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Mountain Monarchs of Alaska LLC - Testimonials

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Ryan Strange

Ryan Strange

Fall 2019 - Huntsville, AL.

I have hung from the wing strut of a plane at 4,000 feet before letting go. I have searched for tunnels in the Sinai Desert with bombs detonating all around me. I have had more than one person attempt to stab me. But let me tell you, for me, there has been nothing more exhilarating or adventurous than harvesting a 10 foot Brown Bear from within 35 yards. Dave Leonard, along with my guide Modele were at the pinnacle of professionalism during my entire hunt. Colleen worked incredibly hard cooking warm meals and fresh pies and the other guides were great also. As a scientist, I conducted extensive research on over ten master guides in Alaska. Dave Leonard’s Mountain Monarchs ranked #1.

Roy  M. Ruiz

Roy M. Ruiz

Fall 2019 - Phoenix. Arizona

As a surviving Disabled Vietnam Veteran I want to encourage any Handicapped person to push your limits to fulfill your dreams; it gives you the reason to live for tomorrow. I’ve hunted Brown Bears for 15 yrs. Since I’ve been a Bowhunter most of my life on my previous hunts I just ran into young cubs or 6-7 footers so I passed them up due to stubbornness for a larger mature bear. My long time friends highly recommended Dave Leonard’s Bear camp and hunting area by the end of the Alaska Peninsula where big bears grow big by the Salmon that feed all the creeks an rivers from the ocean. His Guides are very professional and Colleen the camp cook will out cook anyone and will help you gain a few lbs. on you hunt. My bear ran over a half mile and expired. For my protection I was recommended to stay at base camp cause I could hardly walk from a very recent spinal surgery. My Thanks to Dave Leonard and Staff for helping me fulfill my Brown Bear Dream!!!

Steve Porto

Steve Porto

Dave - Just a short note to thank you and the crew for another remarkable experience in Alaska. I really appreciate everything you and the guys did to make sure I had a safe and successful bear hunt. It was especially nice to team up with Martin again. I really believe it was the best hunt I've ever been on - stunning scenery, the utter remoteness of the Alaska peninsula, great camp, and plenty of bears - big ones! Looking forward to hunting Alaska moose with you one day! Cheers, Steve Porto

Bruce Ansley

Bruce Ansley

New Zealand

I went on a Bear Hunt in the Spring of 2018 with Mountain Monarchs ( my second with Dave Leonard and his team). Out on the Aleutian Islands , away from everybody and everything. Not the place for Armchair Warriors but the place for big Brown Bears. Dave is the consumet Guide . As we say in New Zealand, he’s been there, done that. Great guy and straight as they come. His main camp is comfortable, meals are fantastic (thank you Colleen) and his planes and pilots top notch. And the Bears deserve a mention as well. Got this chap on day 2 in the hunt. Thanks Dave, another great trip and looking forward to our next trip into the Arctic 2020.

John Zent

John Zent

NRA Media: Editorial Director

Alaska is my favorite hunting ground, and though lucky to land with some quality outfits, my home away from home in the 49th state is wherever Mountain Monarchs is making camp. Over the past 40+ years, Dave Leonard has explored this vast state in search of prime hunting opportunities, and his skill as a bush pilot guarantees clients maximum time afield, while getting them in and out of camp safely. Dave and his guides know the land, the game and, importantly, how to keep the hunt geared to the hunter. Literally they coach visitors through the many challenges, and the friendships that develop along the way are even more important to me than the great trophies I've brought home.

Jerry Fleishman

Jerry Fleishman

I want to thank you for making a lifelong dream become reality this fall. When I first spoke with you at the Dallas Safari Club convention, I said didn’t care if I killed a moose and grizzly as long as I had a good hunt and got the Alaskan experience. We got all of that in 2018. I even enjoyed spending the night in the arctic watching the Aurora Borealis light show. I truly appreciate the extra measure you and your team put forth to deliver the Alaskan adventure experience, plus the two magnificent trophies. From the steak dinners at the Ram Hole to the comfortable spike/tent camp along the river, you and your team put together a world class adventure. I hope to be able hunt with you again and will recommend you to anyone looking for a great moose, bear, sheep or caribou hunt. Thanks and God bless!

