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Agassiz Outfitters - Testimonials

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Wayne Miller

Wayne Miller

Spring 2022 - Pipersville, Pa

I recently came back from my 5th Spring bear hunt with Agassiz Outfitters. Thanks to the efforts of Rick, Colleen, Jordan and Brendan I have shot a bear all 5 years and this Spring killed a great bear whose skull green scores close to 22 inches, exactly why you go to Manitoba for black bear! I can't say enough about Agassiz's operation-clean and comfortable cabins,cooking second to none, and unbeatable work ethic and game knowledge. Best of all the Liske's and guides are just plain fun to spend a week with in hunting camp. I've hunted with many outfitters over the last 35 years and Agassiz is simply the best. They have a fantastic hunting area with plenty of bears, many that are the size we dream about and they do everything necessary to get you in front of these bears. The entire experience from the beautiful setting by the lake, the comraderie and friendship, the fishing and the bears are why I will keep going back. I am also really excited to be booked for a 2023 moose hunt in their remote moose hunting area-can't come soon enough!

Nathan Wiggins

Nathan Wiggins

Spring 2022 - Fairfield, IA

Rick, Colleen, Jordan and Lucas at Agassiz Outfitters go above and beyond for their hunters. Great accommodations, awesome food and absolutely stellar work ethic for their clients! If your a first time bear hunter, or a seasoned vet, they all work their butts off to get you in the bears!!! My hunting crew and I will definitely be back.

Paul Feddersen

Paul Feddersen

Spring 2022 - Iowa

This is my 3rd bear hunt with Agassiz Outfitters. Rick, Colleen, Jordan and the guides are phenomenal. They work hard consistently baiting to ensure big mature bears show up year after year. There is no shortage of bears in this area. You won’t go away hungry…Colleen makes meals like no other. The atmosphere at bear camp makes everyone feel comfortable and by the time you leave you’ve gained a new group of friends. If you can’t find a friend to book the hunt with don’t hesitate to go on your own. If you want to harvest a big bear in Canada book the hunt with Agassiz, you will not be disappointed.

Scott Hoaglund

Scott Hoaglund

Spring 2022 - Johnston, Iowa

Agassiz Outfitters is top notch. If you are looking for a great Bear camp, fantastic guides, Great people, and great food then Agassiz Outfitters is the perfect outfitter for you. They do a great job of informing the hunters of what to do to help ensure their hunt is successful. I will be going back.

Paul Miner

Paul Miner

Spring 2022 - High Plains, Wyoming

Let's cut to the chase. It's about the bears. Rick & Colleen have the largest number of big bears I've seen. Full stop. It's why I keep coming back. Yes, the accolades regarding the camps exclusivity, comfortable amenities and plentiful, delicious cuisine are all true. Perhaps even understated. But if you want to see a lot of big bears and have a high probability of harvesting one Agassiz Outfitters is where you need to hunt. All administrative and logistics requirements are seen to for you. Novice or well seasoned hunters alike can simply show up and hunt. I am compelled to note that Rick & Colleen foster a strong sense of camaraderie in camp with all hands pulling for each other. You'll leave having made new life long friends, and with some luck a big cooler packed with delicious black bear meat to boot!

Keith Kempel - Illinois

Keith Kempel - Illinois

Agassiz Outfitters takes bear hunting very seriously and will work their tails off to find the right stand to place you in for an opportunity.  If you do your part with sitting still and follow good scent control management, you will have an opportunity at a mature bear.  Lodging and food are amazing.  They get a ton of repeat customers.  I see why now.

Gerry Jones - Wisconsin

Gerry Jones - Wisconsin

If you are looking for a world class outfitter to take you on the bear hunting adventure of a lifetime, then look no further. I recently returned from my spring bear hunt at Agassiz Outfitters and I couldn’t be happier!

As soon as I drove up, I was warmly greeted by Rick and Colleen welcoming me to bear camp. Colleen then showed me around and took me to my cabin which was right along the lake shore. The view was breathtaking.

After unpacking I went to the main lodge where Colleen was busy making everyone a delicious home cooked meal. For my entire stay, she worked very hard to make sure everyone always had enough to eat and that everyone was happy with their living quarters.

