NOTICE TO HUNTERS
Big Nine’s reputation in the hunting world speaks for itself. We are recognized worldwide as a professional operation that goes the extra mile for its clients.
I began my guiding career in 1972. I was fortunate to be trained by one of the best in the business, my uncle, Gary Powell. Sadly, we lost my uncle in 1983. I subsequently bought his territory from my aunt in 1985.
Not only have I been a guide and an outfitter for many years but I have also been a client of other hunting operations in various parts of the world. With this unique background, my guarantee to you is that I will do my utmost to ensure you have a good hunt with us. If for any reason you are not satisfied with our services or crew, be sure to let me know immediately. I will try to resolve the problem as quickly as possible. (Please note too that abuse of our horses or crew will not be tolerated. If you have a problem with either, talk to the camp boss or to myself).
While hunting, keep in mind that very few animals look as big on the ground as they do while standing there looking at you (ground shrinkage). Our guides are very experienced and will be able to give you a rough estimate of the potential trophy's size. On rare occasions however, a guide may misjudge the size. Although your guide will do his best to make sure the targeted animal is what you are looking for, and is legal, the final decision is yours and yours alone. Be sure before you pull the trigger. If an illegal animal is shot, it must be reported.
We aim to please. We want you to enjoy a great hunt. The more communication, the better. If your guide is doing something you would rather not do, tell him what your preferences are. He will be happy to make the necessary adjustments. Let your guide know if you have any physical limitations. He will have no idea what you would call a hard day or an easy day. Let him know how hard you wish to hunt. You set the pace.
Many clients ask me about tips. My personal feeling on tipping is, if you feel the personnel has been pleasant, courteous and has done a good job for you, do they deserve a tip? The amount of the tip is entirely up to you. From past experience, our clients have given approximately 5% of the cost of the hunt to their guide and between 1% and 3% to the cooks and wranglers, depending on how much time they have spent serving the client. It may help you to know that most of our crew have the opportunity to work in the oil patch for much higher wages – they are only in this business because they love the lifestyle. Tips are a very important part of their income and tipping does show them just how much they are appreciated.
Thank you for booking your hunt with us. We look forward to welcoming you to our territory.
Good Luck and Good Hunting!