Tips for Hunting Guides and Outfitters

Thinking of joining the ranks of hunting guides and outfitters? Here are a few things you should know.

| September/October 1984

It's absolutely essential for hunting guides and outfitters to know their territory. Your best tools are topographic maps that show — by symbol — terrain features down to tiny details. "Topos" are available at almost any sporting goods store these days, or you can send for a free, state-by-state index of these maps by contacting the Geological Survey National Cartographic Center.

Study the rules governing gun safety. See to it that they're followed at all times. (It's a good idea to have proper storage racks for weapons in the cab of your truck, too.)

Become proficient in field-dressing game, which is part of a hunting guide's fob.

When hunting ducks, geese, grouse, quail, or pheasant, you'll find a good bird dog to be a definite plus.

Know your clients' physical limitations. If they have bad legs, don't take them climbing in steep hill country. Always ask about physical problems before the hunt, and plan accordingly.

Establish a working relationship with the folks at your state fish and game department, since they can provide you with a wealth of up-to-date information on game movement and habitat.

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