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    Annoys the crap out of me

    I have never been on a guided hunt but I am considering doing one down the road. While researching outfitters I have discovered a trend that just rubs me wrong.....Paying a trophy fee based on the size of the animal. I can understand this on high fence operations but not when hunting public ground or a free ranging private ranch.

    If I were to hire an outfitter I would expect them to do their best to find me the largest animal that they could. I don't want to be on a hunt somewhere and have to check my bank balance to determine if I can afford to pull the trigger on the animal in front of me. I paid them a fee to take me hunting and it should be their job to find me the best animal that they can.

    It really doesn't matter what I can afford but to save quality animals for the guy with deeper pockets just doesn't seem right. So what, they are going to profile me when I show up to camp and determine if they think I have enough money to warrant them showing me their top quality animals? They may be in for a rude awakening.

    Part of finding big animals is luck ( i am not discounting the skill involved )so should I be forced into paying an exorbitant trophy fee when it was fate and not their skill or preparation that led me to this animal?

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    I agree with you. It sure seems that if you want what qualifies as B&C or P&Y you have to pay a crazy amount. I guess this keeps the regular hard working guys from booking with that type of outfitter.

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    It seems to me that quite a few outfitters do it so they can keep their base price low, and then whack you with a mega surcharge, when, in the heat of the moment, you get the rare opportunity to knock down a big animal.

    Who's gonna pass up a 380 bull, or a 200 inch mule deer, when he's standing right in front of you?!
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    On private land I think they can do what they want, but on public land its just not right to me. I would never book with an outfitter that did that if I was looking for a guided hunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fink View Post
    It seems to me that quite a few outfitters do it so they can keep their base price low, and then whack you with a mega surcharge, when, in the heat of the moment, you get the rare opportunity to knock down a big animal.

    Who's gonna pass up a 380 bull, or a 200 inch mule deer, when he's standing right in front of you?!
    Fink, you made my point. I have a friend that guides for an outfitter that has this pricing scheme. 2 years ago he was guiding a client from out East when they found a huge muley (200+) and even though the guy had saved for his entire life, and was on his retirement dream hunt, he couldn't afford to pull the trigger on that deer. Was that right? Nobody knew that deer existed prior to the hunt and the guy was crushed and so was my friend. So much so that he quit guiding for them after that season. My point is the guy paid his money, they never knew that buck existed, and he couldn't afford to pull the trigger.

    And they never saw that buck again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Musket Man View Post
    On private land I think they can do what they want, but on public land its just not right to me. I would never book with an outfitter that did that if I was looking for a guided hunt.
    Yep. It's common practice on the private ranches down here that book hunts. It's why most folks lease so they can shoot what they want (within reason).

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    That ain't right, if I ever get my outfitting business I would never even think about this, if I have a million dollar client pull the trigger on a small bull/ buck his choice, then have a every day joe shoot a once in a lifetime animal I'd be happy, personally I'm out for the average joe and don't feel that having a trophy fee is even right. You pay up to 4,5,6 grand then gotta pay another couple grand jus to shoot the bull/buck that walks out. Hell no it's partially luck I'd rather that trophy fee be more of a tip for my guide getting the hunter on a big bull/buck. Honestly how many outfitters would give much of that trophy fee to their guide? Every outfitter I've ever worked for did not do a trophy fee, one guy only charged you an extra 1200 if you shot ur elk then a buck, but he required you shoot it elk before a deer. Just how he runs an no one ever complained but he was mostly elk and only does maybe 2 bucks a year.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Granby guy View Post
    Fink, you made my point. I have a friend that guides for an outfitter that has this pricing scheme. 2 years ago he was guiding a client from out East when they found a huge muley (200+) and even though the guy had saved for his entire life, and was on his retirement dream hunt, he couldn't afford to pull the trigger on that deer. Was that right? Nobody knew that deer existed prior to the hunt and the guy was crushed and so was my friend. So much so that he quit guiding for them after that season. My point is the guy paid his money, they never knew that buck existed, and he couldn't afford to pull the trigger.

    And they never saw that buck again.
    That made me sick just reading the story. I haven't paid for a guided hunt yet although I have been considering a drop camp scenario.
    I would pass on any guide adding a trophy fee for a certain level of animal.
    To me that is what a tip is for !!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OregonJim View Post
    That made me sick just reading the story. I haven't paid for a guided hunt yet although I have been considering a drop camp scenario.
    I would pass on any guide adding a trophy fee for a certain level of animal.
    To me that is what a tip is for !!!!!
    Well said, I agree 100%!! No way will I ever afford a guided hunt. Sure like to ride the horses to a wall tent and have a camp cook, but to have to choose which buck or bull by what you can afford is ridiculous, but sad to say they do it. Plenty of people out there willing to pay!! Each to his own I guess! We all have different preferences.

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    I'm with you guys if on public land they should not be able to charge trophy fees!

 

 

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