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HuntTheNorth.com's

OUTFITTER REVIEWS

At HuntTheNorth.com we want to make sure that the outfitters that we represent can offer the quality of hunt that you expect. Therefore we are traveling to our outfitters and actually participating on their hunts in an attempt to offer the highest quality service that we can for you.  This has enabled us to make any additional final cuts to outfitters that we feel do not offer the quality of service that we represent. As you read through the adventures we have participated on, you will notice that all of our outfitters have received an “A” Rating.  This means that they have scored a 27 / 30 outfitter ranking or better. Any outfitter that does not receive an A Rating will not have their outfitter review posted on the HuntTheNorth.com website but be assured that they have also been removed from our service. Therefore, as you read through our reviews enjoy what we have experienced and be assured that your next trip will definetly be a success.  

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Thank you and enjoy.

Dan Wennerlind
President
HuntTheNorth.com


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FEATURED OUTFITTER REVIEW OF THE MONTH

NAMED THE 2005 OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR!

During the month of November we re-joined The Watson Hunting Camp for a fantastic Canada goose and pheasant combo hunt in western Minnesota. Owner / Outfitter Chuck Ellingson shared a wonderful experience for my father and myself with an overall satisfying hunting experience. With an overabundance of Canada geese and Pheasants in the area we had a fun filled two day hunting experience! You have to read all about this one!
Outfitter Review On The Watson Hunting Camp

NAMED THE 2014 OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR!

During the month of February we were able to join outfitter Jason Ostrander of Grey Reef Wingshooting on one of his World Class caliber Kansas spring goose hunts. One of the main draws for the first 9 days of February in Kansas is the opportunity to harvest both light and dark geese. Overlooking a spread of cover 1,200 decoys in a field full of goose tracks from the previous day we were in for a real treat. On our 3 day Kansas spring goose, we have an amazing and most memorable experience.

Outfitter Review On Grey Reef Wingshooting's Kansas Spring Snow Goose Hunting Adventures
During the month of December HuntTheNorth Field rep Dan Johnson and his father Phil were able to join Jim Knope of Gander Hill Goose Club on one of his fantastic southern Illinois waterfowl hunts. Gander Hill is known for their incredible late season Specklebelly and Snow goose hunting in addition to the incredible duck hunting that outfitter Jim Knope has worked so hard to create on his private managed waterfowl properties. With 17 different permanent blind set ups located on the intensely managed private marsh this was sure to be a most memorable experience.Outfitter Review On Gander Hill Goose Club
Named The 2014 Outfitter Of The Year!

During the month of October we joined Jason Ostrander of Grey Reef Anglers & Wingshooting on a fantastic Wyoming Upland Bird Hunt!  Having hunted all across North America we can honestly say that this was the best Wild Hungarian partridge and Chukar hunting we have personally experienced. We are felt honored to name Jason Ostrander of Grey Reef Wingshooting the 2014 HuntTheNorth.com Outfitter Of The Year!
Outfitter Review On 2014 Outfitter Of The Year Grey Reef Anglers & Wingshooting

During the month of March we joined Top Gun Guide Service in northwestern Missouri for an action packed spring snow goose hunting adventure. For those who have never hunted spring snow geese, to sit down in a clean, dry layout blind overlooking a spread of 2,000+ decoys and have flock after flock drop into the decoys, it was an experience to remember. This was a first class hunt all the way!

Missouri Spring Snow Goose Hunt

Hunting spring snow geese has become a true passion of mine ever since the inception of the conservation season back in 1995. I now enjoy hunting new regions of the country and trying out the latest set-ups and strategies to trick the wary white adversaries, as much as pulling the trigger. So when I got the from expert spring snow goose hunting outfitter, Mike Adams of Webbed Feet Down Outfitters, I eagerly accepted. An opportunity to hunt the northeast corner of Colorado with a true snow goose hunting legend.

Snow Goose Hunting With Webbed Feet Down Outfitters

During the month of October we were able to join Nick Metzen and Greg Ward of Flight Patrol Guides on a fantastic Canada goose hunt just miles from Lake Minnetonka in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. On our hunt we had several flocks of Canada geese under 20 yards with their paddles down!

