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    stalking guides ripping off stalkers

    Hi Guys

    Now I understand this thread is going to throw the cat among the pigeons but here goes.

    I am getting sick to death of hearing stories from fellow stalkers, some less fortunate then myself ,that they have been ripped off (or attempted to be ripped off) by a stalking guide.

    this practice needs to STOP its completey out of order , and if you sell stalking I would expect your pricing to be completely transparent and clear before the outing starts.

    not like a certain member on here who is not being very clear about pricing and then once you shoot something he is landing (or trying to land ) you with a big bill, he is also forcing clients to take shots they may not be comfortable with.

    this really pisses me off as some of these guys have very little disposable money and I have helped them in the past with free stalking to help them along the way.

    i will be speaking to admin about this particular member.


    may i just add this site is brilliant and i love being part of it and contribing towards it , and bar the odd stalking guide, the guides who offer stalking on this site are top notch people who offer great stalking.

    Rant over


    ATB

    Dave
    Last edited by 223; 19-04-2015 at 13:49.

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    I did ask a member on here (honestly can't remember who) about stalking and got the briefest / vaguest answer imaginable

    I just assumed they were going to make it up as they went along so never followed it up. In my mind, and I know some disagree, stalking rates should be listed. I know the excuse given is too many variables but it doesn't take long to either write or read a list, at least you know what you're letting yourself in for then.

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    sorry you feel you can't name the chap as it may help others from being on the same spot !! there are good hard working guys on here that don't need to get stuffed with an out of the blue fee and they prob would feel obliged in paying it even though it was't part of the pre-stalk talk . black and white talking n stalking is the best way to keep guys coming back. !!!

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    Dave

    It is not just the stalking world I am afraid, there are people like that in all walks of life - just seem to be more than our share in the shooting world (Not just stalking!)

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    Name and shame to protect others.......... And warn against any further issues that may rise once if banned on here

    That's why some stalkers don't put prices on here is know that some get better deals than others when speaking about experiences. When I first started stalking virtually every stalker asked about my experience reasons I now know resulted in costs etc. Surprisingly price drops when you say you're experienced..
    Last edited by weeman; 19-04-2015 at 14:48.

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    Dave there's a few taking the piss large stalking fee shot fee ect ect if you shoot a buck ends up at 100s a big piss take

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    Here we go again.....

    I don't see why it's so difficult to put a price list together, indeed many professional stalking guides do it. All it needs is species, male/female, length of antler, and details of any other costs (witnessing, use of estate rifle/ammo, trophy preparation, etc.). What's so hard about that?

    On the other hand, why book stalking if you don't know the possible costs upfront? Ask the guide for a list of charges to be emailed. If they can't do this, it should start ringing alarm bells.

    Sadly, in stalking as in so much else, it is very much a case of "caveat emptor".
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by weeman View Post
    When I first started stalking virtually every stalker asked about my experience reasons I now know resulted in costs etc. Surprisingly price drops when you say you're experienced..
    That's a bit of a sweeping generalisation!

    There are numerous good reasons to ask what experience a client has - experience with a rifle, experience stalking deer, safety, equipment, who to have guiding them, expectations, etc. None of this should affect the fees charged.

    Guiding someone isn't simply a case of walking round in front of them for a couple of hours
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    Always ask for full details of costs ! eg culls trophys missed shots used ammo if using estate rifles ect and get it in writing if possible
    Atb Dave.
    Last edited by sikamalc; 21-04-2015 at 18:04.

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