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Tips on Tipping

Tips on Tipping

Q: I'm not familiar with guided hunts, and I'm not sure what a typical monetary tip would be for the guide. Also, do I tip the camp staff in addition to the guide?

A: If you get good service on a hunt and a fine trophy, a tip is typically expected (depending largely on the net value of the hunt), though tipping is a personal decision. Some hunters tip as much as $2,000 for a $10,000 hunt, but that is well above the 5-10 percent that seems to be common.

As far as the staff is concerned, ask your outfitter. Don’t assume the outfitter will pass a tip on to the staff. You should follow your instincts. If you are happy with the service received from the guide and the cook, feel free to tip them. The outfitter, however, is a businessman and generally not in the tip loop. It is a good idea to check with the other hunters in camp to see what they are doing so that you do not over or under-tip.

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