You work hard for your money, you save and dream of an epic hunt, be it screaming bull elk in the rut, stone sheep high in the mountains, majestic mule deer on the plains or giant brown bears in Alaska or Russia, no matter what it is you want to hunt you deserve to get the best hunt possible for your money. Unfortunately the hunting industry is no different than any other, there are some truly great outfitters, hunting consultants and guides; and there are some truly terrible ones. The internet has definitely helped when it comes to getting access to information, but even then you have to take what you find with a grain of salt, as there are some bad reviews and complaints about Outfitters, Consultants and Guides that are totally justified, but the truth is there are also bad hunters and often when they don’t get exactly what they want, how they want it, when they want it, they make a big stink and trash someones reputation simply because they didn’t get their animal or as big of animal as they were wanting. However, these types of individuals have forgotten that free range hunting is just that “hunting” there are no guarantees, it doesn’t matter if any Outfitter has had 100% success for the last 10 years, there are still no guarantees that this year will be the same. At the same time, there are definitely Outfitters in the business that over promise and under deliver year in and year out.
This is where a good professional hunting consultant is worth his/her weight in gold. A real professional hunting consultant does their homework, they develop professional working relationships with Outfitters, Guides, Hunters and Conservation Groups to stay on top of what is going on, who is doing a good job and who is not. A Professional hunting consultant has another advantage over the individual hunter, the Consultant works with Outfitters, Guides and Hunters almost every day, so they have more insight into what each Outfitter they work with has to offer and which ones match up the best with each hunter. No two hunters are the same, so part of a Professional Hunt Consultant’s job is to get to know you and strive to understand what you are looking for in a hunt and an Outfitter, then they are able to make educated recommendations. I can tell you there is a big difference between a helicopter assisted fly in Dall Sheep hunt in the NWT and a straight up back pack Dall Sheep hunt in the Chugach. Just like there is a big difference between a pack in high elevation public land elk hunt in Colorado and a high dollar private ranch elk hunt in New Mexico or Utah. So why should you use a Professional Hunt Consultant – it is simple, they will bust their tails to put you on the best hunt for you, your budget and your physical abilities with proven Outfitters.
So I would highly encourage you to shop around and find a Hunt Consultant you click with, and then stick with that person, don’t keep looking for the “deal” as the longer you work with your consultant, the better they get to know you and what you like, what you don’t like, what type of personality you have and what types of people you may not enjoy, best of all when you build a friendship with your Hunt Consultant over time, they tend to come up with some really great opportunities for world class hunts at great prices, and they are much more likely to let you know about those limited opportunities if you are a loyal client and friend as opposed to one of the countless bargain shoppers they deal with on a daily basis. I guess you can think about your Hunt Consultant like you would think of your wealth manager or stock broker, you want them to generate the best return for you based on your finances, tolerance for risk and timelines, so do your homework, talk to a number of hunt consultants and make an educated and informed decision to select the right Hunt Consultant for you.
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