All you Need to Know and More!
Getting ready for an outdoor adventure – whether it is hunting, fishing, or photography – requires a lot of planning. There are several things that both new and experienced outdoorsmen and women go through to make sure they are properly prepared for their trip. We at Pepi Wild Devotion are here to shed some light on things that everyone should know and understand during all of the stages of your odyssey. There is no such thing as being “over-prepared” or “over-educated” for your adventure, but unfortunately being under-prepared can happen. Pepi Wild Devotion is going to shed some light on a few details that should be considered when going through the preparation process. When you book an adventure with PWD, we understand these aspects of a trip and will help you get ready for everything that it entails, from the general inquiries to the finest details. Keeping these details in mind will help create the experience of a life time.
Understanding your quarry – whether you plan to use a firearm, Fly Rod or Camera lens – is very important. Deciding upon what you want to pursue and where is half the battle and quite frankly the fun part of planning a trip. Looking up new species and locations is the best part. There are thousands upon thousands of species to go after, so knowing the difference between game and where they come from is important. For instance: if you are looking to pursue Red Stag, what location(s) should you target?
You can find Red Stag in many different locations around the world and they are all different. Is a monster Red Stag from New Zealand on your bucket list, or maybe a Woburn Red Deer from England (one of the original bloodlines of the species), or instead a free range stag in Argentina, a big Anatolian stag from Turkey, a Classic deer from Eastern Europe, or the Scottish Stag on the many estates in scenic Scotland. There are lots of things to think about in a single species of both big and small game, as all have differences and unique characteristics.
The same can be said in the fishing world. One of the most sought after fish in the world is the Brown Trout. You can catch brown trout in so many countries it will make your head spin: Sea Run Browns from Argentina, Dry fly sippers on the West Branch of the Delaware in New York, Monster Mouse eaters in New Zealand, Lime Stone Trout of England, Mid-Western Hopper eaters, South African Trout, Great Lake Run Trout, Patagonia Browns in crystal clear water and even more.
The moral is that by doing some research and asking questions, PWD can help you truly identify the species you seek, and plan the location appropriately. This is a trip of a lifetime and you should understand your quarry on an intimate level. PWD is here to help you realize the difference in all of these species and what makes them unique – whether it’s big or small game, birds or fish. We are Devoted to knowing and understanding the minutia.
Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species:
Part of understanding what you are chasing is also being familiar with the legalities of pursing each species. Certain animals are labeled under The Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species (“CITES”). The CITES committee is there is ensure that certain plants and animals are being cared for and will not become threatened. Animals and plants can be categorized under different appendices to rank how threatened they are in relation to international trade. Even if an animal is labeled as CITES listed in Appendix 1, it doesn’t mean you cannot pursue then; it can mean, however, that there are limited permits given every year. Understanding this is important because if you want to pursue an animal that is on the list, you might need to apply for certain paperwork for harvest and importation. There are roughly 5,800 species of animals and 30,000 plant species labeled under CITES.
PWD understands what this entails as we know what animals are labeled under CITES and on its different Appendices, so we can properly prepare required paperwork for you to be able to harvest these animals. We also partner with a Clearing Agent that handles these legalities on a daily basis.
Time of Year:
There is always a season for some species somewhere sometime. There is no off season for PWD. Hunters and fisherman should realize this as well. Basic information is that northern and southern hemisphere will give you opposite seasons. Always nice going to Argentina in the States spring and summer to chase waterfowl, red stag and trout in cooler weather. For collectors it’s a great way to chase prime rut seasons around the globe. Fly fishing spawning seasons are different or weather patterns make I optimal for certain fish at different times.
It is important to understand that and look out to be able to work a certain experience in your personal time frame. If you are worried that a certain year you only have a Northern Hemisphere Summer season available for you there are plenty of destinations to choose from. Locations like: Africa (all countries), Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii have a lot of different seasons for game.
On a more micro scale it is important to look at certain times of year or weeks in a month for when you can have the perfect trip. Thinking about the Hendrickson hatch on the West Branch of the Delaware River; it is important that you zone in on notorious hatch dates. It is easy to book to late and miss the bug activity completely. Thinking about the Colorado Elk migration and rut, should understand the few weeks window you are playing with to have your best opportunity to striking it perfect. Roe Bucks in England is another prime example for understanding the seasons. It is best to hunt them during the summer through the fall because they have unique antler and rut cycles. Leaving for a great hunt in the normal off season. Speak with us or your outfitter and we can help narrow down the best time of year for success. Understand your quarry and its habits and the particular hunt you are looking for; combing these you will learn the optimal time frame for your trip.
