Just got my bear mount back and want to share it with you guys. One of the most incredible hunts of my life. Thanks again for a trophy of a lifetime.
I have hunted in the Fall with Lloyd the past 2 years and have taken bears both years, with my second bear making Pope and Young standards. Lloyd has gone above and beyond in providing a truly wonderful experience for all in camp and works his tail off to make sure you have a great opportunity at taking a bear! His wife Rhonda is a great cook and provides plenty of food and delicious desserts. I would not hesitate to recommend Trophy Hunter Guiding and Outfitting to any hunter who is looking for a great opportunity at taking a P & Y bear and having an overall exceptional camp experience!
We thank you for showing, teaching, and taking the time to show us. Your camp has lived up to our complete satisfaction. I would say for sure we will be back and after talking this morning it looks like 3 of us for sure.
Testomonies we're proud of
"On my second day of my hunt, I shot a black bear. She may not have been a big one, but it was a bear. Rhonda did a great job cooking and the boys made us feel like we were at home. We are going back in 2015. We highly recommend this outfitter. I saw lots of bears and Lloyd is very knowledgable. If anyone has any questions, feel free to contact me by email. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org "
Wally & Christi Swarden
"the bear hunting was fantastic and the fishing was an added bonus. Rhonda can flat cook, the food was delicious and plentiful! We were able to take three bears, with the two of us taking our first bear! Thank you for making this a great trip for my brother, myself, our friend Joe, and my 16 year old nephew."
Although an accomplished hunter, this was my first attempt at a black bear. The second night of my hunt, and the entire trip for that matter, is something I will never forget. The bear I harvested with my recurve bow at eight yards, after having him circle me for over an hour, and after enduring that downpour for several hours, just adds to the experience. I couldn't have dreamed of taking such a beautiful bear and with only a 25 yard recovery, in sight, to top it off.
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to harvest my first black bear. The food was great throughout the week and my brother, father and I all enjoyed ourselves. All three of us tagged out with archery tackle and we had many bear sightings. I personally had 5 bear encounters inside of 25 yards before shooting mine on the third night. Had a great time and would love to come back soon!
Joseph lang III
I've hunted with many outfitters and none have worked as hard as you and Rhonda did to make my hunt safe and successful. Hunted hard and saw plenty of bear, most within 30 yrds. or so. Took home a boar for a bear rug. I have to say great home cooked meals and desserts too. The food was 1st class, thank you much Rhonda. Hard working bunch of people, literally climbed trees and rearranged stands to make them safer and easier to use with the crossbow for me.
Joseph Lang III
Sales Director; www.Bowsite.com
Matt and I had a wonderful time Black Bear hunting with you this past season! The photo attached shows a very happy father/son team with "our" bear. Please save us a spot for next year as we hope to make this an annual event!
Only 3 month after by-pass surgery, this 71 year old bowhunter was in camp on his first bear hunt. You set me up in a ground blind at a great location. The second evening a good looking, medium size bear came to the bait barrel. A 20 yard shot from my 45 pound compound gave a pass through , bringing and end to a thrilling hunt. You don't have to be young or in perfect health to shoot a 70 lb. bow to harvest a bear. Thanks again Lloyd for a great hunt at a reasonable price with plenty of good food and present lodging.
Vantage Point Archery
I have hunted with Lloyd at Trophy Hunters twice now. On the first hunt everyone in our party had multiple bear opportunities and I took the nice bear you see pictured here. The pouring rain weather got the best of us the first couple days, but Lloyd and his family work very hard to ensure you have an enjoyable, comfortable, and successful hunt.... and you definitely wouldn't leave hungry with all the good food.
"In the past 10 years, I've bear hunted all over Canada and I've taken many bears. Your bear hunting was everything that you promised --- a lot of bears and a real chance to shoot a bear of a lifetime. Thank you for making this a great trip for my father, myself and my 11 year old son. It was a great thrill to have my son sitting in the blind with me when I shot the largest bear of my career. He was and absolute "tank", he was well over 7 feet in the skinnin shed, I'm sure as a rug, he'll square close to 8 feet."
"Lloyd Gates is probably the best bear hunting guide in all of Canada! Loves the hunt more than his hunters. In over 50 years of hunting, he is the most enthusiastic and hardest working guide I've ever hunted with. I would recommend Lloyd to anyone. He's a great guide, great guy, and he has great bears! Thanks for a super hunt and an exceptional bear."
John F. German
John F. German
Long Island, New York
Long Island, New York
Lloyd's dedication to putting his hunters on trophy caliber bears was only to be outdone by Rhonda's delicious down home cooking and warm sense of hospitality. I cannot say enough about Lloyd's attention to detail and tireless effort to ensure his hunters have the best possible experience. Hard working doesn't even begin to describe Lloyd Gates...Best Damn Guide I have ever hunted with! I hope to be a familiar face around camp each spring, Thanks again guys!
We have met several good outfitters through out our travels, but, I can honestly say you are the first great outfitter. From the moment we arrived at camp until the morning we left, Lloyd was constantly working to put us on big bear and Rhonda was constantly working to make us feel at home. Lloyd really does love his job and they make a great team. My bear wasn't the biggest we saw during the week, but it is my first and I am happy to say that Lloyd made it happen. Thanks again guys.
My first hunt with Trophy Hunter Guiding & Outfitting produced the bow kill black bear of my lifetime. Video footage showed many nice bears in the area and plenty of daytime activity. Due to the shot angle my arrow did not pass through completely, making for a difficult track. But, after searching and tracking for 4 hours in the thick bush, Lloyd Gates found my bruin, big headed, thickly furred 375 pounder!! I'm reliving the experience daily from home.
The work you put in on your baits and the use of the game camera's can't help but make a successful hunt. Thanks again, sure hope to hunt with you again soon. Sure wish I could have harvested one of the two monster's I saw but, totally happy with the boar I did.
Ravenswood, West Virginia
I had a ball hunting with Lloyd. Nice accomodations and great food. Lloyd will work hard for you, putting you on bears that are coming to the bait in the daylight. Also, he has good stands and ground blinds for you to hunt out of. Everytime we went to a cait to check cameras there had been bears on them and some of the bears he has are HUGE. If you are looking for a great hunt then you can't go wrong booking with Lloyd.
Thank you so much for my first bear hunt experience! Lloyd was wonderful educating me on hunting black bear and helpful placing me at the bait site for bear hunting. Accomodations are great and Rhonda sure knows how to cook! I will definitely be back next year... I am hooked!
Dr. Marcia DIeterle
Dr. Marcia Dieterle
"I have hunted with Lloyd, 3 times and each time I have had a great time and saw plenty of bears. Almost all ladder stands are two-man and comfortable. Lloyd has some very big bears in his territory and on my last one, a 4oo pound plus bear was taken. I have taken a bear every time I hunted with Lloyd or had the opportunity to do so. All of Lloyds stands are setup for Archers so they can be used for both types of hunters..And ground blinds are also used. Lloyd provides a quality hunt and the food is always great and plentiful."