For hunters who are vacationing in the Rim country or who are new to the area, a guided hunt often offers the best chance to get a kill and learn the lay of the land.
Hunters who choose to do a guided hunt first have an easier time coming back the next year and hunting on their own.
Because guides are around the elk and deer all the time, guides have first-hand knowledge of where the animal's salt licks and bedding grounds are, and what their usual migration patterns are.Besides pointing hunters in the right direction for finding animals, guided tours provide a range of other services.
Generally they supply equipment, such as tents, mattresses, cooking gear and food, and also quarter, dress and pack out the kills.
That way, hunters can spend most of their time enjoying the hunt without having to worry about what they're going to eat or how they're going to get their meat out of the forest.
Guides are typically experienced meat packers, so hunters can get the meat out quickly and easily.
But just because a guide offers first-hand knowledge of the area and all the amenities of easy camping in the woods, hunters shouldn't sign up to hunt with them before finding out about their experience and background.
Experts recommend that hunters find someone who has been working in the area for a while, has a good territory and a good reputation. It is also recommended that hunters pay attention to the guide-to-hunter ratio that guides offer. A two-to-one or one-to-one hunter-to-guide ratio is ideal.