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Old 10-14-2021, 02:50 PM   #1
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I have a buck hunt coming up that I won and do not have a clue what I should tip my guide.
The hunt was a $2500 2 days buck hunt.

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Old 10-14-2021, 02:52 PM   #2
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10-15%.
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Old 10-14-2021, 02:54 PM   #3
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I would plan on $300. Adjust up or down from there depending on performance.
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Old 10-14-2021, 02:59 PM   #4
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I agree with $300 on a $2,500 hunt if he’s a good guide.
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Old 10-14-2021, 03:01 PM   #5
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Kinda depends on the situation for me. I've never paid to hunt, but when I've been guided on fishing trips I generally tip more if there's a low-paid deckhand helping out. If it's the owner of the boat, and I'm already paying him several hundred dollars for his services I'll generally tip a lower amount. And of course the quality of the service should play a major role in your tip.
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Old 10-14-2021, 03:02 PM   #6
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To me it all depends on what all he does. When I was guiding, I was the cook, the hunting guide and the maid. Just a guide on a $2500 hunt 200-300 depending on how well he does.
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Old 10-14-2021, 03:02 PM   #7
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10-15%.
Yep, when I ran pronghorn hunts a tip was much appreciated
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Old 10-14-2021, 03:02 PM   #8
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I'd say $150-$200 per hunt, and another $50 if you're successful and they clean/qtr your deer.
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Old 10-14-2021, 03:03 PM   #9
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If he is a glorified chauffer or babysitter, less than $300. If he is working hard and spending most or all of the day with you then up from $300. You will know when it is all said and done. Congrats on winning a hunt!
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Old 10-14-2021, 03:04 PM   #10
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Do you guys think that 10-15% goes across the board, so if you go pay $10,000 to kill a deer, are you expected to tip that same 10-15%? Never done it, but I am now curious.
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Old 10-14-2021, 03:06 PM   #11
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Do you guys think that 10-15% goes across the board, so if you go pay $10,000 to kill a deer, are you expected to tip that same 10-15%? Never done it, but I am now curious.
If you are paying 10k for a hunt, I doubt you are worried about a larger tip. With that being said, I dont think the 10% is relevant past a certain point.
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Old 10-14-2021, 03:08 PM   #12
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I have a buck hunt coming up that I won and do not have a clue what I should tip my guide.
The hunt was a $2500 2 days buck hunt.

Thankyou all !
Meet the guide and ask if he will be your guide the entire trip. If he seems legit and good then tip him $50-100 right there and tell him there's more depending on how big of a buck he puts you on. May work.

But lots of factors... Did he pre-scout for you? Does he talk to you and get details of what type of buck you'd like to shoot, what type of areas you like to hunt (thick, fields, in a tree, along creek etc). Did he move you quickly when you didn't care for an area? Offer mid day sit? Lots of factors.
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Old 10-14-2021, 03:08 PM   #13
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I would plan on $300. Adjust up or down from there depending on performance.
This.
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Old 10-14-2021, 03:17 PM   #14
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Tip the cook as well . When we would guide the cook was working non stop in the kitchen either prepping, cooking or cleaning (breakfast, lunch and dinner). I would bet the cook works harder than the guide.
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Old 10-14-2021, 03:23 PM   #15
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Every hunt I've been on I've where I've had a legit guide that did a good job 10% was left. Even on a 6 figure hunt to Africa.
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Old 10-14-2021, 03:23 PM   #16
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Do you guys think that 10-15% goes across the board, so if you go pay $10,000 to kill a deer, are you expected to tip that same 10-15%? Never done it, but I am now curious.
Tipping by percentage has always been an interesting premise to me. I can take the wife to a reasonably nice restaurant and easily spend over $100 on two meals. I can also take her to a hole in the wall mexican restaurant down the street and we can eat for less than $20 combined. In my general experience the servers at cheaper restaurants are working just as hard as those in expensive restaurants. That said, it's not uncommon for me to tip 50% or more at a cheap restaurant, whereas I might tip 10-15% at a more expensive restaurant. To me it's more about the work the person does that the cost of the food they bring you. I guess it would be the same for a deer, although like someone else said, if they're willing to pay $10K for a deer they probably can afford to throw an obscenely big tip in on top of it. But on one hunt you could have a guide work his butt off for multiple days to help you find your $2500 buck, and on another you could have a guide drop you off at the stand at the pen where your $10,000 buck is eating at the feeder. In those scenarios, should the first guide get $375 and the second guide get $1500 simply because of the price of the deer?

