Re: hunting fool magazine hunts
There are way too many people that think just because we are talking hunting that there are no worries---NOT! There are a number of unscrupulous people in the outfitting/guiding business, as well as ones that might be honest and are just getting into it and can't do the job of a seasoned veteran. I can give the latter the benefit of the doubt, but the former is a plain out and out thief and should be dealt with accordingly. That's why a person should contact as many people that hunted with an outfit the previous year or two as they can, with as many or more contacts with ones that were'nt successful as ones that were. If an outiftter took you into a known decent area, provided good equipment, livestock, food, and his guides did their best to put you on animals, that is about all that can be asked of them. They can't control the weather, for example, which plays a big part in success. Finding out from unsuccessful clients whether they would go back and how their hunt was is the key because it may be a lousy operation and get a good review from a person that lucked out and killed a great animal just by sheer luck. They would be a lot more prone to overlook negative things because of their success that may have had nothing to do with who they booked with.