Become a Hunting Guide: 5 Ways to Earn Money From Hunting

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This has always been a dream of mine, to become a professional hunting outfitter. I have contemplated this over the years and I’ve been going back and forth on whether it’s a good idea or not.

I really wish I would have taken the steps necessary to become a hunting guide as now that I’m older and have been in contact with a ton of hunting outfitters and also seen the possibilities there are with Youtube, Instagram, etc the possibilities are endless! There are basically a million ways now to make money from just doing what you love. Of course, I’m not 100 years old so it’s still very possible I could drop my day job as an architect and just go for hunting. But somehow I feel that my wife and kids would have something to say about that.

So this article is for the rest of you who like me wish they could be hunting all year around, I have been collecting data and statistics and tried to compile it down to the best ideas on how to earn money from hunting. Not because we need to make money from everything we do but it’s just fantastic to be able to do what you love and also support your family while doing so.

1. Become a Hunting Guide / Hunting Outfitter

The awesome part about this is that you really don’t need any academic education or any kind of formal education to get started. All you need is basically land to hunt on and good knowledge of the legislation for your state. Some would argue that the most important part here is to be a super awesome ninja hunter with 200 world record trophies under your belt. But in reality, if you ask people who have ever gone on hunting trips I assure you that 99.9% prefer someone who is modest, knows their land, friendly, and laid back. There are very few people who want to visit you just because you’re good at hunting trophies, people are looking for a full experience not to meet their idol.

A while back we did a ton of research for our post about the best hunting outfitters sate by state and during that research, we looked at a ton of reviews, and by far the biggest factor in deciding what was a good hunting guide or not was the fact at how “helpful” and “friendly” the guides were. This was according to user feedback the feature that separated the good ones from the bad ones.

Skills Required For A Hunting Guide

So what we’re saying here is that it’s really not important that you’re the #1 hunter in your area and that you’ve hunted for years, what is important is how you meet your customers and that you know your local area and the legislation. I would highly suggest that you start out with contacting one of the established hunting guides or outfitters in your state and learn from them for a while before you start your own business. Just to get a sense of what people are looking for. Check this list here and click on your state and you will find the hunting guides with the best reviews for your state.

Meanwhile, you start working for someone else I would also highly suggest that you start building some authority in the field that you are trying to target, be it deer hunting, hog hunting, elk hunting, moose hunting or duck hunting. Start a blog (much like this one) or a Youtube channel or somewhere where you can start getting in contact with people in the same field and build a network that will later help you a ton with getting clients to your guided hunts.

  • Income/salary: Not brilliant, around 2500-3500 USD per month.
  • Active/Passive: Active, you need to work all the time.
  • Pros: You can do what you love.
  • Cons: You will most likely never become rich from your work unless you make a business out of it.
  • Overall Score: 3/5

2. Organize Hunting Trips

Hunting is a huge industry that a ton of Americans are passionate about. 101.6 million Americans participated in wildlife-related activities in 2016. There are around 12 million hunters in the US so you are sure to have a strong audience and a lot of customers to market your hunting trips too. A lot of these hunters don’t have their own land to hunt on and even if they do they often want to try some other game or land.

You can reach out to a few people across the US and preferably in other countries where you are allowed to hunt. Of course, you will need to pay the owner of the land and find good lodging but once you get going you could for sure offer a couple of destinations with different game in mind. I would try to spread out the hunting