There is truly no off season for the wandering sportsmen and women. There is always something to pursue in whatever field you are looking for. Do some research and educate yourself to be able to plan in advance to keep your season going all year.
There is a myriad of hunts and fishing trips available to the outdoor enthusiasts. You don’t want to be blind-sided by going on a trip and finding it different than you expected. This could ruin an experience for you. Before you book, know exactly what the structure of your trip is.
If you are searching for a Fishing, options include the following: Deep Sea Trolling, Offshore Wrecks, Inshore Saltwater light tackle, Inshore Saltwater Fly Fishing, Inshore fishing (polling the flats or posting up on a shoal waiting for cruising targets), Wading the Saltwater Flats, Drifting a Freshwater River, Wading a Freshwater River or Shoreline, Lake Fishing, Fly-in/ Remote Fishing areas, Sight fishing (saltwater or freshwater) and Chumming.
Wing shooting can be broken down into multiple categories. Waterfowl options include: Waterfowl in an agricultural field (Pit blinds, layout blinds, or above ground blinds), Waterfowl over flooded fields (Pit blinds, layout blinds, or above ground blinds), Waterfowl in flooded Timber, Waterfowl hunts in a River or Swamp, Sea Duck or Diver Hunting, Sea Ducks and Divers (Layout boat hunts, Boat hunts, Shore blind hunts).
Another subcategory of wing shooting is Upland hunting; options for which include: Over flushing or pointing dogs, Wild or Planted bird hunts, Traditional Wagon Quail Hunts, and Guided or Self-Guided. A third category would be volume Dove hunts.
Big Game hunts vary a lot, and can change the style of hunting quite a bit. It’s important to make sure you are booking the right style of hunt for yourself. Big game options include: Spot and Stalk, Blind hunting, Tree Stand, Bait Hunts, High Rack hunting, Back pack hunts, Cabin Hunts, Tented wall camps, Lodge based Hunts, Boat or Mother Ship hunts, Hunts that don’t include lodging, Fly-in Destinations, Remote access, Full accommodations for family trips, Horse Back Hunts, Argo or ATV, Truck hunts, on Foot access only, Jet Boat River Trips, Helicopter, River Float trips, Dog Hunts, Pre-Scouting, Rut Hunts, Calling in the Game (relies on season and time of year), Free Range or Estate Hunts, Rifle, Muzzleloader, Shotgun, Handgun, Crossbow or Archery.
Transportation is an aspect of a hunt that often gets overlooked. During your hunt, it usually coincides with the style or trip you are booking, like the trips listed above. But there is more to it than that. It’s important to understand all aspects of travel, because it can add more to your cost that you might not anticipate.
Questions to consider: how do you get to Camp? Does your hunt include pick up from the airport or not; if not, how far it is to camp? If your trip doesn’t not include transportation into camp, be aware of the extra cost for this. Do you have to stay another night in a major town before or after your trip to catch your appropriate flights? Are you able to rent a vehicle to get to camp and how far is that, and what is the cost of the rental vehicle? When you start going to some more remote trips, you will often find that you have to fly into camp. Some outfits have this included in your base package and others don’t. Same goes for boat hunts.
Flying or driving to your adventure seems easy enough but everything can be streamlined. Know what airports are the closest to your destination and the preferred airlines for the location. As you are probably aware, certain airlines are more hunter friendly than others and some are a lot larger than others. Along with this, be aware of how often airlines fly into different locations. A lot of smaller airports will only have a few flights a day, and sometimes it depends on the airline; you might be better off checking in again and changing airlines. PWD can help you with organizing your travel but there are also agencies that will help you with the appropriate paperwork, connections and best options for flights and airlines. Don’t take this part of the trip for granted and plan in advance. Whether you are going to a remote or local destination, it is important to be ready for everything that can come your way.
Proper Firearm / Fishing Gear:
While understanding your target is essential in determining your next adventure, having the proper tools is crucial to success. The primary reason for this is that we have the ultimate respect for our wildlife: not having the right tool for the job – whether it is a firearm or fly rod – prevents you from harvesting the animal correctly, or landing the fish in expediently. We therefore are not acting as conscientious outdoorsmen and women. We do not want anything to suffer. Take the time to understand your tool and how best to use it. Practice, Practice, Practice – until it becomes second nature using it and you have the utmost confidence, so when the time comes to use it you are ready and everything happens automatically.
