting group will experience bad luck. Other times a hunting group doesn’t know what they are doing and will not listen, and play on cell phones while hunting. My guess is if everyone was happy with the exception of the 3 men in this group that some outside dynamic is present that the hunter is responsible for. On this particular hunting group they did not hunt the last day of the hunt decreasing their odds by 33%.

In the end if anyone has a poor hunt the first step in resolving it is contacting the outfitter for negotiations. This individual did not do this. This shows poor problem solving skills, as I am an honest man and work hard to appease my clients.

By the way we see this person in 2003 states we would not be in business much longer however we are still in business and have won more awards than any other whitetail outfitter in the Nation.

The hunter reports multiple people were written tickets by DNR. This is not true at all.

Note the hunter indicated his expectation was to kill a Booner or a deer over 170 inches. This is not realistic. The Boone and Crockett Club reports the odds of killing a Booner are 1.4 million to 1. Thus this hunter probably passed some good deer thinking he could kill a Booner and ended up empty handed. This is just a guess while all other information is a fact.

The hunter indicates that the owner scores deer inaccurately, however this client is assuming. This client never viewed the owner scoring a deer. This is another fraudulent version of the story to defame this outfitter.

The hunter reports that favoritism was given to a celebrity hunter. This is absolutely not true. Note that the only other hunter that did not see a trophy deer was the celebrity hunter. We have never given special treatment to celebrities and in fact stop taking them on hunts because they expected it. IN THE END THE TRUTH IS, ONCE IN A WHILE YOU HAVE A GUY THAT DOESN’T KILL A DEER. THEY GET MAD. THEY GET ON THE INTERNET AND THEY DEFAME AND LIE INSTEAD OF CALL AND NEGOTIATE AND TALK THINGS OUT. This person is currently being sued for his hunt post.

I am not against hunting reviews. I simply believe they should be accurately reported. I also believe the website would provide a system of safeguards for both hunter and outfitter that are effective. Unfortunately it is my opinion that this system of safeguards may not be present at this location.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:44 PM
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Long Island NY
Posts: 65

So just to be clear...you are who ? The owner ? a guide ? a concerned citizen ? Why did you wait for 4 years to come on here to tell us you are sueing the poster of the "run don't walk" post ? I said it before and I'll say it again I just don't know why anyone would hunt with any outfitter who had so many bad reviews against them when there are a bunch of other outfitters out there with a lot less raps on them.

But whatever...it's just how I feel. If IMB wanted to change the negative perception that people have of them maybe they should work harder to change what so many think and less on worrying about sueing people who post their opinions....


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Old 01-09-2013, 01:14 PM
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 2
Default Ugly

I hunted with IMB and I'll tell you it was 'UGLY'. Darrin is a loudmouth fool who told us about Cracksmokers for an hour during his indoctrination!! Really? It got worse from there. Stands overhunted, no deer. I'm sure they will tell you that it is all my fault. 10 days in different stands and no deer to shoot but where there is smoke their is fire and there sure seems to be a lot of smoke around here.
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Old 06-07-2013, 06:00 AM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Near Greenville
Posts: 39
Default IMB scam

I hunted with IMB a few years ago in Iowa and wish I hadn't. After I had paid I had another hunter from my town tell me their horror story from the year before but I had already paid so my buddy and I went anyway. I will say since then I know of 2 others who went and both had similar results as we all did, a total of 10 hunters over 4 years. Those were all Iowa hunts but I've talked to other hunters who hunted with them in other states and it seems like all their operations are ran about the same.

Well 1st off Darren says he is an outdoor writer, so he has a way with words and he knows what to tell a hunter to get you excited about hunting with them, that he can't wait to meet you personally and will be hunting up there with you.

When we got there he was no where to be seen. He had his son and some other kids (20 something) running the place.( Now I've been hunting for 50 years, have killed several 100 total, including 62 with a bow, and have gotten 2 record book deer, used to trap in my younger years so I know the outdoors.) They sat you down and told you that THEY consider a 125 class deer a trophy. LOL give me a break. But he told us if they put us in front of a 125 class deer they had done their work.

I did see a 125 class deer the 1st morning, but that's NOT what I had told Darren I was after and passed it up. My hunting buddy saw one on the 2nd day, so in my opinion they figured they had did our work and for the rest of the hunt they put us on stands we didn't see but 1 or 2 does the entire day.

The guide we had wasn't from Iowa and had just came there from 5 states away to guide and didn't know the area, he got lost 2 times taking us into our stands which were on the edge of the woods or just 50 yards inside the woods, running deer out of the fields to get to them and then sitting all day waiting for an afternoon deer to come out. The stands were just put up anyway that was easy for them turned the wrong way or leaning forward, dangerous to sit in.

From what I saw they had a lot of smaller farms with little woods (as is normal for Iowa) But what they would do is put the stand on the corner of the property line and tell you to shoot across the line, that they would just jump the fence and get the deer or you. I don't think this is ethical but it just goes to show you the way they hunted the time I was up there.

Several hunters in camp left early when we were up there frustrated with the way the hunt was run. And as far as Darren saying to read their hunter reviews. Well the ones of us who I know of NEVER got a form to review their hunt. Now I know if you get enough people up there, there were about 25 up there when we hunted than even a blind squirrel will find a nut every once in a while, so maybe the ones requested to reply are these or maybe friends of his. That's just my opinion.

Bottom line is Iowa is a great state to hunt in, and I'm sure there some good guides who really want you to succeed, but not these guys.

Everything written in this review is from my personal experiences with IMB outfitters and is my personal opinion.

Iowa also has a lot of game lands you can hunt and a do it yourself hunt out there is easy to set up. Good luck and be safe.
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Old 06-08-2013, 11:56 AM
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 2

Yeah stay away from imb total liars and crooks. There is a straight up guy up there in the area that is honest and offers great hunts but for imb to big and full of crap hunted with them a few yrs back total disaster enough said. Anyone interested in a great hunt in this same area with a straight up guy I can point u in the right direction. Hunted with him past three years and have had a great time and amazing success to see my success all u have to do is visit his web site at ganderoutfitter or reply back to this I can give u all the info u need
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:57 PM
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 3

I went last year during rifle season. Beautiful land, but I would not go back. They will tell you that the first rule of thumb is "don't out guide the guide". The only problem is that the head guy admitted that my guide didn't really know alot about hunting and was the boyfriend of his niece. Not a very professional place IMO.
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