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hunter2121
post Mar 18 2010, 04:28 PM
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So my question to the hunting and outdoor community, is how much to tip for guide services? I have worked in the resturant industry for many years and I know its importamnt, but I dont think the same rules apply for a guide, or am I wrong? how much do you tip a white water rafting guide? I think 15-20% foor food is good, but when you pay $5000+ for a hunt... well.... I am not rich and an extra $1000 would be a lot of money for me.

I know this depends on whether you get an animal and such, but lets say they take you turkey hunting and the cost is $300-$400... you get a bird the second day and you are generally pleases at the service. any advice? on big game big money hunts? any guidle lines you use?
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post Mar 18 2010, 05:36 PM
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i think it just depends on the guide, if he works hard for you, and tries to get you what ever you happen to be hunting for. but if he is lazy and doesn't do much that should show in the tip you leave. when your paying $5000.00 for a hunt the outfitter is getting most of that, the actual guide may be getting $200.00 a day, so i would say what ever you think is fair for the job he did for you, and what you can afford.

if you have a good cook in camp, they deserve a tip to.

BUT just like with food service, if i get a bad waiter - waitress the tip will show what i think of bad service, and i normally tip very well.

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post Mar 18 2010, 06:11 PM
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I used to guide fishermen. there trips use to cost 500 for the day. I thought that 100 dollar tip was a good tip. when it comes to hunting though. i agree that as long as the guide works hard even if you get an animal or not and your overall enjoyment tip him what you can.
Most guides make around 150 dollars a day when guiding hunter. some even less so tipping is much appreciated
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post Mar 18 2010, 06:17 PM
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5-15% Is about the avg, depending on how good the hunt was, how hard the guide worked for you, etc.


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post Mar 18 2010, 09:39 PM
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i agree with what has been said, i guide deer and turkey hunts on my farm, and i think as long as the guide works hard you should tip 10-20 percent, depending on whether you got an animal and your economic situation


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post Mar 18 2010, 10:00 PM
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This was the same thing i had wondered last year when me, my daughter and son-in-law went on a deep sea fishing trip, we went to fripp island and went out three days with a guide and i had no idea what to tip. Well, after the three days, i had no problem deciding because of the service we received from the young guide. He worked his butt off making it as succsessful and pleasureable as he could the whole time we were out. We had taken my three grandkids on the trip along with a friend of the family to babysit the kids during the day while we were out fishing. The guide even volunteered one evening to use his boat to take us along with the kids out to let them see the dolphins that were out in the bay. I have a bass boat and i know the kind of gas they can use, i can only imagine that big boat with three 200hp outboards would use while we motored around for over an hr. letting the kids see those dolphins while we took pic.'s. At the end of the trip, I handed him five hundred dollars and was glad to do it, and i know he appreciated it like i appreciated what all he done for us making sure we had a time of our life and a time to remember. So I am with Kevin on this, if a guide works hard and tries to make it a good trip, im going to make it worth something for his effort, but, if he dont, well it will show in the tip.

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