Picking out the proper tool for your trip is always fun. We all know the gear nuts. Getting new toys is a one of the best parts of going on trips. Getting new Firearms, Fly Rods, Cameras and Lens takes up a lot of time and thought to get exactly what you want. The old proverb is 100% true: buy the best you can afford. This will help you out in the long run, and you will be able to hand them down to the next generation of outdoorsmen and women.
Picking the right tool goes back to understanding the species you are pursuing. Make sure you are not “under gunned” for your quarry. Whether it is a Cape Buffalo in Tanzania or Mule Deer in the Mid-West, having the right caliber or Gage of firearm for your trip is crucial. Certain trips requires different approaches. Are you shooting long range or short, Dangerous Game, Caliber choice, Bullet choice (expandable or Solids), etc. Archery has different regulations in different locations. For example, Alaska does not allow expandable broad heads, they only allow fixed. Know this early on, before you practice for months and get comfortable, all to have to make a last minute change at your destination. We at PWD always suggest going with what you are comfortable with, but at the same time taking advice from us as well as your guide or outfitter. They will let you know what caliber they recommend and partitions you should shoot. Wing-shooting asks similar questions but with shotgun gages. Certain birds ask for different gages, shot size and/or choke tubes, because you don’t want to leave cripples out in the field or as a pile of feathers with nothing else.
Paired with choosing the correct firearm, it’s just as important to choose the right Rifle Scope. You must take into consideration the hunting techniques that you will employ to pursue your trophy, the type of game itself and understand what will work best with your gun.
We at Pepi Wild Devotion have a slight addiction to fly rods – our collection is quite large. However, having a well-stocked equipment arsenal is important. You will quickly find that there is a use for everything, and it is important to understand what you are getting into. First off, having the right weight fly rod is important. Both “Over-Rodding” and “Under-Rodding” a fish can have cause its own trials and tribulations. Besides this, you should always have the correct line for your quarry. Having extra spools with Floating, Intermediate or Sinking lines is always a good school of thought. Fishing with the right equipment and being able to get the fly in front of the fish is the name of the game. Be sure you have the set up that allows you to do that as easily as possible, and when you hook into that fish that you can play it the best way possible to land it smoothly.
Traveling with firearms has some regulations that are important to understand. First, traveling internally in the United States is relatively easy, but you must be aware of a few things. Always have locks on your gun case, your ammunition case and your firearm. I also have a plug for my semi-auto shotguns, so it is easily visible to everyone checking that the action is open and unloaded. Additionally, I always travel with the following form: “Department of Homeland Security U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection Form Certificate of Registration for Personal Effects taken Aboard Form: 19 CFR 148.1.” This isn’t needed for your internal United States travel, but showing the officer at the airport usually helps with the process, as they see you respect the process by registering your effects.
When you travel abroad, you will need the 19 CFR 148.1 form to enter back into the United States. You will need to show this form to your customs agent upon return into the States to prove you did not acquire your firearm abroad. Depending upon where you are traveling abroad, you will have to register your firearm with them. This usually entails simple paperwork that should be taken care of before your adventure. Pepi Wild Devotion or your outfitter can assist with this. There are also agencies that can file everything for you for a fee to process and help you through at your destination. I highly recommend taking advantage of these agencies who understand the laws in your destination to make the experience as smooth as possible. These agencies are relatively inexpensive and make travel that much easier.
Gear / Proper Gear Lists:
Gear is another favorite subject of sportsmen and women. No matter if you are hunting around the corner of your house, or you are traveling around the world – having all the newest and greatest gadgets is fun, and it brings a smile to everyone’s face. We would normally say buy the very best gear you can afford, as you usually get what you pay for. We at Pepi Wild Devotion are what some would say are the epitome of Gear Heads, as well. From traveling the world escorting trips, guiding fly-fisherman, wing-shooters, and sheep hunters on the mountain tops, we have narrowed down the right gear list. Let us tell you: it is not always the most expensive thing on the menu. From our time-tested pieces, we will help you narrow down what you need.
