About Guides for Whitetail Deer Hunting

So you’ve finally decided to book that once in a lifetime whitetail deer hunting trip for a trophy whitetail deer.

whitetail deer hunting at Whitetail Country in Ohio

Trophy Whitetail Deer with Giant Felt Covered Rack

Or you didn’t draw that tag in your home state, but you want to make the most of it by hiring a whitetail deer hunting guide. So what’s the first step in hiring a guide for your whitetail deer hunting trip? Who should you hire? Why should you hire a whitetail deer hunting guide? Where should you go whitetail deer hunting so you can get that trophy buck you’ve always wanted? Whitetail Country in Ohio is a great place to get your “Trophy Whitetail Buck”!

I’ll answer these questions and I’ll try to give you all the information you’ll need. Help you protect yourself by hiring the right whitetail deer hunting guide. And to maximize your trip and your hard-earned dollars. Many of the suggestions I will give you are based on the knowledge I’ve learned from being a professional in the whitetail deer hunting industry in Ohio, Whitetail Country Inc., a whitetail deer hunting preserve in Ohio, to be specific. You can contact them here: Call them now!

Why Should You Hire a Whitetail Deer Hunting Guide?

There are many different reasons people look to go whitetail deer hunting with a guide, from being an out of state whitetail deer hunter to not having the time to put into scouting for that dream trophy whitetail buck, for which you’ve waited 20 years to draw a tag.

Contrary to what some people think, if you hire a guide for your whitetail deer hunting trip, he will not hold you by the hand and leisurely walk you out into the woods and fields to show you several different animals to harvest and tell you to pick one. Here in Ohio over 50% of our land is public, so there is quite a bit of competition between whitetail deer hunters for the prime spots to hunt. I see and talk to many people who finally drew a great tag, who decided not to hire a guide. But come to find out that the areas they have scouted and put all their hopes and dreams into is the same spot that 50 other whitetail deer hunters also thought was the promised land.

This is a few reasons why I highly recommend?going to Whitetail Country in Ohio:

  1. Whitetail Country is a “Whitetail Deer Hunting Preserve”.
  2. Only one group at a time is allowed to hunt.
  3. There is no competition from other whitetail deer hunters.
  4. You don’t need a hunting license!
  5. You will be hunting on a 300+ acre high fence whitetail deer hunting preserve.
  6. It doesn’t get any better than this!

Don’t get me wrong, this is real whitetail deer hunting, but at it’s best!

Okay, if you hire a whitetail deer hunting guide there is a great chance that they have hunted whitetail deer in that area for many years and have developed a novel of information on areas with the highest and lowest hunting pressure. They know the whitetail deer movements when they get pressure and if bad weather moves in. Way too often whitetail deer hunters spend the first 3 days of a five or seven day whitetail deer hunt relearning the area once opening day for whitetail deer starts and the whitetail deer have changed their patterns. Not to say that there aren’t times these situations throw a wrench in a whitetail deer hunting guides plans, but a good whitetail deer hunting guide always has a backup plan in place so your whitetail deer hunt will continue on without missing a beat. Most of the guides we know will book their whitetail hunts at Whitetail Country right here in Ohio.

Are There Any Financial Benefits to Hiring a Whitetail Deer Hunting Guide?

Next lets take a look at the financial end of going to a whitetail deer hunting preserve. From an out of state whitetail deer hunters perspective, I think it’s a no brainer, unless you have hours and hours to put in on the phone talking to everyone you can get a hold of and prying information out of them on good whitetail deer hunting areas. And that’s if they will even give out that information. If you’re not an avid phone talker, you’d need to have the time and financial means to make a couple scouting trips out to the state or area you plan to do your whitetail deer hunting.

whitetail deer hunting - photo of man with his trophy whitetail buck

Beautiful Trophy Whitetail Buck Taken from Whitetail Country in Ohio

A great example is an area we call the strip in Arizona. This area has world-class whitetail deer, but it takes on average of 12 to 13 years to draw a tag with some people waiting 20 plus years. If I drew a tag there I would want to do a minimum of 10 scouting trips and it’s 400 miles one way from my home. With fuel prices being what they are right now, I would spend about $3,000.00 in fuel and then add in any vehicle breakdowns, food and so on. After spending all that money I still would only know a fraction of what a good whitetail deer hunting guide at a preserve like Whitetail Country would know. And I still would have no idea about the whitetail deer movement patterns once the whitetail deer hunting begins.

