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#5918066 - 09/08/15 09:58 AM What is your usual practice when it comes to guided hunts?
Theringworm Offline
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Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 321
First off, I did not post this in the "guided hunting" section because I would like to limit the odds of the guides answering this but rather have the "paying customer/us" answer it. I know it has been discussed before and I have looked at those discussions. My approach is a little different, so here goes. The question is:

HOW MUCH DO YOU TIP YOUR HUNTING GUIDE?

Now here is the scenario and only answer regarding this scenario if you will since this is the main question I want an answer for.

Assuming the following:
1) Your guide busted his/her rear end day in and day out for everyday of the paid trip to get you on an animal to shoot. (I will not factor successfully killing an animal into this equation b/c to me a guaranteed kill hunt, isn't hunting to me. I digress)
2) The guide was knowledgable, courteous, respectful and honest.
3) Everything described in the hunt or by the guide was done and/or met leaving you not wanting for anything more.

Now, simply reply how much you would tip for the following "made up guided hunt scenarios" that met the above expectations. I will provide the type of game animal, location and cost of the hunt. All I want in your reply is the amount you would tip the guide based on all of the above factors. (I understand there are cooks, helpers, etc that also are normally tipped but I don't have a question about them).

HOW MUCH DO YOU TIP YOUR HUNTING GUIDE FOR:

1) 4 Day Fully Guided Trophy Aoudad Hunt in West Texas $3,000.00
2) 5 Day Fully Guided Trophy Bull Elk Hunt in the Gila, New Mexico $10,000
3) 5 Day Fully Guided Trophy Red Stag Hunt in New Zealand $15,000
4) 10 Day Fully Guided Trophy Brown Bear Hunt in Kodiak Island, Alaska $30,000
5) 7 Day Fully Guided African Game Hunt, animals totally in at $55,000.

Thanks guys/gals. I am just trying to see what is appropriate since I will be going on my first guided hunt this year and I don't want to be ill informed or prepared to pay what is the norm. Thank you kindly.

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#5918094 - 09/08/15 10:16 AM Re: What is your usual practice when it comes to guided hunts? [Re: Theringworm]
fouzman Offline
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1. $500
2. $1,000
3. $1,500
4. $3,000
5. Never been to Africa, but probably 15% for the entire crew, adjusted per the exchange rate.

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#5918535 - 09/08/15 02:45 PM Re: What is your usual practice when it comes to guided hunts? [Re: Theringworm]
dkershen Offline


Registered: 05/14/09
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Loc: Denton/Argyle
I'm both a guide and been guided... Including Africa. I'd tip 10% in all these scenarios. In Africa the PH will distribute to the crew. I also tend to leave behind some gear in Africa, especially for the trackers. Things like quality hunting boots, knives, range finders, sunglasses and even bino's can be hard to come by and are often more appreciated than cash.
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#5918645 - 09/08/15 03:51 PM Re: What is your usual practice when it comes to guided hunts? [Re: Theringworm]
Theringworm Offline
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Thanks for the input guys. Hopefully more will chime in. I was actually thinking about the gear thing. I just didn't know if someone would be upset by being given gear (new like and well taken care of) instead of cash.

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#5918653 - 09/08/15 03:55 PM Re: What is your usual practice when it comes to guided hunts? [Re: Theringworm]
dkershen Offline


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Loc: Denton/Argyle
Originally Posted By: Theringworm
Thanks for the input guys. Hopefully more will chime in. I was actually thinking about the gear thing. I just didn't know if someone would be upset by being given gear (new like and well taken care of) instead of cash.


