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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-07-2012, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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Outfitter references

Looking for an archery elk hunt next year in Mt or Wy. One outfitter I spoke with said they don' t provide hunter references but instead list game wardens, outfitters association and fish and game commission. Spoke to a couple of these and good reports or no negative issues. Would this satisfy you.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 12:27 AM
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Re: Outfitter references

Probably not - no better reference than someone spending their hard earned money. For example they all should belong to the state outfitters association or other professional organizations but membership alone does not mean they are a good outfitter. Now how do we know that the local warden is not a brother in law, relative or friend and even if not unless you knew of a violation and just had a bad hunt you wouldn't call the game warden or state commission or dnr to complain. If hunting with someone I had no experience with I want to talk to several and as they do in some sport scoring, I throw out the high and the low and go with the overall average consensus. To me if an outfitter won't provide client references he has something to hide. I never have a problem asking for an email list of all last years clients. The good ones with confidence in what they do will gladly provide the references.
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Re: Outfitter references

Not providing refs is a red flag and I would look elsewhere.
If an outfitter has a good operation, what better way to promote and validate his hunt than the word of clients that have had a good experience with him?
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 02:56 AM
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Re: Outfitter references

Great advise from the other posters. I have hunted for elk a couple times with Broken Arrow Lodge out of Alder, MT. Once fully guided and the other DIY drop camp. Erwin runs a great outfitting business with a lot of repeat clients. Check them out. Best of luck in your search!
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Re: Outfitter references

Thanks guys I feel pretty much the same way but have had govt listed as references.

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