You may have noticed in our recent literature and soon to be included in our new website that we are getting more involved with global Big Game hunts. After hearing of so many trials and tribulations of hunters being scammed, lied to and ignored I felt Trek could offer some credibility in this huge market and so far it has been a nice addition. Last year we hired Joe Patterson from Cuthbert, GA to head up our program and so far he has logged close to 100,000 air miles getting up to speed. Much of that involved four trips to Argentina experiencing all of our operations but mostly focusing on Red Stag destinations in both La Pampa and Patagonia. Joe loves deer hunts as I saw firsthand when we both visited La Pampa last April and so far his passion and research has produced the best lineup of Red Stag ranches promoted anywhere. While I did some initial legwork prior to Joe arriving, he has taken this to a new level and I invite you to call him if a Stag is on your radar.
As the Big Game program has developed, it became apparent that one of the biggest issues hunters faced on their trips was the lack of support and feedback they received with regards to getting their trophies home after the hunt. While much of this involved paperwork and a mandatory process, we have determined that as a professional agency we can identify those outfitters and ranches that have a positive history of supporting the trophy care and exporting process. This vetting has been done and we have already seen excellent results based on the comments from hunters who have returned and received their trophies.
Another area of concern we heard from Big Gamers was just exactly what their overall costs would be with all said and done, including trophy fees and exportation. Nobody has a better handle on presenting as much of the costs during the booking process as Trek, in fact our comprehensive packaging has always been extremely popular with our clients and well known in the industry. Traveling to Africa for instance on a Plains Game hunt where multiple animals are in play can be confusing and scary if you don’t know what the trip will ultimately cost. Fact is any situation whereby the consumer doesn’t exactly know costs can be frustrating and usually does not end well, but we are taking the guesswork and unfamiliarity out of play. By booking with Trek you’ll have the comfort and knowledge that we have properly vetted the outfitter, listed the trophy costs and will offer estimated shipping charges before you sign up.
It is our hope that you too will recognize the value of using a professional agency like Trek who will be there every step of the way and support the entire process from the time you depart until you return home, and for no additional charge!! Hey man, Trek is high maintenance for some outfitters because we ask the tough questions and demand the service and attention you deserve. That doesn’t mean we are not fair but, excuses like lack of communication and having gray areas don’t fly here and they shouldn’t. Joe spent 21 days in Africa making sure our existing programs are still as promoted and the new ones fit in our plans. We hope you will look these new big game programs over knowing that they will include the same performance standards of our bird hunts and fishing programs.