Meet the Owners
Our job is to match you up with one of our consultants to help you book right trip with the right outfitter. Our process is unlike talking directly to an outfitter, whose goal is to sell you on their trip. Your consultant will ask about your expectations, budget, schedule, etc, then we match you with the right outfitter based on your criteria. Our continued success depends on giving you good advice.
Outdoors International Consultants
Your Outdoors International Consultant will assist you in every way possible to make your adventure smooth and worry-free. Our goal is to give you good advice and help you book the trip of your life so that you will continue to use our services for future adventures.
If you plan to hunt or fish in an unfamiliar destination but aren’t sure where to begin, how to choose a reputable outfitter, or just don’t have the time, your first step should be contacting a reputable consultant. Even if you think that your dream trip may be out of reach for you, it’s worth contacting hunting or fishing consultants and discussing your budget, time constraints or any other concerns you may have. You just might be surprised by what is available. There are a lot of hunting consultants 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 hunting or fishing consultant, but in the outdoor industry as a whole. If you are an archery hunter, make sure that he or she understands your specific needs. Even better, they should be an bowhunter as well. Your agent should be a walking book of hunting information.
Here at Outdoors International, we have a number of consultants with different skills, knowledge, experiences and interests. Give us a call or send us an email and we’ll try to steer you towards someone we think will be a match for you.
Once you choose your consultant, you have one point of contact for any future hunting or fishing trip you want to go on. Now you can stop worrying about researching outfitters and just concentrate on preparing for your next adventure. Let their knowledge and experience work for you.
Many hunters and anglers choose an outfitter based on the 3rd hand 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. *We will give you access to those references upon request.
As a consulting firm, we have a number of trips to choose from and can match your needs to the outfitter, advising 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 firm’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 firm.
In order for a consulting firm or 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 the consultants personally hunting or fishing with each outfitter or guide.
For Outdoors International, post-hunt 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.
NO! Advice from consultants should always be free, they 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.
Outfitters, guides and professional hunters 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 or fishing trips. We allow outfitters to do what they do best.
These are the folks that make everything work smoothly behind the scenes.
When we vet an outfitter, we keep detailed notes about everything pertinent to that particular trip. This might include the number and quality of game seen on the hunt; fish caught; guide competence; the guide’s knowledge of the area and the laws; how adequate is the lodging and accommodations; quality of food; transportation to and from the airport and during the hunt; safety; communication prior to, during and after the trip; and personality.
We also try our best to thoroughly vet our outfitters for any crimes, game violations, bad reviews from clients, etc. We must book trips with the outfitter for a minimum of two years before they earn a Preferred Outfitter status.
Outfitter Reviews and Trip Reports
Clients booked with our outfitters must give them a high rating in their trip reports and outfitter reviews. If there are complaints from our clients, they must be handled quickly and professionally by the outfitter.
If an outfitter receives what we consider too many complaints they lose their Preferred status, and are sometimes removed from our directory completely.