Meanwhile Rick, Jordan, and the rest of the guides were busy discussing which bear baits were getting hit the hardest and which ones would give us the best potential to harvest a big boar. All of the hunters the week before were able to fill their tags with some truly impressive bear. Several of them made the Manitoba record books and one was even a potential Boone and Crockett sized bear. I could barely wait to get into the woods! 

During the first day of our hunt, four out of the nine guys in our group managed to take some really big bruins. My brother-in-law shot a really nice 400 pounder with a big white “V” on it’s chest. One of the other hunters had five different bear come into his bait that night.

The camaraderie in camp was awesome. Rick and Colleen made us all feel like we were part of the family and we had a great time laughing and joking around with one another.

On our second night of hunting, Jordan put me on a stand where I saw the biggest bear of my entire life! It was a 600 pound monster which is insane for a spring bear just coming out of hibernation. After watching him circle me for about 45 minutes, I finally got a clear shot and was able to harvest him. The whole experience was an absolute adrenaline rush! 

The next day Rick and the other guides helped me to take some amazing pictures of my trophy and then processed my bear. They even helped me get the skull measurements and it made the Manitoba record books!

I seriously could not have asked for anything more from an outfitter. Agassiz truly is top notch and I would highly recommend them to anyone. I’m really looking forward to hunting with them again soon!

Gerry Jones

Bob Welsh Sr.- Ohio

Bob Welsh Sr.- Ohio

2021 Fall Black Bear Hunt

I was blessed with the opportunity to hunt with Agassiz Outfitters twice.  I am 77 yrs old and have gone on at least ten hunts, with outfitters, for bear, elk, moose or antelope over the past 50 years.  I’ve probably gone on twice that many ‘self hunts’.  I’ve not been with an outfitter who showed the amount of sincere consideration and care for clients as did Rick and Colleen at Agassiz Outfitters.   My son requires a ‘gluten free’ diet and Colleen had no problem catering to him.  She’s an excellent cook and there was always plenty of food.

My most recent hunt was September of 2021.  There were nine of us in camp that week and everyone harvested a bear.  I shoot a homemade 70 lb longbow and told Rick before I arrived that I would like a shot at 20 yards or less.  He had a bait ready at about 19 yards and on the first night I shot a nice bear in the second hour of the hunt.  It was the second bear that came in and provided a perfect broadside shot so I took it. 

Every hunter in camp harvested a bear that week.  Most hunters tagged out by the second or third day.  The last hunter to tag out did so on the fifth day.  (He was waiting for a particular bear and he got it.)  I believe the final count for the number of bear seen throughout the week by all the hunters was 58 or 59, (that’s the highest count I’d ever seen in a camp in one week)

Bob Welsh


Paul Johnson- Tennessee

Paul Johnson- Tennessee

Manitoba Moose Hunt - Fall 2021

Hello Rick and Colleen.

I hope you are all staying healthy and doing well. I just watched the video that Bryan put together of my moose hunt last September. He did a fine job. Not only did he cover my very successful hunt, but also the beautiful wilderness and the fun and laughs we had along the way. We had a great camp with Bob and his hunter. Good food, good company and serious hunting. The cabins were comfortable and the stoves were warm. Good equipment and no shortage of supplies. Bryan is a true sportsman with a sincere respect for the animals he hunts. My wife watched the video and it helped her to understand what a true adventure I experienced. She may even agree that I should do it”one more time “ before I’m too old! Quite often we hunters don’t realize how hard a really good outfitter ( and especially his wife) work to provide us with a top notch hunting trip. Thanks For Everything!!
Best Regards,

Paul Johnson 

Matt Beno

Matt Beno

Fall 2019 - Green Bay, WI

All I can say is what an experience! Rick and Colleen take great pride in providing their guests with an unforgettable hunt. Our guides Wayne and Keenan were very knowledgeable, friendly, and down right good guys. We had a blast hunting, fishing, and bsing around the wood stove at night. The food and camp was excellent. Many moose were seen and I was fortunate enough to connect on my ultimate bucketlist trophy. I have moose hunted with other outfitters in the past and this was by far the best hunt i have ever been on!

Don and Jeannine Feeney

Don and Jeannine Feeney

Feeling blessed to have met Rick and Colleen Liske at a sports show in Lansing, Michigan, my husband and I decided to book a waterfowl hunt with them. After a 21 hour drive, we were welcomed with cozy accommodations in a relaxing, peaceful setting in beautiful Manitoba country.  

