Feature Articles from Bear Hunting Magazine May 7, 2014
By Bernie Barringer
The Maine Event - Hound Hunting Maine
Stunning scenery, an amazing historical lodge and plenty of bears; this trip had it all
Earl Peterson - Kentucky Bull Elk Hunt
"What an extraordinary hunt this was! Hunting the reclaimed mountain top coal properties of Eastern Kentucky was as exhilarating as being at an altitude of 10,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains - but without the thin air. Elk were bugling all around us and reacting with great enthusiasm to our calling."
John Houck - Kentucky Bull Elk Hunt
This hunt actually started in May of 2015 when my son Joe received the news that he hit the lottery! Now I’m not talking about “power ball”, I’m talking about a bull elk tag for the 2015 Kentucky rifle season! I’m not sure who was more excited, as Joe went on to say, “I hope you’ll go with me Dad.”
The planning started immediately. Seasons, rules, regulations, harvest statistics, and outfitters were at the top of the list. We left no stone unturned, as we were determined to make the most of this perhaps once in a lifetime opportunity.
After talking to what seemed like every outfitter in Kentucky, as well as numerous references, Joe decided on OMM Outfitters. Nathan Theriault heads up OMM Outfitters, and he lived up to his reputation by exceeding all of our expectations. First class, all the way!
Just a short note to say thank you for such a fantastic hunting experience! I saw more black bears that 1st day than I had seen in the woods in a lifetime. The experience of that black bear going up that birch tree directly in front of me like it was an express elevator, "jaw popping" all the way, eventually calming down and coming back down almost directly below me, and hanging around, apparently not detecting my presence (or at least no longer alarmed by itl) was "worth the price of admission" all by itself.
Your accommodations are excellent, and the food was outstanding. You, and all of your staff, are professional, friendly and very knowledgeable. This hunt was the best gift my son, Mike, could have ever given me, and the shared memories we will cherish for a lifetime. To be able to take my first ever black bear, and do it with bow & arrow was truly awesome. A special thank you to Henry for tracking and getting out my bear. I sincerely hope to be able to use OMM's services at a future date. Your operation is "top shelf', and I tell everyone "book a hunt with OMM - you won't be disappointed".
Alex - Corning, NY
My daughter Jessica and I had an awesome time hunting with y'all. You, Henry and John were all great guides. We were happy with the bear's we harvested. Having John hunt with Jessie was helpful since she was a little afraid to hunt alone.
I appreciate you taking Jessie up in your plane. She continues to talk about what a fun
experience it was. Taking baits to the site was fun, too.
The food, cabins and availability of the bow range and kayak's were all top notch. Lord
willing, we will hunt with you in the future.
Mark - Waterville, Ohio
Hello to All
Just wanted to drop a note of thanks. What an adventure. We loved every minute of it. We are back in PA today. While we have a nice home and view, we miss what you have there. It’s not just the cabins, the view of the lake, the wonderful dinners, or the people we met there. I think for us it was your dedication to make our stay top notch.
It was amazing how all of the people in camp got along so well. Bernie, Tom, Mark, and Dennis were all great guests. We will never forget Nathan, Rick, Jason, and most of all Audrey. Oh yea and shut up Ruger! Again Nathan, thanks for my first bear hunt and truly a great hunt.
Greg, Laura & Otto - PA
Thanks again for a great trip. Your hospitality is to notch. Awesome hunt, awesome company and awesome camps.
Will be back with my son!
Keep in touch and best of luck to you for the rest of the hunting season.
I wanted to thank you and your team at OMM Outfitters for a fantastic Osceola turkey hunt. We have been on many hunts the past couple of years and this was one of the best. We brought two high profile industry writers to expose them to the EOTech HWS sight and its performance on a shotgun for turkey hunting, and they left truly impressed by the product and your hospitality. We were blown away by the accommodations and friendly staff, but the hunting was lights out!!! You guys put us on some great birds and completed the grand slam for three of us. We really enjoyed our time down there and consider you close friends now. Your guide experience was top notch and quite impressive with those smart and stubborn Osceola’s.
We will definitely book hunts with you in the future and look forward to maybe closing the deal on a Black Bear or Moose with you up in Maine.
Thanks for a first class adventure!
I recently joined OMM Outfitters on an Osceola turkey hunt at a private ranch in south Florida, and I was impressed with the service, amenities and mainly, the hunting. From eating home-cooked meals in a modern lodge and laughing around the campfire, to fishing and shooting skeet and archery during downtimes, the ranch proved to be sportsman’s paradise. Oh yea, and I took a giant Osceola turkey on the first evening of my hunt.
Jeff Johnston, Managing Editor, American Hunter magazine, National Rifle Association
If you’re looking for a great hunting experience, talk with Nathan at OMM Outfitters. When it comes to experience, professionalism, and a passion for hunting he is top of the line. Nathan goes the extra mile to help you fill your tag with the trophy of your dreams. I am looking forward to many more hunts of a lifetime with Nathan and OMM Outfitters.
