I've been looking for a bear hunt for a few years now. Every outfitter I have seen gets approx $10,000 -$12,000 for 7 days.
This is in a tent, NOT a cabin! This does NOT include my airfare, liscense and does NOT include prep of hide and ship back home.
If a small outfitter books 10 bear hunts in 3-4 months, thats $120,000 now yes they pay for a bush plane, but I have spoke to locals and its only $75-$150 flight. Yes they have quads, boats, yes they spend every waking minute scouting ect, but at $12,00 for 7 days in a tent. That comes to some serious money for only working less than a half a year.
Nowdays with the internet, that helps reduce how many shows you need to drive to for finding clients.
Even when you factor in a hired hand or 2 for 3 months, its still looks like a good money maker.
So, what big costs am I missing for a small time outfitter?
most of the outfitters I spoke with hunt public land too.
Even some outfitters don't offer fishing either. If you bag your bear the first couple of days, thats it your done.
I don't mean to complain, I just would like to know what costs I'm missing?