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#5872244 - 08/10/15 03:49 PM Questions when booking a deer hunt....
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Registered: 08/19/09
Posts: 3508
Loc: texas
What kinds of questions do yall ask a potential outfitter when trying to book a low fence whitetail hunt here in Texas? Curious as to what is important and what isnt.
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#5872249 - 08/10/15 03:51 PM Re: Questions when booking a deer hunt.... [Re: rtp]
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Woodsman

Registered: 12/16/13
Posts: 194
Loc: The Colony
It is important to call Cody Malone. He is very active on here and offers some of the best array of services I know about.

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#5872257 - 08/10/15 03:59 PM Re: Questions when booking a deer hunt.... [Re: rtp]
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Woodsman

Registered: 12/16/13
Posts: 194
Loc: The Colony
Sorry I didn't see the "low fence" part of the question. I would still call Cody and pick his brain and see what he has available for this season. He always seems to harvest some studs, and his cull deer are always reasonably priced. Plus he can film the hunt for you which is an added bonus IMO

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#5872258 - 08/10/15 03:59 PM Re: Questions when booking a deer hunt.... [Re: rtp]
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Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 43788
Loc: Kingwood
The size of the deer on the place, rough average. If they actually have the age structure in place if they're pushing a lot of mature "top end" deer. Does the place have lodging; extra?. Is there indoor plumbing inside that lodging. If having to stay at a hotel, do they get enough business to be priority on booking. How many other hunters will be booked. Size of the place. Are there a lot of hogs. Honesty goes a long ways. Are dates flexible. Are non-hunting guests allowed. Semi-guided, fully. flat fee? trophy fee? draw blood fee? Do you have permission to hunt the property. I'm sure I'm missing more, but try to get questions answered in writing so you can refer back to them.

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#5872259 - 08/10/15 04:01 PM Re: Questions when booking a deer hunt.... [Re: rtp]
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Registered: 12/15/08
Posts: 11276
Loc: My Lake in Tx
I run 6-8 ranches in Texas but all are HF but if love to help ya out and book ya the hunt of your dreams!

Ask the following...
Property size?
Sucess rate percentage?
Shot opportunity percentage?
Size of average buck harvested?
Any photos of harvest?
Recent trail camera photos (date stamps need I be correct)
Any references?
Years in buisness?
Lodging & meals included?
Any extra cost?
Types of stands?
Average shot length?
Will you be the only person/group in camp?

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#5872260 - 08/10/15 04:03 PM Re: Questions when booking a deer hunt.... [Re: rtp]
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Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
1. I ask if they own the land or lease and how many acres.
2. I ask how many years they have been doing hunts.
3. I ask how many hunts will be booked and how many bucks are taken off the acreage annually(managing).
4. I ask about guides and how many years of experience they have.
5. I ask how many people will be in camp at one time and accommodations.
6. I ask about how the success rate is and the chance or opportunity is?
7. I ask about style of hunting that will be done.
8. I ask about quality and age of animals taken in the past seasons and most recent.
9. I ask about returning clients who re-book annually.
10.I ask for every reference they will give me and call them.
11.I ask if any hunting shows or celebrities will be their when I hunt, so I won't put up with that BS.
Sure their is more I ask.
Glad to see you back rtp cheers
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#5872263 - 08/10/15 04:03 PM Re: Questions when booking a deer hunt.... [Re: BuffaloSpringsRD]
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Registered: 07/25/13
Posts: 1986
References, recent pictures of deer shot/trail camera pics, what range of bucks might you expect to see. Also google his name to see what the reviews are like - there are several outfitter sites where hunters can offer reviews of their hunts with various outfitters and you can do a search on there. Also how many acres, how many other hunters there while you are, accommodations?

There are some great outfitters out there but also a few poor ones - tread carefully
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#5872572 - 08/10/15 07:13 PM Re: Questions when booking a deer hunt.... [Re: rifleman]
rtp Offline
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Registered: 08/19/09
Posts: 3508
Loc: texas
Originally Posted By: rifleman
The size of the deer on the place, rough average. And can you see pics of all the bucks taken the previous year to back that up. If they actually have the age structure in place if they're pushing a lot of mature "top end" deer.How do they know what the age structure is? Does the place have lodging; extra?. Is there indoor plumbing inside that lodging. If having to stay at a hotel, do they get enough business to be priority on booking. How many other hunters will be booked. Size of the place. Are there a lot of hogs. Honesty goes a long ways. Are dates flexible. Are non-hunting guests allowed. Semi-guided, fully. flat fee? trophy fee? draw blood fee? Do you have permission to hunt the property. I'm sure I'm missing more, but try to get questions answered in writing so you can refer back to them.
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Adding to a couple of points.


