Re: Tipping Guides & Outfitters Ö
You are going to get alot of different responses to this. That should tell you that tipping is a very subjective and personal thing.
Typically, you do not tip the guide AND the outfitter. I have only tipped my outiftter three times and that was because he happened to also be my guide for those trips. Now if the outfitter does something nice for you that you want to reward them for, then by all means, it's your money. But in general, you don't tip the outfitter. I tip my guide, the cook and if there's a packer or tracker or something along those lines. Anyone who works for your trip. Those folks generally depend on tips as part of their income.
20% as a tip is pretty darned good. Your guides will be liking you if you go. I would say average is around 10%. I went on a grizzly hunt that cost $12,000. A 20% tip would have been $2400. I left the guide more than 10% but 20 seems high to me, but again it's subjective. How happy were you with the guide? Was he prepared for you? Did he work hard for you? Did you get along? It's not just whether you get an a nimal or not. Alot goes into it. Some of my guides worked the hardest on trips where I didn't get anything.
In the rare instance that I get guided by more than one person, I split it between them based upon what I think they each did. Don't do a full double tip.
BTW, if you're thinking of a trip for this fall, it better be somewhere that you can buy a license over the counter. Most of the drawings are over, or very near to it.
Just as a point of reference, I have been on 25 hunts in the US, Canada and Africa. FWIW.