Canada Goose Hunting With Flight Patrol Guides

Pacific Wings Praire Outfitters Review

Named The 2010 Outfitter Of The Year!

For the month of October we joined Mike Franklin of Pacific Wings Prairie Outfitters on a “World Class” Saskatchewan field waterfowl hunt. During the trip we took every species of goose in North America as well as some mallards and pintails. The real treat was hunting over a spread of over 650 full body decoys and having an opportunity to take a limit of mature Specklebelly geese. You won’t want to miss this one!

During October HTN field representative Eric Ruhland and his brother Jason were able to join the crew at Cannonball Company for an unbelievable North Dakota pheasant hunt. Located in Regent, ND, Eric and his brother were able to experience an upland hunt rivaling the best ranches in South Dakota. In fact they both took a limit of WILD roosters in under an hour! For all you die hard pheasant hunters, this is a must read!

The Cannonball Company Outfitter Review


During the month of December we were able to join Stephen Pridal of Ringneck Range for a fantastic Minnesota Pheasant Hunt. Hunting western Minnesota on over 1,500 private acres of premeir pheasant habitat. We were extremely impressed with the abundant amount of pheasants that we saw and Stephen's extensive knowledge of his hunting grounds! If your looking for a great pheasant hunt this is a must read!

Ringneck Range Outfitter Review

Named The 2008 Outfitter Of The Year!

During the month of December we were able to enjoy a fantastic Alaskan sea duck hunting adventure with Kodiak Sports And Tour.  This was more than just a waterfowl hunt, it was a true adventure.  We were able to hunt numerous species of sea ducks & waterfowl as well as hunt red and silver fox & sport fish for halibut.  We also saw orca whales, sea otters and sea lions while the lodging & meals were five star.


Alaska Sea Duck Hunting

Named The 2006 Outfitter Of The Year!

During the month of April we joined Dave Ciani of High Prairie Lodge & Outfitters on a World Class spring turkey hunt in the Black Hills of South Dakota in search of Merriam's gobblers. After having a chance to experience the caliber of not only the turkey hunting that Dave has to offer as well as the overall package, including the 5 Star home cooked meals and lodging, to the opportunity to hunt with a true turkey hunting expert, this was a hunt to remember!


High Prairie Lodge & Outfitters Review

Named The 2013 Outfitter Of The Year!

During the month of December we were able to hunt with one of the best outfitters in the business JJ Randolph of WyoBraska Waterfowl. Hunting the North Platte River of Nebraska for late season greenheads has been on my list to do for a long time now. However hunting late season honkers in Wyoming had not been….until now. We had an incredible couple of days goose hunting with JJ and are proud to annouce him as our 2013 Outfitter Of The Year!

2013 Outfitter Of The Year Review On Wyo-Braska Outfitters

During the month of January we were able to fulfill a life long hunting dream. Every serious waterfowler I know has a bucket list of hunting adventures to check off before they get too old. On the top of mine was a late season duck hunt to Mexico for big drake pintails and cinnamon teal. After coordinating the 5 day trip with a good friend of mine and World Class hunter- Paul Robey (who had hunted with Solimar Hunting Adventures several times before and gave them raving reviews), I was all in! This trip did not disappoint.


Solimar Hunting Safaris Duck Hunt Review

During the month of November we joined Matt Raley of Hideaway Hollow Outfitters for a unique waterfowl hunting experience, targeting the King of ducks, the mighty bull Canvasback on the Mississippi River in southern Wisconsin. Hunting out of Matt's 20 ft custom boat blind, with an estimated 100,000 Canvasbacks on the river, this was the perfect setting... Read all about our experience with Matt Raley.

Outfitter Review On Hideaway Hollow Outfitters

Named The 2012 Outfitter Of The Year!

During the month of October we were able to join Jeff Colwell of Front Range Guide Service on an amazing Colorado duck hunt. After a fantastic duck hunt for widgeons, gadwalls, mallards and redheads we came back in January to experience one of Jeff’s premier Colorado Canada goose field goose hunts. With comfortable pits and a ton of little cackler geese in front of an amazing view of the Colorado Rockies this is an amazing hunt!

