Now’s the time to start planning for a guided hunt. Here’s how to ensure a dream adventure—and avoid disappointment
#4 Talk to past clients
When you’re getting ready to fork over thousands of dollars for a hunt, you’d better ask for references and make the time to check them. It’s surprising how many hunters don’t do that, believing the outfitter is truthful about everything. Most are honest, as their livelihood depends on their reputation. There are enough unscrupulous outfitters fishing for your money, however, that it’s foolish not to ask for references.
Good outfitters are more than happy to provide references—there’s no better publicity than satisfied customers. Contact both clients who had successful hunts and those who did not, and ask them the same questions. Inquire about the quantity and quality of game they saw, and ask for details about the lodgings, food, equipment and the overall atmosphere in camp. Also find out about the logistics of getting to the lodge and getting your meat and/or trophy home. Compare the answers against what the outfitter says—consistency is telling.