4 replies [Last post]
Offline
Location: Plano, TX
Joined: 08/09/2006
Posts: 92
Booking Agent

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I have the opportunity to go to work for a large booking agent that represents hundreds of outfitters around the world. I've traveled to hunt and fish but never through a booking agent. What are your experiences with booking agents, pros v. cons, opinions of the industry, etc...? Thanks for your help as this is a major decision for me.

Offline
Location: ontario
Joined: 07/07/2006
Posts: 237
Re: Booking Agent

There must be hundreds of booking agents around the country. Some work at it, many don't. Most really have no idea just how good or poor their clients (outfitters) actually are. Most have never met the outfitter they represent personally. And most hunters book their hunts through word of mouth or recomendations or meeting and talking to an outfitter at outdoor shows. I suppose theres a future in it but how many ball players actually get to the bigs?

Offline
Location: Plano, TX
Joined: 08/09/2006
Posts: 92
Booking Agent

I've wondered how many player can get in the bigs too. I guess the answer is those that are good enough. Those that do know their outfitters and the experience they provide. Those who are in it for the long haul so that they make sure they match clients with the right outfitters and then make sure the clients are taken care of. You are right word of mouth recommendation is the best way to know what an outfitter can provide, but when one does not have that, our company can provide them an unbiased, or at least less biased direction than an individual outfitter can who is trying to book their trip. We can do so because we represent many outfitters who do similar but varrying specifically services. For example, we represent 25 outfitters for elk. Therefore, we can direct the client towards the specific experience they are looking for, which we know because our agents have hunted with all of them and approved of their services. We stake our reputation on that because we exist to serve the clients, the hunters and fisherman, because it is both good business and because we are hunters and fishermen who dream too of great trips.

Offline
Moderator
Location: texas
Joined: 04/23/2006
Posts: 483
booking agents

i have only used one booking agent on all my hunts. I have been to Canada once, and just went throught the internet and had a good hunt in Newfoundland for caribou and moose. I went to Namibia and just booked through the internet (yes it was a gamble but it paid off well) and had a great hunt for plains game. I used a booking agent for my cape buffalo trip to Tanzania because of all the crazy fees involved ( gun permits, concession fees, taxes, etc, which make it next to impossible to try to figure the actual cost up front. This agent had an out the door price, excluding of course tips and trophy fees on animals other than the two buffalo, and any other tourist type stuff on my own. That time, an agent was very helpful. I am going back to Namibia next year for leopard and will just go thru the safari outfitter, which is who I hunted with the first time. I think the agent did a good job for me but many hunts can be done on your own for simpler hunts. All my US hunts have been on my own. For a multi species, big 5 type hunt, I would recommend a booking agent.

Offline
Location: ontario
Joined: 07/07/2006
Posts: 237
Re: booking agents

From my side of the coin as an outfitter, I've had dealings with more than a few booking agents. One wanted to see my operation and film a hunt for a promo tape. So I had to set him and his wife up over a bait, she shot and missed or wounded a nice bear, then he wanted to try again at a different bait. He shot a 120 lb bear, then immediately shot a second that 'charged' him. I was too embarrased to show his promo tape because of the size of the bears he took. His hunt was free of course. He never did bring me one client. Others guaranteed their services but I've never gotten a client from them either. I get 2 or 3 guysevery fall offering their services over the Net, I get companies offering to list my outfit on their websites. So to be safe,I do it all myself. I give my guys the best hunt and holiday I can and am fully booked from one year to the next. As a hunter, I'd never use a booking agent for a North American hunt, Canadian or U.S. but would research it for myself. If I was going to Europe or Africa, then I'd go booking agent all the way. Its an iffy business you're getting into. Its at the whim of economies all over the world but I do hope you make the right choice and whatever way you go, I wish you the best.

Related Forum Threads You Might Like

ThreadThread StarterRepliesLast Updated
booking agent neededelkaholic4life111/08/2007 20:51 pm
now booking for hog huntshoosierhunter06007/05/2006 09:55 am
I'm in love with a vegantxbritman805/15/2012 14:47 pm
New Mexico Antelope Huntingmedinabowhunter007/08/2011 14:05 pm
wanted hunters/fishermen to help book some of my huntsTHT601/28/2006 18:32 pm