Guide stalker tip

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Virbius

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Morning all,
I've got a morning stalk coming up at Hockwold, what is the current suggested amount for a tip for the guide? The last time I went I saw plenty of deer, got my rifle onto sticks twice, sadly not a safe/humane shot presented itself, I only had £20 with me so gave that as a tip. Does that sound about right or am I off the mark?
 

supersport

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Morning all,
I've got a morning stalk coming up at Hockwold, what is the current suggested amount for a tip for the guide? The last time I went I saw plenty of deer, got my rifle onto sticks twice, sadly not a safe/humane shot presented itself, I only had £20 with me so gave that as a tip. Does that sound about right or am I off the mark?
A very emotive subject there’s no rule of thumb when tipping just don’t be tight with your tip it won’t help if you want to go back if you’ve had a good time give a good tip £££ SS
 

Dexter

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A very emotive subject there’s no rule of thumb when tipping just don’t be tight with your tip it won’t help if you want to go back if you’ve had a good time give a good tip £££ SS
The trouble is knowing what is tight! £20 or £50? Personally I wouldn't have a clue either.
 

geoshot

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There's no hard and fast rule re tipping anywhere, though some sporting outfitters - typically in the USA or where American clients predominate - do "suggest" a level of tipping and in some cases it can be quite hefty, 25-30%, especially in the world of big game fishing.
Tipping seems to be a bit of a no-no in Scandinavia, I've seen instances where an attempt to tip was taken as an insult - the guides are paid a wage and that's enough apparently, clearly a major cultural difference there
Elsewhere a reasonable rule of thumb is around 10% of the fee, ie a tenner for a £100 stalk
£20 for a morning stalk here in the UK seems like a pretty good tip to me, hopefully no one would be offended by that
Just bite the bullet and ask if you want to clarify

If you do a search there have been a couple of threads on this subject, it tends to divide opinion - like quite a few subjects on SD :)
 

User00025

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Morning all,
I've got a morning stalk coming up at Hockwold, what is the current suggested amount for a tip for the guide? The last time I went I saw plenty of deer, got my rifle onto sticks twice, sadly not a safe/humane shot presented itself, I only had £20 with me so gave that as a tip. Does that sound about right or am I off the mark?

Taking it that Hockwold is a BASC stalking ground. Who is the "Guide"? If you are a member and paying BASC I would not tip. Anywhere else ie private estate tip the keeper/stalker.
Must now take a young chap out stalking, he won't tip because it's a job to be done, and he is good at it.
 

monarman

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Tips vary..... it's down to how much you've enjoyed yourself as much as anything.
Any tip is well appreciated as a guide wether its 20 quid or more... or in my case when I guide the lads pay for a nice evening meal and couple of beers .... I'm happy regardless.
 

dunwater

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£10- £20 for the morning seems about right if the guide stayed with you and it was stalking not high seat and you had a good outing. I personally regard the tip as a reward for services rendered, not something that's an automatic entitlement.
Unless I'm in the USA or on a driven shoot, then tipping all and sundry is just part of the day's expenses.
 

Apthorpe

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I'd tip what you feel is appropriate. It's a personal gesture of appreciation and therefore has as much to do with you. I expect and would hope that most guides/stalkers/keepers have an eye for affordability. They usually have a good eye for distinguishing between their wealthier and less wealthy clients. I'd appreciate a tip of a tenner from, e.g., a farm worker who turned up in an old banger, more than I'd appreciate £50 from a banker, who turned up in a new Range Rover. The number isn't so important, as the degree of appreciation or respect that it shows. Perhaps 2 hrs of your earnings would be a good tip.

It is a reward for the service, and if you think he was very good, then perhaps stretch yourself a little. As others say, it may come back to help you in the future, whether he is more keen to take future bookings, or in some other way.
 

White Hart

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This is always a difficult one and I think it varies on what you doing, so Id say Lowland is different to Highland stalking for instance. Not denying that someone in a Lowland environment doesn't put the hours in not saying that at all but for me the Highland guys earn a good tip its hard work. Also typically you've got them all day where as Lowland might be a morning / evening.

Looking at pheasant shooting as a guide a team of guns on say on a 120 bird day may tip £20 - 30 each to the keeper? As another example I load from time to time, the gun has my attention for the day id expect a tip in the £000's

So I transpose this over to lowland stalking, morning / evening = 00's, all day Highland stalking = 000's. The obvious caveat to this though is if I feel im getting value for money...
 

sh1kar

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FWIW and to help OP I personally tip c £25-£30 a day in highlands on hinds and £40-£50 on stags where I am usually there for a week and have been out all day with the stalker and we have had a reasonable level of success by the end of the week. I would also expect to take him/her and their partner for a decent meal and usually take up a couple of bottles of decent whiskey for the larder as well

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