Pitfall #6: Ensuring the lines between the client/guide relationship never blur
"Most guides appreciate it when you hunt with them as if you're hunting with a good friend, and share the camp chores," Schaffer advises. "When it comes time to eat, as a paying client, I could just sit down on the ground and wait for my meal, but if you help gather the water or firewood, or set up the tents, and load the packs for the morning hunt, guides really appreciate that. Or maybe you're sitting on a hillside with your guide glassing for animals; a lot of hunters don't even bring binoculars, or have any interest in glassing for game because that's the 'guide's job.' Why not be as involved in your hunt as you can? And if you're successful and bag an animal, you could just make the guide haul it out, but a lot of guides aren't going to appreciate that. When you're truly working with your guide as a team, your odds for success can skyrocket."