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I was just wondering what you guys base your tip on when you go out of state?
I know it depends on how hard they work for you etc.
Is there a percentage you should give from the total cost of the hunt?
I am going to illinois in november for the first shotgun season and was just wondering.
Thanks Rob
 

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Something to consider to when tipping. Is your outfitter guide the owner. You already paid the owner the hunt. He's not working for tips like his help but still should be tipped but not as much. This is what outfitter friends have told me.
 

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Pheasant/upland trips we tip the guy that cleans the birds. Usually $10 per hunter.

If we need another dog we tip the handler $50.

Texas, Florida - guide fees, so you don't have to throw out that much unless the guide does something exceptional. You might be paying $100 to $150 per day in guide fees - if you had a good hunt and you think you'll return, take care of the guy; $100. If it sucked and you won't be back; $20.

Africa: I was there for two weeks. The hunter/outfitter gets no tip unless he has to dispatch dangerous game or he saves the clients life.
The assistant PH usually gets a guide fee - but if he puts you on good trophy or saves your life, tip.
Tracker: $100 or more per hunter (this is Africa) and a gift usually a hunting knife or some practical hunting Item.
Skinner: Same as tracker.

Cook, cleaner: $50.
 

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usually most upland farms usually expect about $50 gratuity
I haven't seen that. I see it as a dog and handler fee. But my group usually tips well anyway if deserved.
The hunter/outfitter gets no tip unless he has to dispatch dangerous game or he saves the clients life
Anyone saves my life, I don't think I have enough money in the bank to tip them what they deserve.
 

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Anyone saves my life, I don't think I have enough money in the bank to tip them what they deserve.
i agree.
I haven't seen that. I see it as a dog and handler fee. But my group usually tips well anyway if deserved.
when we were looking for a game farm to hunt last year about 75% of them expected $50.
 

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Keyword. I get skeptical when they expect. They shouldn't expect anything. They earn what they deserve.
 

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yea i guess your right...we usually tip about $75 when we go to game creek. we usually request the same guide every year and hes a good guide.
 

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We use 10% of the total cost of the hunt. My caribou was $4500=$450 tip. If the guide was terrible than we would adjust accordingly.So far we haven't had too. (knock on wood)
 

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so if they don't save your life = no tip?
If I die, I want them to refund my money and give my family more money.
 

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10 % is what I use. If all goes well. If they don't work hard it is substantially lower. If they work there buts off its a bit higher. This is for the guides , not the owner. He gets a hardy handshake.(Plus his fee.)
 

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Thanks alot fellows the owner is not the guide he has a few guys working for him i was figureing on about 10 percent give or take.
Thanks again Rob
 
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