I have treated my self to guided hunts only a few times and
this is what I found out.
First , not all guides are bad but some are so try to get references
from some of the hunters that have hunted with them and pin them
down as to the location of the hunt (private or public)
Make a list of questions to ask the outfiter and write down the response
to the question so you can quote him later if need be.
Remember it's your money and you should get what you paid for.some
times you may have to take charge of your destiny and let the guide
know that you will not except anything less than promised.
Some guides think that you are stupid and cant hunt because you
booked a guided hunt. But there are others who think of nothing
but providing you with a successfull and enjoyable trip.
After getting as much information as you can, go prepared for anything
and assume nothing. Study the terrain to be hunted and that will
help prepare you.
I was involved in one hunt from hell and after two very bad days I had
to resort to extreme measures to turn it around.( talked my guide into
showing me his ability to drink white lightning).and the next day he could
not get out of bed so I went on a very succesfull hunt in the same area
we had hunted the last two days.
Needless to say he did not receive a tip. I only tip when they try hard to
make it a succcessful hunt even if you dont get the game you were looking
for the hunt is what counts.
Allways take a trusted friend with you and you will enjoy it more.
Dont let one bad experience turn you against all guided hunts there are
some very good guides out there but you just have to find them.
Just like having a custom rifle
built you must make the smith understand
exactly what you want and he understands what you expect so that
the outcome will be a good one.
I hope this will help
J E CUSTOM