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Paul Vance Send email
 
Feb 23, 2012

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Easygoing is the latest douchebag on the site. You handed him/her its ass, once that happens enough he/she will slink off after being pwn'd enough times.
C.P. Victim Send email
 
Feb 23, 2012

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Thanks Mountain Man its just a matter of contributing to the subject matter not just throwing in idiotic comments. The complaint and the posts are from individuals that have utilized the guide services of C.P.'s Guide Service and of all the misrepresentations in his website stating luxury accomodations, A-Rated dining, full service game and trophy care, experienced guide, personalized service and none of what is advertised is actually provided. The bigger problem is that the owner actually thinks he's providing what he is advertising, takes it in cash and has no intention of ever refunding a dime. If I did not have to travel 5 hours to take him to small claims court I would have sued him for a full refund. I guess he realizes that most people don't live anywhere near Oswego and it's just too inconvenient to take time off from work to go to court.
C.P. Victim Send email
 
Feb 23, 2012

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I'm hoping that enough people read my complaint and the complaint of the other posters and put this guy out of business.
C.P. Victim Send email
 
Feb 23, 2012

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EasyGoing,

You are the biggest d*ck I've seen on Complaintsboard.com, you have no business commenting on any of the boards you've posted on because you contribute nothing to the subject or the conversation. You come in with your stupid comments and act as though it's actually an opinion that has any bearing on what this board is about. Why don't you grow up, stop jerking everyone on this site off and go back to your mom's basement and play with yourself.
Smokey Mountain Man Send email
 
Feb 23, 2012

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Hey V,

I can't stand little jerk*ffs that have nothin better to do than write stupid sh*t on everyone's board either. There's always going to be a-holes out there - this guys just a bigger a-hole than most. He sounds like he's about 13, real tough with the name-calling when he's safe at home with his mom.

I would rather just follow the comments that pertain to the complaint instead of reading all the idiotic B.S.

MM
EasyGoing1 Send email
 
Feb 23, 2012

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CP VICTIM, MAY YOU GET LOST IN THE WOODS, NEVER TO FIND YOUR WAY OUT. I HAVE AS MUCH RIGHT TO SHARE MY OPINIONS JUST AS MUCH AS ANYONE ELSE DOES. YOU'RE STILL BARBARIC.
C.P. Victim Send email
 
Feb 23, 2012

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EasyGoing,

Your comment has no bearing on this post. The subject of the board is not whether you do or do not condone hunting. I have read your posts on other complaints and it is the same nonsensical ramblings that an idiot with no opinion on the actual subject matter expresses just to feel he is a part of something he (you in this case) is not part of.

BTW, STOP WRITING EVERYTHING IN CAPS, IT DOES NOT ADD TO YOUR COMMENTS OR ANYTHING ELSE.
EasyGoing1 Send email
 
Feb 23, 2012

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CP VICTIM, YOU ARE AN A**HOLE. YOU DON'T TELL ME HOW TO TYPE IN BOLD LETTERS OR ANY OTHER WAY. YOU ARE AN IDIOT WHO IS NOT ONLY BARBARIC, BUT NEEDS TO STROKE YOUR EGO WITH A STUFFED BEAR IN YOUR LIVING ROOM. IF YOU'RE NOT GOING TO EAT THE MEAT OF THE INNOCENT BEAR THAT YOU KILL, THEN YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO HUNT THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS DOWN. GO JACK YOURSELF OFF IF YOU NEED YOUR EGO BOOSTED. I'M SURE YOUR FIVE FINGERS WILL THINK YOU ARE A REAL MAN.
C.P. Victim Send email
 
Feb 23, 2012

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To VT Hunter and Huntin 'VT,

What can I say that you have not already said. You described my experience to a tee. And the reason I also left 2 1/2 days early from my Southern Zone Farmland Hunt.

It's amazing that even after I posted my original complaint several years ago to warn people about this scam (bait and switch accommodations, hunted out areas, baloney sandwiches instead of 3 hot meals, no real game care, no bed and breakfast, etc...) and all of the follow-up posts that mirrored what I had stated; the complaint filed with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the Attorney General's Office (AG) ... that people still use his service.

Chris will never admit to any wrongdoing. When or If you file a complaint with the BBB or the AG's Office, Chris will chalk it up to your own inexperience, he will state that he has been in business for over 10 years, he will tell the BBB and the AG that all of his other clients were satisfied with his service and that he has repeat clients which proves he is a reputable guiding service.

You will never see a dime returned nor will you ever get any satisfaction...

