What you should know about hunt booking agents
If you want to hunt in an unfamiliar destination but aren’t sure where to begin or how to choose a reputable outfitter, start by contacting a hunt booking agent. The best way to ensure you’re working with a trustworthy one is to make sure he or she is a full-time agent with at least five years of experience and is a member of the American Association of International Professional Hunting and Fishing Consultants. Advice from a booking agent is free–it doesn’t cost you, the hunter, a thing, since booking agents are paid through commissions from the outfitters they represent. That means you have nothing to lose by making a call.
A good booking agent should be able to recommend hunts, countries, area, dates, and outfitters that fit your particular needs and desires. Even if you’ve always wanted to go to Africa but think such a trip might be financially out of reach, it’s worth contacting a reputable booking agent and being frank about your budget and time constraints. They’ll be honest with you if your expectations are unrealistic, and you might be surprised by what is available.