Outfitter Review On Front Range Guide Service

For the month of October HTN field representative Eric Ruhland and his brother Jason were able to join the crew at Cannonball Company for an unbelievable North Dakota pheasant hunt. Located in Regent, ND, in the southwest corner of the state, Eric and his brother were able to experience an upland hunt rivaling the best ranches in South Dakota. In fact they both took a limit of WILD roosters in under an hour! For all you die hard pheasant hunters, this is a must read!

Outfitter Review Of The Cannonball Company

During the month of April we joined Todd Johnson of the Wing N Fin Lodge And Turkey Camp on an action packed spring turkey hunting / fishing combo adventure in the prairie hills of western Minnesota. Not known for it’s fantastic turkey hunting, this is truly a hunter’s paradise with more than just big gobblers running through the hills. Be sure to read all about this impressive Minnesota Turkey Hunt...

Wing N Fin Lodge & Turkey Camp Spring Turkey Hunt

During the month of November we were able to join one of our good friends Adam Johnson on a late season Minnesota guided goose hunt. Not only did we have a blast literally, with many flocks of late season honkers trying to land in the decs but we also had a chance to get an in depth look at Adam’s spring snow goose operation coming up in the next couple months. Be sure to read all about our awesome guided goose hunt with First Flight Finishers…

Outfitter Review On First Flight Finishers

During the month of October we were able to rejoin one of our favorite waterfowl hunting outfitters Phil Schmidt of Goose Busters Guide Service on a fantastic water duck hunt just west of the Twin Cities. Phil really put on a show for us this time having flock after flock of over 7 different species of ducks bombarding the spread for close to 3 hours. You won’t want to miss this one!

Outfitter Review On Goose Busters Guide Service
Named The 2011 Outfitter Of The Year!

During The month of November we were fortunate enough to rejoin Mike Thun and Dean Crom of Big Water Outdoors on a World Class Sea Duck / Diver Combo Hunt on Lake Michigan and the bay of Green Bay in eastern Wisconsin. Three of HTN's finest had an opportunity to test their skills at some of the most exciting and challenging waterfowl hunting found anywhere in the country. This is a must read for any serious waterfowler!
Big Water Outdoors Outfitter Review

For the month of March HuntTheNorth.com field rep Jason Crook and his group were able to participate on one of Snow Goose Specialist – Scott Robinson’s premier spring snow goose hunting adventures in northwest Missouri near the infamous Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge. As Jason found out, Scott does things a little differently than most spring snow goose hunting outfitters and Scott vast knowledge and experience paid off big for the guys. Be sure to read all about it!

Outfitter Review For The Snow Goose Specialist

For the month of November we joined Mike Thun and Dean Crom of Big Water Outdoors on a fantastic sea duck hunt for Old Squaws and Scoters on Lake Michigan near Green Bay, Wisconsin. To have the option of hunting sea ducks in the Midwest was a real treat. These guys have it down pat let me tell you. Make sure to read all about this set up!

Outfitter Review On Big Water Outdoors

For the month of November we joined Phil Schmidt of Goose Busters Guide Service on a fantastic Canada goose / Mallard Combo Hunt about 45 minutes northwest of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Talk about action packed! We had a full limit of Canada geese in hand with several bonus mallards before they stopped servicing breakfast at the local restaurant. Be sure to read all about it!

Outfitter Review On Goosebusters Guide Service


During the month of November we were able to join Todd Lensing of Flyway Fowling Guide Service on one of his premier Mississippi river duck hunts on Pool 9 near Ferryville, WI.  Hunting out of Todd’s 20’ boat blind with all the comforts of home was a treat in itself not to mention everything that the “Old Miss” has to offer.

Outfitter Review For Flyway Fowling Guide Service


During the month of March we were able to rejoin Adam Johnson of First Flight Finishers on another exciting waterfowl hunting adventure. This trip we met Adam in Missouri for a spring snow goose hunt that turned out to be one for the books. Adam was able to land multiple flocks of well over 200 snow geese at our feet! We were able to harvest 48 geese in under 45 minutes- What a hunt!

