By following these guidelines you can make this one of your most enjoyable hunts.
What to Expect in the Indian River Ranch Area
If you are going on a guided hunt, you will be paired up with a fully licensed guide, fully trained in the art of conducting a hunt within an area that has a high chance of producing trophy animals of your desired species.
Most guides will have you sign a Service Contract that dictates the rules and expectations of both guide and client. All proper equipment should be supplied by the guide based on the hunt requirements. Each hunting camp should be outfitted with quality equipment, including the cabins and tents, kitchen tents, foam mattress bunks, tarps, horses, and gear.
Plan ahead of time with your guide on where to meet. Typically a guide’s porter will meet you upon arrival at your entry point at the airport in Whitehorse, Yukon or Atlin, British Columbia. From there, you will travel via a chartered airline where possible, which will take you directly to your guide.
Once you arrive in your guide’s camp, your gun should be examined for any damage during your travels, and should be sighted in as necessary. Then it’s time to get fitted to a saddle and rig your saddle bags and scabbard.
What to Expect if You’re a Client
You are expected to have all the needed licenses and tags covering your hunt as well as pay the full balance due in cash, travelers checks or cashier draft in U.S. funds. Your hunt will not start unless these two basic details are completed.
The responsibility rests entirely on you to inform your guide in advance of any physical impairment. There is no sense in your investing money in a trophy hunt, expecting to participate with a professional guide, when you are not in top physical condition for your age and the type of hunt you have booked.
You must be in excellent physical condition, able to walk, climb and carry a 25lb. backpack in rugged country. You must be mentally prepared to suffer the hardships of being wet, cold and at times uncomfortable.
All harvested meat is required by law to be flown out. This would be at your expense, unless arrangements have been made prior to your hunt. This amount is payable at the conclusion of the hunt. Our local butcher can process meat to be taken home at an additional cost to the client.
Listen to your guide! You are paying good money for his or her services. Why not rely on their judgment and let them run the hunt. They know how to be successful. Don’t try to second-guess them on estimating distances. It takes years to accurately judge distance in open terrain.
Don’t expect total perfection. Your guides are human. If a problem arises, make the best of it and go on with the hunt. Then, if necessary, take it up with the outfitter – away from the other hunters and guides.
Your guide has one purpose, and that is to make your hunt enjoyable and fruitful. We do everything we possibly can, within the law and rules of fair chase, to see that you get your game. Guides can’t be successful if the hunter doesn’t hold up his end.
Please let there be no misunderstanding about the service to obtain game. Dollars spent does not equal animals, only the opportunity to hunt them. A guide will use their knowledge of the area and game habits to see that you are successful. A guide should work diligently with you for your game, but they can never guarantee you a trophy. You will be on a fair chase hunt and the final responsibility will be up to you.