How To Find Guided Deer Hunts
Wondering how do you find guided hunts? With more information available instantly over the computer than has ever been available, finding a guided hunt is not all that difficult. It is finding the right guide which may be a bit more difficult. But with a bit of research you can find the right hunt for you.
Items which can help in finding a guided hunt:
- Credit card
- Look up states regulations. Hunting guides in many states have to be licensed. Check with the state you wish to hunt in. Find out if there are licenses, how they are obtained,and how complaints on those licenses are registered. This information can often be found by contacting the DNR of the state you wish to hunt in. Most DNR's won't be able to actually recommend guides, but they can point you in the right direction on how to find a reputable one in their area.
- Do a search. Use your computer and do searches on various key words. It really does not matter which search engines you use, there are any number of good ones available. Try a few different ones as you may get different results.
- Make a list in advance. Now that you have a list of perspective guides make up a list of questions. What are you looking to hunt? What weapons do you wish to use? Have they ever guided your prey species with your weapon before, it cam make a difference as a bow is entirely different and has special needs compared to rifles. What special circumstances and needs do you have? Are you handicapped, are they equipped to handle that. Are you fit and can walk long distances or not? Do you want to camp? Do they provide cook gear, tents? Write down every question you can think of which may pertain to the hunt. If you do not ask it and they do not answer it, do not assume it is going to work out. We once went on a hunt in the mountains and thought the guide provided tents, we ended up having to buy a tent on site. License fee are also important as are trophy fees and other miscellaneous fees and costs.
- Contact guides. There are several ways to contact a guide, initial contact may be by computer email, but eventually you are going to want to talk to the guide in person to get a "feel" for the person. Not always the best way to judge a person we know, but if you get a bad feeling from talking to a person, or get evasive answers to your direct questions you can move to another prospective guide.
- Get references. Get a list of references, and check them out.
- Do a search online of the guide. Believe us, if someone has a gripe they put it online and you may find it. Judge any complaints carefully, they may be real or imagined.
- Check with Better Business Bureau. Contact the local Better Business Bureau if it exists and contact the states BBB. Complaints are often registered with them for investigation.
- Book hunt. Once you have found a suitable guide book your hunt as soon as possible. good guides are often busy and if you snooze, you may lose, at least that guides services for the time period you wish to hunt.
It sounds like a lot of work, but a guided hunt can be an expensive investment. There is also the consideration of your own safety. A bad guide who over represents themselves may put you in jeopardy in some instances. the whole process is really just research and verification of what you find, but, the quality of the end result may well depend upon the initial investigation. Enjoy your hunt.