Hunting is a time-honored part of the American experience. It’s a chance to connect with family, friends, and the environment itself. While hunting is often seen as an individual, or family experience, taking a guided hunting trip can be immensely helpful for new hunters, and seasoned pros alike. Killgore Adventures is excited to offer guided hunting trips on our private ranch in Idaho. Today, we’ll explore some of the benefits of going on a guided hunt.
GUIDES KNOW THE LAND
Hunting is always an exercise in exploration, but if you’re new to an area, that process of exploration can also be an exercise in frustration. Maps and compasses are the traditional way of navigating through an area, and GPS units have made it even easier to get around, but unless you’ve spent a lot of time in an area, you simply won’t understand or recognize the nuances of a region. An experienced guide will be able to take you to the right spots to hunt your particular prey. They’ll know about shortcuts and scenic viewpoints, and will be able to move and navigate based on landmarks alone. Ultimately, because they know the land so well, your guide will offer you a faster, more fruitful hunting experience.
MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN
It takes years of experience and a dedication to the craft to become a hunting guide. Not only are they great marksmen and outdoor stewards, hunting guides are also excellent teachers. No matter your experience level as a hunter, there’s always more to be learned, and a hunting guide is excited to share their knowledge with you. They can offer insights into the habits of specific animals, techniques that make hunting easier, and even tips that make the experience more enjoyable. A guided hunt isn’t just a chance to pursue an animal, it’s a chance to learn more about the sport.
A SENSE OF CAMARADERIE
Hunting alone has its charms, as it offers you a chance to connect with nature on your own. But there’s something to be said in hunting with friends. Sharing the experience of hunting is a great chance to bond. It’s also nice to have partners with you who can point out things about your hunt that you might have missed. While good conversation is a plus, ultimately, traveling with other hunters, including a guide, provides a safer hunting experience.
GREATER REWARD FOR LESS WORK
Hunting guides make hunting an better experience. They’ll be able to help you find the perfect places to hunt your preferred animal, and once you take it down, they’ll help you harvest it and bring it out. The amount of work you have to do is lessened because they’re by your side, enthusiastically helping you with whatever you need.
YOU’RE HELPING WITH ANIMAL POPULATION CONTROL
It’s not uncommon for many guided hunting outfitters to partner with local Fish and Wildlife departments. If population numbers are high in a given season, a guide can help you hunt weaker animals. You still have the chance to bring home your prize and you’re also helping to stabilize the populations in the area. This helps other animals in the area to thrive, as there is less competition for resources.
THE GUIDE COMPANY TAKES CARE OF THE PAPERWORK
One of the barriers to hunting is the unfortunate reality of dealing with paperwork. Every state, and even some regions, have their own set of hunting licenses, tags, and more. This is a necessary evil when it comes to hunting, but can complicate the process, and keep some from enjoying their experience. When you take a guided hunting trip, the outfitter takes care of all of this for you. That means that as soon as you arrive at the hunting lodge, or at the trailhead, all you have to worry about is tracking your target, not signing any forms.