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A Canadian hunting outfitter said its 2007 hunting season was ruined by a hunting retail chain that failed to book hunting trips.

Canadian Trophy Quest Ltd. is suing Cabela's Inc. of Sidney, Neb., for breach of contract and fraud. It is seeking an unspecified amount of damage in U.S. District Court in Texarkana.

The lawsuit was filed in Texarkana because all the witnesses live in Arkansas or within 100 miles of Texarkana, the lawsuit said.

Canadian Trophy has 200 square miles of land in Alberta for hunters to look for whitetail bucks. The Canadian government only issues 55 permits for whitetail hunting each year.

CT had a deal with Cabela that hunters would book the trips through Cabela, according to the lawsuit. For the exclusive rights to be the booking agent, Cabela would pay CT just under $240,000 a year.

In January, Cabela told CT that some hunters weren't happy with their 2006 trips. CT tried to restore the confidence of the hunters by buying extra equipment at $30,000 and changed the management team.

Still, in April, Cabela backed out of the deal, the lawsuit said. By that time it was too late to save the 2007 hunting season because hunters had already made hunting plans, CT said in the lawsuit.

CT said it is owed $207,000 under the contract. (Cabela had made a $30,000 payment before backing out of the deal, the lawsuit said.)

CT also blames Cabela for the lost revenue and profits from the sale of the hunts.

A Cabela spokesperson was unavailable for comment.
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Date:Nov 12, 2007
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