There are a few critical elements of your gear kit that we would recommend taking your time and testing them out. PWD can recommend products that have worked for us in the field, but might not suit you perfectly. Footwear is something you should take very seriously, no matter your activity, whether you are in the river, the open plains or on top of the mountain. If your feet hurt, then you are in for a miserable trip. Next item we never leave home without (no matter what) is good rain gear. Get a full kit: both tops and bottoms. The guys at PWD have two sets. A breathable set that gets used all the time – one that is lightweight, packable and durable. The second set is rubbers - something that will keep you warm and dry, even if you get stuck in an Alaskan downpour. They aren’t made for hiking, but if you are on a boat or stationary for a long time, you will be set.
Another retold expression: the Glass is more important than the gun. Get the best glass that you can afford. Whether it is upgrading to the new Leopold Optics, or graduating to the best Leica on the market. You won’t regret saving up for those extra couple of months for the best rifle scope you can get.
Gear is a topic that can keep sportsmen busy around the campfire for hours, so we won’t delve into the smallest details on gear here. But if you want personalized packing lists for your trips, go to the “gear lists” section of our Pepi Wild Devotion website. We have certain lists tailored to the adventures you pursing. Besides that, we’ve included Michael Pepi’s personal gear lists for hunts, fishing trips, every-trip necessities, dog gear lists and med kits. These are what have worked for him in his experience, traveling the world being Devoted to the Odyssey.
When preparing for your trip it is easy to find all kinds of gear lists from many different people. Take a list from an outfitter you trust or PWD and tailor it through your own experiences. There is no exact science to preparing; everyone has something a little different. In time, you will morph what works for you into the best gear list for yourself. Remember PWD is there for you when you have any questions as you prepare.
Satellite Phones are great tools that are under-utilized because clients are usually misinformed on how to use the product correctly. With today’s technology, a Satellite phone is not just a satellite phone. There are many products out there to help you do all kinds of things. There are also gadgets that can turn your cell phone into a Sat phone; these are small, lightweight and take up no space in your pack or truck. There are also units available that can connect with your computer. Take a look at Explorer Satellite Communications for all your needs; they are the best in the business when it comes down to product line, minutes and customer service.
Weather and gear go hand-in-hand. Prepare for the all types of weather. The outfitter or PWD can help you get a good idea on weather, but as you know you can never predict the weather.
Be prepared for anything. Pack those extra layers with you in your bag just in case. Everyone has had that moment in a trip when you realize the item you need is actually in the truck or back at the lodge, and this can make a trek miserable. We are not saying carry everything and the kitchen sink with you are all times, but think smart and understand what you are headed into and potential variations.
If you are headed to the Florida Keys, we know everyone is going to pack the basics, but not everyone remembers or thinks about the rain factor. Always bring your lightweight rain kit. Similarly, PWD has been on several mountain hunting adventures when on the way up to the mountain, it is sunny and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and by the time we’ve reached the opposite end of the bowl, we’ve been hiking in snow. You just never know what can happen. Farmer’s Almanacs and years of experience can give you a general idea of the weather, but expect the unexpected especially when dealing with late season hunts, mountains and tropical destinations.
On a mental note: always be mentally tough. We understand you have planned for a year or more for this trip, got travel plans ready, gear, picked the perfect destination and you’re anxious to go. But weather can disrupt your plans in an instant. It is heartbreaking, but be mentally strong, don’t lose focus and things will work out. Life is always throwing curve balls, but don’t let the weather beat you mentally.
This is a topic of discussion that we are always having with clients and outfitters: understanding the correct trophy preparations. Whether it is a bird, fish or big game animal: how to take care of your trophy is a crucial question to start thinking about before you even harvest your animal. A good thing to keep in mind is that just because you are on a guided hunt, doesn’t mean you are in good hands when it comes to trophy preparation. It isn’t necessary for you to know how to do everything yourself, nor are we saying that all outfitters are unqualified, but it is crucial for you to understand the basics of trophy prep and what steps need to be taken to correctly preserve your trophy for your taxidermist. Pepi Wild Devotion Outfitters and Guides understand the importance of trophy preparations and have spoken at length to both Carl and Michael Pepi about it. They know what needs to be done or where to get the correct information on what do.
When in doubt, call either your taxidermist or PWD: both should be there to help you. If there is an option to have your trophy frozen solid and shipped to a taxidermist (like The Pepi Family Jonas Brothers Studios), they can then take care of everything for you once it’s received. You don’t want to go on an epic adventure and harvest a dream species, only to find when you return home that it wasn’t properly taken care of. Not taking care of your trophy properly can result in a sub-quality mount due to problems with the skin or hair/fur, or in a worst-case scenario, make your trophy unusable. You don’t want this to be you. Before you leave for your hunt, understand the process enough to ensure that either you or your guide are taking the steps necessary to properly care for your trophy.