We were grateful to Colleen Liske who prepared delicious meals for us three times a day.  If you go hungry, it is your own fault!  A special thank you to Rick Liske who put us on the “X” as we were able to hunt a different field and/or pothole each and every day.  We thought the harvest from day one was amazing but each day it seemed to get better if that was even possible.  We had never seen guides work so hard to make sure their customers were satisfied.  Brendan Liske and Jordan Liske are knowledgeable young men who know how to get the job done right!

The hunting was out of this world-Arkansas x 10….The overall experience was a 10+.  We can’t wait to go back again!

Don and Jeannine Feeney

Cottrellville, Michigan

 

Wally Domaszek - Neillsvile, Wisconsin

Wally Domaszek - Neillsvile, Wisconsin

Moose Hunt

I cannot say Thank you enough to you both for making my recent Moose Hunt successful and memorable!  Your outfitting business is second to none!!  As individuals, you were the Best!! Please consider myself as a reference if needed in your future Moose operations.

Take Care & Wishing you only the Best,

Wally

Bill Gilbertson

Bill Gilbertson

Fall 2019 - Shoreview, MN

My first ever moose hunt in 2019 was fantastic. I expected nothing less as this was my fifth hunt with Agassiz Outfitters and I had grown accustomed to their friendly superior service and skilled staff. As a bowhunter, I especially appreciated Rick telling me it was my hunt and I could do it as I wanted. I brought a gun along in case I needed a backup plan toward the end of the hunt. Guide Bryan appropriately tempered my expectations saying I would only likely get one chance during the week and it would be up to me what I did with it. I was fully prepared to go home empty and still consider it a good hunt. That proved unnecessary as Bryan called in an awesome bull on the second day of the hunt. Rick and Colleen, I expect you and your staff will laugh for many years about the absent-minded hunter who left his bow and most of his clothes in the pickup , how you saved the day and got them to him at the fly-in camp, how he arrowed a gorgeous moose at 4 yards, and the over-the-top emotional reaction he had when they found the moose dead only 50 yards from where it was shot. Bryan and Bob (the other hunter’s guide in our camp) are fun to hunt with. I am so fortunate to have experienced not only their hunting and kitchen skills, but their wry humor. I will likely be back as a color-phase bear is still on my list and possibly another moose hunt after I get the checkbook replenished. Thanks so much.

Craig Hansen

Craig Hansen

Moose Hunt 2019 - Maple Grove, MN

Rick and Colleen. I just wanted to thank you again for setting me up with such a great moose hunting experience. Being in the camp and area I was in with Bob and Bryan was something I will never forget and will always cherish, even if I did not get the moose I did. Their knowledge, skill and experience was so much fun to learn from and be a part of. This was my first guided hunting trip. I can not imagine a better experience. Your attention to details and how you cared for all of us hunters was excellent. The atmosphere you and your guides create is great to be a part of. Thank you for all of your efforts.

Larry Nesson - North Dakota

Larry Nesson - North Dakota

2019 Spring Bear Hunt

Thanks Rick,Colleen,Brendan and Jordan for an awesome hunting experience and a great bear.I could go on and on about the experience in camp as well as the bear stands but let me sum it up with "WOW" you guys were awesome, thanks so much and hope to see you guys again soon. 

John Peterson - Battle Lake, Minnesota

John Peterson - Battle Lake, Minnesota

Spring Bear Hunt

Several years ago a friend of mine told me he had booked a spring bear hunt with Agassiz Outfitters in Manitoba and asked if I wanted to go.  I’m glad I said yes.  We had a great experience and I have now hunted with Rick and Colleen Liske five times, taking 5 bear (three made the minimum score for a “trophy" in Manitoba).  Last year I took a big black with lots of white on the chest; I am going to pick up the full-body mount tomorrow—and drop off the cinnamon hide from the bear I took this year!  While experiencing hunting a predator is exciting, it’s the total experience I have enjoyed…Rick and Colleen and their two sons provide comradery, lots of in-camp laughs with the other hunters, wonderful food, and a very professional approach to the each hunt.  Spending a week at Agassiz is an exciting way to hunt and get the summer started…I’m sure I’ll hunt there again!    John Peterson, Battle Lake, Minnesota 

 

