When booking a hunt, it is best to use the same rule of thumb as when you buy a scope. Buy the best you can afford. The sweetness of low price is short lived but the bitterness of dealing with a poor guide lasts a lifetime.
I personally guide all of my clients. Before you book a hunt with me, I give you the opportunity to talk to EVERY client that I guided the previous season by supplying you with the names and phone numbers of ALL my clients from the previous season. Call them and ask them hard questions. By listening to their answers, you will see the clear value my business has over my competition. Because I provide the names of ALL my clients, you know YOUR NAME will be going on the list next season so you should have comfort in knowing I have a vested interest in your success. As the owner of the business, you should also know that I have a greater interest in your success than if I was simply putting you out with a hired hand like the other outfitters do. In a perfect world, everybody would care about the business as much as the owner. But we don't live in a perfect world.
There is a demographic that only wants to be guided by the owner of the business because they know what valuable dynamics that brings to their hunt/experience. Because I do all of my own guiding, the hunting is EXCELLENT. Because I do ALL of my own guiding, my time gets spoken for rather quickly. I treat everybody the same. I treat everybody the same when you are booking the hunts...the first person that puts money across my desk gets the dates. That gives everybody the same chance to hunt with me. When you book a hunt with me, my goal is to get you to come back on another hunt. The best way for me to get you to come back on a second hunt is to show you a great time on your first hunt.
It is sometimes hard to get a hunter to book a hunt with me the first time. However, it is a slam dunk to get them to book a second, third and fourth hunt with me after I have guided them once. I make my living on repeat business. If you have concerns about how to go about choosing a great outfitter, you should find comfort that I do ALL of my own guiding and everyone’s name goes on my client lists that I send out to prospective clients. There is a lot of risk in putting the names of all of my customers on a list as a way of demonstrating how good of an operation I am running. I risk other outfitters trying to poach my clients and I risk a client not saying great things about me. If I owned a run-of-the-mill operation, that would be a concern. I do not own a run-of-the-mill operation, I own an OUTSTANDING operation. I have a lot of confidence in my operation and you won’t be disappointed that you spent money with me.
You need to know what questions to ask the outfitter that you might trust to take you hunting. You will find out nothing about an outfitter by simply asking fluff questions about Price, Success Rate and Trophy Quality except what his price is. You have to ask the right questions if you want to know if you are dealing with a poor outfitter, a good outfitter, or a great outfitter. Bad outfitters are the cheapest because they have to be. They count on new business every year because repeat customers are a rarity in their books. But there are some bad outfitters that charge a lot. It is up to you to tell the difference between a bad outfitter from a good outfitter from a great outfitter. If you can't tell one from the other, go with one of the cheaper ones and understand that you won't have the success that you would with a better outfitter, but at least you won't spend much money. Outfitters charge what they do because they can't charge more. If an outfitter charges $1000, it is because he can't charge $1200. There are no outfitters that charge less because they don't like money.
When you book a hunt with me, do so knowing that I have your best interest in mind before, during and after the hunt. I am proud of that. Trust that you will get a great outdoor experience when you go hunting with me.
Unless other arrangements are made, I will be your guide. In a perfect world, an employee would care about the business as much as the owner. Unfortunately, we don't live in a perfect world. I do all of my own guiding unless other arrangements are made. It is comforting for you to know that the guy who is cashing your check (me) is the same guy who will accompany you in the field (me). I put my reputation on the line every time I cash a check.
I specialize in full service spike camp hunts in Alaska. We'll hunt for brown bear, black bear or moose, whether you're an experienced Alaska hunter or a first-time Alaska hunter looking for the best trophy hunting Alaska has to offer. Wolf and wolverine hunting are also available on my combo hunts. These combo hunts offer the best bang for your buck. Unguided, fully outfitted hunts are also available on a limited first-come-first-serve basis. If you are interested in going on the hunting trip
of your lifetime, contact me today.
from John VanDruezen, “Willie has the hustle,
energy, and experience to make your hunting experience a great
His attitude is excellent. Go with Willie and have
the confidence he will give you MORE than your money’s
worth, he is a true professional.”
from Ritchie Bennet, “I’ve hunted all over North
America and Alaska twice. Willie is the only guy I would trust
to guide me in Alaska again.”
researching a hunt, you should ask to speak with ALL of the clients
who hunted the same time you are considering hunting the previous
is foolish to consider booking a hunt with an outfitter before you speak
with hunters who have hunted the same time and place during
the previous season. It is important to know ahead of time what
you are getting for your money. I am proud of the attention I give
each client before, during, and after the hunt. Most importantly,
DON'T CONSIDER BOOKING A HUNT WITH ANYONE THAT IS NOT WILLING TO GIVE
YOU PHONE NUMBERS AND/OR EMAIL ADDRESSES OF ALL OF THEIR CLIENTS
FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR.
A 50% non-refundable deposit will reserve your hunt.
Jim River Guide Service Willie Dvorak, Owner and Guide