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What Do Women Want in a Hunting Guide? (Page 3)

We asked some of the country’s top female hunters to reveal what they like and what they don’t like in a guide, based on their past experiences. See what Melissa Bachman, Tiffany Lakosky, Brenda Valentine and more had to say on the subject.

Cooler Packing 101

Kirstie recently returned from a dream turkey hunt. But, she has had her nightmares, too. After leaving Kirstie in a box blind, alone and sans communication until 9:30 p.m., her guide packed all her hog and turkey meat into the same cooler—unwrapped, no ice. She said, “It was just a bunch of combined, bloody meat.”

What to Ask When Booking a Hunt

If you want to find out about the outfitters, ask these questions, according to Mia Anstine, owner and guide at Wolf Creek Outfitters. Mia and her husband, Hank Anstine, offer private land hunting in southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico.


  • Cell or radio service?

  • Distance to nearest town?

  • Will there be men in camp?

  • What kind of accommodations? Showers? Heat? Meals?

  • Will there be male and/or female guides?

  • How many guides per hunter?

  • Does the guide go on hunts or drop you off?

  • What is their license number?

  • What is included?

  • Transportation to camp?

  • What will the average shot distance be?

  • Hunting from trees? Stands? Blinds? Spot and stalk?

  • Elevation?

  • Recommended gear list?

  • Recommended method of take?

  • Caliber of rifle recommended?

  • Always ask for a contract.


What do you look for in a guide? Share your best and worst hunting guide stories with us in the comments section below!

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2 Responses to What Do Women Want in a Hunting Guide? (Page 3)

Robin wrote:
July 30, 2013

My fear is the male chauvinist pigs! I know so many out there are OLD school and don't think women can or should hunt! It's refreshing when you meet guides who embrace their client, their needs and provide them with a good time no matter the harvest outcome! Keep up the good work ladies and whip those poor guides into shape so hopefully they'll behave in the future! robin

Howard Day wrote:
July 30, 2013

As a guide in the UK I'd like to think I gave all my clients the treatment and respect mentioned above, not just the ladies. A paying client deserves to be treated professionally regardless of sex.