Thousands of people hunt big game every year. They may seek out grizzly bears, mountain lions, elk, moose, ducks, beaver, fox, bighorn sheep, pheasants, or rabbits. It’s a tradition that goes back to the beginning of time. Now it is mainly for recreation, and secondarily for food.
Hunting is an adrenaline filled sport, which also helps the forests and wilderness areas of the United States by controlling animal populations.
More importantly, the profits of hunting licenses are a major source of funding for the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
With the wealth of land and ecosystems across the country, many people travel to hunt in new areas. This is where you, a hunting guide, are absolutely critical. As a hunting guide, your job is to help people hunt game they may not know anything about in terrain they may have only read about in magazines.
You may be an expert bear hunter in Alaska’s Talkeetna range, or a professional bow hunter for wild boar in the brush of Arkansas.
Being a hunting guide is an awesome job if you like to hunt and have experience. You’ll work for a hunting outfitter, which will bring you together with your eager, hunting clients. Then you’ll lead them through the wilderness and help them hunt their dream game. It’s a job that puts a smile on both your face and the faces of the people you lead.
Not just anyone can become a hunting guide. First, you need to know how to hunt. After years of experience, you may attend a hunting guide school to fine-tune your skills in both hunting and guiding. You’ll need to have great people skills, better safety skills, excellent teaching skills, and professional hunting skills. You’ll also have to be a licensed hunter.
The best place to find work is with a hunting outfitter that specializes in your type of hunting. Outfitters are the best way to pair you up with clients, especially when you are just getting started. You need to know that the hours are long and hard, but the days are very rewarding. Pay can be rough, especially for newcomers. You can figure about $1,500 a month, but with experience comes better pay. With 2 to 3 years of experience under your belt, $2,500 a month is the average. But most of that money can go straight to the bank because a good outfitter will include your room and board.
Hunting is the ultimate game. It’s both challenging and rewarding. If you’re ready to work with people, explore the woods, and go for the prize every time, you should look into becoming a hunting guide.