Donation Hunts - Questions about clients????
This topic has been in my mind for quite some time and I am sure some other outfitters has experienced exactly the same as what I have a number of times now.
When a client wants to book a hunt with a outfitter they usually do an "audit" and cross examination on the outfitter which is all fine and good. You have to do your research. But when it comes to auction night the outfitter is not even in the considiration. It is the price and how many animals you can shoot for as little money possible!
Okay I am hearing a lot of people saying off course it is the price... But why then cross exam truthfull outfitters if you would buy an auction hunt from ANY outfitter at a "incredible" price?
It occurs to me that more and more clients are buying as many possible hunts on auctions and fundraisers then line them up for back to back "cheap" safaris. This is busy hurting the hunting business and honest and truthfull outfitters out there. We all believe in giving people a good deal but outfitters has to make a living. And why then give clients good deals and excellent service if they do not even blink an eye when a "once in a lifetime" deal/auction comes up.
We as outfitters do not donate hunts because we have to many animals and defnitely not because our acounts are overflowing with $$$$'s. We donate hunts to MAINLY build up a client database on we can rely on being faithfull to us as outfitters like we are to them as clients. Most outfitters goes out of their way to make these "donation"(FREE hunt's because 99% of the money goes to the SCi Chapters) such a memory and experience for the clients so that clients would want to return to their operations.
Yes you do get the odd outfitters that does not care if a client would return or not. But I believe that most outfitters cherish every client and wants to give each and every client their best so they would return to their operation when ever they would like to hunt Africa again. I get the feeling that clients are busy taking advantage of outfitters in this matter and that more and more outfitters are getting fed up with this matter repeating itself year after year.
We also do understand that it is the clients money and choice on where he wants to hunt like in any other aspect of life. But if you have someone who you can trust and that you see will go all the way to make your trip go as smooth as possible, get you the best trophies possible etc. Why not support the outfitter by sticking with him for your whole trip if he does an excellent job... Clients are always the first to report a bad hunt with an outfitter but I have never seen a outfitter reporting a client that has treated the outfitter wrong in certain ways which has happened before!
I may be a little out of the way here but I have experienced this a number of times and know some outfitters that experienced the same deal. I am posting this thread to get a better understanding on what is going on with this matter and if it is going to get worse or better.
I am looking forward on talking about this...
Happy hunting everybody.