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#6512820 - 10/26/16 12:57 PM Tipping A Guide
Buch Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 12/10/14
Posts: 6
Hi all. I am going on my first guided white tail hunt this year and was hoping to get some suggestions here on fair tipping practices for the guide. It is a 3 day 3 night hunt lodging and meals included. Do you just do a % of the total cost if it is successful or at least had opportunities? I know there may be different scenarios that would determine tip, but just looking for general advice.

#6512907 - 10/26/16 01:30 PM Re: Tipping A Guide [Re: Buch]
Jon B Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 01/06/13
Posts: 256
Loc: Central Texas
Success is not the only thing to think about. If the guide did everything possible and worked his butt off. I try to show them I appreciate it. I typically tip 10%.But that is me.
I wish stupidity was not so handsomly rewarded.

#6513478 - 10/26/16 06:13 PM Re: Tipping A Guide [Re: Buch]
TonyinVA Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 03/24/14
Posts: 1983
Loc: Virginia, USA
I agree with Jon tip on the effort not necessarily the success. The amount should be what you think it is worth and what you can afford.

#6513570 - 10/26/16 06:58 PM Re: Tipping A Guide [Re: Buch]
Stompy Offline
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 06/13/10
Posts: 4879
Loc: Breckenridge Tx
10% of total hunt cost and $50 each for the cooks if there's more than one cook. Just got back from an outfitted Elk hunt and I discussed this very topic with the guide. That is if you're satisfied with their effort.

Edited by Stompy (10/26/16 07:00 PM)
Cabin Rentals on the ranch for Hubbard Creek Lake

#6513648 - 10/26/16 07:49 PM Re: Tipping A Guide [Re: Buch]
Buch Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 12/10/14
Posts: 6
Great feedback guys. I agree with you all about the effort of the guide over the success. Thanks

#6513766 - 10/26/16 09:03 PM Re: Tipping A Guide [Re: Buch]
Stick-n-String Offline

Registered: 02/20/06
Posts: 641
What if the guy is the guide and cook and Skinner and ..... Lol

#6513850 - 10/26/16 10:07 PM Re: Tipping A Guide [Re: Stompy]
JKC Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 10/05/09
Posts: 1447
Loc: Shreveport LA
Originally Posted By: Stompy
10% of total hunt cost and $50 each for the cooks if there's more than one cook. Just got back from an outfitted Elk hunt and I discussed this very topic with the guide. That is if you're satisfied with their effort.

Yep, I agree.

Edited by JKC (10/26/16 10:08 PM)
Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience.

#6513884 - 10/26/16 10:42 PM Re: Tipping A Guide [Re: Buch]
Lonnie Paul Walker Jr. Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 07/29/10
Posts: 1898
Loc: Santo, TX
I have all types of hunters from everywhere. I would first say pay what you can afford to. I have had $20 doe hunt tips, to over $10K tips on a hunt. I am not going to sit here and say money doesn't matter, it does. Clients happiness matters above all, and all should be treated with the same respect. I say this because I was blessed to have the $20 tip from a hunter one year to turn around and supply his company with hunts every year now. Kindness and effort leap mountains any day of the week, if you appreciate what your guide does then treat him so. Good luck on your hunt, be safe.
Lonnie Paul Walker Jr.

"Lonnie Walker Outdoors"
Outfitter / Professional Guide
Wildlife Consultant

#6513984 - 10/27/16 05:41 AM Re: Tipping A Guide [Re: Buch]
trapperjustin Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 08/28/10
Posts: 2659
Loc: Alvarado TX
I recently went on a 100 doe hunt and took my daughter with me. The hunt was a blast saw tons of game and the guides were great to be around and took time to let my daughter take pics of the ranch and animals they didn't have to do that. They tried to include her in anything they could. I'm not a man of money so I can't go on paid hunts and tip alot but I still tipped 40 bucks on a 100 doe hunt.

#6519153 - 10/30/16 10:39 PM Re: Tipping A Guide [Re: Buch]
huntingbig8 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 12/08/09
Posts: 442
Loc: graham,tx
As a guide, it is always nice to "earn" a tip as you have worked hard for the hunter or exceeded their expectations. A guide friend of mine recently spent 7 days in West Texas on a LF elk hunt, the 5 hunters all whom were there on
"paid for" trips killed 5 bull over 330", not only did the hunters not have to pay for their own trips, they did not tip the 5 guides $1. To me as a guide, this is the kind of person that makes you hate some hunters, then you get a TrapperJustin, good dude comes out and spends his hard earned $ and tips almost 50%

#6519485 - 10/31/16 09:12 AM Re: Tipping A Guide [Re: Buch]
AmerMirza Offline

Registered: 10/27/15
Posts: 156
Loc: Plano (Dallas), Texas, USA
I mostly do Meat hunts so they are not expensive as trophy so tips I give are not in 1000's. On a High Fence ranch, one guide busted his [censored] making it fun for us to hunt some Axis and Oryx. He skinned it too. Us buddies gave him about $250 tip for the 9 hours & we spent a total of $1000 on the 4 animals. But we also referred him about 11 hunters who actually came and hunted. Plus, if there is a daily guide fee of $250, I dont like to pay more than $25 even if its exceptional. Hope that is generous (Or at least thats what I think is). I would like to know from some of the guides if this is fair or too generous or too cheap.
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#6522749 - 11/01/16 09:37 PM Re: Tipping A Guide [Re: Buch]
texasguy1981 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 11/17/13
Posts: 5
I just went on a $100 doe hunt as well. The guide Hunter was phenomenal I cant say enough good things about him. After returning from the morning hunt he helped skin and quarter the doe. I tipped him $60. I then returned after lunch for an afternoon evening hunt and tipped him another $40. I believe you tip based on the service of the guide not the success of the hunt.

#6522812 - 11/01/16 10:19 PM Re: Tipping A Guide [Re: Buch]
Jbell99 Offline

Registered: 10/26/15
Posts: 202
Loc: Texas, Harris county
I can say tipping more does help if you plan on going back if the outfitter knows you tip well they will likely put you on the books before someone who is new or doesn't tip or contact them besides when wanting to book a hunt. I've been duck hunting with a outfitter 3 times last year and the first time I booked it was harder to get dates i wanted I've already been on a teal hunt with him this year and have 4 duck hunts already booked
He charges 275 and I normally tip 100-120 and the people in my group usually tip as well. Ocassionaly he will including free breakfast and lunch and cleaning.

#6523375 - 11/02/16 10:09 AM Re: Tipping A Guide [Re: Buch]
okiehuntr Offline

Registered: 07/09/08
Posts: 827
Loc: SE Oklahoma
I recently went on a $5000 trophy hunt, rode around in a mulie with the owner and I in the front and the guide in the back seat, we drove around for about 6+ hours with the owner knowing all the places to check out, again no help from the guide, shot a very nice trophy and the guide gutted, skinned and quartered the critter and I tipped $170 in addition to the $250 daily guide fee...AND the guide DID NOT thanks me!!
Will be using a different guide next time!

#6523561 - 11/02/16 12:03 PM Re: Tipping A Guide [Re: Buch]
Curtis Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 7934
Loc: Gonzales, Texas
10% and your good. If you had a great time, please tell them as well.
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