Edited by rtp (08/10/15 07:14 PM)
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#5872588 - 08/10/15 07:20 PM Re: Questions when booking a deer hunt.... [Re: stxranchman]
rtp Offline
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Registered: 08/19/09
Posts: 3508
Loc: texas
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
1. I ask if they own the land or lease and how many acres. Not just the ranch size but how many of those acres are being hunted. How much of those acres are brush, woods, farmland, etc.
2. I ask how many years they have been doing hunts. Especially on the piece of property you are being sold a hunt on.
3. I ask how many hunts will be booked and how many bucks are taken off the acreage annually(managing). How did they arrive at that number?
4. I ask about guides and how many years of experience they have. On the ranch you are being sold a hunt to.
5. I ask how many people will be in camp at one time and accommodations.
6. I ask about how the success rate is and the chance or opportunity is? Again on the particular ranch you are being sold a hunt to.
7. I ask about style of hunting that will be done.
8. I ask about quality and age of animals taken in the past seasons and most recent. Ask for pics and scores from all the bucks taken last year
9. I ask about returning clients who re-book annually.
10.I ask for every reference they will give me and call them.
11.I ask if any hunting shows or celebrities will be their when I hunt, so I won't put up with that BS.
Sure their is more I ask.
Glad to see you back rtp cheers


Thanks for the welcome back. It has been a while. up I have more to add. Just want to see if others touch on some points not listed yet.


Edited by rtp (08/10/15 07:21 PM)
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#5872621 - 08/10/15 07:36 PM Re: Questions when booking a deer hunt.... [Re: rtp]
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THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 01/24/10
Posts: 6240
Loc: Rockwall
Good info here...and good to see you back sir cheers
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#5872714 - 08/10/15 08:27 PM Re: Questions when booking a deer hunt.... [Re: rtp]
stxranchman Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi

Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
Originally Posted By: rtp
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
1. I ask if they own the land or lease and how many acres. Not just the ranch size but how many of those acres are being hunted. How much of those acres are brush, woods, farmland, etc.
2. I ask how many years they have been doing hunts. Especially on the piece of property you are being sold a hunt on.
3. I ask how many hunts will be booked and how many bucks are taken off the acreage annually(managing). How did they arrive at that number?
4. I ask about guides and how many years of experience they have. On the ranch you are being sold a hunt to.
5. I ask how many people will be in camp at one time and accommodations.
6. I ask about how the success rate is and the chance or opportunity is? Again on the particular ranch you are being sold a hunt to.
7. I ask about style of hunting that will be done.
8. I ask about quality and age of animals taken in the past seasons and most recent. Ask for pics and scores from all the bucks taken last year
9. I ask about returning clients who re-book annually.
10.I ask for every reference they will give me and call them.
11.I ask if any hunting shows or celebrities will be their when I hunt, so I won't put up with that BS.
Sure their is more I ask.
Glad to see you back rtp cheers


Thanks for the welcome back. It has been a while. up I have more to add. Just want to see if others touch on some points not listed yet.

I would also ask if there is one owner or outfitter or other partner(s).
I would ask how long the outfitter(s) has been in business.
I would ask how many properties that are outfitted by the owner(s).
I would ask about how they work their pricing....what is considered a trophy or management..any fees added, etc.
I would ask what age class deer are allowed to be taken.
I would ask about the management plan in depth for each property outfitted.
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#5872820 - 08/10/15 09:33 PM Re: Questions when booking a deer hunt.... [Re: rtp]
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Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41125
Loc: Metroplex
Originally Posted By: rtp
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
1. I ask if they own the land or lease and how many acres. Not just the ranch size but how many of those acres are being hunted. How much of those acres are brush, woods, farmland, etc.
2. I ask how many years they have been doing hunts. Especially on the piece of property you are being sold a hunt on.
3. I ask how many hunts will be booked and how many bucks are taken off the acreage annually(managing). How did they arrive at that number?
4. I ask about guides and how many years of experience they have. On the ranch you are being sold a hunt to.
5. I ask how many people will be in camp at one time and accommodations.
6. I ask about how the success rate is and the chance or opportunity is? Again on the particular ranch you are being sold a hunt to.
7. I ask about style of hunting that will be done.
8. I ask about quality and age of animals taken in the past seasons and most recent. Ask for pics and scores from all the bucks taken last year
9. I ask about returning clients who re-book annually.
10.I ask for every reference they will give me and call them.
11.I ask if any hunting shows or celebrities will be their when I hunt, so I won't put up with that BS.
Sure their is more I ask.
Glad to see you back rtp cheers


Thanks for the welcome back. It has been a while. up I have more to add. Just want to see if others touch on some points not listed yet.


Welcome back cheers

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#5872850 - 08/10/15 09:52 PM Re: Questions when booking a deer hunt.... [Re: rtp]
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Registered: 03/26/12
Posts: 21155
Loc: Nurturing Biosphere Mothership
Names and numbers of past hunts...
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#5872860 - 08/10/15 09:57 PM Re: Questions when booking a deer hunt.... [Re: SniperRAB]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
Originally Posted By: SniperRAB
Names and numbers of past hunts...


I send this pic and ask if any of these guys look familiar...if the answer is yes, then I end the conversation ASAP peep
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#5872906 - 08/10/15 10:33 PM Re: Questions when booking a deer hunt.... [Re: stxranchman]
jshouse Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 01/24/10
Posts: 6240
Loc: Rockwall
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: SniperRAB
Names and numbers of past hunts...


I send this pic and ask if any of these guys look familiar...if the answer is yes, then I end the conversation ASAP peep




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