I threw the gear in as a bonus with the cash tip. Wouldn't have felt right just leaving gear in lieu of a tip. I'm sure more guys will chime in. We got a pretty good mix of generous guys as well as some skin flints...
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#5918661 - 09/08/15 04:00 PM Re: What is your usual practice when it comes to guided hunts? [Re: dkershen]
tlk Offline
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10% cash plus some gear in Africa - nice knife,etc. Have also done the same in the states - cash plus gear - I like the personal touch of adding gear in.
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#5918664 - 09/08/15 04:03 PM Re: What is your usual practice when it comes to guided hunts? [Re: Theringworm]
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Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 7657
Loc: Gonzales, Texas
Guides usually have all the gear they would need. I'm appreciative of what I get, but I have received tons of knives, bipods, 2 rifles, etc. that have been given over the years. Its a nice gesture. Quite honestly I would have rather just been given a handshake and a thank you. I would advise to give money for the tip and let them put it to use where they need it the most. It's nice to have that extra $30 from the tip when you have to get a flat fixed or need stuff to repair equipment or to get the kids something to eat after school. The rifles got sold. The bipods put in the barn until I need them. The knives, well I have a drawer full of them at times.

I'm going on a first time bear trip next year in BC with my daughter and my father. I plan on tipping with cash.


Edited by Curtis (09/08/15 04:04 PM)
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#5918721 - 09/08/15 04:26 PM Re: What is your usual practice when it comes to guided hunts? [Re: Theringworm]
Theringworm Offline
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Registered: 03/02/13
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When I mentioned gear, it's value would always be more than what the tip would be even if he resold it and I would only consider it if what I had was better than theirs and/or they could benefit from having it. Otherwise, correct, I would add cash along with the gear as suggested. I agree it is a nice personal touch. I am sure most guides have nicer stuff than I'll ever have but I know that some do not and might appreciate it.

Great suggestions.

Sounds like roughly 10% is the consensus thus far.

Thanks again.

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#5918798 - 09/08/15 05:18 PM Re: What is your usual practice when it comes to guided hunts? [Re: Theringworm]
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Yep, 10%. I don't remember you mentioning Africa in your immediate plans, but 10% of the daily rate is the norm for the PH alone. Trackers, skinners, and camp staff are on top of that. As alluded to above, guides and trackers are drowning in knives. Don't sweat gifts to take. It's more trouble than it's worth it to them. If you're in a third world country, maybe leave/pass out any of the clothes you can live with out, especially footwear. Otherwise, just about everywhere "cash is king"; these men are trying to feed families.
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#5918824 - 09/08/15 05:38 PM Re: What is your usual practice when it comes to guided hunts? [Re: Theringworm]
Theringworm Offline
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Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 321
Those were just made up trips for the most part. Only the aoudad hunt and red stag are real. However, those trips are on the bucket list. Besides, I am going with you to Africa so when I know you will know. peep

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#5918852 - 09/08/15 05:54 PM Re: What is your usual practice when it comes to guided hunts? [Re: Theringworm]
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Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Excellent.
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#5918927 - 09/08/15 06:45 PM Re: What is your usual practice when it comes to guided hunts? [Re: Theringworm]
TonyinVA Offline
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Registered: 03/24/14
Posts: 1856
Loc: Virginia, USA
typically 10% to the guide and separate tip for the camp cook

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#5918932 - 09/08/15 06:49 PM Re: What is your usual practice when it comes to guided hunts? [Re: Theringworm]
BOBO the Clown Offline
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Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41084
Loc: Metroplex
10-20% plus gear amongst the crew,

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#5918935 - 09/08/15 06:51 PM Re: What is your usual practice when it comes to guided hunts? [Re: Theringworm]
fouzman Offline
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Registered: 08/09/10
Posts: 1003
Loc: Houston, TX
In addition to my original post,

10% is an average tip for most hunts in excess of $1,000. Consider more if you received amazing service. 15% for hard work, outstanding hunting and great company, 20%+ in exceptional circumstances.

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#5919945 - 09/09/15 10:49 AM Re: What is your usual practice when it comes to guided hunts? [Re: Theringworm]
Jay Brown Offline
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Registered: 10/12/11
Posts: 91
Most of the PH's have it stated in their brochure or on line info what is the suggested minimum.

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