Since the rise of man, the need for hunting, fishing, and gathering has been essential to our survival. The hunting and gathering dynamic is no longer the basis of our society, but has grown into a popular outdoor sport. Animals are still killed for meat and hides, but are also now killed for the trophy they may yield. Big game, like deer and elk, are often killed for their antlers while fish are kept somewhat whole for trophy mounting.
When scheduling a trip or vacation, it's smart to book a guide along with the outdoor lodge or campsite before you fly. Guides not only know the sport inside and out, but they also know the lay of the land, where the best game are, any extra equipment you may need such as a fishing mule, and some even know the history of the area. The skills and knowledge they can provide on your journey are invaluable, especially if you wish to have a successful trip.
Fishing guides will often have their own boats that you can charter to go out on the bay. When booking the trip, take into account the body of water you'll be visiting such as a river, lake, or deep sea trip and pack accordingly. Salt water can destroy fresh water equipment and some salt water fish such as full grown salmon or striped bass can break smaller rods. You'll also need to bring boots or waders, depending on how far from the shore you intend on standing. If you're further into the surf, you'll need higher waders.
Hunting and fishing guides are available to come on camping or outdoor trips for those that are less experienced hunting for deer, moose, elk, quail, ducks or fishing for shark. It can be a great vacation for friends and family and enjoy the outdoors while also hunting for different types of game. The guide can tell you what is in season and give you tips that you won't find in the various magazines you can read about the sport. Fly fishing can be hard for beginners to pick up on, which is why experts can be hired to go with you on your trip and teach you techniques while out on the lake. Deep-sea fishing may require paying for a charter boat and spending the day out in the ocean to see what one can get. When going on outdoor trips you will want to know what type of clothing you will need. A guide can help you before you arrive to give you an idea on what you need to pack or if you will need to find a lodge to stay if there aren't any camping grounds near by. Fly and deep-sea fishing are very different and will require different supplies. Ask your guide if they know of a store that they can go to with you so you can buy what you'll need on the adventure. Look online or in a phone book to find a hunting and fishing guide in the area in which you're planning on. Ask how much they cost and if they're available when you're planning to arrive.