It’s customary that a hunting guide receives a gratuity from the client. While it is not required, it is very much appreciated. Guides often depend on tips as supplemental income. Hunting guides work extremely hard to make your hunt a successful and memorable experience. If you feel that your guide had a significantly positive impact on your hunt, please tip that person accordingly.
How much to tip a hunting guide.
- Between 10-20% of the total cost of your hunt total is typically how much to tip a hunting guide.
- The guide or outfitter and their staff will usually split the gratuity.
- Tip in USD cash. This is because foreign banks charge a large commission to exchange checks into currency.
- Non-hunting Observers are also encouraged to tip, although usually a lesser amount. Around 10-15% of daily observer rate split between PH and other staff members is typical for observers.
Things to consider:
- The amount that you tip your guide usually depends on your level of satisfaction with your guide(s) and the trip.
- A 10% to 20% tip is customary.
- Always give cash if possible. You may not be able to access an ATM, or bank before you leave, so have your tip for your guide with you on the hunt.
- If in a group setting with multiple guides, consider selecting a leader among the clients to organize a donation pool. Split the gratuity between the guides. Choose an appropriate time to present the gratuity, making sure all the guides are present. Divide the cash equally and present it to the guides at the same time.
- When you’ve had numerous hunts with a particular guide, often you’ll build a strong, personal relationship. In this case your gratuity may vary from trip to trip. It may also include a useful and applicable gift. Maybe some needed equipment, a bottle of your guide’s favorite fine spirits, or other items that you have learned to be personal and appropriate.