Big Game Hunting Interview with Mossy Oak Pro Staff Member Karl Badger
WEST POINT, MS –-(Ammoland.com)- Karl Badger lives in Salt Lake City, Utah and is the Big Game Regional Pro Staff Manager for the states of Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
He is also the Marketing Director and Field Editor for Top Rated Gear. Top Rated Gear is a printed and online Trade Journal that evaluates equipment and services for the benefit of Professional Guides and Outfitters.
Karl is an experienced high country, wilderness hunter; and has packed over most of the Rocky Mountains, in pursuit of mule deer, elk, antelope, moose and big horn sheep.
Even though there are still many trophies that he plans to chase, his current priority is to mentor the next generation of sportsmen and women, through seminars, endorsements and promotions.
He is a local Boy Scout leader and enjoys introducing his troop members to the benefits of his outdoor lifestyle.
Karl has been married for 30 years. He and his wife have four children, three daughters and one son. Their combined family interests are hunting, horseback riding, snowmobiling, hiking, sailing, rock climbing, snowboarding, camping and fishing.
Q: Should I hunt Western Big Game on my own or with a guide or outfitter?
A: Many premium hunting areas are in wilderness areas, which require a licensed guide. Additionally, a guide will know the area and game habits.
Q: If I need a guide, how do I find a good one?
A: Request a guide and outfitter directory from the state association. Make sure the guide is licensed, ask for referrals, and call the referrals.
Q: I hear that a lot of Western outfitters are ranchers. Do they make good guides?
A: Many do. They hike the country on horseback and are familiar with the country like where water is and game habits.
Q: How much research should I do before booking a hunt out West or in Canada?
A: A lot of research! These hunts cost money and could be a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Q: Is fitness as important as I hear when it comes to hunting out West?
A: Absolutely! High elevation, steep terrain and short, hard days require fitness.
Q: Are combination hunts worth it? Example: Deer/Elk, Bear/Caribou or Moose/Goat.
A: Yes, if you have the time. Tags are expensive and you want to make sure you have enough time to get something on the ground.
Q: Can I hunt big game out West with the same set up I use back East for hunting, either bow or gun?
A: No. Western game like elk, deer, moose and sheep all have different habits and instincts.
Q: I hunt back East with a bow and only shoot 20-30 yards. Do I have to practice and be able to shoot out to 50 yards and beyond?
A: Yes, you need to practice shooting at longer distances.
Q: What is the industry standard for tipping your guide or outfitter?
A: 10-15%. You may also want to tip other help like the cook.
The Mossy Oak ProStaff is a group of top outdoors men and women from across the country that act as spokespersons for the Brand. Members of the Elite ProStaff are people the hunting community will recognize from their hunting expertise and accomplishments, videos, TV and magazine articles. Our Regional ProStaff is a group of accomplished hunters who promote Mossy Oak in various regions across the U.S. They also manage a more localized Field Staff in their regions. From event support to retail store grand openings to radio and TV appearances, our ProStaff adds value to the Mossy Oak Brand nationally, regionally and locally.