Jason Buchholz

Jason Buchholz

Spring Bear and Fall Moose - Wisconsin

I’ve been hunting with the Liske Family for 10 years! I’ve hunted Black Bear every year and Moose once. They are the only outfitters I will hunt with. They know how to put you on world class bear and moose. I’m planning to hunt Moose again this fall 2019 and again in 2021! I’m also booked for the next few years for Spring Bear. The Liskes have become family. You can’t find a better outfitter! Jason

Michael Landers

Spring May 4 through May 12 2019 - Texas

So as my hunt approached. I found myself full of anxiety and excitement. This was my first of what I hope will Be many trips to hunt with Agassiz Outfitters. Although I was the only hunter that came alone on this journey. Rick and Colleen made me feel like family right from the start. Their hospitality and knowledge of bear hunting was exactly what i needed being this was my first bear hunt. Their two sons Brendan and Jordan were raised guiding hunts. These guys were always working to find the baits that were being hit to give all of us a chance at a trophy bear. I was fortunate to have seen a 400lb bear on my first sit. But didn’t get a shot. Was able to video for about 10 seconds. Very exciting for me. Being that I have never seen a bear before. After that i was able to watch a few smaller bears over the next few hunts. On Friday at 4:30 pm. I had a huge black bear come in at 20 yards. This guy was a tank compared to the other bears i had seen. As i drew my Mathews bow back. I let the arrow fly. And i thought that i had made a good shot. The arrow went in just behind the left shoulder. Being that i am from Texas and we grow up using that spot as the kill zone. I contacted Jordan about the bear. As i sat there for about 2 hrs Jordan and Brendan both showed up and we preceded to look for the bear. My arrow was only 15 yards from where I had shot him. We got on really good blood. As we found ourselves 300, 400 and now over 500 yards into this pursuit. We decided to pull out and come back tomorrow. After a long night and a pretty good lecture from Rick about the shot placement. We started the search again the next morning. Well sad to say we didn’t find this bear. I was and am still disappointed in myself for wounding this majestic creature. This has lit a flame in me. I now want a bear more than ever. I had no idea that I would encounter such a large bear. After looking back. I wanted to share this experience with all of you. I will be booking another trip with Agassiz outfitters.i can’t say enough about Rick, Colleen , Brendan and Jordan. They run a great camp. The food and comarodery was top notch. I look forward to seeing you all again soon. Good luck everyone. Please pay attention during Ricks bear 101 class it can help you with shot placements. Contact me if you want to ask questions 903-388-3229 m.lnanders@yahoo.com

Andy Selvaggio

Andy Selvaggio

2018 Fall Moose Hunt - Illinois

I went on a fall moose hunt with Agassiz Outfitters and I was extremely pleased with the hunt. My two buddies and I all scored with 34”,44” and 54” moose. I also tagged a white wolf. We saw a wolverine on my carcass along with other wildlife. Even if I didn’t get my moose, I would still give them a thumbs up. Food, hospitality and everything about the hunt was A+. We saw a lot of moose, so if you are considering a moose hunt, give them a try. You won’t regret it.

Bernie Steele

Bernie Steele

Fall 2018 - Charlotte MI.

Agassiz Outfitters of Manitoba Canada, Thanks for making a dream come true! You guys are truly a world class organization. My brother Steve and I started planning this hunting trip 2 years ago. We knew going into this hunt that not everyone can be successful, but you guys never gave up and stayed positive. Rick, Colleen, Jordan and Matt. Thanks for a very successful hunting trip. Not only are we walking away with two huge moose, but friends and memories of a life time.

Matt Rappel

Matt Rappel

Spring 2018 - Roberts Wisconsin

If you are looking for a quality bear hunt with a quality outfitter look no further. Agassiz Outfitters is a top notch operation that knows how to get you a quality trophy. The first thing I can tell you about is the camp. Colleen, Rick and the guides will have you feeling like family the second you arrive. Cabins are clean and comfortable and the meals that Colleen fixes are worth the trip by themselves. The other thing I like about the camp is that fishing is good around the area. If you hunt in a group camp life can be boring as you wait for other hunters. We bring fishing gear because the area has excellent fishing. Rick and Colleen have a boat we use and it makes the week even better. The main reason you hunt at Agassiz Outfitters though is the bear hunting. Rick and his guides have countless baits set up and always put the hard work in that you hope for. Some baits can be an hour car ride and miles back into the swamps. Others can involve a boat ride or trip in the Argo. Make no mistake, when you get in your stand you are hunting. At Agassiz outfitters I've sat in stands where bears are in 20 minutes after you crawl into the tree and the bait has a bear in it until dark. Stands where at any minute you could see a chocolate, cinnamon, or blond. In the area they hunt an absolute giant can walk into the bait at anytime. This past year I shot my best bear yet during the last 20 minutes of my hunt. He scored 20 9/16 after drying. My previous best, a giant chocolate was also shot at Agassiz Outfitters a couple years earlier. I would recommend hunting with Agassiz Outfitters to anyone looking for a top quality bear hunt as well as returning for another hunt myself in the near future.

