I had just returned from the SCI Convention in Las Vegas and had made preliminary arrangements to hunt ibex in Spain with another outfitter. Upon coming home to finalize the trip, it was evident that I was dealing with a bait-and-switch outfitter. I have been hunting for a long time, and told him what I thought of him.
I contacted Outdoors International after surfing the internet. I had a small window to go, and Mat Cervantes was able to put it together in a short time with his outfitter in Spain. I arrived at the airport in Spain after 20 minutes of waiting and pickup, I called Mat. He told me to hold tight, then called me back telling me they were at the other end of the airport. Within five minutes, I was on my way. Mat was always a text or a phone call away. He also texted me in the middle of my hunt to see how things were working out.
Food and drink were excellent. Hotel was great as well. I elected to rent a rifle for the hunt as opposed to bringing my own, and I was pleasantly surprised with a Blaser topped with a Swarovski scope. They also had Swaro binos with built in rangefinder. Good stuff…these guys were serious!
The first day of hunting produced females and immature billies. On the second day, at 7:00 AM we had a good ibex spotted and put a stalk on him, but he disappeared. At 8PM, we found a shooter with a band of three other billies across from us on another mountain. I took a 400 yard shot, and it went down. It took us two hours to get over to it.
Great hunt and I highly recommend it and Outdoors International. I’m going after Bezoar ibex in Turkey next!
Your Agent’s Name: Mat Cervantes
How likely will you be to refer friends to Outdoors International about this hunt? Very likely
How was the outfitters pre-hunt communication ? Excellent
How would you rate the overall trophy quality? Excellent, my ibex was a Bronze Medal
How would you rate the lodging? Excellent
How would you rate the food? Excellent
How savvy/knowledgeable was your guide? Excellent
How was the Field Dressing and Trophy Preparation? Excellent
Were you successful or unsuccessful? Successful
Were you happy with the overall experience? YES VERY HAPPY
How physically difficult was the hunt? Moderate
Is there anything that the outfitter should do differently in your opinion? NO EVERYTHING WAS GREAT
How likely would you be to refer Outdoors International booking services to your friends and family? Very Likely
How were your conversations with your agent? Excellent
How was your agent’s pre-hunt correspondence? Excellent
How was your agent’s post-hunt follow up? Excellent
How savvy/knowledgeable was your agent? (1-5) Excellent
How would you rate your agent? FIVE STARS – My agent was amazing
What would you like to see us offer or do more of or do differently? NO
Will you book another trip with us in the future? Why, or Why Not? YES BECAUSE EVERYTHING WAS DONE WELL