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We look forward to helping you with a lifetime of great outdoor adventures.”
Cory Glauner & Marc Warnke | Owners
Our consultants are here to give you FREE advice!
We have a pretty good gig… we get to give advise to hunters, fisherman, and other outdoor adventure seekers looking for information on outfitters, areas, or gear when they are planning a trip. Our consultants will help you with the research, booking process, make sure you are geared up correctly, and consult with you so your trip is safe, successful, and goes without a hitch.
How do I choose a good consultant?
This is the hard part where you will have to do your homework. There are a lot of consultants/agents out there, and just as in any industry, there are good ones and there are bad ones. The bad ones get weeded out pretty quickly, but they’re out there so choose wisely. I recommend calling potential consultants and interviewing them about what you are looking for and ask about their experience not only as a consultant, but in the outdoor industry as a whole.
Here at Outdoors International, we have a number of hunting consultants with different skills, knowledge, experiences and interests.
i.e. If you are an archery hunter, make sure that your booking agent understands your specific needs. Even better, he should be an archer as well. Your agent should be a walking book of archery hunting information.
Contact us and we’ll try to steer you towards someone we think will be a match for you.
What does a consultant do for me that I can’t do myself?
Many sportsmen choose an outfitter or guide based on experiences of a friend or information given directly by the guide/outfitter. While this information is valuable, and should play into the final decision, it may not be enough to guarantee a quality experience. Outfitters are always going to tell you what you want to hear and send you references that will stack the odds in their favor.
As a booking agency, we have has a number of outfitters to choose from and can match your needs to the outfitter, consulting with you along the way. A good consultant wants you to continue to book future trips, so they will present you with many options to choose from. They are also able to track an outfitters performance over a period of time with a number of different clients. A guide is also less likely to compromise an agency’s client because a good consultant represents a significant amount of business to them, so there is an added value of safety in booking through an established booking agency.
The guys at Outdoors International give you an advantage over everybody else who research trips themselves. They will do all of the research and legwork for you on your next trip… for FREE!
With Outdoors International, you wll have a personal consultant to call for future trips.”
Cody Draper | www.RacksSite.com
How do I know if trips offered by a booking agency are quality?
In order for a booking agency to stay in business for long, they need to make sure that the outfitters they work with are top notch. This is accomplished by personally visiting or sending an employee to experience a trip with each outfitter or guide. At the very least, they should be getting references from trusted sources.
For Outdoors International, post-trip client testimonials play a huge part in maintaining quality control. Sometimes outfitters have bad trips. They have a tough job and the only thing they can control is lodging and food. Everything else is pretty much out of their control, so a few bad reviews are understandable and expected. However, if an outfitter gets too many bad reviews, they’re out of our directory. We post each review on our site, bad or not to give you the best information possible.
Does it cost more?
Advice from a consultant should always be free. Consultants are paid through commissions from the outfitters they represent. You pay the same amount for a trip whether you book through your agent or directly through the outfitter.
Why do outfitters use booking agencys?
Outfitters and guides are busy, hard-working people. Due to the nature of their business, it is hard for them to spend much time and energy on marketing. Through relationships with booking agents, they are able to spend less on advertising, sometimes cutting it altogether. It makes more sense to pay a performance-based commission to a booking agent than to spend thousands on a show and hope to sell some hunts. Booking agents allow outfitters to do what they do best.