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    How much to tip your outfitter?

    How much would you tip your outfitter if you killed a deer over 180 inches?



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    A tip should factor in many things; price of the hunt, the quality of the attention and time spent working with you, location of the hunt, I do not think killing an animal should be high on the list. For instance our last trip to SA my wife and I did not get all the animals on our "wish" list but had a great time and the PH worked his butt off for us. His tip was larger (proportionately) then the last hog hunt we went on and had much less time and effort put into the hunt by the guide, but did get the animals we wanted. I do think for a monster deer, one of 180 class, that a lot of thought should go into the fact that you just killed a world class deer and if it was a guided hunt, your guide did play a big role in that.
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    I personally would not tip my outfitter but tip the people who really take care of you.. from the guide to the cook... they are the ones who make the least off of your visit but do the most...
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    agree..

    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Hunter View Post
    I personally would not tip my outfitter but tip the people who really take care of you.. from the guide to the cook... they are the ones who make the least off of your visit but do the most...
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    Maybe i should elaborate a bit more 6 day hunt 3 meals a day lodging transportation and one on one guiding.
    $2000.00 and dressing of game.Outfitter is also the guide. This guy does it all from the cooking to the cleaning very small operation but some world class results.
    Last edited by buckbowhunter1; December 13th, 2010 at 09:21 AM. Reason: more info

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    Well then if he is a do it all operation, then he deserves what you think is fair.. 6 day hunt he bust his butt and guides you.. plus cooks 3 squares a day for you, drags your game out, cleans it, and gets it ready for the ride home????
    For some reason I find it hard to believe... but let me ask??? How does he fix 3 meals a day for you and guide you too? Or better question is what are you hunting?

    But the short answer is 10 to 20% if done right.. 200 to 400 bucks is where I would go.. with a do it all for one person.
    now if he was the guide and only the guide I would do the same for him plus.. tip the cook etc, etc... The reason is the "Outfitter" makes his money on the sale of the hunt... the guide makes his on how good a job he does for you... the cook is.. well you see where my head is at....
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    It's just me I know, but if I payed $3500 for a hunt, I always have a had a hard time tipping. The amount you have to pay for a outfitted hunt should suffice. At my job I don't get tips for doing a good job. I get paid to do what I am supposed to. It would be different if the outfitter was working for minimum wage, but we all know that isn't correct. Is it hard work? Absolutely, but the outfitters around here use out of state camp guides who they don't pay,(just don't pay to hunt) so the cost of providing the service isn't as much. The leases that are procured I am sure aren't cheap but I am sure most of that is paid for within the first couple weeks of season. Initial start up costs would be high, but after that camp food and supplies wouldn't be that bad. Bottom line, if it wasn't profitable there would be a lot less of them. Just my opinion.
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    I always thought that was what the $2000 included.

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    He gets up at 5 am every day and cooks you breakfast then after you hunt with him in the morning cooks you lunch.After the evening hunt cooks you supper when you shoot your deer he guts it skins it and quarters it or debones it.Like I said he is a very small operation.He is the guide and the outfitter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter_tlh View Post
    It's just me I know, but if I payed $3500 for a hunt, I always have a had a hard time tipping. The amount you have to pay for a outfitted hunt should suffice. At my job I don't get tips for doing a good job. I get paid to do what I am supposed to. It would be different if the outfitter was working for minimum wage, but we all know that isn't correct. Is it hard work? Absolutely, but the outfitters around here use out of state camp guides who they don't pay,(just don't pay to hunt) so the cost of providing the service isn't as much. The leases that are procured I am sure aren't cheap but I am sure most of that is paid for within the first couple weeks of season. Initial start up costs would be high, but after that camp food and supplies wouldn't be that bad. Bottom line, if it wasn't profitable there would be a lot less of them. Just my opinion.
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    I wouldnt tip, but thats just me. He gets paid a good amount of money for what hes doing, and its what is included in the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckbowhunter1 View Post
    He gets up at 5 am every day and cooks you breakfast then after you hunt with him in the morning cooks you lunch.After the evening hunt cooks you supper when you shoot your deer he guts it skins it and quarters it or debones it.Like I said he is a very small operation.He is the guide and the outfitter.
    Can o get some info on this guy? I'd like to possibly book a hunt

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    Promblem I see with tipping. Is I noticed the guys who do tip got the best guides on the one hunt I went too.

    Reason I say this my brother paid for are hunt and we got the outfitter as are guide because my brother books several hunts and tips well. Just found something wrong with this. Hunt still sucked and guide screwed us over and lied on this hunt and never got another penny from my brother. Do you what you advertise. Sure left a bad taste in my mouth for guides.
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    $2000 for a guided, week long hunt that ended with a 180" buck killed sounds like a heckuva deal. In that case, I'd probably slip him $250. What state was this in if you don't mind me asking?
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    Tip!!! 10-20% if you can't tip stay home. Guides don't make as much as you think. A guide usually gets a daily rate, they beat the hell out of their truck as well. It is customary to tip.

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    i've never been on a guided, pay for, hunt. My first thought is to not tip anything because that's what I'm paying X amount of dollars for. I could quite easily change my mind after I go on my first one, (if i ever do)

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    I feel if its customary and to keep it fair the tip should be added to the price. A working man saves all year to go on this hunt and gets treated unfair because he doesn't throw $100 bills around whiles he is there. Charge me what need to charge me to make and living and pay your staff, treat me well because your a owner with integrity and you want me to come back and bring my friends with me.

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    Hunt was in Iowa

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornporn View Post
    Tip!!! 10-20% if you can't tip stay home. Guides don't make as much as you think. It is customary to tip.
    Guides should include this into the price. I will stay home and this kind of attitude isnt good for guide service.
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    DB you probably would be mad if you went into a restaurant and had a meal that was ok and had bad service.. but when you got the bill you had a 15% gratuity added to the amount. You would be hacked off and demand to see the manager. same here.. I will not pay a up front tip and get a guide that thinks he deserves it no matter how bad the hunt was. Guides have to work for a tip, put their hunters in front of game or do their best to do so. I guided (fishing) in my younger days and I had to work to get people on fish. I went the extra mile and made sure they got what they paid for and it normally showed up in the form of a tip after.
    So.. tip after the hunt and tip according to the work of the guide and such...
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    I could never afford an outfitted let alone tip them lol
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    I have been around the bush on this subject in here before. I generally get blassted by someone like Horny. I'm surprised there aren't more people in here telling you how to spend your money.

    I'm surprised that someone else thinks that a tip should be included in the COST of the hunt. Like what was stated before. I also don't get payed anymore for doing a good job or a bad job. Its my choice to do a good job everyday, if I don't than its the boss's choice to let me go. I agreed to work for a price.
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    I wouild probably tip him $500. Especially since you got a 180" buck out of the deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Boone View Post
    Guides should include this into the price. I will stay home and this kind of attitude isnt good for guide service.
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    It's just the way it is. These guys do so much for their clients. In every camp I've ever been in bow hunters have the reputation for being the cheapest. I'm not saying this applies to everyone however I do agree for the most part that it may be true.

    These guys are the first to wake up and the last to go to sleep. They are an entertainer that is working their arse off for YOU.

    Is your tip included in your meal when you go out and eat?

    I have no problem with frugal people...however I can't stand cheap people.

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