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Big Game Hunting Interview with Mossy Oak Pro Staff Member Parrey Cremeans

Parrey CremeansQ: Should I hunt Western Big Game on my own or with a guide or outfitter?
That depends on what you are looking for. There is plenty of information available to have a successful DIY (do it yourself) hunt. If you are short on time or unsure of your resources, by all means hire a guide. I would talk with a local guide regardless.

Q: If I need a guide, how do I find a good one?
The Internet is a great start, blogs and forums. Check the state game agency for licensed guides. Be sure to talk to a number of guides and ask for references to confirm the correct choice.

Q: I hear that a lot of Western outfitters are ranchers. Do they make good guides?
Certainly. They will know the ground and the animals. As with any guide, research to be confident you have made the correct decision.

Q: How much research should I do before booking a hunt out West or in Canada?
As much research as needed to give you the confidence that your hunt experience will be what you plan and expect.

Q: Is fitness as important as I hear when it comes to hunting out West?
The terrain out West can be taxing for sure. Get in the best physical condition you can. It would be a shame to have your hunt end with no success because you could not make it up the hill.

Q: Are combination hunts worth it? Example: Deer/Elk, Bear/Caribou or Moose/Goat.
If you have the time, certainly take advantage of a combination hunt. If you are looking for a trophy, I would focus on one species.

Q: Can I hunt big game out West with the same set up I use back East for hunting, either bow or gun?
Yes. Confidence in your weapon and knowing your effective range is paramount.

Q: I hunt back East with a bow and only shoot 20-30 yards. Do I have to practice and be able to shoot out to 50 yards and beyond?
: As with any weapon, you need to practice at whatever range you intend to take a shot. Confidence is once again paramount.

Q: What is the industry standard for tipping your guide or outfitter?
I do not know of an industry standard. I would think 15% is a good guideline. Base your tip on how your experience was.

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