Alabama Trophy Whitetails/Florida Slam Outfitters — Dishonest Outfitter
Alabama Trophy Whitetails is indeed not what any hunter would expect. We arrived on January 14, 2010 for a 3 day hunt starting on Friday, January 15. When we arrived we found out that the "lodge" was double booked for our hunt. Pete uses your deposit to lease land which he, his family, and friends hunt as well. His website claims only 6 hunters at a time are allowed to hunt. The best we could figure when we arrived, including us, there were over 20 people (family, friends, and paying hunters) at his "lodge" of which most were expecting to hunt. Even though I personally had traveled over 1000 miles to hunt with Pete, my group turned around and left the same night. We could clearly see through this scam operation.
Here are some points that every hunter should consider before booking a hunt with Pete:
1) The lodge is actually his home and you share his families personal kitchen.
2) The hunter bedroom accommodations consist of two eight foot by eight foot rooms each containing 2 bunk beds that could sleep a total of 8 people. If four hunters were to stay in one of these rooms there would be no room for any gear.
3) There is one shower for Pete and his family plus hunters.
4) Pete signed a contract to refund our down-payment before we left and more than a month after this hunt was supposed to happen we have not received our refund.
5) Even though Pete admitted he knew he was double booked a couple of days before we arrived he never called to let us know this situation. I am sure he thought that after we had traveled so far we would stay no matter what the hunting conditions were.
6) Pete has no hunting land adjoining the "lodge". Over half of Pete's land is over 30 miles away from the" lodge".
7) No paying hunter we talked to had seen a deer the day we arrived but most of Pete's guide/hunting friends claimed to have seen deer. One even made a special point to indicate the spotting of the same 10 point buck they had been having encounters with all season. Unfortunately, Pete had told one guy from our group that they finally shot the 10 pointer they had been seeing the week before we arrived. Talk about getting caught in a string of lies.
8) The "lodge" appears to be a sided trailer house with a small addition. You share 1 full bathroom with all other hunters and Pete's family.
9) We bought our hunting license on-line. The Alabama Department of Natural Resources refunded our license fee and took down as much information about Pete's operation as we could give them.
I certainly question Pete's honesty and integrity as a person and outfitter. You certainly cannot believe much (if anything) he tells you.
A very disappointed hunter.