So, you’ve finally decided on an elk hunting outfitter to use for your next elk hunt? If you’re ready to put that deposit down you need to know exactly what to expect from your outfitter before sending in that check. It’s important that you know exactly what they plan on providing and what you need to provide on your own. This can include equipment, lodging, travel, food, permits, licenses, etc. We recommend that you do your research prior to making a deposit because 9 times out of 10 the deposit is non-refundable! Most respectable outfitters will give you an entire itinerary and list of provide goods and services prior to you making a deposit.

The first and most important thing you’ll want to find out is how travel and lodging will be handled. Some elk hunting outfitters have on-site lodging while others are able to get you a great deal on a local motel in the area. Travel is also very important and you need to make sure you know who is responsible for it. Your hunting trip cost will most likely not include airfare and travel may only be provided from base camp to the hunting locations; meaning you’ll need to arrange travel to and from base camp. Just ask the outfitter out right and they’ll tell you exactly what you need. By knowing this stuff ahead of time you can properly arrange travel and lodging and not need to worry about it last minute.

You’ll also need to know what is provided by your hunting outfitter. Many of them will provide your meals, basic hunting gear and the proper permit. However, many discounted hunts only offer the actual guiding services and you must provide all your gear, meals, permits and licenses. I generally like to go with all in exclusive elk hunting trips so I have to provide and arrange as little as possible. While they tend to cost more it makes it easier in the long run and makes it much easier to enjoy your trip. Just make sure before you make any payments or deposits that you know exactly what you get with what you’re paying.

Remember, an elk hunting trip should be a fun and memorable experience. Don’t make it a nightmare by using an outfitter and not knowing exactly what you need to provide on your end. I hear countless stories by hunters and outfitters of people being unprepared and not having what they need to proper have their hunt. Don’t be one of those unprepared hunters, call your potential outfitter and find out exactly what you need for your hunt.


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