We have done our best to answer some general questions below. You can use the Outfitter Request Form to get more detailed questions answered. Or call us at 970-593-0267.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Does your service cost me any extra?
No. We get paid by the outfitters and landowners for advertising for them. We are doing the research to help you get what you are looking for and it doesn't cost you extra for the service. In fact, we negotiate prices with them each year to get you the best deals.
2. How does your service work?
What we do is advertise and do bookings for outfitters and landowners that either don't want to do their own advertising or answer the phone all day because they are out working normally. So we get to know them, their hunt options and their reputation as best we can and may go on a hunt with them at our cost to see how they treat hunters. That way we are careful about who we represent. Then we get to know you and what you are looking for and match up what we have available to what you are looking for. We are hunters and want you to be successful and treated the same way we want to be. We take a deposit for a hunt, send you an invoice in a couple weeks and include the outfitter contact info at which time you can contact them to confirm your hunt and ask questions about arrival, hunting, etc.
3. When is the best time to book a trip?
The earlier the better, preferably before the states license drawing. The reason is spots will fill up and you won't have as many choices. Also you don't want to wait and see what happens with the license drawing because just because you buy a license doesn't guarantee a spot with an outfitter. So book your hunt, put in for the drawing taking advantage of the preference point system, if necessary get a leftover license and you should be set.
4. What about licenses? Do I have to get them or can you take care of it for me?
If it's an over the counter type license you can do that anywhere they are sold and even online. If it's a drawing or leftover license we can either advise you what you need or apply for you. See our Watchdog program here: Voucher & License Watchdog
5. What is the difference between DIY, semi-guided and fully guided or outfitted?
There is no single definition by any organizations to define these. It's what ever the individual outfitters say it is. One may say fully guided but drop you off at a tree stand or blind. Others may say semi-guided is showing you the property and talking to you about good spots but not have a guide per-se. We use semi-guided as meaning 2 or more hunters per guide and fully guided as 1 on 1. You have to read the outfitters definition and pricing to see what is and is not included.
6. Where can I find more information on success rate?
If there isn't any in the outfitter write up then you can do your own research at the states game and fish website. Colorado offers theirs in the Estimated Harvest Reports.
7. How do vouchers work?
What we do is find vouchers for what you are looking for and charge $39 to cover the costs of doing so. We don't resell them to you at a profit. We need specific information about what you are looking for and the Outfitter Request Form link above is what you should use to do that. We will contact the holder of the voucher and they will contact you directly.
8. Can I get references for a specific outfitter?
If after booking with us you talk to the outfitter and his references and decide it's not what you were looking for then we will refund you 100%. They pay us to represent them and they don't want us sending potential clients to talk to them that are not committed to the trip.
9. Can I get references for your service?
Yes, there are reviews of the hunts people have been kind enough to take the time to send us their feedback. Once you book a hunt and we send you the outfitter/landowner contact information you can ask them for their references.
10. If I decide to rebook with the outfitter again in the future, should I do it through you or though the outfitter?
You definitely should book it through us because we discount the outfitters prices sometimes and won't get our prices through them.
11. Have any of your staff been on any of the guided trips you offer?
Yes, many. If you need a personal reference then let us know which outfitter and we will let you know if we have.
12. If I tag out early can I get a credit for the days I don't hunt.
No, but you can call yourself lucky, or good, and relax the rest of the trip.
13. Can I extend my stay with an outfitter once I'm there?
That depends on the outfitter and their current situation. Some have fees for extra days. Keep in mind that outfitters have to schedule guides and other hunters and may not have the space to allow you to stay. Banking on being able to stay longer if you wanted to would be a gamble and most likely not a possibility. So it's better to spend a little extra, schedule a longer trip and get an extra tag since you already have the expense of the trip.
14. How much of a deposit do you need to book?
We require 50% deposit and the remainder 45 days prior to your trip. If it's for next year, rather than this year, we can do $200/person, then remaining first 50% due Jan 1 next year and then last 50% due the outfitter 45 days before your trip.
15. What is the policy if I book a trip and have to cancel at the last minute?
It happens and we have to stick with the outfitters policy. Normally the policy is to hold your funds for a later year and you can go another time.
16. Can I reserve a year ahead of time or more?
Absolutely. It only costs $200 to hold your spot, then the rest of the 50% deposit is due the beginning of the year you plan on going with the remainder due 45 days prior to your trip.
17. Can I book a trip and add another person later?
It depends. If you are paying for private land access and staying in a hotel or cabin that holds more than your current party then it's probably fine. If it's a lodge or drop camp situation then those are harder to do that with and better to get commitment from the whole party before booking.