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Just a warning to my fellow hunters - I booked a hunt in Craig Colorado in January of this year with Rich Botta of Rich's Hunting Adventures out of New York. I gave him a $2000.00 deposit. He cashed my check. After ten months with no response to e-mails, calls, or texts, two weeks before the hunt, he tells me he has no hunts in Craig. Says I can hunt in Mexico! No offer made to hunt in the U.S. as a replacement. I asked for my deposit back, he texted “lol”. He has kept my deposit. Other hunters are coming forward on the forums talking about similar experiences. STHunter $4,000.

Hope this post is helpful.

Sled
 

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Wow! That sucks. His blatent refusal to return your money borders on criminal. I hope you can contact the Law Enforcement agency where his mailing address. It looks like he may be in violation of some federal regulations as well.

Good luck.

If you want to elk hunt in New Mexico, I can point you to a very reputable guide service.
 

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Kyle, what kind of hunts was he offering? Big game or upland?
 

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A guide from New York for a hunt in the West, would be questionable at best.

Can't believe he is still not in jail.

Sasakwa found a site that rates guides by hunter reviews. The TV guru Jim Shocky gets very bad reviews.

Hopefully he will check in and share that site with us.
 

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Dennis, that web site was huntinfo.com I loved it. It was fast access to all the wildlife web sites for all the states as well as lots of other info like the outfitter reviews. Had over 5000 reviews by hunters. The last time I checked they wanted 3 dollars a month to be a member..Deal killer for me.
 

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Well, that sucks they went to pay for play. Lots of sites that used to be free are charging now.
 

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Hi Im Rich Botta, Hunter Sled Reynolds booked a hunt with me. Let me explian to you what is really going on Sled and a group of 6 of his friends booked a trip with me in 2012 and in craig colorado and everyone tagged out. So he wanted to book a hunt in 2013 in Colorado again but with a different guide. So I recommended an outfitter in Trinidad Colorado and he said he didn’t want to go there, then I mentioned sand hills Nebraska,Montana,Utahan,Alberta,Saskatchewan Canada and Mexico and he said no to all of these. He wanted a hunt in craig clorado because he found out a friend was going with a different outfitter and just wanted his money back. We do not give refunds if we have the hunt you booked for. Well a few days later he started posting lies about me ( saying I don not have hunts for mule deer in the US) which I do many as mentioned above!! I also have outfiitters that will testify that we did have openings this fall for mule deer you may call them if you like I even had a hunt for him in Colorado in Trinidad. Sled went to all the forums and posted lies about me. In December. I sent sled a messege stating that I would refund him entirely the $2000 if he would stop the games and take all the posts down as they are not true. He did not respond instead he posted more lies about me !!! THE OFFER IS STILL THERE SLED IF YOU TAKE DOWN THE LIES YOU WROTE ABOUT ME ON ALL THE FORUMS I WILL SEND YOU A CHECK FOR $2000 OVERNIGHT!!! also what everyone does not realize here is that sled is a wealthy man he works in hollywood 2k is nothing for him he just wants to be a pain he actually told me he hired a kid to go online and talk bad about me all over the internet . Sled does not even know what he wrote!!!! and for everyone taking his side without evening know the whole story you should know your facts first and BTW when booking with me you speak with the outfitter before booking a hunt anyeways the outfitter wants to see if you a good match for him and if he is a match for you.. And for people saying why use a booking agent??? well what you do not know is all the time and money we spend going on horrible trips!!! getting scammed by outfitters losing over 20K ayear just so our clients can be happy and have a great hunt. We have been in business for over 12 years and as you see there are not many bad reviews online only the same 2 guys over and over again!!!!FUNNY THINGS ABOUT HAPPY CLIENTS THEY NEVER CALL YOU BACK AFTER A HUNT THE ONLY PEOPLE YOU HEAR FROM ARE THE UNHAPPY ONES :). I WILL START GETTING MY OLD CLIENTS AND NEW CLIENTS TO START WRITING FORUMS ABOUT ME ON HOW GREAT MY HUNTS ARE I DESERVE THAT WITH ALL THE WORK I PUT IN. FEEL FREE TO TALK TO MY OUTFITTERS THEY WILL TESTIFY FOR ME , I SEND THEM MANY HAPPY HUNTERS. please feel free inbox me with questions or concerns im really disappointed how this turned out and would like to resolve this issue but its a 2way st here. Sled went on 30+sites and lied on all them be a man take everything down and I will send back your deposit!!!!
Rich
 

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Huntersled, the ball is back in your court.

"We do not give refunds if we have the hunt you booked for"

I don't understand this philosophy. ^^

If you have not rendered services, and are out no money why would you not return a deposit, minus a few bucks for mail/phone expenses?
Do your contracts say in writing that deposits are not refunded? You didn't say that. You might post a pic of your contract with that disclosure on this forum as well as others if it does.

You should have a signed contract with Huntersled with his signature agreeing that his deposit would be forfeited. If so, post it up, and your entire story is backed up.

It would seem this entire adventure your on would have never happened had the deposit been returned.

You have his address/phone number. Just return his deposit.
 

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I've never known of an outfitter or consultant/booking agent to refund a deposit. At most you can get it credited to a different hunt or held for the following season. Rich's wording is really... odd, in that regard.
 

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I've never known of an outfitter or consultant/booking agent to refund a deposit. At most you can get it credited to a different hunt or held for the following season. Rich's wording is really... odd, in that regard.
Just wanted to see a copy of the contract with the OP's signature to make sure if he was or was not obligated.

I've never used a guide service, and never would if I found out that the service would not refund a deposit with no services rendered after a certain date. If it was last minute, the client is crap out of luck, but if its 6 months in advance, the deposit should be returned as there is plenty of time to book new clients.

We just don't know the details.
 

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Getting in on this kind of late but, doesn't North American Hunt Club have a guide rating service?
 

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OutfittersRatings.com is another one. I've only used a guide once, but good consultants are a God-send in some cases, and I always talk to one or two before planning a hunt.

Neither of them have been online since they posted, so I'd say this debate was over as soon as it began.
 

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Probably. They just follow each other around different forums.
 

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I say remove both of them from the forum. They are trolls. I agree with Dennis. They just follow each other around sites stirring up crap.
 

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I don't think either of them are trolls, and one of them has to be telling the truth so its somewhat good information to have out there. You've got one guy going around making accusations, and someone defending himself.
 

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I doubt we hear from either one again.
 
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