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Old 03-03-2018, 11:29 AM   #1
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Default Affordable Outfitters/North Tx Hunting lodge review ... don’t goooooo

My friends for my bachelor party decided it would be fun to go on a hog hunt. Once the idea was pitched to me I was on board completely. When my friend Cody First started the search for places to hunt (James) the owner immediately started sending pictures of hogs on trail cam and the blinds. Looked good, sounded good- free range.... well, when we rolled into town our lodging was at a broken down home with a annoying neighbor dog which will bark most of the night. That’s okay, we knew not to expect a lot as we were going for a good time and to shoot some of those hogs we had been sent on trailcam.

At about 5:00pm after we have been in town since lunch our guide (Justin, friend of Wyatt who is James son) shows up to take us out for the evening. He said he had been checked trail cams and Corning the area- he said he expected us all to have shot by 11 pm. We sat in those blinds for hours- we saw some deer, cows, a few skunks, a coon, and a armadillo. No pigs- we spent the next night looking for sign of hogs- no rooting, very few tracks, nothing to speak of. Yes...our guide took us all back to the same area and same stands even though there was no sign. Even to the point of telling us he had seen 20 hogs there the night before.... it rained, lots of thick mud... we saw no hog sign or much sign of anything..

I get hunting can be difficult, I get there are no guarantees in free range hunting. But we were lied to, the owner never showed his face, they don’t take you to the areas they show you pictures of and trail cams—- they don’t seem to care about hunters.... I haven’t said this about many people in my life but I feel like they are crooks- stay away from this place .... far far away....

I know I am not much in terms of hurting their business but I sure don’t want y’all to be taken advantage and stolen from like we were. If you wanted to text them and let them know y’all would not be coming to hunt there ever that would be pretty funny. From doing research after the fact it looks like they have been getting away with this for a few years at least... so watch out for any hunting outfits around Bryson, Jermyn, jacksboro, Graham... Jack county—- just thinking of areas around where they might try and disguise who they are and what outfitter.... it looks like they are already trying to change their website name from affordable outfitters to north Texas—- anyway, here is James number if you want to text a little note —- 19404560685.... and Justin our “guide” 940-229-0355


I say again..... please don’t give these guys your money- all we wanted was a chance to hunt hogs and feel like you had a chance. They made no attempt to help that happen nor cared about us to even come by the house and talk. It’s a money taking move as many people through kind of operation.
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Old 03-10-2018, 02:03 PM   #2
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I happened upon this place when I was looking for a whitetail hunt up that direction. Their website gave me a bad mojo feeling so I didn't give it a second look.
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Old 03-11-2018, 09:45 AM   #3
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Thank you for the info.
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Old 12-18-2018, 10:02 PM   #4
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We had the same type of experience on a deer hunt opening weekend of bow season. We hunted a morning and one afternoon and left, we decided it wasn’t worth our time to stay. Before leaving our guide said come back for any kind of hunt you want rifle or bow. I contacted the owner about what his guide had said trying to set something up and he wouldn’t answer his phone only text and wouldn’t call back. I went back and forth with James over text about taking him up on our hunt that we were promised and he wanted more money to do the hunt.... Finally he caved in and said come back to hunt no charge but it was a 4 hour drive out there and at that point I was so ticked off that it just wasn’t worth it.
DO NOT use this outfitter it’s not worth it and is a SCAM


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Old 12-19-2018, 07:14 AM   #5
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Old 12-19-2018, 07:41 AM   #6
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Duly noted...
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Old 12-19-2018, 05:39 PM   #7
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Old 12-19-2018, 07:11 PM   #8
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That really stinks. I guess if you have some property and no conscience it is a pretty easy way to make some money. Put up a website with pictures and promises and they will come.
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Old 12-26-2018, 12:33 AM   #9
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Thanks for the info. Sorry that happened to you guys! Weddings are stressful enough without losing money for no reason!
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Old 02-12-2019, 08:41 PM   #10
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Guys
This is happening all over...we work too hard for our money to be ripped off by some POS outfitter/people posing as.
If they send you pic.of their place with hogs, ask to see those stand site for scouting. Even ask.about last group that may have hunted there as reference.
Due diligence as hunters

