THINGS TO KNOW AND ASK YOUR OUTFITTER/GUIDE BEFORE BOOKING A TRIP
1. An outfitter is considered anyone who provides outfitted services to the public.
Does your outfitter have the proper permits and licenses? Ask to see them.
Is your outfitter legal to be on the land and/or waters where you are being guided?
Does your outfitter have the proper permits to be where they are taking you?
Examples include but are not limited to:
U.S. Forest Service*Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
National Parks/State Parks* Department of Natural Resources DNR)
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
Check with the state or federal agency involved to confirm they have authorization to outfit there.
2. If a water based outfitter/guide:
Does your outfitter/guide have a Washington State Guides license?
Does your outfitter/guide have a U.S. Coast Guard license?
This is mandatory on most fresh water rivers and lakes and all salt water systems.
3. Is your outfitter properly insured?
Ask your outfitter/guide to provide references?
Call those references, and ask them for a couple of names from others that were in their camp.
Did you know that if an outfitter does not comply with these licenses and or permits they are considered to be an “illegal” outfitter?
Even if proper insurance is in effect, claims can be denied because of noncompliance with state and federal Laws.
4. Know the physical requirements needed for your trip; ask how much hiking and horseback riding you can expect.
If you suffer from any disability or medical condition, even a minor one, you and the outfitter could wind up with a serious problem.
5. For your own protection, do your research and check into your outfitters’ credentials!
*The more homework you do, the happier you will be.*
Don’t put yourself or your loved ones at risk!