Ironbark Outfitters
Tipping guidelines for a 10 bowhunt
Contributors to this thread:
CarmanDon 19-Nov-15
Overland 19-Nov-15
Chief 419 19-Nov-15
Bou'bound 19-Nov-15
1Arrow 20-Nov-15
From: CarmanDon
Fellow bowhunters, What are the tipping guidelines after a 10 day plainsgame bowhunt for ph staff tracker ect. Any info on this subject would be helpful.

From: Overland
I sent you a PM.

From: Chief 419
As usual, you'll get a ton of opinions on this one. My safaris company said that $100/day was a good tip for my PH. I felt like that was a fair amount given the service that my PH provided.

I tipped the cook staff and tracker $150 ea., again on the recommendation of the safaris company.

I also brought a couple of new knives and caps for my PH and tracker. Keep in mind that the days of missionaries and tents are over in Africa. It's all about money in today's hunting world and that's what they prefer. Hope this helps.

From: Bou'bound
Foes he guide sit in the blind with you or just drop off and pick up

From: 1Arrow
I've always been told and used as a base 10% of the day fees (not trophy fees) and then if you think you got exceptional service you increase the percentage to 15%, 20% or at most 25%. $100/day is a 25% tip on a $400/day day fee so to me that is a little presumptious that you get/got exceptionally great service right out of the gate (just my opinion but some people tip 20% at restraurants even if they just come and take your order and bring you what you ordered which to me is baseline expected and not exceptional service). I'd also say this also assumes 1 on 1 guiding. If 1 on 2 I'd say same amount just split between the two hunters. Then you want to give something extra for the Tracker, Cook and Staff. I've also tipped the Outfitter something too.

You may also want to consider if you give the whole tip to the Outfitter and let them distribute to the PH, Tracker, Cook and Staff or give it to each of them directly. Pros and cons to both approaches. I know one Outfitter, who I trusted completely, that he preferred getting the tip and distributing it because if the staff got it early they might use it to get drunk and not show up for work. LOL, true story. Some camps have a way they like to distribute the tips between the different roles so it keeps peace in the camp but in the end it is your Tip, not the Outfitters and PHs so you tip what you want and how you want.

Also, a gift or token like a knife, range finder etc is nice touch to do but you have to also realize you might be giving the something they already have or don't need. So is a little presumptios. I always take gifts like that as above and beyond. One of my guides had dropped his range finder into water a few hunts before I got there and I had taken two with me so during the hunt I gave him one of mine to use and I used the other. At the end of the hunt I told him to keep it and he was thrilled because there was a need. I'm not sure that would have been such a great deal for him if he already had a working range finder.

Again, just my experience/opinion and it varies but hope this helps you.

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