Others that commented on this complaint board are friends, relatives or even Chris himself posing as non-bias posters leaving positive feedback and rejecting any negative feedback as just those people that want a deer handed to them without doing any of the work; or as Joe Poe stated the idea that you pay X amount of dollars and expect to get anything is absurd... Well, if I pay someone $1, 000.00 I expect to get what is advertised on his website. A beautiful Bed and Breakfast, 3 hot meals each day, guiding service, game and trophy care, and everything else that my $1, 000.00 is buying.

It was also mentioned by some who commented that there is a large fan base of repeat customers... I had been on several trips with Chris, I also hunted in the same location last December (as I was putting gear in my own boat) and met every one of his clients waiting at Indian Lake to be picked up and brought to the hunting camp, and not a single person I have met on any of the 3 trips or last December was ever a repeat customer and no one I met ever stated they would use his services again (actually they stated they would never use his service again).
EasyGoing1 Send email
 
Feb 23, 2012

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SHAME ON YOU PEOPLE FOR HUNTING DOWN AN ANIMAL JUST FOR THE SPORT! I HOPE ONE DAY, YOU PEOPLE WILL BE THE ONES HUNTED DOWN BY A BIG BLACK BEAR! THOSE ANIMALS DESERVE TO BE ON THIS EARTH JUST AS MUCH AS YOU BARBARIC PEOPLE ARE. LEAVE NATURE ALONE!
C.P. Victim Send email
 
Feb 23, 2012

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EasyGoing,

Why don't you stick to critiquing people's spelling (child molester post) or commenting where people actually give a crap about trolls who randomly post on boards and make comments that have no bearing on the subject matter.
Gary Chiappone Send email
 
Feb 23, 2012

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To JoePoe;
It's odd that your friends shot a 5 pointer and a 4 pointer and another shot an 8 pointer and a doe and not one person remembered to take a camera so that you could post even one photograph...

So far a half dozen people described in detail their experience of being stuck in an old broken down workshop (which is probably the same Amish School house described in the original post); they describe the same defective Kerosene heater; the same cold cuts being served instead of hot meals ; they also describe NOT being guided by the owner but stuck in tree stands or shown orange tape from the road and being told to follow the trail to a tree stand and you think anyone here actually believes you are not a friend or relative or even C.P. the scam artist himself.

And to top things off, on January 4th VTHunter has posted the there is an investigation into C.P.'s Guiding Service because he may not even be a licensed (registered) guide. To vthunter, my advice to you and your hunting buddies is to contact the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and file a complaint online.

If all these negative posts do not convince any future potential clients of C.P.'s Guiding Service, not to waste their time and money... please, go ahead, throw away your money. You deserve what you get.
Vthunter Send email
 
Feb 23, 2012

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An update for all of you. After contacting the NYSOGA, an investigation was attempted. Come to find out, Chris Palumbo is not a registered guide in the state of New York. Yet another lie from Chris Palumbo.
Joepoe Send email
 
Feb 23, 2012

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I went to CP's for the opening week of deer season for the first time. Myself and two other friends, we had an absolutely great time. Both of my friends got bucks and although I didn't get a deer I saw a alot of doe I didn't apply for any tags no big deal. I personally don't think much of the negative comments obviously because we went even after reading the posts. Chris and his one son I met went out of their way for us. The hospitality was outstanding extremely nice people. The accomadations are what we expected. SO for all of you negative posts I feel sorry for you. I always say you don't know until you try. Sorry I have no photos to share but the bucks killed by my friends were a 5 and a 4 pointer, others in camp an 8 pointer and a doe. Again, me nothing but does that really matter. I was away with friends doing what like to do and making memories, that's what it is about. WE WILL BE RETURNING IN THE FUTURE you ever heard you get what you put into it, I have been hunting now for over 37 years was I successful every year NO, but I have plenty of memories. The attitude of "I'm paying X amount of dollars I better get something " is absurd. If you want a sure thing go on a "CANNED" hunt. Pay more money and get your trophy, yeah that's for real hunters, give me a break. We also met 8 year REPEAT customers from Brooklyn, NY. We talking about trying the northern hunt next year. AGAIN OUR TRIP WAS GREAT! GOD LUCK TO ALL
Joepoe Send email
 
Feb 23, 2012

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WOW I just read your post thats unreal Sorry you had such a bad time I dont know what else to say
Huntin'Vt Send email
 
