I do not need a B&C - but I do want a nice lion. Ideally I would decide in summer if I was going, after most rocky mnt state draw results are out.
Guys with more knowledge will weigh in I’m sure.
I'm currently working with Lazy D Hounds for an on-call hunt a couple of hours from my house. Casey runs hounds year round. New Mexico is on a quota system, but the area he hunts hasn't even come close to closing since I started paying attention a couple of years ago.
In my experience, the guys regularly running dogs have a better pulse on the population than anyone else. They definitely keep tabs and are selective with female harvest to manage the population.
Also, I found a list of questions a hunter could ask, assuming this searching system is ever created and utilized. This list is not all encompassing, you may need to add a few dozen questions depending on your situation.
Name of outfitter:___________________ Phone number________________ Year_________ Game________________ State______________ Price___________
How many years have you been guiding (in business)?
How many guides do you have and how long have they been guiding?
How many hunters do you take each year? Will this be a 1 on 1 hunt?
How many hunters have been in the area before we will be there?
What unit do you hunt? Will we be hunting public or private ground?
Is there a minimum size for game to be taken?
What is your success rate of game taken and opportunities?
How many legal game animals should I expect to see on the hunt?
How many opportunities would you expect me to get?
What is the average size/age of game you take? What is the trophy quality? Did these trophies come from the area I will be hunting? What animals do you specialize in?
Do you bowhunt? Do you take clients that bowhunt? How often?
What optics do you use?
Do you use horses, planes, cars, ATV’s or boats to get to hunting areas?
Do you have a reference list with unsuccessful hunters on it?
How is what base camp is used chosen? What type of accommodations are there?
Do you have several different locations to hunt in case one is not good?
Will camp be moved if game is not located?
If required will you spend a night on the mountain to continue after game?
Is there any other game I might be able to hunt at the same time?
Is there fishing?
How do you hunt? (ie call, glass, tree stands stalk etc)
How often, when and how do you preseason scout? Has the area been scouted by my guide?
How large is the hunting area and what is the elevation?
What can expect as far as competition from other hunters?
How will our guide be determined?
Do the guides live and hunt this area year round?
If the hunt ends early what do we do?
How is game transported to camp?
How many repeat customers do you have (percentage)?
How much of the day do you hunt?
Will you take care of meat & capes, and prepare a head to take to a taxidermist? How is meat cared for?
Is there a practice range at camp?
What is the best time of year to hunt?
Do you call or use bait?
Do you track wounded game at night?
Are you fully licensed? (Lacey act)
What does this hunt cost? What is the payment schedule?
What are the additional (hidden) costs (license, airfare, meat, capes etc)?
Can you sell me the license or do I need to find a place to purchase it?
Is there a refund policy?
What is not included with the hunt?
Do you pick us up from the aiport?
Is there a trophy fee or harvest fee, cost to get meat out etc?
Can you take care of caping and shipping meat, cape and horns home?
How long is the hunt? Does this include time getting to camp?
Is that hunting time or total time without transportation?
Is this a 1:2 or 1:1 hunt?
Can extra days be added?
What is your cancellation policy?
What type of food will we eat?
What is the biggest problem you see with your hunters?
What is your wounding policy?
What if something beyond both of our control happens to cancel the hunt?
How experienced are your pilots?
What happens of bad weather delays a hunt?
Will we be hunting from main camps, spike camps or wherever the game is?
What do you think of 2:1 hunts?
How many hunters will be there before me and how many sheep will you take out of your area?