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Mar 3, 2019

So you want to book a whitetail hunt with an outfitter, but you don't know exactly where to start.  Maybe this is your first time or maybe you're rebounding from a horrible experience and you're attempting not to repeat.  With booking season in full swing, we thought we should explore the do's and don'ts with Jason Selman of Hero Shot Outfitters.  What questions should you ask?  What are the red flags? What's should you expect to get when you spend your hard earn money and when should you run away and go onto the next outfitter?  We explore all this an more with Jason so that you can avoid big mistakes and ensure a quality experience when booking your next whitetail adventure with an outfitter.

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Here's What We Discuss:

  • Getting Serious
  • West Central Illinois
  • Researching Outfitters
  • What's the First Thing? 
  • What Do I What to Hunt?
  • Luxury Hunt VS Hard Core Hunt
  • Food and Lodging
  • Start Offline, Archery Shops, Networking\
  • Internet Research, Social Media
  • Questions to Ask
  • Big on Success and Opportunity Rate
  • I Need Statistics
  • 80% Success Rate and Fair Chase Calculations
  • Can't Guaranty a Kill
  • Leased Land and the 35% Measure
  • Sleeping Arrangements and How Many Campers
  • Pressure - All Year Long?
  • How Many Acres?
  • How the Outfitter Hunts the First Week of October
  • Do they "Get Right on It"?
  • Scent Control Measures
  • Hunter to Land Ratios
  • How Many Guides, Hunter Ratios
  • Equipment - Stands, Shot Distances, Accessories
  • How Far Do I Need to Practice?
  • Shooting Lanes, Trimming, and Cover, Stand Height
  • Filming a Hunt
  • Can I Be Mobile? 
  • Stand Placement and Wind Direction, Trail Cam Pics
  • Antler Restrictions and Fines
  • Do the Guides Hunt?
  • Walk Me Thru a Day
  • Trophy Care, Meals, Food Allergies
  • Transportation to and from the Stand and Airport
  • Wounding a Deer and Trophy Kills
  • Life Comes Up, Cancellation Policy
  • Ask for References
  • Turkey Hunt it First
  • Summary of Red Flags
  • Can't Please Everyone
  • Hunter Responsibility

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