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A Few Words From Past Bear Hunters


Dear Thunderstock Outfitters,

A successful bear huntress – Wow!  That is a huge leap from the person who first met Gary and Kim at Thunderstock Outfitters!  What started as my husband’s dream trip to take both of our sons bear hunting quickly evolved.  It took no time at all for me to be very intrigued with all of Gary’s hunting knowledge, so much so that I believed I could try it myself.  All three of my guys harvested their first bears that year. We decided that next year I would bear hunt.  

Gary and Kim are so welcoming that you quickly feel like family; however, teaching me to bear hunt took a bit more work.  As my guide Gary taught me new skills and help my ability to sit still, be quiet, find patience, take photos, push myself, overcome some fear and that doesn’t even touch answering my 10,000 questions.   Victory is not always defined with a harvest. Sitting in the woods by myself and having many amazing bear encounters was a huge win for me.  Another lesson I learned was how difficult it was to go home empty handed when you choose not to pull the trigger. 

On my 2016 hunt I was fortunate enough to harvest my own bear.  As Gary’s first successful bear huntress I can honestly tell you he will work very hard for you.  He will help you become the best hunter or huntress that you can be. Gary and Kim your patience, encouragement and advice were priceless. From bear hunter orientation meetings before the hunt, pep talks throughout the hunt and professional processing skills after a successful harvest, this is the place you will want to be, I know we will be back.

All my best,
Jan Kendrick
Bear Huntress 2016,
Fort Wayne, Indiana


Spring 2016

I’d like to thank Gary, Kim and Staff for an awesome week of hunting black bear at Thunderstock Outfitters. Their cabins are comfy cozy and well equipped with a personal touch of home.
I’ve been hunting black bears for 25 years plus and have seen many outfitters in the years, but none compare to Thunderstock and Staff. I harvested my bear on the very first day – 30 minutes in the stand !
Gary has a great knowledge on black bear, bar none, he really knows his stuff and is a truly honest outfitter in a class of his own. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone.  I’ll be back again next year!

Thanks again
Lou DiGirolamo
Vaughan, Ontario Canada



“I had gone on a bear hunt once before with another outfitter and did not have any success and I wanted to take my two sons on a bear hunt.  We were basically three rookie bear hunters.  When I contacted Gary about a hunt he took the time to answer all the questions I had before I even booked our hunt. After we arrived Gary and Kim made us feel right at home with hot coffee and fresh muffins.  The orientation meeting the night before the hunt was full of information and helpful tips on what to expect and how to hunt the bears. With the help of Gary’s expert advice, all three of us were able to fill our tags with nice big bears in the first three days.  We had such a great time I booked another hunt with Thunderstock Outfitters for the next year.  This time I took my wife and again Gary took the extra time to answer all  the questions from another rookie hunter.  I am happy to say that hunt also ended with some great bears being harvested.   We have now booked our third hunt and are looking forward to another great time. Thanks Gary and Kim for the great times and the great memories.  You went above and beyond our expectations.  We can’t wait to do it again!”

Lance Kendrick, Indiana USA

“Gary … I want to take a moment and let you know how much I enjoyed my first bear hunt. I had heard about your operation from a previous customer that you had who hunted with you. He spoke very highly of the professionalism of the camp. He was right. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left everything was very organized and geared towards the hunters not only being successful but understanding all the aspects of taking a bear. You went out of your way to make sure every detail was taken care of. From the orientation meeting on Saturday night, to the skinning and quartering of the bear, to the wonderful muffins and coffee in the morning our time was an experience I will never forget. I will not hesitate to spread the word about Thunderstock Outfitters and the hunt that we had.  Thanks so much.”

Mark Holston, Kalkaska Mi.

