The heart and soul of The Hunting Report
is the open exchange of information from one hunter to another. One of your fellow hunters, a paying customer like you, goes on a hunt and tells you "the real skinny" about it so you can decide whether the opportunity is right for you. In turn, you pay them back by filing reports on your own hunts telling what really happened, without any hype, promotion or payback, so they can decide if your hunt is right for them. It's a great system.
But, what happens when someone tries to scam you and other hunters? It happens. We know, for example, of one outfitter who has been caught up recently in a public controversy. To counteract it, he (or, sometimes, his wife using her initials and her maiden name) has been going onto various hunting forums on the web and filing rave reports on his own operation. We've also seen instances where an operator will plant false information about a competitor.
How do you protect yourself from that kind of dung-slinging? Easy. You "hire" us to look after your interests, that's how.
We run a basic fact check on every report that comes into The Hunting Report
, long before you ever see it. We check to make sure the contact information for the outfitter is current and correct and make sure that you can actually hunt the species mentioned where the hunt took place (you'd be surprised . . .). In other words, we look for anything that doesn't appear right. And there's one more thing we check: the contact information for the hunter who filed the report. That's essential information for this hunter-to-hunter exchange. If the hunt report doesn't answer all your questions, you have the means to get more information. We won't knowingly put an anonymous report in our database unless there's an extremely compelling reason to do so, and even then, we'll do it only if we have the ability to follow up and answer your questions.
If the report is slated for coverage in The Hunting Report Newsletter
, we always re-contact the hunter and/or outfitter or booking agent to get more background. If the report contains a complaint, we dig even deeper, allowing everyone implicated the opportunity to fully and completely air their perspective on the facts of that hunt.
In an ideal world, you wouldn't need these safeguards. You'd tell other hunters the honest story of your hunts, they'd tell you theirs. Everyone would benefit. But this isn't an ideal world, and you need someone looking out for your interests, to make sure the information you are getting is as reliable as possible. In this sometimes ugly world, we're happy to be your watchdog.