Hunting Guides are regularly being trashed by some. Not long ago most all hunting guides were reguarded as men of integrity and deserving respect.
The men and the industry were an important segment of the Alaskan economy and culture.
As with other trades, guiding is pursued as a profession by those with an interest in it. Men and wemon who like to hunt get better at it and some want to earn a living taking others hunting. This is an honest way to support a family.
In any business there are those who are not honest and ethical. This is still an exception in hunting I think, as I believe most people are honest in thier dealings. There are always hunters whether guided or not who are willing to cheat. There will always be guides who make thier living from those hunters who are willing to get an animal outside the law.
Guides using assistants is another way to try to discredit the industry. This is nonsense. It is great that there are guides such as BRNBR who run small personal operations. But as with house building or whatever there are operations of all sizes. The builder starts out as a carpenter helper because he wants to be a carpenter and some have an eye on being a licensed builder.
Some guides never persue being the licensed Guide/Outfitter, just as some carpenters never persue being a licened Builder. Not because they arn't good at what they do (hunting) but because they are not business men. The larger Guides hire these assistant guides who are competant and professional hunters in thier own right.
There are those who ridicule transport by horse but it's ok for them to use a plane to land on a lake or mountain, or 4 wheeler or snow machine to get back 20 to 50 miles. Sheep hunting by horse is not about driving up to a ram and shooting it. A horse allows a person to get thier camp and hunting gear farther in....same as 4 wheelers and airplanes. Then you still gotta take a daypack, rifle and water and climb and stalk. Huntin' by horse is honest, ethical and enjoyable hunting.
To me the 4 wheeler is downgrading our wilderness but I ain't gonna start a petition to stop using them. I will choose to get to where it ain't too crowded as I have for 35 years by horse, plane, 4-wheeler, track machine, or snow machine. I've used them all and Iv'e walked along ways in Alaska.
Every year we get more people in Alaska who whine about the way things are here. They want to bring the Outside ways with them cause its too hard.
We are losing Alaska to these people and that's a shame.