Despite the fact that I am still wondering where in heck last year went. It is time to think about those trips, be it fishing, hunting or just adventuring. Time continues to pass and we need to cross these adventures off our personal bucket list. Prioritizing is a good place to start when doing this: Common sense and finance often are the driving forces behind planning these adventures. A trip to Quebec to caribou hunt or fish for walleye might be doable, but that Cape buffalo hunt may need to wait until we have more cash under the mattress! Decide what is reasonable to consider and begin to research who provide what you are seeking and where. Locating outfitters who provide the adventures that you want can be found on line, in sporting publications, talking with a sports travel business, or by attending sportsman’s shows. We are very big believers in personal contact with outfitters. The opportunity to sit down face to face with an outfitter, while not always possible, is a great idea. Above all else, ask for contact info for people who have RECENTLY used this outfitter and talk with them!
Understand this; there is no possibility for success when dealing with an outfitter who simply doesn’t offer what it is that you REALLY want. This, by the way, is the first thing to consider honestly: what is it that will make the trip a true success for you? Maybe it’s as simple as watching your wife or grandson catch a big trout or harvest a specific animal. I guided a man from New Jersey once who had never caught a trout that wasn’t raised in a hatchery, but told me before we fi shed together that he really wanted to catch a wild Maine brook trout. He caught a 12” trout and said as he released it, “that’s about the most important fish I ever caught.” I found out a few weeks later that he was dying with cancer and had passed!
So…decide what you want to do, contact outfitters who offer that specific service, or use a sports travel business. Above all else, know who provides what, for how long, where and for how much. Do your homework! Get that tackle ready!