Craig Boddington

Craig Boddington

2017 Recipient of Weatherby Award

Dave Leonard’s Mountain Monarchs of Alaska is a class act from start to finish! With great country on the Peninsula for brown bear and caribou; and the north for grizzly, moose, and sheep, Mountain Monarchs has it all! Hunting in Alaska is rarely easy, but with Mountain Monarchs you can count on good equipment and experienced guides…and Dave Leonard and his team make it fun.

Manuel Gomez

Manuel Gomez

Mexico

It was a privilege getting to know Dave Leonard and his Mountain Monarchs of Alaska staff in the first place. I would like to thank everyone who participated in this once-in-a-lifetime experience come true. I want to thank you, Dave, for the great service you and everyone provided. Since I got to basecamp, the adventure began and it overcame my expectations. Assistance guide Jordan was very professional and well prepared since basecamp all the way to Spike camp. He took very good care of me throughout the whole hunt. His merit and professionalism took me right into a breathtaking trophy Dall sheep. On the other hand, packer Ben from New Zealand did a terrific job as well. Without him, we wouldn’t have been able to go through our hunt. They both were always committed to help in whatever I needed. Thanks again for everything! We’ll see you guys next Fall on Brown Bear hunt!

Brad Cromeens

Brad Cromeens

I just wanted to take a moment to say Thank You Dave for the bear hunt this spring. As you know, this was my third attempt on the peninsula and my only regret on this one was that it was over so fast (1st day bear). In 16 years of hunting Alaska, I have learned that having a “prepared” outfitter is usually the difference between success and failure. The weather in that part of the world is so unpredictable, an outfitter has to be cautious on the side of safety yet ready to take advantage when a break presents itself. I personally think you did a terrific job on that front. We were comfortable and well fed while we waited for the weather to clear and the super cubs were fueled and the pilots ready as soon as it broke to get us out to spike camp. As far as where you put me to hunt, unbelievable! First evening glassing (couldn’t hunt due to same day flying), we watched 2 massive male bears (bigger than anything I had seen on my other 2 hunts), square off and interact with each other right in front of us. The next night we found the same 2 bears, moved on the one that afforded us a chance and were successful first attempt. Peter did a terrific job getting me to 120 yards on a scarred up old boar for an experience I will never forget. Keep up the great work Dave and hopefully I will see you in 4 more years!!

Dr. Michael D'Ambrose

Dr. Michael D'Ambrose

Montana

It is with the utmost confidence that I recommend Dave Leonard and Mountain Monarchs. Dave and his team do an outstanding job with all aspects of a guided hunt. From pre-hunt planning and scouting, to meals, accommodation, guide quality, and trophy care, everything is just first class. And perhaps what is even more important, Dave and his team genuinely love to hunt. It was wonderful to see an outfitter with as many years experience as Dave has, just as excited to have a moose down as I was! My guides out in the field, Jordan and Fish, were two of the best guides I have ever hunted with. Dave’s hunting area is full of game, and the scenery needs to be seen to be appreciated. Camping out under the northern lights was a highlight of the trip. If you want to have a hunt of a lifetime, do yourself a favor and go!

Jim and Jane Goodman

Jim and Jane Goodman

Dave, our fishing trip with you this late July was absolutely fabulous. As you know I was very concerned about accommodations because my wife was with me. But there certainly was no reason for concern since the accommodations in your RAM Hole Lodge was great. You and your assistant guide Jordan are great chefs. Our opportunity to fish multiple lakes and rivers for huge char, big lake trout, trophy grayling, Pike, Whitefish, and some salmon was beyond belief. Just wish we would have been able to time the sheefish Run. Maybe next time. Also as a pilot myself I was thrilled with the opportunity to fly in the bush again with big tired super Cubs , and otter , beaver, and Cessna 185 on floats And thank Jordan for helping my wife Jane catch so many fish. A few pics are attached. All the best.

Michael Timmerman

Michael Timmerman

Michigan

Hunting the Giant Brown Bear of Alaska with Dave Leonard of Mountain Monarchs was been the highlight of my long and blessed hunting carrier. My guide Dave Dressel’s knowledge and skill was second to none. Bush pilots with a distinguished resume and abilities made the Super Cub flights in and out of spike camp safe and worry free. Harvesting a 10’ class Brown Bear at 50 yards on the third day of my hunt in pristine wilderness is a memory I will cherish forever. Having a professional taxidermist in base camp to prepare my bear hide for shipping is one of the countless testaments to the quality of Dave’s operation. This is more than just a hunt it is an adventure of a lifetime in a pristine wilderness for the largest brown bear on earth. I look forward with great expectation to my next adventure with Mountain Monarchs of Alaska!

