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Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Western Montana
Re: beware of o.k. outfitters ironton
Many good post here. I think references are critical. We give out 12-14 per sheet, rifle and bow, long time repeats, and first time hunters, hunters from years ago, hunters from last season. You cannot possibly go wrong talking to these guys, and references don't always say what you want to hear.
Always call the outfitter AFTER you have talked with references and see if what he says jives with what you learned in conversations with references. You should be able to get a feel for type of person the outfitter is in your phone conversation, if red flags start going up, go someplace else.
A good outfitter will tailor a hunt to fit clients needs. As much as you need an honest outfitter, you also need to be honest with the outfitter. If you are out of shape, that is info that changes the hunt, and the outfitter needs to know that in advance. If you have allergies or dietary needs you should also disclose that, and gage the outfitter willingness to comply.
The primary goal of an outfitter is to keep everybody safe, were we hunt it is the back country, so in your conversations safety should at some point come up.
The best refernces for hunters are guys who were at the outfitters camp last year, and for the first time. These guys were in the same boat a year ago that you are today. They have not known the outfitter long enough to really have a friendship with him that would warrant them feeding you a line.
Does the outfitter belong to any professional organizations?
Do the locals know him?
When you talk to an outfitter he should be doing more than just selling you a hunt. He should be asking questions about you, your level of experience, your needs and your goals. That tells you that he is attempting to establish what hunt is best for you.