I love tour guiding and have done it for a long time now. I also, in my spare time, thoroughly enjoy going camping, fishing and hunting. I’ve been an outdoors enthusiast all my life.
More recently I’ve decided to combine my love of tour guiding together with my love of the outdoors. I’ve done some research and found that there is an opening for hunting guides in California.
I’m busy buying rifles, hunting knives and camping equipment
In fact I believe I can establish a reasonable income as a hunting guide so I’ve decided to go for it. I’m currently starting to buy my equipment, including a number of rifles, so that my clients have one each, and plenty of camping gear. I’m even buying simple things like flashlights and hunting knives, from The Hunting Knife Guide.
There is a growing interest in hunting in California, and although many people do it already it’s becoming more popular. There is also a growing interest in getting outdoors and going camping, and I believe that I can attract people to the outdoors wilderness experience and take them camping and hunting together.
Of course it’s very expensive to set up. Just buying the rifles, I’m buying 3 to start with, is expensive enough. However when I add up the cost of tents, sleeping equipment, backpacks and more it certainly comes to quite a significant cost. But I’ve done my research and I believe I can recover that cost within a few months.
I’m a reasonably capable hunter and I’m confident that I can take people hunting and produce a good result for them. I’ve been hunting for many years, I’m a good shot and I’ve been very successful at it. Probably the most limiting factor will be how good a shot my clients are. If they can’t shoot straight there are likely to produce much of a result.
Of course I’ve got to store everything as well, and my house is very small. Hopefully I can store the larger items like the tents and the backpacks in my garage. Whilst all the smaller items, like the hunting knives, knife sharpening tools, small camping equipment, flashlights and so on I can store in the house. I have a couple of wardrobes that should be big enough to store the small hunting and camping items.
Of course as well as buying the equipment I have to market my hunting guiding service as well, and this won’t be easy. I’m currently looking at the cost of advertising in some local hunting magazines. I’m also thinking of putting up some advertisements in my local town and advertising in the local newspaper.
I’ll start small but once I build up my clientele I think I can build it into a full-time income. Given that I enjoy hunting so much I think it will be the perfect guiding opportunity for me.
Of course I won’t be giving up my regular guiding, that’s my bread and butter. But hopefully I’ll be able to add the hunting guiding in and make it all work together.
And of course guiding is a very seasonal business. A lot of my regular tour guiding takes place overseas, and quite a bit of it is in the winter. So I’m quite busy during the winter but I have a little extra time during the summer.
Of course camping and outdoors is primarily a summer activity, and so it will work quite well combining my winter tour guiding with my summer hunting guiding.
I’m really looking forward to it. Whilst I love my general tour guiding I have become a little jaded recently, and have, on occasions, wondered if there is something else that I can do.
Hopefully becoming a hunting guide will get my enthusiasm levels high again.