Whether you’re new to goose or duck hunting or you’re a seasoned hunter looking for blinds in a new area that you’re not familiar with, getting an outfitter or guide to help you can be really beneficial. If you’re new to the sport or you’re vacationing with family, you may not have all of the duck gear you’d normally have with you for a hunt. Or you may just need some help navigating the terrain in your area. Either way, you’ll want a good guide service to help you get the most from your duck hunt. So how do you choose the best outfitter to guide you?
Do Some Research Online
First, if you’re in an area that’s popular for hunting ducks, you’ll find numerous guide and outfitter services online. Of course, some of them will be high quality operations with experienced outfitters, while others won’t be quite so helpful. Fortunately, the Internet is full of forums and review sites, so it’s easy to find out what other duck hunters online have been saying about them. Check out a few reviews and see which services people in your area prefer.
If you’re still having some trouble narrowing the search down or if you don’t want to go through the trouble of finding tons of reviews on different services, you can also get some help from other duck hunters on a duck hunting app like Duckr. You can ask which services other hunters in the area have used and which ones they recommend. You might be surprised at how helpful this can be and how quickly you can find a great guide service without doing a ton of research.
Call the Outfitter
Next, remember that you’re not just hiring someone to hand you a gun and point you in the right direction. You’re going to be spending a significant amount of time with your outfitter on your duck hunt, and you want to know that you’ll be able to get along and that they’re the right guide for you. So call up the guide service and ask to speak with the person who’ll be guiding you.
When you do this, don’t let your ego get the best of you. Be honest about your experience, what duck hunting gear you have, and what you’ll need from them. Ask about what kind of duck gear they can provide if you need any, and find out as much about them and their service as possible. The more open you are about your own experience and gear, and the more questions you ask about their service, the better idea you’ll have of what they can do for you and whether or not they’re the right guide for you.
After you talk with them on the phone and you have a complete understanding of the hunting package they provide, you’ll have all the information you need to know if you’ve found the best outfitter for your next goose or duck hunting trip. At this point, if you think that you’ve found the right service, go ahead and book your duck hunt with them. If not, move on to the next outfitter on your list.