How much does a guide cost? Depending on where you are hunting, you can expect to pay around $100-$200 per day, not including the bait and tackle. You can also expect to pay a premium for a guide who knows where the best stags are hiding. The trick is to get a guide who knows what he is doing, not what he is not.
In this regard, it’s not surprising that there is a lot of competition. For example, a well-trained guide can get a few dozen hunters in the field in a single day. This means that you will have to be a lot more savvy about your money than you are at home. As a result, you are likely to receive a more personalized experience. However, the downside is that you may end up on a waiting list for the good stuff.
Most guides are also more than willing to give you a free beer or two as a thank you for your time. Similarly, many outfitters will take pity on you if you’re in the mood for a nip and tuck. If you’re lucky, your guide may even give you a tour of the office. Be careful when doing so, though, as your guide may be tempted to go rogue.
While you are at it, take the opportunity to ask your guide about the best places to go for lunch or dinner. In addition, make sure to leave a little extra time to explore your newfound locale. Doing so will ensure you don’t miss out on a great meal.