That’s kind of a loaded question, but it’s best answered by breaking the reply into three time periods — before, during and after the hunt.
Leading up to the hunt the outfitter wants you to:
- Ask any questions you feel are important. There are no stupid questions.
- Designate one person as the spokesperson if you are part of a group. And it’s the spokesperson’s responsibility to make sure to coordinate the group, gather the groups questions, and disseminate the outfitter’s replies and directions to the whole group.
- Sign the hunt agreement and live up to its terms including making payments on schedule and in the manner agreed upon.
- Alert him to any special needs regarding accommodations, food, travel (no horses, ATVs, etc.)
When you show up for the hunt the outfitter expects you to:
- Be in reasonable physical condition for the hunt. Use common sense when it comes to this, and if you’re not sure ASK when you book the hunt. You won’t be hunting from a pick up truck seat for sheep or mountain goats or grizzly bear!
- Stick to the recommended gear list and specified weight limitations for air travel by bush plane or float plane. Weigh your gear before you leave home and keep cutting until you meet the limit!
- Be familiar with your gear. Don’t buy brand new gear and bring it to the hunt still in the packaging.
- Know how to shoot. Practice in field shooting situations, not just at the range. Know the ballistics of your ammunition. Know your shooting limitations and stick to them. Don’t shoot until the guide gives you the green light.
- Be as familiar as you can with the game your after. Read. Go to the zoo and museums. Watch videos.
- Be mentally prepared for the moment of truth and for the hardships you can face on a remote hunt. Come with a good attitude that you’ll enjoy whatever comes.
After the hunt your outfitter wants you to:
- Honestly report your adventure to other hunters. Don’t sugar coat anything, but be fair in your analysis taking into account conditions truly beyond the outfitter’s control.