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180Outdoors 05-20-2009 09:15 PM

Lodge Ideas?
Starting a Lodge on our guide service any do's and dont's to know about before just jumping in..

CIDEERHUNTER 05-21-2009 06:43 AM

RE: Lodge Ideas?
yah put in a tv and an xbox 360!

Bowexpert 05-21-2009 07:54 AM

RE: Lodge Ideas?
private rooms,,,,,,,,washer/dryers,,,,,,walk in cooler/freezer.....nice deck to hang out on...range w/treestand 3D's........depends on the budget .......Log Cabin ?

Bob H in NH 05-21-2009 08:33 AM

RE: Lodge Ideas?
Based mostly on an archery elk hunting lodge I've been to:

- big screen tv with satellite: don't bother, nobody watched it, well after tagging out possibly
- deck to sit and chat, ok, do need someplace/common room to chat.
- different size bedrooms to accomondate different group sizes,
- have at least 1 bedroom for a married couple
- bathrooms and showers, need enough showers to avoid jam ups in the morning
- jacuzzi: GREAT touch

Food is a key thing, find a good cook!

Mojotex 05-21-2009 10:29 AM

RE: Lodge Ideas?
Lots of stuff goes into going from a new guide service to being sought after. Too many to mention here. However here are a few that I consider paramount...

No.1 in my book ... never, evermisrepresent the "hunt". Word get out that what you are saying about the game and chances is bogus and you are toast.

Make sure your guides know what the heck they are doing ... and can manage a wide range of client skills and personalities.

Have an good, tested out emergency plan in the event of a medical emergency.

Make sure that you sit with the group before the hunt and throughly discuss all issuessuch as - safety expectations, meal times, injured animal policy,"trophy fee", etc.

If you are going to house folks, make sure the "camp" is more than adequate in every way.

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