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Guide Tip

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by Vaultman, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. Vaultman

    Vaultman Clackamas Co, Oregon Active Member

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    This year I have been given a special elk hunt. I have always been a do-it-yourself type of hunter. The gift getter has gone through an outfitter to get me a guided hunt. This is something that I could not afford (and even if I could my wife would probably kill me) so it will be a one time deal. There are two things that I see this costing me, and I would like to get all y'all's opinion them.

    1) How much $ should I tip (a) my guide and (b) the cook?

    2) How much $ should I expect to spend if I have a full head mount?
     
  2. mckenzb

    mckenzb Vancouver, WA Member

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    I'd budget $1000 for the taxidermy. You can usually find in anywhere from 700 - 1000 but prices are always rising. The Tanning prices are out of control anymore. As for tipping, forget etiquette, tip what you feel it's worth. If your guides take you out for the hunt of a lifetime and you pass up bulls to find a bigger, tip them great, if not I wouldn't stress out about it. Tipping has got out of control anymore, even a maid wants a tip these days...
     
  3. Vaultman

    Vaultman Clackamas Co, Oregon Active Member

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    I get that. I just do not want to be cheap about it (Though I am usually very cheap). The person that gifted me this hunt, is close to me as well as the guides. I do not want to spread any bad mojo.
     
  4. gallogiro

    gallogiro Willamette Valley Active Member

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    Wait.. what? I've never used a guide before, they get tipped on top of getting paid for their service?
     
  5. 23Bandit

    23Bandit Aloha, OR Active Member

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    It's amazing how many "professions" get tipped nowadays. My wife does hair at a high end salon where she charges a small fortune, and she still gets tipped on top of it. Needless to say, my wallets not complaining about it...:thumbup:

    I'd have a hard time tipping a guide and a cook myself, but if I felt like they went above and beyond to make it a great experience I'd probably tip 10% and let them split it however they want.
     
  6. carracer

    carracer Nampa, Idaho Active Member

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