“Big thanks to Kim & Gary and all the staff at Thunderstock Outfitters true professionals. Week 4 of the 2015 bear hunt was spectacular! Weather was great, hosts were fantastic, and the bear’s were plentiful. The facilities are top notch with all the amenities of home. It’s nice to see bear management at its best! We will certainly be back!”

wayne     ben
Wayne, Shannon, John & Ben  “SOS Crew”, Orillia, Ontario

“Gary – wanted to take a minute and thank you for a wonderful week up at Thunderstock Outfitters. You have created the perfect balance between a rustic, wilderness camp – mixed with all the creature comforts of home one needs after a long day of hunting or fishing. Cody and I had so much fun and so many laughs, coupled with the hunt of our lives last week. Thank you for all You, Kim and Matt did for us during our hunt, to make us feel a part of the lodge. Can’t wait to get back, for another hunt, more darts in the lodge, and Kim’s home made muffins. Cody’s bear will make a wonderful trophy to remind him of a great hunt.
Thanks again, wishing you a great end to the season.
Chris & Cody P., Virginia, USA


“Gary, I would like to thank you for making my bear hunt successful and memorable.  However I could not have been as prepared as I was without the truly dedicated guide services of you. Whether it was your pre-hunt checklist, the dozens of emails answered promptly or the pre-hunt class given in the lodge, I was prepared. Your presentation meeting informed me of how to field judge a black bear and to say the least, very professional.  I was truly confident entering the beautiful Ontario wilderness day 1 and without a doubt I and could not have done it without your outfitting advice and setup. Thanks to you, I filled my tag on day 2 of my six day hunt. To finally harvest a mature black bear with my bow is a dream come true! Your advice and assistance regarding caping our bears was also very precise and professional. One of my fondest memories of that trip was staggering back to our beds after caping/quartering 2 bears still high off the hunt and watching the sun come up with some of your best buddies…priceless…..what a night!

My bear hunt with you was without a doubt the best hunting trip I have ever been on. I try to explain my experience with you guys to friends and family and it is hard to pin point why it was the best.  Great accommodations, great staff, great hunting, great fishing, beautiful country what more could a guy ask for! The only regret I had after this trip was why I didn’t I do this sooner. A sincere thank you, Gary, for the wonderful memories that will last a life time! I will be back!”

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Jerry C. Michigan, USA,

“Taking Care of Business

That is the title of my reference letter for Gary and his guides that I was fortunate enough to have for my first black bear hunt in Ontario, Canada. That is exactly what happened, they were taking care of business. Never did my son and I feel that we were misinformed or treated anything other than exceptionally. With other hunters in camp the same week, we felt at home with all of them along with the comfortable feeling of being at camp. I was lucky to take a beautiful 250 lb black bear with my bow and my son passed on a couple waiting for a big one that never came in the daylight. From the moment we arrived until the moment we left, Gary was always available with lots of advice for our hunt, answering any question we had and ready any time day or night to get our trophy out of the bush for us. Three bears were taken in one afternoon hunt, and Gary was beside every successful hunter-assisting with the process until the end–and that was 5 in the morning!  I’d like to extend my thanks and appreciation to Gary and his guides for a very professional job well done. We’ll be saving up for another hunt in the future.
Ps. My bear rug looks sweet on the wall!”
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Johnny N. Illinois, USA

“I had the pleasure of hunting with Gary a couple years ago. From the minute we arrived in camp till the time we left, Gary was always making sure we were taken care of. His knowledge and experience in the woods really showed, and you could tell he really loves his job. You never know what you are going to get for a guide when you book a hunt, and it can truly ruin a hunt. I promise, you will not be disappointed in the professionalism and effort Gary puts into providing a successful hunt for you. After spending a week with him, I would recommend Gary as a guide to anybody out there.
Thanks for a great week in Canada!!!”
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Steve C. Michigan, USA

“I am writing this recommendation for Gary Stocking, my personal Guide and Outfitter for my black bear hunt in Northern Ontario, Canada. Although my hunt was unsuccessful with not bringing home a trophy, I did see 6 different bears weighing between 150 and 300 lbs at the bait sites of the 2 stands I hunted. I was looking for a larger bear and didn’t harvest one on this hunt. All the details were professional and organized, leaving nothing to wonder or worry about during my hunt. With arriving at camp, I felt very welcomed and relaxed. I was very confident in my outfitter and guide soon after arriving, after our orientation meeting. A very professional presentation from a very knowledge filled Outfitter and Guide.

If you’re looking for a no nonsense, reasonably priced, professionally ran black bear hunt in an area that produced large, trophy bears, look no further than Gary’s services – you won’t be disappointed!”
Bob S. West Virgina, USA

“All of your hard work and effort from start to finish is greatly appreciated.
From baiting to skinning your expertise as a guide did not go unnoticed.
I especially appreciate that you took care of all of the details after the kill.”
Matt M, Wisconsin, USA

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