Feb 23, 2012

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So, for starters, don't believe anything you read on the website. We were told we would be staying in a small four man lodge on a farm approx. 30 minutes from the main lodge (which isn't a lodge but a rented old farm house with no heat except for two electric heaters but more on that later). Meals per the website were to be included but we had to fend for ourselves on Thanksgiving as he had family plans (no problem, understood). When we got there and met with guide Chris Palumbo, on the way to our accommodations he showed us how to GET to THE TAPE that marked the trail to our stands, not the actual stands, by pointing from 100-150 yds away. We get to our small workshop converted to a lodge. The place stunk of urethane, mold and oil. The food that was left in our refrigerator was bologna, cheese, small jar of mayo, two loaves of bread, an apple pie, milk, and a bag of apples.The first day of the hunt we found our stands by still hunting in at first light not by being in place at first light. We all saw doe but no buck the first day. We heard nothing from Chris all day and thru the evening. We had asked at check in if we could come for dinner at night at the main lodge and where told, "NO, I'm full at the lodge". So we headed into town 20 minutes away for dinner. Finally heard from Chris the next day, he texted me, "Big lunch main lodge 1200 confirm" so I did. We also had talked about moving to the main lodge as it was empty now. So we went up early to be shown the stands and when we get to the "lodge", it is an old farm house he has rented with no heat except two electric heaters, a propane heater, and a kerosene heater. The kerosene heater was on a mat in the living room in front of the door and they had spilled kerosene on the mat so the place smelled profusely of kerosene, the propane heater wouldn't light so the whole 4 bedroom farmhouse was heated by two electric radiator style heaters for the night. The "BIG" meal was a baked chicken, boiled carrots and potatoes, iceberg lettuce salad and bread. As it was already 1 pm and lunch still wasn't ready, we decided to forgo lunch and head out to hunt. Saw more doe and no bucks. After dark, moved to the lodge and first hing we did was move kerosene heater outside. Oh, satellite tv, haha, it is an antenna that only get one channel and the signal goes out occasionally and a small radio in the house. In the morning we head to our stands that were again pointed out from 100-150 yds away to the tape trails. We find our stands and two are both archery stands that the longest shot would be 40 yards and we are hunting with rifles. Mine even had a scent wick still hanging probably from archery season. The other two stands weren't much better. One was covered in ice and on taking a chance and texting Chris on his "day off" as it was Thanksgiving but still like 0745 was told to tell the guy to hunt from the ground as he would see more deer that way. The other hunter had 3 shots right behind him and was told by Chris, "He (meaning my buddy) should take down his license number and call 911 as the guy may kill someone", but couldn't come out and help other than that. This was the straw that ended our hunt. I mean if two of your hunters that you are SUPPOSED to be guiding are having issues at 0745 in the morning, you'd think you would take a little time to make sure the guys who are paying you to guide them are, a. safe, and b. in their stands and satisfied. At this point we headed back to the lodge packed up and headed for home. I waited until I got home (so I could cool off) to email Chris to let him know what had happened politely and truthfully and to respectfully ask for him to instead of charging us for a 5 day hunt of which we only used 2 3/4 days of it for $1000.00 cash money, that he charge us for a 3 day hunt which per his website is $650.00 and refund us the balance as we didn't use his services for the full time and we certainly didn't harvest any deer. The email link from his website came back undeliverable and so I texted him to get a valid email address and he sent me the same one. So after trying it again he called me and I guess all I can say about the conversation is that it went downhill from the start. Chris Palumbo presents at face value a pretty good deal but, when you get down to brass tacks, there is a lot less brass than hot air. I wish I had seen this site before I went with him as I would have burned a $1000.00 with a match and got more satisfaction out of it. Please do not hunt with this dude as the only high point of our trip was his son who came and cooked breakfast for us in the morning of Thanksgiving, my hats off to him, the son should probably run his father's business. They might get more repeat business and better reviews!!!
Vthunter Send email
 
Feb 23, 2012

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JUANFERMAN-
I dont have time right now, but I will write a full review tomorrow. I returned home today, two days early, from this absolute nightmare. Call and cancel and get your money back if you have already sent it! Chris Palumbo is a scam artist. Until tomorrow.
Vthunter Send email
 
