Hello, I’m Keith from Trophy Deer Hunting Secrets. And today, we’re going to talk about what to look for in a deer hunting outfitter. But first let’s talk a little bit about doing it yourself vs using an outfitter. Not everyone uses a deer hunting outfitter for their trips. However, you need to realize there definitely is some satisfaction to doing it yourself. But, there are definite benefits to using a hunting outfitter. Keep in mind though, like every organization all deer hunting outfitters are not created equal. So you want to know what to look for so you have an incredible hunting experience. Start off by narrowing the field. There are literally hundreds of thousands of deer hunting outfitters throughout this country. To help narrow your choices down, you need to determine a few things. For instance, where do you want to hunt? How long do you want to hunt? What is your budget? And, what level of service do you expect? Then, once you have your needs all determined You can start your research for an outfitter. You will contact many outfitters during this search. Asking them specific questions about what they offer. The following are some of the basic things you need to look for when choosing the right outfitter. The first is the permitting system. Most reputable outfitters have their own permitting system established. This is for your convenience but also your safety as well as the safety of the guides. Then, there’s the level of service that they offer. Generally, there are several packages you can choose from. Everything from a full service guided trip where the guide is with you pretty much every step of the way and will do just about everything for you, including field dressing the animal to a drop & hunt. Where the guide will bring you to a specific location like a tree stand or a ground blind and then basically leave and you are on your own to hunt for the day. Then there’s the mode of transportation during the hunt. They offer and vary from from hunting outfitter to hunting outfitter and hunting package to hunting package. For instance, you might be on foot, four wheeler, or even horseback. Then there’s the accommodations. You want to know what your options are. Some deer hunting outfitter have a ranch house that is their base of operations. Others have cabins that are nestled off near the hunting area. And others have tents that may be where they drop you and your base of operations is on a mountain in a tent. The next consideration is the guide to hunter ratio. If you have several people in your group, it’s important to know the number of guides that will accompany you. A good rule of thumb for a full service hunt is one guide to every three hunters. Then of course, there’s food & meals. It’s important that if any people in your group have special dietary needs, that you tell the outfitter in advance so they can try to accommodate you. You also need to know how many meals are included in your trip, the way in which these meals are going to behandled that’s especially important if you’re staying in the cabin off away from the ranch or a tent up on a mountain. Then there’s clothing and equipment. Some outfitter provide all of the clothing and some of the equipment needed so find out exactly what items are and are not included in your hunting package. I would put to you to bring your own gloves, hat socks, boots etc. Those are often not included and you’d probably want to use your own anyway. Keep in mind that some hunting outfitters provide bows and firearms, you’ll likely want to bring your own weapon. It will help with your success. Then of course there’s the price. Make sure that you have a detailed list of everything that is provided by the outfitter. Also, make sure that you have a list of what you would be responsible for bringing and/or providing. This will help you in doing an accurate breakdown of the pricing and compare between outfitters. Then there’s the contract. Before you even leave your house make sure that you have signed contract that outlines everything that you agreed upon. Make sure it lists all the provisions, accommodations, pricing, any other items that you might have agreed upon with the outfitter as well as any any type of guarantee that the outfitter provides. Now, once you’ve narrowed your decision down to a couple of finalists, it’s time to do a little more research on their reputation and safety record. Ask the outfitter for references. Make sure that you follow up with those clients. This will allow you to learn first hand about their hunting experience. Additionally, contact the state wildlife department and Better Business Bureau. This will help you to check into the outfitters history. Lastly, consider using a booking agency. You can do this and their are many reputable and skilled agencies throughout this country. They are adept at putting together hunting trips because they know what questions to ask and often they use preferred outfitters that they do business with all the time. So, they have a great relationship and they know that quality of service that’s offered by these outfitters. So there you have it, the outline of what to look for for the best deer hunting outfitter. For more information about deer hunting outfitters visit our website. You can click the link below. While you’re there, sign up for our free email mini course. So go ahead and click the link below or type into your browser, www.TrophyDeerHuntingSecrets.com I’m Keith from Trophy Deer Hunting Secrets, thanks for joining us and we’ll see you in future videos.