What is a Hunting Outfitter and What Are the Benefits?

Heather Shepherd // March 21

Have you ever wanted to book a hunting trip but don't know where to start? Should you DIY it or use a hunting outfitter? Are there any benefits of using an outfitter?

Planning a hunting adventure to an unknown place requires research. Research about where to go, where to stay, what is surrounding you, and how to obtain all the required documents and licenses. Some may feel like they are cheating if they reach out to companies, agencies, or outfitters to obtain more information, but you ARE NOT! Use your resources and do not try to reinvent the wheel if it is not needed. 

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Companies such as 2B Outdoors were formed to help make your adventures real. They have done the legwork and due diligence; do not waste your time when the service offered is free. 

A few years back the company came together to help out friends and credible outfitters in the business. There are numerous people out there that have experienced horrible trips and ‘outfits'. They take away the legwork by recommending fully vetted outfitters that they and/or friends have visited. 

What is a hunting outfitter?

A hunting outfitter is a company or person who will help you with a guided hunt. This means they know the locations of the wanted animal, the licenses and tags needed, and will be able to give you the best chance at success.

What questions should you ask hunting outfitters:

  • Is it legal and in season?
  • Method of harvesting the animal (bow, gun, muzzleloader)
  • What is the nearest town?
  • What is the nearest airport and what is the distance from the airport to the outfit?
  • What are the license requirements?
  • What are the lodging details?
  • What are the food and meal accommodations during the hunt?
  • What are the terrain conditions?
  • What is the typical weather during the season?
  • What is the cancelation policy?

The average hunter works hard to save for their next adventure and the last thing they want is to show up to a scam. I am here to tell you, it happens. Some may be naive but it never hurts to pay attention and use expert outfitters. You can focus your energy on enjoying the hunt. 

Have you used a hunting outfitter before? What's been your experience?

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About the Author

Heather Shepherd

Heather is a Carolina girl, wife, and mama. She grew up in a family where hunting was a way of life and shooting sporting clays was the competition! Diddy pushed her and her siblings harder than most to respect the value of what they had and become involved in every aspect. More now than ever, she is grateful for his lessons in life as she raises her “lil Pistol” the same. She has more stories than she can think of and they all have a special place in her past. She strives to educate and help others as they grow in their love for the outdoors. As Fred Bear said, “Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul & make you a better person”.