I love the outdoors. Ever since I was very young I’ve spent my recreational time camping, fishing, kayaking, hunting, walking and more.
My parents were the same. They took every available holiday and went away with us kids. They took us to some fantastic places where we learned some very important values about life.
We learned about the serenity of being in the forest alone. We learned about simple skills that you might need when you’re out camping in the forest. We learned to value solitude.
Fortunately I’ve been able to maintain those interests as I get older. I still spend most of my recreational time somewhere outdoors.
So I was extremely jealous when I met someone who has now become a professional hunting guide. It’s something I have never considered but would love to do.
I love hunting. Whilst I’m not a particularly good shot I do have a very good rifle with a particularly fine scope. I’ve bagged a deer or two in my day.
We were camped one evening when a car drove past and stopped. Seeing our gear the driver noticed we were also hunting and stopped for a chat.
It transpires that he is a professional hunting guide. He used to work in a bank however decided that banking was not for him. As an experienced hunter he decided to become a hunting guide.
He now spends his work week taking clients through the forest teaching them to hunt and making sure they bag themselves a deer.
I was incredibly jealous. It sounds like the ideal lifestyle for me and I really began to wonder whether I should be thinking about throwing in my boring job and training to be a hunting guide as well.
I spent quite some time talking to him about it. Obviously it’s not easy starting up as a guide.
You need to build up a business. At first nobody knows about you so you’re unlikely to get people beating your door down looking to hire you. You’ve got to consider your marketing methods.
How will you advertise your services? How will you promote yourself?
Maybe you could start a website. Perhaps you could do some speaking engagements at walking clubs and hunting clubs. Maybe you could advertise.
You need to buy quite a lot of equipment. A lot of the equipment that you need to buy will be used by your clients. For example many people might not have camping equipment so you need to have tents, backpacks and more.
And of course any hunter and any hunting guide needs to have a dedicated rifle and scope. Personally I love the BAR. I particularly love autoloading rifles.
The right scope is also crucial, in fact I think the scope is more important than the rifle in some cases. When you’ve got that deer in the sights it’s the scope that did it. I spent a lot of time researching my scope, reading quite a few rifle scope reviews at http://compareriflescopes.com/
Of course there’s some serious responsibilities that come with owning a rifle. Or more than one rifle because I have quite a few.
Gun safety is a crucial consideration and one I don’t take lightly. I know about the high incidence of shootings in America and I certainly don’t want to contribute to that by leaving my weapon around. Either I’m using it or its locked away in my gun safe.
I read some good gun safe reviews at the Gun Safe Adviser before I made my decision to buy my gun safe. Buying the right safe is crucial, get the wrong one and you’ve made a mistake. For instance if you get the wrong safe you can get the rifles in but you’ll have to take scope off because it won’t fit.
So whilst I’m a recreational hunter I’d love to be a hunting guide. I don’t know if it will ever happen but it’s certainly nice to dream.