Is it possible to pick a Good Moose Hunting Guide?
Sure, let’s take a look at how!
It costs a lot of money to hire the services of a top notch Moose
Hunting Guide. To get the most out of a guided or outfitted hunting
trip, (which for the most of us would be a trip of a lifetime) you have
to have enough information before you make your choice.
If you have never used a moose hunting guide or outfitter
before, it is up to you to do your research and check them out, you will
want the best value that is available.
Once you arrive at moose camp and you discover the camp
is overcrowded with hunters or the success rate is low or camp food is
poor or... Well, it is too late then!
Face it, if you have a really bad experience you will, no doubt never
hire the services of a moose hunting guide again. Furthermore you would
likely discourage anyone else from doing the same.
It is so much better to arrive at camp and find the other
hunters buzzing with excitement, eager to share with you the results of
their own Hunts. They talk of Giant Moose, Awesome Guides, Great Food
and Comfortable Quarters. You don’t even notice the rain dripping from
your nose, because to are so taken by these greetings.
We all want to get the most distance from our hard earned dollars, so
we should set a criteria that moose guides should follow. I doubt that
we can set a standard for all moose hunting guides to follow, but I am
sure we can name the things that we expect from a guide then all we need
to do is find out if a particular guide has or does the things we want.
Use this list of questions to interview your potential moose hunting
guide or outfitter. Make sure that the money you invest in this trip is
well worth it.
- Check References, any reputable Guide will have a long list of
satisfied customers that would under normal circumstances be more than
willing to share the experiences they had with their guide. Most
satisfied customers of guides talk of their guide as though it was
ownership, because it was such a personal experience. Get that list and
contact the members of it. Ask as many questions as you can think of.
Be cautious, remember, you do not know any of these people and they
could be fake referrals. Do not rely on just the Guides reference list,
check on line and see if you can find articles (reviews) there. A very
reliable source might be a reference from someone you know, as is likely
the straight goods and could be trusted.
- How long has the Moose Hunting Guide been in Business? Good to
know, has he just finished his training as a guide, or has he been at
this trade for years. A well seasoned Guide will have the knowledge and
skill to deliver a memorable trip.
- What is the Success Rate for the species that you are hunting and
more specifically what is the success rate at the time when you are
planning to hunt? This is important information; just because the
proposed Guide has a high success rate number to show you, it does you
no good if the high rate was for the three weeks prior to your arrival.
You need to know what the rate is when you are there!!
- Who will be your Guide? For instance, if you were booking with
World renown Guide, Jim Shockey, unless you are paying the extra premium
to be guided by Jim you will be guided by one of his guides that works
for him. In this case that would be OK because all of Jim’s Guides a
very professional, and must keep the standard. Check it out in advance.
Are you getting the services of an Expert or a Novice guide!
- What about the area where your guide operates? Has he hunted
moose in this this area for a long time, does he know the area well.
What is the terrain like? Is it flat and open or mountainous and steep?
- How good of shape must you, the hunter be in? Will you be
expected to carry a pack? Walk for hours each day? Does your guide hunt
on horseback, use ATV’s or out of a boat?
- How many other Hunters are in the same camp as you? This may seem
like a redundant question, and it may be. If I were asking the
questions and paying the money, I would want to know. I do not want to
end up in a huge camp with many moose Hunters. I have heard of such
camps, and that may be fine if you like to hang out with a bunch of guys
(or gals) at the end of the day, but you must also consider this; all
of the hunters will leave camp at approximately the same time every day,
if there are a lot of hunters you will spend more time traveling to
your hunt area than you will hunting.
- How much will the trip Cost? ($$$$$.$$) You need to know how much
the final bill will be! Are there extra costs involved? For example, a
fly in moose camp you may be required to pay a surcharge just to get
your antlers out?
- What equipment are you expected to bring? Your guide should be
able to provide you with a suitable list of required equipment to suit
the needs of your stay. He may even have a list of suppliers where you
can purchase moose hunting gear and possibly have details right down to
specific manufactures of the gear to buy. Some moose hunting guides are
particular about the gear their clients use. They have, through years
of experience short listed exact goods that work well under certain
circumstances, which will enhance the guest experience.
- Who supplies the food? Can you imagine getting to a fly in
camp only to discover that you were required to bring your own food.
Don’t laugh, it has happened before and it will happen again.....YOU Need to know these things in advance!
- Don’t forget your Toothbrush! It is easy to get caught up in the
planning of a trip like this. It is just as easy to forget the little
details like: a toothbrush, toothpaste, how about those earplugs for
shooting practice at camp before you go on a hunt? What about a sleeping
bag, inflatable mattress/pillow? Don’t overlook those seemingly minor
Your moose hunting guide may have some of these little
items but don’t rely on it. There will be no corner store to run to get
those missing items.
If you prepare and get your questions answered long before you go, you will have time to plan for that trip, The Trip of a Lifetime.
As an alternative if you wanted someone else to do it
all for you, try the prime hunting
grounds of northern BC where there are offers of many species to hunt.
Pink Mountain Outfitters specialize in moose and monster black bear hunts, but can also deliver:
wolf, mule deer, cougar, lynx and mountain goat hunts. They have an
extremely high success rate which keeps their clients coming back again
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are dedicated to helping women find the perfect adventure in Alaska. If
you or someone you know has a dream of hunting Alaska, allow Julia to
arrange a hunt for you.
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Above all... be safe and have a great time.
“Go out into the outdoors, participate and experience excitement and beauty of the majestic moose.”
P.S. Take lots of pictures and come back here, post
them and share your Moose Hunting Stories and tell us about your Moose
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