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Transparency = Integrity in a Deer Hunting Outfitter

May 10, 2016

 

Integrity is not just in our name. In fact, our entire operation is predicated upon this simple but meaningful word. All too often there is some sort of fishiness going on- We are deer hunting, not fishing here!

 

How many times have you gone to an outfitter and trail camera pictures were “deleted to save space because we get so many pictures” or “the camera’s batteries died”? Storage space should never ever be an issue with external hard drives or a myriad of online storage services. An outfitter should be constantly holding onto these and relaying this information to their clients. Furthermore, recent pictures of stands that you will be hunting should be shared. What good are photos of nocturnal bucks on farms hours away? Yes things do happen and usually at the worst times, however if mistakes are constantly being made on such a simple task, what else is being misplaced, misused, or forgotten?

 

Have you ever heard “this is the first time this stand has been hunted” only to be let down upon arrival after finding candy wrappers at the base of the tree? Further letting you down upon a closer inspection, there are dozens of gear hook holes that look as if a woodpecker went to town for days right where your bow should be. How about every deer passing the stand looks up at you though the wind is perfect and you haven’t moved a muscle? Places conducting business in this light give all outfitters a bad name and even leaves a bad taste in my mouth. For these very reasons, we are further driven and motivated to set ourselves apart and above the rest.

 

Numbers, numbers, numbers- know them. Know how many hunters will be in camp, how many have been in camp, and how many more will be in camp for the duration of the season. If any of these do not line up and do not appear sustainable, proceed with caution. Why do these have to be so secretive in the first place? From a business perspective, I’d think these details should be promoted and not covered up.

 

It baffles me to no end how some outfitters boast “low pressure” and yet their properties lack integrity by the second week of hunting season. Through not hunting the wind wisely, failing to have planned entrance/exit strategies to mitigate intrusion, and haphazardly checking trail cameras your hunt is co