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Old 07-22-2019, 05:18 PM   #11
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I might be the black sheep here, but I had a great experience at Affordable Outfitters. I did a turkey hunt in the spring not a hog hunt. James the owner was constantly sending update pictures and prepared me for what to expect. I am used to run n gun turkey calling and James talked me out of it due to being in a different hunting world. He told me Id be successful if I sat a feeder and let the birds stick to their habits. If i called the birds and was to aggressive or off-key, I could blow out the area. I agreed to try his recommended hunting style and I'm very glad I did. I got to hunting camp about an hour late due to ATM issues, gotta pay for the hunt right. Rolled into the hunting stand around 4ish and bam there was nice turkey on strut on the way in, made me wish I was on time to the hunt as he was just at the prime location. I made it to the stand without spooking any critters, and was tagged out on a nice triple bearded tom in about an hour. The other two hunters at the camp wanted to hunt their way, calls and decoys. The one who switched tactics to the guides recommendation tagged out in 4 hunts and the other never did get a tom to come in. Overall im very happy with the operation, Im sorry your experience wasn't better. He is having someone mount my bird, I had to give an extra deposit for that. Once I get my bird back I will confirm a total success story with this guide/outfitter.
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:33 PM   #12
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I might be the black sheep here, but I had a great experience at Affordable Outfitters. I did a turkey hunt in the spring not a hog hunt. James the owner was constantly sending update pictures and prepared me for what to expect. I am used to run n gun turkey calling and James talked me out of it due to being in a different hunting world. He told me Id be successful if I sat a feeder and let the birds stick to their habits. If i called the birds and was to aggressive or off-key, I could blow out the area. I agreed to try his recommended hunting style and I'm very glad I did. I got to hunting camp about an hour late due to ATM issues, gotta pay for the hunt right. Rolled into the hunting stand around 4ish and bam there was nice turkey on strut on the way in, made me wish I was on time to the hunt as he was just at the prime location. I made it to the stand without spooking any critters, and was tagged out on a nice triple bearded tom in about an hour. The other two hunters at the camp wanted to hunt their way, calls and decoys. The one who switched tactics to the guides recommendation tagged out in 4 hunts and the other never did get a tom to come in. Overall im very happy with the operation, Im sorry your experience wasn't better. He is having someone mount my bird, I had to give an extra deposit for that. Once I get my bird back I will confirm a total success story with this guide/outfitter.
^^ fishy AF
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:40 PM   #13
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^^ fishy AF
Now what makes you say that? Joining this month, bumping an old thread about the place, which was only found via search function, and then this being his only post......
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:41 PM   #14
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^^ fishy AF
Yep. Just joined and first post.
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:41 PM   #15
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I might be the black sheep here, but I had a great experience at Affordable Outfitters. I did a turkey hunt in the spring not a hog hunt. James the owner was constantly sending update pictures and prepared me for what to expect. I am used to run n gun turkey calling and James talked me out of it due to being in a different hunting world. He told me Id be successful if I sat a feeder and let the birds stick to their habits. If i called the birds and was to aggressive or off-key, I could blow out the area. I agreed to try his recommended hunting style and I'm very glad I did. I got to hunting camp about an hour late due to ATM issues, gotta pay for the hunt right. Rolled into the hunting stand around 4ish and bam there was nice turkey on strut on the way in, made me wish I was on time to the hunt as he was just at the prime location. I made it to the stand without spooking any critters, and was tagged out on a nice triple bearded tom in about an hour. The other two hunters at the camp wanted to hunt their way, calls and decoys. The one who switched tactics to the guides recommendation tagged out in 4 hunts and the other never did get a tom to come in. Overall im very happy with the operation, Im sorry your experience wasn't better. He is having someone mount my bird, I had to give an extra deposit for that. Once I get my bird back I will confirm a total success story with this guide/outfitter.
Hahahahahahahahaha...hi James “the owner.” Glad you could join us. Care to explain the accusations against you?
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:42 PM   #16
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^^ fishy AF
Yep... posted by a nubbin buck... I would be leery
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:48 PM   #17
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Yep... posted by a nubbin buck... I would be leery
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Old 07-23-2019, 10:12 AM   #18
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Guys sorry for bumping the thread. But I just relocated to Texas this past February from Idaho and just found the form actually looking for whitetail hunts. I saw this thread and did want to spread the experience I had. I agree my post probably does look out of place, but I can't create new threads until 30 days I believe, but I did want to start engaging with yall! Still trying to add pictures to posts, but I guess Ill have to earn some trust before yall might believe my original statement!
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Old 07-23-2019, 10:23 AM   #19
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Always cracks me up when someone puts up a post warning about a shady outfitter and then multiple people respond with similar situations and then 1 random guy with no posting history gets on a sings their praises.

Why even try? The word is obviously out. No one is going to read 10 posts from people that got screwed and then decide to believe the 1 guy no one knows that's claiming the opposite.
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