Fall Waterfowl Hunting Camp Policies
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.