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Tipping Guide

I will be going on my first guided hunt in a couple weeks (whitetail hunt in NC). What does everyone tip their guide and the camp cook?
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Re: Tipping Guide

This very topic was just posted an hour or so ago,lol...
depends on the service I suppose.
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One thing -- be sure to give the tip directly to the guide and/or cook. You would be surprised how many outfitters never distribute out the tips.
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Re: Tipping Guide

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This very topic was just posted an hour or so ago,lol...
depends on the service I suppose.
I see this now. But didn't look in the bear/elk forum. Oh well.
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It all depends if the owner is guiding your or hired help. The owner sets the price, so if he wants to make more, he charges more. So, dependent on the case determines the tip. Always tip the cook if they do a good job and also tip and hired help if they are worthy. I don't buy into the 10% or 15% and I am especially disinterested when a guide "recommends" a certain amount. I have hunted from New Zealand to Alaska and I can honestly say that my tipping has been from 0 to 25% dependent on the cost of the hunt and if anything extra was done. I have even tipped the owner more than I normally would when he went above and beyond to make things happen or the hunt. Effort equals reward in my book and just because the hunt was successful doesn't mean I am happy with the entire trip. A punched tag means very little to me when I determine if things were as expected.
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Re: Tipping Guide

It all depends on how much effort I feel the guide or first mate has given.

On average- I'd say most who work hard deserve (and expect) around 15%, maybe 10% on a high-end caribou, moose, or elk trip. It's not really about if I kill something or not, more to do with if I feel the guide was truly interested in helping me fill my tag or catch my limit. Most of these guys are making less than minimum wage (the guide, not the outfitter), and depend on tips to make their living, same as a waitress.

I usually factor the tip in before I go on a trip. I've only stiffed a couple guides in the past...one was just plain lazy and drunk most of the time...he actually put his hand out for a tip, I shook it on my way out the door and said "Thanks pal". I've stiffed a couple first mates on fishing trips also, had nothing to do with catching fish or not, they just had lousy attitudes.

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I usually am a generous tipper, but if hunting at a lodge where the "guiding" is hauling a bunch of guys out in a Suburban and dropping them off on a road with directions on how to get to their stand, I do not tip.

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Re: Tipping Guide

So if you tip a percentage of the hunt, would you tip for the cost of the hunt or the cost of the hunt + lodging and food?
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If you want to tell me what the hunt costs I'll tell you what I would tip. Ive been on hunts from Canada to Georgia and as far west as Wyoming for species from hog to deer to duck to bear to lopes...If you want to PM me feel free or post it up here and Im sure you"ll get a range of answers

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Many guides don't get paid enough to live on, like wait staff at resturants and mates on charter boats. If they do a good job and work for you they should get a decent tip. I tip aournd 15% of the cost of the hunt, more if they did a really good job and I never divided out the food and lodging because I never had a hunt where it wasn't all included. I treat it like I do when I go out to an expensive resturant, if I don;t have enough money to pay the freight and the trip, I don't go. Now if you are treated like crap, the accomadations are poor and they don't wrk to get you game it is an entirely a different story.




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