Feb 23, 2012

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Where do I start? I have hunted with several different guides and outfitters, both in the US and Canada. I know what to expect when planning a trip like this. What I got was far from what any other guide or outfitter would give you for the $1000.00 in CASH. We were lodged in his buddy Ed's old workshop that was converted to a cabin. The smell of oil, urethane, and mold was absolutely disgusting! We were provided with two packages of bologna, two loaves of bread, one box of cereal, a gallon of milk, and an apple pie. This for 5 guys for 3 meals a day? We were told that we couldn't drive the 25 minutes to the "Main Lodge" for dinner because he was full. This after being told we would be provided meals every night except on Thanksgiving and we could use the kitchen on that day to make our own meal. The Chris Palumbo version of guiding is to stop on the roadside and point to a ribbon in the trees and say "Go There". Never once did he check in to see if we were seeing deer, if we had shot a deer, if we were happy with the hunting. The website claims to include "Game Care". After the $4000 had changed hands, we were told that we could hang our deer from a tree outside and there would be an extra fee for cutting up the deer. That is fine, but don't mislead people on your website. We were told that we were responsible for dressing, and dragging and only to call him if there is a blood trail that is leading to another persons property. He told us that game care meant that if it was warm out, he could skin the deer and cool it down for us. On the second day we were invited to have lunch at the main lodge. We were excited. We thought that we were finally going to get some attention from CP guide service. We arrived at the "Main Lodge" to find this: The main Lodge is a nearly vacant house right on the main drag that he rents for deer season. There is no heat in the building because he is unwilling to buy fuel oil to heat the place. The fumes from the kerosene heater were so bad that we left without even eating lunch. Our eyes were burning and we had the truck windows down the whole way back to Ed's shop (our cabin) in hopes that we could get the smell off of our clothing. In addition to the kerosene heater, he had a propane heater in the dinning room that wouldn't light. He had two portable electric radiators to heat the whole house. Nice lodge huh? We stayed there that night and it had to have been 50 degrees in the house when we woke up. We all slept in our sleeping bags with our clothes on. Oh yeah there are no linens, so make sure you bring your sleeping bag. We were cooked breakfast that morning by his son who was a very nice kid. Wow, we were finally getting something for our money!!! That day we hunted at stands from the lodge. The stands were a 25 minute drive from the "Lodge". Two of us were set up behind a friends house with three other blinds on other properties pointed in our direction. Luckily nobody was using these blinds because a shot in any direction would be headed toward us. An hour into the hunt, the neighbor comes walking through the field, lays down 15 yds. behind my brother and rips off 3 shots at a doe 200 yds away in another field. Do you see where I am going with this? It had the potential to be a disastrous situation. That was the straw that broke the camels back. We were packed up within an hour and headed back home two days early. This experience was a complete nightmare. There is no bed and breakfast to stay in. Many of the amenities listed on his website don't exist. Do not hunt with this guy, he is a scam artist and I can't figure out how he is still in business. Take your money and buy yourself a new rifle!
JuanFerManNY Send email
 
Feb 23, 2012

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I'm going this december 2011 and will share my experience to all
Rick Send email
 
Feb 23, 2012

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The website states that there is some type of guiding service provided. The wilderness hunt is you being dropped off by boat at the banks of Indian Lake at early morning and being retrieved at sundown. The services that are provided are tent accommodations, an outhouse, portable shower, a cot, 3 meals, transportation in and out, and game and trophy care. Bag a 300 lb bear 6 or 7 miles into the woods and try dragging it out yourself. I have been on two trips with CP Guiding service and they were okay.

If you are thinking of the Farmland Hunting Trip offered, Don't bother... it is nothing like what is presented on the website. There is only a 5 day farmland for $1, 000. (cash) and the Chyle Country Inn is not the beautiful home in the photos but just a shell of a house with a kerosene heater. Bring your sleeping bags because there are no linens and your own pillows unless you like stained yellowed ones. There are only two hot meals a day not three. For lunch expect two slices of bread and one slice of salami and one slice of cheese.

Don't think for a moment that you will bag a buck because the area is hunted out even before the season begins by farmers and poachers that just want to take the trophy bucks before any outsider does.

I was put in a tree stand that was surrounded on three sides by barking dogs, farmers shooting off there guns every 45 minutes and earth moving equipment tearing up parts of the tree line with the loudest back up beeping I have ever heard. There were four other guests that were promised doe tags... none were provided. Guess how many bucks were taken by the 5 participants in this 5 day farmland hunt. If you guessed zero you would be correct. And if you think you'll get even a partial refund for pointing out all of the misleading advertising and misrepresentations by the owner you'd better start planning your court case now.

If you really have nothing better to do with a $1, 000. go buy your wife a nice gift or take her and the kids away to Florida for the weekend. By the way there are residents in the area that will let you hunt their land for free.
Mike Jenkins Send email
 
Feb 23, 2012

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Hey JoePoe a.k.a Strutter Slayer

Can you post the trophy pictures of your catch when you write the {quote} truthful results {unquote}

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