I know this has been talked about in the past, but what is a fair tip for an elk guide and a cook at a camp? I know it depends on how hard the guide had to work, so just looking for a ballpark figure or % of the cost of the hunt. Thanks.
Some people might call me cheap but i have never tipped a guide. I have never been on a fully guided hunt though. I have been on fair amount of semi guided hunts. Maybe if i went on a fully guided hunt and the guide was awesome i might think about it. I just personally think tipping is nonsense. I love the places that add it to your bill automatically. Got in a heated discussion with a manager at red lobster once about this. The service was crap and so the tip will reflect that. I told the guy i dont have to tip at all. There is no law that i have to tip. Nobody is going to tell me what to tip. Whoever started the whole tipping thing ought to be slapped. They ought to pay the workers at least min wage and if there is good service then tip if not then don't.
I give them what I think they earned. I do not tip them just because they were there. One thing is universal though, tip a good guide in cash. Trust me, he does not want your new knife, whats left of your box of shells, etc., that is insulting to them.
"Be nice, until its time to not be nice" (Patrick Swayze...Roadhouse)
I always tip depending on the hunt quality - how hard the guide works for you. It is very easy to tell if you have a good guide. I also only pay in cash as they usually have a ton of knives etc. which do not pay for groceries.
tipping guides first mates etc. is much different than tipping waitstaff...your comparing apples to oranges...unless your taking your rod and reel to the lobster tank.....a tip should always be based primarily on service...if it is a 10,000 hunt with 3000 service no tip if it is a 4000 hunt with 10,000 service give a tip...i am in favor of pay scales relying on tipping...incentive based salary is a great motivator
Those restaurants that add the gratuity are a bunch of bull. I never went on a guided hunt, but doubt I'd tip at all. I don't get a tip for doing my job everyday. The best with tipping was a couple weeks ago I had a gunsafe delivered from cabelas. Cost me over 200 bucks. All the guys had to do was back to my garage, use the lift gate to lower it down. And handtruck it 30' into the garage, that's it. They actually asked for a tip. I told them to get lost, which they apparently did because I saw them drive back by my house several times afterwards, seems they couldn't find what road to take.