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Fall Waterfowl Hunting Camp Policies

Gratuities

We are commonly asked what is an appropriate amount to tip the guides and lodge staff? My usual response is that it depends on how much effort you feel they put in to making your trip enjoyable. Some tip more and some tip less but most clients tip about 10% – 15% of the hunt price with 65% of that going to the guides and spotters and 35% going to the cooks, lodge staff, and bird cleaners.

We have an understanding amongst all the guides that they split their tips evenly. This eliminates competition between the guides and as a result they work better as a team, thus further contributing to the quality of your hunt. Also when you spend all your time with your guide in the field it is easy to forget how much effort the spotter behind the scenes is putting in. This ensures that the spotter is also compensated fairly as he puts as many hours into your hunt as the guide in the field does.

As the proprietor who actively acts as a guide and a spotter I opt not to share in the gratuities. I feel I am already being compensated for my services and as such the gratuities are only split amongst the three other guides, not myself.

Dogs

While you are welcome to bring a well trained retriever to camp there are a few guidelines we need to enforce:

  • If you are hunting with guys other than those you came with, you must first approve using your dog with the other group members before taking the dog into the field.
  • If your dog is disrupting the hunt or causing birds to flare you will have to take him back to the truck unless the other group members all agree to him staying in the field.
  • You must clean up any mess left by your dog around the yard. The place to take your dog to do his business is in the hayfield directly behind the lodge and the cabin.
  • Dogs should stay in their crate either in the garage if you are staying in the lodge, or in the porch if you are staying in the cabin. Dogs are not to roam free around the lodge or cabin.
  • If your dog growls, snaps, or acts aggressively towards other hunters or anyone at camp you will have to keep him in his kennel or on a leash for the duration of the trip. Under no circumstances can we have someone get bitten!

Miscellaneous

  • The regular season hunts consists of two hunts a day (weather and conditions permitting) unless you are departing Wednesday, in which case you will only have a morning hunt on Wednesday. In the past we have tried to do a morning hunt, afternoon hunt, and evening hunt. This does not work well for a couple reasons. First, we were always rushing from one hunt to the next resulting in poor preparation for the next hunt. Also we often didn’t have time to do a proper hunt in the afternoon as we were always trying to get to the next location for our evening hunt, often when the birds were already flying. Lastly the guides usually have work to do after the morning hunt such as preparing equipment, securing land access, comparing notes, and planning for your next hunt. If all this is done and time permits they may catch a much needed rest in early afternoon. Our clients are only here for three days and most can go hard the whole time. Our guides do this for six or seven weeks and get run down, and careless if they don’t get some rest in the afternoons. This is not a situation we are willing to have here and as such we don’t go out for our evening hunt until mid or late afternoon. This is not an issue during out late season hunts as there is only one hunt a day.
  • Please don’t scatter cigar and cigarette butts around the yard and use the ashtrays outside of the lodge and cabin.
  • For purposes of possession limits, the bird cleaners will allocate the days birds evenly amongst the people in your hunting party. Given the nature of shooting we encounter, it is often difficult to keep everyone’s birds separate in the field and as such this is the fairest way of keeping track.
  • Our camp is set up to accommodate one group of six hunters which is what we try to do whenever possible. If you book your hunt with less than six in your hunting party, you will likely be paired up with another partial group. Therefore we have to try and accommodate everyone’s hunting preferences. If you come here wanting to hunt ducks every evening and the other group hunting with you want to hunt Cranes or upland birds one day instead, you need to be prepared to do that. We will not hunt in two separate groups as our guides and spotting reasources won’t allow for it.
  • This is a fully guided hunt. This means that we are in large part responsible for your actions while staying with us. As such, all hunting will be done with your guide unless the guide leaves you in the field once you’re set up to go spotting. You will not be permitted to strike off on your own hunting (even right from camp). The biggest reason is that we work very hard to maintain our landowner relations. If you were unknowingly to end up on someone’s land without permission this could have a negative impact on our reputation within the local farming community. Given that the success of our hunts is dependent on our good name with the farmers, this is not something that we can risk happening.
  • Airport pick-ups are done between 12:30PM and 2:30PM. If your flight won’t be here by then you have three options. Fly in a day early and get a hotel, rent a vehicle and drive to camp, or call us and we will send another vehicle to pick you up (subject to staff availability and a $200.00 US service charge).

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