Outfitter Review For First Flight Finishers

Named The 2006 Outfitter Of The Year!
For the month of May we returned to the Black Hills of South Dakota to join Dave Ciani of High Prairie Outfitters on another fantastic adventure. This time the target was the elusive Merriam turkey. Dave proved once again why his outfitting service is second to none. We had a chance to not only harvest a beautiful Merriam turkey but to learn from an expert what it takes to be successful in tough conditions. Be sure to read all about this Fantastic Black Hills Spring Turkey Hunt...


High Prairie South Dakota Turkey Hunt Review

In Memory Of The Goose Guru; During the months of September and December we were able to participate on two separate waterfowl hunting adventures with Prairies Edge Goose Club.  Shawn Eldrege offered exceptional fall Canada goose and duck hunting in Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri.  In addition Shawn also offered spring turkey hunts and was a true outdoorsman.

Prairies Edge Outfitter Review

During the month of September we were able to be review the outfitting services of First Flight Finishers.  Adam Johnson offers exceptional fall waterfowl hunts around the Twin City metro area and southern Minnesota.  Adam has over 30 fields around the metro area as well as 5 golf courses and specializes in decoying Canada geese. We were able to join Adam on 2 Early Canada Goose Hunts during the 2007 season.

First Flight Finishers Outfitter Review

During the month of December we were invited down to Rochester, Minnesota by the guys at Top Gun Guide Service to match our wits with some late season Canada geese.  Head Guide and outfitter Matt Kostka and his crew were able to put on quite a show for us.  We truly had a great time and a successful hunt with the boys at Top Gun.

Top Gun Guide Service Outfitter Review

In Memory Of Waterfowl Legend- Dave Beam: During the month of October we were able to rejoin outfitter Dave Beam of Beams On The Prairie in North Dakota for another go-around on a very unique waterfowl hunt.  On this trip, in addition to the fantastic diver duck hunting we experienced, we also were after the almighty Tundra Swan! This was a very exiting hunt and is something avid waterfowl hunters need to experience at least once in their lifetime. 


Beams On The Prairie Outfitters- Outfitter Review

For the month of February we will be reviewing the services of Goose Busters Guide Service.  Based out of the Twin City metro area, Goose Busters Guide Service offers Premier Guided Canada Goose and Duck Hunts around the western suburbs of Minneapolis, Mn.  Outfitter and head guide Phil Schmidt works very hard to ensure that all hunters experience the best waterfowl hunting that Minnesota has to offer.

Goose Busters Guide Service Outfitter Review

For the month of August we will be reviewing the outfitting services of High Prairie Outfitters.  For this hunt we traveled to Deadwood, South Dakota and interviewed Dave Ciani of High Prairie Lodge & Outfitters.  Dave took us on an incredible All Inclusive Archery Antelope Hunt near the scenic Black Hills.  During this hunt we had a chance to see exactly what sets Dave's hunts apart from the average outfitter!

High Prairie Outfitter Review

For the month of December we will be reviewing the outfitting services of the Watson Hunting Camp.  Located in western MN near the Lac Qui Parle wildlife management area.  Throughout the past year owner Chuck Ellingson has become a very good friend of  HuntTheNorth.com.  Over the Halloween weekend we had a chance to try out Chuck's outfitting services first hand.  Chuck graciously invited us to join him for a combination goose and pheasant hunt and we eagerly accepted!


Outfitter Review For The Watson Hunting Camp

In Memory Of Dave Beam: For the month of May we examined Beams On The Prairie. Based out of Fargo, North Dakota.  We were able to participate on two of his exceptional Spring Snow Goose Hunts.  Our first adventure with Beams On The Prairie took place in February in Nebraska for a 3 day hunt. Our second hunt took place in April in North Dakota for another 3 day snow goose hunt.

Outfitter Review For Beams On The Prairie

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: At HuntTheNorth.com we strive to offer a Quality Resource of a select group of premier outfitters through our service. However since we have no control over the way each outfitter runs their guided hunts, we cannot offer any guarantees or warranties with any of the services provided.