Nelson Mitchell

Nelson Mitchell

Thank you Dave for a great hunt and allowing me to achieve my dream of harvesting a monster Alaska Peninsula Brown Bear. I saw multiple bears every day and was fortunate enough to tag out on Day 6. Peter was a Brown Bear expert and a great host in camp. The David River Camp and area measured up to the legendary reputation that precedes it. I’m grateful to call you and your team my friends and I hope to hunt more Alaskan game with Mountain Monarchs. Best wishes to you.

Shannon Wheeler

Shannon Wheeler

Casper, Wyoming

I had an awesome trip.The staff and equipment were first rate. The brown bear hunting was second to none. I had the opportunity to see several great bears before we (Steve, my bear guide and I) decided on the bear I took. My bear squared 10'2" and I believe the skull green score 28 7/16" You can't complain about that!! I almost forgot, I gained 10 pounds while in camp. Must have been all the fresh air and beautiful scenery! Over all I give this hunt a Ten Out of Ten . I would have no reservation's at all about hunting with Mountain Monarchs of Alaska in the future. The only thing is I hope its not too far in the Future.

Dr. Pat Laughlin

Dr. Pat Laughlin

Green Bay, WI.

This was the most exciting and thrilling hunt I have ever been on. Definitely the greatest thrill of my life was taking a ten foot brown bear on the fifth day of the hunt. I had been on another brown bear hunt several years ago with a different outfitter and the guides were drunks and awful. Thank God for Dave Leonard and his guides. They were awesome in every respect. Dave is a master at handling the logistics and has been this well since 1985. You just can’t do any better than to hunt with Dave Leonard and his guides. Don’t even consider another outfitter. This is coming from a hunter that has hunted all over the world on too many hunts to count and knows the real deal when he sees it.

Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson

Indiana

Dave and his entire staff did a wonderful job from start to finish. Despite the fact that this was one of the Alaskan Peninsula’s worst winters, my itinerary went as planned and I harvested a Boone and Crockett bear within days of arrival. Base camp was warm and comfortable, and the meals excellent. His equipment was in good working order and he and his pilots are highly skilled and focused on safety. After the hunt, my hide was professionally prepared at camp, and sent to my taxidermist promptly. I highly recommend Dave for Alaskan brown bear, and look forward to the opportunity to hunt with him again.

Kenn Walsh

Kenn Walsh

Keys & Walsh Construction

Hunting Dall Sheep with Mountain Monarchs is by far the greatest hunting experience I have had. Dave runs a convenient, first class operation and it is easy to see why he is the best when you fly into Bettles and he is the only outfitter waiting on his hunter. Guide Martin was amazing and I was extremely impressed with the knowledge of the terrain and sheep, and how he kept me informed on what to expect. The area we hunted is absolutely amazing and it is obvious that he has top notch animals. These guys have truly become friends, and I look forward to hunting brown bear with them and sheep again soon. Thanks for a great hunt and a memory that will last a life time!”

Tammy & Shane

Well first off, thank you very much for the awesome time had in Alaska!!!!

Sorry to say Dave, but I’m glad you were too busy to baby sit me, cause I had the best time and experiences, with the most awesome (but motley looking) crew!

I would do it again in a flash! I know Shane and Jim were also MORE than happy with their Trophies and hunts.

And the food, my god! I didn’t expect to be eating so well!! I was pretty hesitant though when the 13 yo sheep come out, I wasn’t gonna enjoy this one, I was thinking. But, again I was blown away with it! How the hell could an old ram taste so sweet?

So when can we do it all again? Well I hope the rest of your time there is enjoyable, we may see you before the new year.

Bob Lindsey

Bob Lindsey

Plymouth, Indiana

I once again want to thank you and your staff for the wonderful Brown Bear Hunt this past fall, October 2011. I was very impressed with the organization and competence of you and your entire staff during the hunt. The equipment was top notch and all of your staff were very professional, friendly and worked very well together. The food was great both quantity and quality. Lee was an outstanding guide, a real pleasure to be with in our spike camp during the hunt. Last but not least your territory is second to none for producing excellent Brown Bear. Hope to hunt with you and your outfit again in the near future.

