So many people WANT to go on a hunting or fishing trip but find the task daunting and the thought overwhelming so they tend to avoid it….
Truly, if you know a few simple tricks, planning can be expedited and you could find yourself in a boat or tree stand much quicker than expected.
First and foremost, you do NOT need to purchase a passport. For half the price ($55.00 adult, $40 child) this handy card lasts for a period of 10 years and allows ground transport between the US and Canada and Mexico. If you plan to fly, a passport will be required but most of us travel will plenty of hunting and fishing equipment so driving is much more common.
Also a note regarding those pesky DWI’s….if you have had one and it has been over 6 months, there is a good possibility you can still enter Canada!! https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/402/~/entering-the-u.s.-and-canada-with-dui-offenses
Next, when choosing a trip, make a list of ‘must haves’ such as: The resort MUST HAVE running water, indoor plumbing, somewhere to prepare food etc. (We have that…shameless plug lol)
Next devise a budget. Remember to calculate travel and food costs. And also remember to find out if the cost is per person or an overall cost. Always add an extra 15% to that number to ensure you have money for unexpected incidentals such as a flat tire etc. Also, never forget to calculate the local taxes into the cost.
Once you have a targeted budget, begin your research. Remember, most resorts do have varying rates depending on the season as well as various other specials during the year.
When utilizing specials, ensure that you understand the weather patterns and fishing patterns at that time of year. Some places have a change over in ease of catching species or hunting migration patterns. Make sure you ask about this so you aren’t disappointed.
Take us for example, in June our regular Housekeeping fishing rate is $625 per person but offer various discounts from July-Sept. In July we offer 25% off for parents and children so the rate would drop to $468.75…quite a savings. And for those of you who are paying attention, our lake is a closed off headwater, spring fed and our fish cant leave…they just tend to migrate from one part of the lake to another so fishing will only be affected by color, depth and presentation 🙂 Feel free to check us out http://wawangresort.com/HTML%20Pages/RATES/Fishing_Rates.pdf
Last and not least, get referrals! There is nothing more disappointing that driving (or flying) all that way only to find it isnt what is what you were expecting. Though no trip may be perfect, you should understand the basics of what to expect.
Ensure that you also contact the lodge representatives with all questions and they should respond promptly, honestly and with as much information as possible…..remember, they should be looking forward to meeting you and be excited to share what they can provide for you.
Remember…this is YOUR vacation and it is within your control to make it the best possible!