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Two guided hog hunts
I hire guides to guide meevery year. I just returned home from two guided hog hunts. BOTH were fun as heck. However, there was night and day differences in the operations. On one we were guided by the owner. Everything was represented well and all of Mother Nature’s curveballs in the field were dealt with professionally and quickly with the OWNER’s best judgement. On the second hunt we hunted with a hired hand guide. All curveballs were dealt with a bit slower and the guide made decisions (like hired men do) with our experience second only to his job preservation with the outfit. He did a good job. I don’t want to pick apart or pick on any outfitter by name here because I don’t want to indicate that the hunts weren’t really fun and I’m not out to pimp an outfit over another. They were both fun in their own way. Both hunts were a great experience but the hunt being guided by the owner came off with more professionalism and integrity. We felt much more satisfied with that hunt. I thought I should post this because quite a few bowsite’rs seem to be very interested in what to look for with hiring guides for everything from big game to small game. I hope my comments help out some of you.
Good observations, however I would have to judge each hunt on its own merits. Circumstances dictate situations.
Would love for you to name the outfitter operations rather than dancing around the issue you are noting.
That`s the nature of ANY business. Why would hunting be any different? All employees walk the fine line between customer and employer....in most instances they are damned if they do or damned if they don`t.
If you own a business and the only way your customers are satisfied is by you personally handling the customer then you are a lousy leader...teacher and boss.
Where were you hunting? How did you do? What were the costs? How long did you hunt? Dogs/spot-and-stalk/stand? Day hunting/night hunting or both? Need more details unless you just wanted to state that owner/guides are better than non-owner guides.
I hunt every year at a high fence operation of about 3000 acres,,,, we play cards have a great time, and the guides take care of our pigs,,,, I at 69 am the youngest of the group that reaches to 85,,,,, we have a ball........ that's what life is about
Your thread has no merit without naming names
well we hunt North Starr Game Ranch in Montour Iowa,,,, and Superior Game Ranch in MI
I think Highlife was referring to the OP.....not you Groundhunter. You "posted"....the "thread" is Tvorak`s. At least that is how I understand it.
Same old story from this guy. Just look up his bowsite posts and you see a very common theme. Then check out his website about his operation where he guides all his clients.
I agree. The owner of the business has more interest in the success of the business than any of his employees. In a perfect world that wouldn't be the case but...
My comment wasn't meant to you ground hunter. sorry for the confusion
Sorry to not include the names guys. I didn’t want to tear at somebody’s guiding business too hard in a personal manner. That’s not really my style. The comment was made in the spirit to help somebody out that might be looking to get into hiring a guide. It is aimed more towards hunters looking for advice, not so much towards the guys that already know almost everything. Haha.
Yup, Slick Willie. Or his alter-ego, Tom. Whatever. I’m sure he’ll be crawling back beneath the rock he likes to hide under again soon enough.