An outfitter or guide fulfills a necessary role in the hunting industry, providing valuable insight into hunting, due to their large-scale experience. They make for a more efficient and successful hunting experience for people who otherwise may not have time to put into scouting before a hunt.
Discover more about outfitters and factors to consider when choosing one.
What Does an Outfitter do?
An outfitter is a licensed business that employs guides who then take hunters out on hunting trips. Outfitters provide a variety of products and services for clients, so they ensure they’re getting the best experience and the best chances of success. They also provide clients with transportation and gear, called “outfitting.” They should be licensed, bonded, and insured. Depending on which state you live, there are certain requirements outfitters must meet to conduct business.
Additionally, some states offer guide and outfitter boards/associations that regulate the practice of outfitters and guides. They hold their members to high standards with membership being a privilege, not a guarantee. Several states require outfitters to be members of the outfitters association before they become licensed.
Factors in Choosing an Outfitter
It’s important to contact your state’s wildlife department to ensure an outfitter is registered. Check to see if your state has a guide and outfitter association and see if the outfitter is a member. Last but not least, call the outfitter and inquire about references. If they can provide a list of satisfied clients, you should be good to go.
Also, check to see if their guides follow regulations for your state. For instance, here are the requirements for outfitters and guides for both Utah and Wyoming.
In Utah, there’s a great system on the Department of Public Licensing’s website. You can verify if an outfitter is licensed by clicking on the tab to the left that says, “Verify a License.” You can then type the name of the outfitter or guide to see if they’re actively licensed and if they’ve had any issues or problems with that particular guide. Guides must meet the following requirements:
- Complete licensing application
- Produce competency as a hunting guide with verified proof of 100 days minimum of outdoors-related training.
- Produce satisfactory evidence of upright, moral character.
- Must renew license yearly.
- Must be employed or associated with a licensed outfitter
The state requires all outfitters to be registered. Here are their guide requirements:
- Must renew the license annually
- Must complete guide licensing application
- Must possess first aid certification
- Must be approved by the Wyoming State Board of Outfitters
- Must not be a convicted felon
- Must be employed by a licensed outfitter
Contact R&K Hunting
If you’re ready for your next hunt in Utah or Wyoming, contact us to learn about our expert hunting guides who are all licensed and experienced. We cater to your individual needs and ensure you have everything needed for a successful and enjoyable hunt. Contact us today.