Steve steele

Steve steele

Fall 2018 - Leslie MI

My experience with Agassiz outfitter was very good! From the owner to the guides and the pilots everything was first class, they really take care of you, from the good food to the breath taken scenery and oh yah The moose are all over the place and big since they don't over hunt the areas. You cant go wrong with this outfitter, i have been on alot of hunts and i know a good outfitter when i see one and Agassiz outfitter is one!

George Scott

George Scott

Fall 2018 Moose - Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

I've been fortunate enough to have went on a number of different hunts throughout the U.S. and have enjoyed them all. About 4 years ago my buddy Hank and I decided it was time to look into booking our bucket list hunt, a moose hunt. After lots of research we narrowed it down to a couple outfitters. Fortunately Rick and Colleen attended the Deer and Turkey Expo in Madison, WI and we made plans to look them up. We spent nearly 2 hours with them at the Expo and even got to meet the legendary guide himself, Bob the Stalker. The professionalism was obvious from the start and there was no doubt this was the place for us. We booked the hunt (my first guided hunt) that same week. Fast forward 3 years to the fall of 2018. The excitement of the upcoming hunt and first time float plane trip was almost more than I could handle. We won the lottery and were paired up with Bob and Bryan. These guys know more about moose than the moose themselves! Camp was rustic and comfortable. The food was great and the company even better. I went into the hunt hoping to get a bull with my bow. Bryan did everything in his power to try and make it happen but after 3 days it was pretty obvious that due to the weather and high water, being successful with the bow was going to be next to impossible. I think on a normal year my chances would have been much better. I switched over to the rifle and man am I glad I did. I was fortunate enough to end up smack dab in the middle of moose paradise and took a bull of a lifetime. This hunt was everything I ever dreamed of and more. If your looking for a true wilderness experience totally away from everything with the hardest working guides around, this is the place to go. I have a feeling (and hope) my once-in-a-lifetime hunt just might happen again. Thanks again Agassiz Outfitters for my greatest hunting experience to date.

Mike Dutkiewicz

Mike Dutkiewicz

May 2018 - Toledo, Ohio

Rick and Colleen I would like to thank you for giving me the Best Bear Hunt I have ever been on. I could not have asked for you to do anything better than you did. I have been on more than 5 guided bear hunts and 12 guided elk hunts and have never had a better experience than the one I had at Agassiz! From the moment we arrived in camp you made me feel welcome and part of the group. First there was the food. It was delicious and you always went out of your way to ensure everyone had more than enough to eat! Second was the camp it was clean when we arrived including the beds turned down. The bear hunt itself was exceptional! I hunted for 3 days to get my bear. On the first night saw 4 bears including 2 big ones. The only problem was I did heed Rick’s advice on judging size and let a 300+ pound bear that I had a 3 yards walk. On the first night I also got to witness a wolf stroll by and took some pictures of him. Second night got to watch a 200-pound bear eat so much orange licorice that the bear walked off into the bush and laid down on its side and moan from what I think was belly ache from eating so much. On the third night the same bear from previous night showed up. I made the decision to take this bear at 21 yards. The shot was less than perfect and I wondered if I would ever see it again. It took the tireless work of Jordan, Brendan, and Greg to recover the bear. I have never seen more dedicated guides in finding the bear. Then to top it off Brendan carried the bear out on his back for almost a mile! I came to Manitoba for an adventure but never expected that much of one. It was truly an experience of a lifetime. Thanks again for making my 2018 spring bear hunt one I will remember for a lifetime.

Mike Dutkiewicz

President of Mudjaw Bowmen Archery Club

Toledo Ohio

p.s. I you ever have anyone that wants to know if Agassiz is the place to go for a quality bear hunt feel free to give them my phone number!

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