VELO DOG hit many of the main points that i would have offered. i have been a guide for 20 years in alaska, but have only been on one guided hunt. that was S Africa. many clients have hunted africa, they have 10 guys supporting them from cooking, washing clothes, packing, skinning, backup shooting etc. in alaska, you are gonna get ME, thats it!! unrealistic expectations is a real kill joy for a guide. remember, truly large animals are kind of freaks of nature. then, you have to be in the exact spot at the exact time that the freak of nature is out of the bush, or available to spot. then you have to make a successful stalk, then the client needs to shoot well. if any step (and I'm sure I've missed a couple) goes bad, wind changes, etc., the freak of nature gets away. how does the client deal with that? tape measures do not make great hunts. the epic adventure that a brown bear hunt from a boat, or a safari anywhere in africa or south america, etc is what makes the hunt. some guys shoot their animal and immediately want to leave camp with a full week of adventures to go! i have hunted hard, daylight to dark for 10 days and seen 1 shootable bear. (and no opportunity, got dark) how does the client react to disappointment? being in shape is pretty big, because it gives the client more opportunity. same with practicing with their gun, more opportunity. as said before, a client needs to listen to the guides advice. thats what you are paying for. if a guide makes a recommendation, listen to it. a hunter had brought a large caliber handgun to bear hunt, as a back up weapon. i advised against carrying it. i explained that his rifle shot 3 times harder than his hand cannon and he should use it, instead of trying to use the handgun. next day, he had his revolver on. he had a difficult time putting his pack on with the waistband on his pack and his revolver. he ended up putting it in his pack and carried it around in his pack all day, climbing, etc. the revolver stayed on the boat for the rest of the trip. who knew??!!! my goal when i went to africa was to be the client that got asked to come back. not sure i was successful, but that was my goal. your guide wants you to get an animal, maybe even more than YOU do. i know most guides are willing to work harder to get that animal than the clients are. that said, it is not the guides fault if you don't find the right animal, he can't just crap a giant moose or kudu out for you to shoot! be patient, savor the trip. ALL aspects of it. leave the tape at home. then, if you don't shoot a freak of nature, you can be satisfied that your trip was still amazing and time well spent.