As a whitetail deer hunting guide I firmly believe I could go up there and harvest a 180 inch to 190 inch whitetail deer. But after waiting so long to draw a tag in an area that can and has produced 240 inch bucks, I would still hire a local whitetail deer hunting guide for a guide only trip and supply my own camp and food. I would end up spending about the same as doing it myself, but I would have someone with me who knows the ins and outs of the whitetail deer hunting land. And that would maximize what could be a once in a life time opportunity. The best?way to maximize your time and money is to go to a great Whitetail Deer Hunting Preserve. I can’t say enough about Whitetail Country in Ohio. They are well established, been in the business for a long time. And they have “World Class” whitetail deer where you are likely to bag that trophy buck you’ve always wanted!

Where Can I Find Whitetail Deer Hunting Guides?

So assuming you’ve decided to go ahead and hire a whitetail deer hunting guide, what’s the next step? You can call the state agency who handles the licensing for whitetail deer guides to see if they can give you any recommendations on some reputable companies. In Ohio, our Game and Fish Department does not provide this service but many other states do. Next you can usually look in the state hunting regulations book for advertisements and start calling and discussing your plans with them. You can also surf the Internet to find lists of whitetail deer hunting guides by state or animal.

Of course if you’re going to be whitetail deer hunting in Ohio we recommend Whitetail Country in Ohio. You can find their contact info here: Contact them now!

How Can I Select the Right Whitetail Deer Hunting Guide?

Whitetail Deer Hunting - Racks from Trophy Whitetail Deer

Racks from Trophy Whitetail Deer

I always recommend calling at least three different guides before making a decision. The two things I always tell people are that you need to get verifiable current references and make sure your personality gels with that of the guides. You certainly dont want to show up on a hunt you’ve spent months dreaming about only to find out you don’t get along with the person you’re tied to for the next week. Okay I’m exaggerating, but you get point. Validating compatibility is best for both you and the guide.

Also make sure to verify the guide is properly licensed and they are permitted to guide in the area you will be hunting whitetail deer. The BLM and the National Forest require all guides to have a special use permit to run operations on their lands. If possible, I always require a face-to-face visit with prospective clients. As the guide I also want to make sure we will get along. Most reputable guides want their clients to have an enjoyable and exciting whitetail deer hunting experience. That way you will book another whitetail deer hunting trip with them. Also, you’ll tell your friends how great the experience was and they too will have to go on a whitetail deer hunting trip.

Can the Whitetail Deer Hunting Guide Deliver My Dream Hunt?

Once you have chosen the whitetail deer hunting guide you want to use make sure you explain what your expectations are for the whitetail deer hunt. Ask your guide if your expectations are realistic and obtainable. So many times I have people call me and say I drew this tag and I want to kill a giant 220 inch trophy whitetail buck. At Whitetail Country here in Ohio we do have several trophy whitetail bucks over 220 inches harvested every year. But they are not around every tree and they’re not living on every whitetail deer hunting preserve. All the reputable whitetail deer hunting guides I know would be honest with you. Even at Whitetail Country whitetail deer hunting preserve you’ll know what and where you will be hunting. They can also tell you what size animal you could possibly harvest because they know the population of whitetail deer on the preserve. But they cannot promise you that 220 inch monster buck. Beware of any guide that promises you ?a 220 inch trophy whitetail buck. Guide or no guide, it is still hunting and there are still some things out of our control.

What Should I Ask My Whitetail Deer Hunting Guide?

Whitetail Deer Hunting - Beautiful Trophy Buck

Beautiful Trophy Buck at Whitetail Country

Remember to get all the specifics on such things as whitetail deer hunting start and end dates and transportation to and from camp. Get all specifics in writing so every one is on the same page as to what services are included in the price you will be paying. Make sure if there are special items you require for food or if you have allergies, you notify the guide in writing prior to your arrival in camp.

Also make sure you ask who will be your guide. Many times I’ve heard complaints from other whitetail deer hunting camps that they thought the person that would be guiding them was the same person they had been talking with and booked the whitetail deer hunting trip with only to show up at camp and have a guide there who they dont even know. Some guide services sub out clients to other companies or individuals. Whitetail Country in Ohio never does that.

And Last But Certainly Not Least

Last but not least, there are two things that are totally in your control to maximize your whitetail deer hunting trip and opportunities. First, be in good physical condition. Second, be as proficient as possible with your weapon. Ask the guide what distances you should be prepared to shoot and then practice with the weapon you’ll be using for your whitetail deer hunting trip.

Whichever direction you decide to take, either doing it yourself whitetail deer hunting or hiring a whitetail deer hunting guide, don’t forget why you are there in the first place. You are there to experience new and enjoyable things and make lifelong memories. Do not let it be only about the kill, with only that driving you, or you’ll miss out on all the other great things right in front of you.