Every human was born to hunt, but not all were born to live the hunt through a life of guiding. Being a hunting guide is not "getting paid to hunt". It's more than that.
First, you must be wilderness ready. That means woodsmen skills: horse/mule packing, wilderness medicine, wall tent camp construction, proper personal gear, mental toughness, and knowing how to cook a steak over a fire like Grizzly Adams. If we only get you this far, you are already more marketable as a guide than 85% of applicants. Next, we lay the foundation for you to become a professional level hunter. We cover glassing with high quality optics, animal behavior, scouting, managing hunters and personalities (social skills of guiding), all the way to processing game. If you master these skills and keep yourself in peak physical condition, there isn't a corner of this earth you can't get a job being a guide in.
Your hunting experience is irrelevant to you becoming a high level guide. Some of the best guides have come from non-hunting backgrounds. After a couple of seasons guiding, based on the sheer exposure to hunting and the mountains, you will have surpassed 99% of big game hunters on this planet.
Our Philosophy on Hunting:
Hunting is a normal and important part of being a human. Historically, if you didn’t hunt; you didn’t eat. Today, with the advent of corporate agriculture, we no longer spend our days outdoors tracking down game, we simply take a trip to a grocery store. This shift away from outdoor hunting to couch-surfing has destroyed our physical and mental well-being. But we can get back to our roots by developing a lifelong passion of pursuing wild game and guiding those on the adventure. There are a few reasons why this makes sense:
- First, wild game is one of the greatest sources of protein on this earth. You were born to eat it. Were you born to eat genetically engineered beef? A wild and free food source, away from industrial farming, is where it's at!
- Second, our sedentary lifestyles can make us lethargic and overweight. Hunting enhances your physical fitness and overall vitality.
- Third, overcoming challenges in the wilderness builds confidence and problem-solving skills. These elements have positive spillover effects in our everyday lives.
- Fourth, hunting satisfies a primal instinct. There is no replacement in life for pursuing, harvesting, and processing wild game.