I booked a fall Ontario bear hunt in 2006 and it was a disaster. The outfitter was a lazy piece of scat. 6 of us hunted there and he only had 1 bait for each of us. We saw a total of "1" bear between all of us.
The outfitter made no attempt to increase our chances....different bate site, different strategy, etc.....in fact, we caught him in several lies. LONG STORY
I booked a fall elk hunt in Colorado in 2005 and that outfitter was a joke. Even longer story!!!!!
Both came with good references
My advice....go through a hunting broker!!! I've been on several hunts through brokers and all have been awesome!!!