Jun 29, 2012, 1:01 AM EDT
By Bill Miller
Fun experiences come my way as an outdoor writer and television host that I’d never enjoyed had I taken a different trail. The perfect example is an email forwarded to me for a recommendation earlier this week because of my connection to Outfittersrating.com.
A young man from the South wrote for a recommendation on a nice hunting lodge at which he and his bride could enjoy “an unforgettable honeymoon” hunting whitetail deer after their wedding. My first thought was that I hope their honeymoon is unforgettable regardless of where they go and what they do … in a GOOD unforgettable way. Of course, he’s a big step in the right direction by selecting a soon-to-be-wife who will appreciate and enjoy a hunting honeymoon as much as he will. Way to go!
Upon reading his email, I immediately began mentally sifting through memories of great whitetail hunts I’ve enjoyed in the last 30 years. I can think of a bunch, but knew he’d have to answer some more questions for me to give a strong recommendation. Are they bow hunters? How much time do they have? How far are they willing to travel? What’s the budget? How do they feel about high-fence hunting?
I’m currently waiting for the young man’s reply and look forward to offering a place or two at which I’m certain they’ll kick off their lives as man and wife with a truly unforgettable – GOOD unforgettable – honeymoon. But despite my personal knowledge of any destination I will recommend, once I get a better handle on “their kind of hunting” I’m going to double check the www.outfittersrating.com website to see what other hunters have to say about the operations. Like the Outfittersrating.com motto says, “Trust but verify.” Excellent words of wisdom.
If you haven’t yet been to the www.outfittersrating.com website, do yourself a favor and check it out. The primary benefit of the site is an easily understandable rating of various outfitters from their previous clients on a 1-10 scale in 10 categories. Outfitters are searchable by name, species and location. It’s quick, easy and reassuring.
The service is free to both outfitters and to users. That way there’s no influence by anyone “buying their way in.” As an avid, worldwide hunter the founder of the site, Doug Hamric, recognized the need for this kind of service and set about building it three years ago. It’s expanded to include Outfitters Rating TV as well as providing outsourced ratings services to organizations like the North American Hunting Club. NAHC’s long-applauded Outfitters & Guides Rating program is now powered by Outfittersrating.com.
Currently about 1,300 outfitters around the world are listed with www.outfittersrating.com and it grows each day. Earlier this year, service was expanded to fishing as well with ratings of fishing guides, lodges and charter services. Of course, no one can guarantee a memorable – GOOD memorable — hunting or fishing trip – even if it is part of a honeymoon – but OutfittersRating.com is a nice piece of confidence in starting … or finishing … your research on any outfitted adventure.
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