Mark Peterson-MVP Outdoor Adventures (MI) - March 2013
Wow !!! What a week !!! More than any Dad could ever expect; a “Spring Break Hunt” with his wife and 19 year-old college daughter, Lizy, at the OMM’s Florida Ranch in sunny, warm Florida. Having been on many hunts with many outfitters over the years some good, some not so good …… OMM OUTFITTERS – Great … Awesome…!
The afternoon spent hunting for gators in the canals, learning about their habitat and shooting an 11’4” gator after my daughter had shot a 7’ was something special.
Evenings spent out hunting for hogs were great fun and I will forever have the image of my daughter’s big smile during these hunts. Watching the exotic cows with their little ones – how much better could it get? Only to be followed by evening appetizers at the fire and incredible dinners with conversation full of stories from the day.
When we met you in Reno, I commented to my wife “Nathan is a very honest –tell-it-like-it-is type of guy”. Well my new friend you did not let me down!
When I asked Lizy if she would like to one day return to the Ranch she replied that she would love to!
Thanks for a very memorable “Spring Break Hunt”.
Terry, Cathy & Lizy Swain
I think there is only one way to describe the video of my hunt.....AWESOME....and I am sure you can imagine the comments I receive when I show it. The editing is very professionally done incorporating the music with the introductory and tailout footage. There are two key moments which make this particular video so great, the "Close Encounter" and "Catching Up to the Big Boy". One can't help but notice the humor and fellowship that Nate, Darrell, and I shared that week. I left Maine with the trophy of a lifetime, great memories, and the pleasure of being in the company of two great guys. I am so glad that I had the video produced because I believe it is more special than the mount on the wall.
Realizing that drawing a Bull Moose tag in the Maine Lottery was likely a once in a lifetime opportunity, I interviewed countless outfitters and hunters before choosing OMM Outfitters. It was my desire to have a memorable hunt and harvest a Pope and Young quality bull. Never, though, did I imagine that the experience would be so rewarding! The excitement I felt as my guide called an enormous bull into bow range is something I will never forget. Looking into the eyes of one of North America's most majestic creatures from 15 yards made for a hunt that I will be talking about for the rest of my life. I do not feel that it would have been possible to choose a better outfitter. The skill and professionalism of Nathan and his staff exceeded my wildest expectations. They are some of the hardest working people in the industry and I can't wait to hunt with them again.
I saw my picture on your web site and it bought back the pleasant memories we had there this year. Paul wants us to do something like this again. Thanks for everything, I don't know when I can come back, I hope soon. Maybe for a moose with a bear. Everyone was very good to us. May the Christ of Christmas be with you always.
PS I would gladly recommend you for a good hunt.
I wanted to thank you for treating me like family and helping to create a lifelong memory of my bear hunt! My fellow employees and customers greatly enjoy my accounts of my stay at the Eagle Lake Sporting Camps and the day by day activities available during my stay and on the hunt. A Picture now hangs in the main lobby of the Scarborough Cabelas of myself and my bear. This shows one of the many animals OMM Outfitters offers to hunt. I look forward to hopefully seeing you all again and having the opportunity to stay with you folks once again.
John Woodenson- Cabelas
I wanted to thank you and everyone at OMM Outfitters. It was a fantastic moose hunt. Your camp is very comfortable and the food was great! My guide was very determined to put me on a big moose and I did get a 57’ Bull that scored over 393 SCI and 181 Boone and Crocket. I will continue to apply my children to a zone that you hunt in hopes that I will be back to moose hunt again with OMM Outfitters.
Thanks again for a great hunt.
Garden City, NY
Thanks for a tremendous time in northern Maine last week. Upon returning home, I descrbed my experiences to a good friend who is Silicon Valley CEO and big-time hunter and he definitely wants to come next year for a combined Moose and Bear hunt if you get some tags for a depredation hunt again.
Perhaps I can tag along again. It was a great hunt and I learned a lot, with much more to learn.
The Eagle Lake Sporting Camps are very comfortable and provide a unique opportunity to step back in time with the historic log cabins, gas lights and heat, and periodic use of a generator for electricity. Many thanks to OMM Outfitters and the staff at Eagle Lake Sporting Camps who made a dream come true when I harvested my 51” bull during the 2009 season!
Posted Hunter Report:
There were six hunters in camp. 3 bears were killed over bait, by rifle, the first evening. One was arrowed and not recovered the second evening. Another was taken by rifle the third day. One bear sighted twice, but not taken by the sixth, was estimated to be over 500 lbs. All hunters except one had digital cameras showing 300 lbs+ bears coming to their bait stations during the legal shooting hours. The other one didn't have a camera set up at the bait sight.
Nathan is the real deal as a guide. I had the opportunity, after harvesting my bear, to help and watch him bait several sights for the upcoming weeks hunts. He works hard before, after and during the hunt. He is thorough and knowledgable in his attention to details and his success shows it.The meals were home cooked and outstanding. I returned after harvesting my bear at about midnight. Nathan had called ahead and there was a nice warm meal waiting for me. I would not hesitate to use or recommend Nathan Theriault and OMM Outfitters to anyone.
T.O - Michigan