Peter Baenziger

Peter Baenziger

Dave is a good, hard working, honest Master Guide. I have no hesitation in recommending his services and would be happy to act as a referral.

Riley Manzonie

Currant Creek Outfitters

Hey Dave just a note letting you know that I really appreciate everything you guys did for Mark and I. Its not hard to see that you run a quality business that is becoming increasingly rare in our occupation as outfitters. Thanks again and looking forward to chasing an elk with you!

 Hunter Mikuletzky

Hunter Mikuletzky

Almost a year ago I was starting to pack for my sheep hunt, A YEAR!!! WOW. Dave and the Gang, at Mountain Monarchs really know how to make a lasting impression. They truly are a Great bunch of guy's. From booking to helping me acquire the right gear for the trip to meeting me when I stepped off the plane. Dave and Martin thanks for a trip and a Ram of a lifetime. Can't wait to come back!!

Bud Jones

Pokai Parera Farms - R.D. 2 - Eketahuna, New Zealand

Here is the difference, and it makes a lot of difference. When you go with Mountain Monarchs of Alaska and Dave Leonard you can be sure he will do everything possible to make your hunt a success. He has great areas and if one place is not productive he will move you to a place that is. If you want a real hunt and not just a camping trip with a guide going through the motions, go with Dave; he will make it happen for you.

Rick Lange

Dave, I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you and your staff for a spectacular sheep hunt. A 12 year old ram w/ 35" horns was exactly what I was looking for. After hunting caribou last year with you on the Noatak, I knew that booking the sheep hunt with you was the right decision. It was the hunt I had dreamed about for 35 years. It was the hardest thing I have ever done, both physically and mentally, but your guide kept me going and took great care of me the whole time. It was the time of my life and I hope someday we can share another hunting camp. "It was the crowning achievement of my hunting career". PS - tell them all who call "don't wait until you're 50!!"

Bob Young

Bob Young

Maine

My Brown Bear hunt with Dave Leonard's Mountain Monarchs of Alaska. It was the Third hunt I have done with Him. The first was a fall bear hunt (2007) from the David river lodge and was not successful for bear although I did take a beautiful wolf . The second was a Dall sheep hunt(2008) in unit 23 in the Delong Mountains and harvested a 39 " 15 year old ram.....15 years old!! This bear was taken on my second day of hunting (missed the first day because Pen Air did not have my baggage on the plane into Cold Bay) We saw 10 different bears in the two days I hunted 4 of which my very experienced guide estimated to be as big as the bear I took or Bigger. I guess the highlight was when we made the stalk on this bear and was about to shoot at 80 yards A Different Boar of about the same size came around the cliff face in our direction. We debated about 2 minutes as to which was bigger.....must be the official Brown bear Zoo of Alaska! I harvested this Bear because I liked its Color . Dave Has great Guides and support staff. All Equipment was in very good shape and the bush pilot that flew for him(he flys as well) was top shelf.

Dwight Van Brunt

Dwight Van Brunt

Having hunted with Mountain Monarchs seven times in the past twelve years, the Peninsula brown bear hunt just concluded was the best yet. In fact, it was probably the finest North American hunt I've experienced in the last thirty years! Not only is my old boar spectacular, as he squared 10 feet, 10.5 inches, every aspect of the hunt was flawless. The David River base camp was like a home away from home, with great food and wonderful crew. Spike camp was more than comfortable, and the number of bears viewed over the five actual hunting days was staggering. To the smallest detail, everything went off without a hitch, and I can't wait to return.

Jay Graham

Jay Graham

Massachusetts

Hello Dave. Bonnie and I wanted to thank you for the fantastic time you were able to provide for us on the recent bear hunt. From arriving at base camp until we got back into cold bay you and your staff were outstanding. I could have not selected a better guide service then Mountain monarchs. I was fortunate enough to score on a beautiful bear on my first evening of hunting with my brown bear squaring 10'3 with a green skull of 28" A once in a lifetime bear. I look forward to hunting with you in the future.

Ronnie Williams

Ronnie Williams

Bear: 9' 10" squared, 28 7/16" skull

Larry Pulliam

Larry Pulliam

Bear: 9' 4" squared, 29 11/16" skull

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