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Hello im looking for a mule deer hunt .I am in north carolina and really dont know a much about getting started with a outfitter.I Have looked on the internet and theres lots of different outfitters out there.What im looking for is a outfitter i can hunt with that i most likely will kill a pretty nice muley buck .I also would like to bring my wife along so that pretty much rules out a bunk house.(we would really like stay in a cabin).So if anyone has any suggestions please let me know.Im intereased in any hunt out west . THANKS KENT

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Check under the anything goes forum here at Biggamehunt.net. There was some great info about picking outfitters in a thread a while back there and good luck.
~Jeff~
The link below will take you to one of the past threads. I belive just searching the older forums would cover all you could ever wanna know.

http://www.biggamehunt.net/forums/viewtopic.php?p=13586&highlight=#13586

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Jeff points to some good info, here are some other pointers that I would look for in an outfitter.

-> Location. You want a nice muley. Unfortunately they don't exist everywhere, try to get a feel for the track record of the units/areas the outfitter hunts. Most wildlife agencies post lists of harvest records in units, these can be start of figuring out hunting pressure. Ask around, some units are limited hunting, pushing up the general draw points required, but have much better potential, which leads to the next point

-> Are tags included? Most western hunting is draw only. Want a shot at a great muley in the western states on public land? Get in line, "trophy" units take a long time to draw. Some states, have landowner programs which allocate tags to private owners in return for allowing some public access. This can be a way to circumvent the long wait times, although you pay for it in. Deals are out there though.

-> Are they licensed, bonded, and insured? Most states that I'm aware of require outfitters to be registered. Ask for a license number then call the dnr to get info about the outfitter and the states outfitter association (if they are a member).

Cabins may be possible, but camping is probably the general rule in remote muley country.

Good luck, I've never met a bad outfitter. Almost all are nice folks, although just do your research because it is a significant investment in time/money.

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You might want to check out our first article from several years ago.

How To Select a Guide and Outfitter

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Thanks for all your help!! Well ive been looking a listening at all of your post.Ive got plenty of time to take in all of the great advice from yall.Ive got a buddy that hunts with bear track outfitters every year.Hes tring to talk me in to going with him.Have any of you hunted with them or know anyone who has? There web site looks good but Im still not sure if its the place for me.
Thanks Again KENT

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If their registered with the colorado outfitters association (COA), I'd call them and see if there is any info on them.

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only 1/3rd of the registered outfitters in colorado are members of the COA. All are registered with the state and have license numbers.
All I can say is do your homework when it comes to choosing an outfitter. The hunting area they operate in is probably the most important thing when it comes to the species you want to hunt and what kind of hunt you choose.

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