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Location: Central Pennsylvania
Joined: 07/23/2008
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I need pointed in the right direction

My life dream is to become a professional hunter or a hunting guide and I was wondering if anyone would be able to point me in the right direction on how to do either of theses things. I am an avid deer bear turkey and small game hunter. With years of experiences. I hope someone could help me out. Thank YOu.

Location: new york
Joined: 06/29/2008
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I need pointed in the right direction

My advise is this, buy yourself a camara and start filming hunts with your buddies after you have some good footage start hitting the the big hunting shows like the one in your home state in harrisburg and start networking you would be surprised who you could meet or what could happen.Unless you get extremely lucky you really need to know someone in the industrie. Goog luck ,if you need someone to film I'll come to PA to do some hunting this fall LOL

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Location: Central Pennsylvania
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I need pointed in the right direction

Thank You for your advice and im goin to do my best. I am goin to try and get a maryland hunting lisence this year to and try and get a little more action caught on tape.

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Location: Pa.
Joined: 06/15/2008
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I'm not sure how old you are or your level of experience, but one place you could start is a guide school as they often have job placement, but be careful to choose a good one. Years ago while hunting in Montana, I had just harvested a 120 class whitetail and was talking to the outfitter about the very same thing. I mentioned the guide school thing and he told me that while some outfitters like that sort of thing, his biggest thing was, do you know the game and do you know the area he was hunting. It was then that he said that if I wanted to guide, i could guide for him.
I have guided, done some television wrote hundreds of articles and let me tell you- It's not as glamorous as you may think. It's long hours, months of early mornings( preseason and season), lots of time away from family, very little time to hunt for yourself and the stress of trying to get your client his or her animal or getting the video footage you need to make a show can take a toll.
Now don't get me wrong, there are some great rewards with being a guide, great scenery, being with nature all the time, meeting some great people and givng those people experiences that they will remember for a lifetime.
Don't expect to get rich doing it, but since your in Pennsylvania, you're limited to the opportunites you may have. I would advise putting together a resume as to your hunting experience and present yourself to some of the outfitting operations that are out in your area of PA. Try your hand at guiding and if you think its something you want to further, then use that experience to get on with bigger operations in another part of the country if you want to.
If you're close to elk country try becoming proficient with them and take the test to be an elk guide in PA. A great stepping stone into being an elk guide outwest after a few seasons of guiding elk hunters here.
Hope this little bit helped you out.

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Location: Central Pennsylvania
Joined: 07/23/2008
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I need pointed in the right direction

thanks for the advice

Joined: 12/05/2008
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I need pointed in the right direction

How serious are you? I have guided very successfully in several states now own large tract of land in western new york. Are you willing to work for your education? If so, email me at cbaker638@yahoo.com

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