When planning a trophy whitetail deer bowhunt, it can be a difficult task to choose the right hunting outfitter. As one searches the internet, they will find outfitters promising, even "guaranteeing" a successful whitetail deer bowhunt just to lure someone into booking a hunt. While the vast majority of outfitters are reputable, some bad apples can can turn a hunting trip into a nightmare.
When searching the internet for trophy whitetail deer bowhunting outfitters, avoid the few who provide info that's to good to be true. Always look for outfitters willing to provide references. Some outfitters have long lists of bowhunters that have previously used the outfitter that can be called to verify information and details.
Some trophy whitetail deer bowhunting outfitters may even have lists of popular hunting tv shows that have stayed at their lodges and filmed bowhunts on the property. You can sometimes check that hunting show's website to get information about the outfitter, including some of the video footage shot during the hunt.
When you call an outfitter for your trophy whitetail deer bowhunt, make sure to have a list of questions written down. Does the outfitter provide bowhunting only whitetail hunts on their property? Has the outfitter implemented Quality Deer Management practices on their hunting land?
A reputable bowhunting outfitter will take the time to answer all your questions thoroughly, without any hype. If an outfitter doesn't answer your questions to your liking, or changes the subject, then it's probably a good idea to contact another.
If you're looking for an outfitter that provides a hunting lodge and meals for its guests, make sure to ask about the amenities. Does the lodge provide a peaceful environment with private rooms and showers? Does the lodge provide home cooked meals? Is the lodge female bowhunter friendly? How many bowhunters does the lodge accommodate at a time?
Finally, what about if you're successful on your trophy whitetail deer bowhunt. Does your outfitter provide deer processing? Does it provide a freezer to store your meat until you leave? Some outfitters provide these services, but others will tell you that you're on your own after a successful hunt. Make sure you know BEFORE you're in that situation.