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Old 10-14-2021, 03:24 PM   #17
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Do you guys think that 10-15% goes across the board, so if you go pay $10,000 to kill a deer, are you expected to tip that same 10-15%? Never done it, but I am now curious.
Yes, 10-15% no matter the cost
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Old 10-14-2021, 03:37 PM   #18
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I usually do a straight $300 on regular hunts. Ive asked about elk hunts before and the guides told me 10-15% but the hunters told me $1000 max. Fishing trips I do 20%.
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Old 10-14-2021, 03:42 PM   #19
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I've had a couple of hunts around $2500-3000 and tipped about $300 each time. I thought that was the norm for a hunt in that price range.
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Old 10-14-2021, 03:46 PM   #20
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Yes, 10-15% no matter the cost
This is crazy to me... I've got NOTHING against HF hunting at all, but why would I tip a guy $1000-1500 for driving me to a blind and telling me which one I'm allowed to shoot. It would be one thing on an elk hunt or something like that, but that seems outrageous for some of the whitetail HF hunts. Only reason I was asking is assuming I some day get invited on a hunt like this.. lol turns out I can't even afford the tip!
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Old 10-14-2021, 04:04 PM   #21
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This is crazy to me... I've got NOTHING against HF hunting at all, but why would I tip a guy $1000-1500 for driving me to a blind and telling me which one I'm allowed to shoot. It would be one thing on an elk hunt or something like that, but that seems outrageous for some of the whitetail HF hunts. Only reason I was asking is assuming I some day get invited on a hunt like this.. lol turns out I can't even afford the tip!
I understand what your saying, 10-15% is proper but some tip nothing and you wouldn’t believe how many tip zilch, so if you decided to tip 300 bucks on a 10,000 dollar deer it probably wouldn’t be frowned upon and still appreciated.
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Old 10-14-2021, 04:21 PM   #22
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First off I'll say I'm a tight wad and I tip on performance, so somewhere between $0.00 - $300.00.
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Old 10-14-2021, 04:21 PM   #23
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10-15%.
I always look at 10% as a starting point. If the guide works his rear off for you and makes the trip a very enjoyable and you feel they went above and beyond, then I will tip up to 20%.

I always tip the skinner, the cook, the cleaning person and any lower lever behind the scene people. They make your stay comfortable and generally go unnoticed.



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Old 10-14-2021, 04:53 PM   #24
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I’ll tip 10-15% depending on the hunt.
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Old 10-14-2021, 09:58 PM   #25
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This is crazy to me... I've got NOTHING against HF hunting at all, but why would I tip a guy $1000-1500 for driving me to a blind and telling me which one I'm allowed to shoot.
Think about a fishing guide that will bust their tail for 4+ hours for $100-150.

Disclosure: I also have nothing against HF hunting and enjoy these ranches.
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Old 10-14-2021, 10:06 PM   #26
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1 or 2 Stic knifes. I’m joking,I’m in line with the 300 - 250$ .
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Old 10-14-2021, 10:15 PM   #27
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10 % unless she is really hot.
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Old 10-14-2021, 10:22 PM   #28
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We did a guided elk hunt this year for the first time. It was an expensive hunt. We tipped the guides 12% as they had to work their butts off in very rough country. Seems like 10% across the board is the norm.
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