This Agent's Hunts Are Real Values


Published: September - 1998

The old "Iron Law of the Marketplace" maintains that you get what you pay for. Generally that is true, in hunting as in anything else. However, all of us have from time to time discovered very pleasant exceptions to this rule. I think I might have found one in the Ukraine. A small booking agency called Denny Geurink's Outdoor Adventures is offering a variety of hunts throughout the former Soviet Union, some of them at prices so low they provoke skepticism. I did my due diligence on several of these hunts, and came away convinced that they offer exceptional value for the money. One reference, who told me he spends over $60,000 a year on hunts, was extremely skeptical when he booked his first hunt with Denny Geurink's Outdoor Adventures. Since then he has made four more hunts, and he says he doesn't understand how president/owner Denny Geurink puts on such good hunts for the money.

I can tell you that one way Geurink does it is by offering hunts that are, for the most part, neglected by other agents, which puts him in a buyer's market when negotiating prices with the operators. Furthermore, Geurink avoids dealing with Moscow middlemen, who add an extra layer of cost. Whenever possible he also avoids sending his hunters through that city, because it is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Finally, his hunts are all group trips involving six to nine hunters. It is, of course, easier and cheaper to handle a single group of nine people than it is to handle nine individual hunters.

At any rate, a good example of the hunts Geurink offers is his stag hunt in Ukraine. This hunt costs $5,995, with a 10-day itinerary all-inclusive of two days travel, two days sightseeing, six days hunting, one stag of any size, all guiding services, overnight sleeper car from Kiev to the hunting area on a comfortable train, all meals, lodging, licenses, trophy fees, interpreters and round-trip airfare from New York or Chicago to Kiev. Hunters may take a second stag; if it is........(continued)

 
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