Big Game: The Pepi Family Studios “Trophy Preparation” Seminar & Pamphlet
There is no better way to understand the proper way to take care of your big game trophies than to attend one of the Pepi Family Studios “Trophy Preparation” seminars. You could also go to their website and watch some videos, or download their informational pamphlets on how to do this correctly. The pamphlets are worth their weight one hundred times over in gold if you want to have the very best quality mount in the future.
Once you have determined that you have a prime specimen that you would like to mount, taking care of your bird is simple and important. For a step-by-step tutorial, I would recommend going to the Pepi Family Jonas Brothers Studios website and watching the videos that start by showing you how to pick a prime bird, and then walk you through preserving them.
After you have your bird, tuck his head under his wing gently, not to bend or break any neck feathers. Then make sure that all the feathers are in line and not broken. Take this bird and stick it head first into a stocking, this will keep all the feathers in line and protected from breaking in transport or in the freezer. After you put it in the stocking, either put in a freezer Ziploc or in a contractor-grade garbage bag (depending upon the size of your bird). If you want to go the extra mile I would use tape or plastic wrap and wrap it tightly closed so there is no air trapped inside. Then immediately (or as soon as you can) put the bird in a freezer until you bring it to your taxidermist. Important to note: if you are going to mount your bird, I would highly suggest that you do not breast out your bird; keep it whole so you do not loose feathers, or break anything during skinning. Your taxidermist might want to skin it a certain way depending on your mount, as well. Forfeit the meat on your prized birds.
Pepi Wild Devotion and affiliate The Pepi Family Jonas Brothers Studios recommend the catch and release conservation of all fish. The fish mounts we encourage are 100% replica mounts - we are not advocate skin mounts. All of JBS’s mounts are custom painted to match your fish exactly. Once you land that catch of a lifetime, three things are needed before you release it back into the stream or ocean: a detailed picture, and a length and girth measurement. A weight measurement is also always suggested, if possible. Practice the #keepthemwet strategy and take care of your local fisheries.
How to Transport Trophies Home:
Getting your trophies home is one of the last steps that people should not overlook. If not handled properly, trophies can stay in warehouses for extended periods of time. Not only is this frustrating as you are excited about getting your prized trophies home, but the longer it waits to ship, the higher the probability that something could happen to your trophies that could lead to poor quality for taxidermy.
Understanding the time frame and process for the customs clearing and shipping of your trophies is important. Don’t get scammed by foreign ports with long time frames, or by them trying to hold your trophies hostage. Each destination is a bit different with permits, shipping, trophy preparations for cleaning and customs. Contact Pepi Wild Devotion or your chosen agent for more information on specific locations.
If you are hunting domestically, we recommend taking your trophies home as personal effects if at all possible. It is usually more cost effective to transport this way, and generally requires simple documentation and an extra duffle bag. Plus there is the added sense of comfort knowing your bags should be with you all the way. You can do this with dry salted skins or with frozen solid skins. It’s important to make sure that there is no blood coming from the bags. Do not try to travel with thawed out capes or fresh trophies. Once you are home, bring your trophies to your taxidermist immediately so they can take care of whatever needs to be done. If your trophies are frozen, it is always best to bring them to your taxidermist to fishing the trophy preparation; this ensures that the preparation is done correctly, if you are unsure how to do it yourself.
If your trophies cannot be taken with you due to a size issue or extenuating circumstances, be in touch with PWD or a respected taxidermist and they will help to make sure everything gets back in a timely fashion. For larger animals, outfitters normally wait till the end of the season to prepare the trophies with their paperwork, to then send everything to the proper destinations together. Be patient as they will get it to you soon.
There are certain animals that need to be handled by specific receiving stations. The Pepi Family Jonas Brothers Studios, for instance, is a certified USDA, Fish and Wildlife station, and an EU registered station. This means that they can receive animals from locations all around the world. Some examples: Warthogs need to be processed properly at a USDA certified operation, and Ocellated Turkeys need to be imported to a Fish and Wildlife certified taxidermist. There are many more species that have certain regulations that need to be followed. Again, contact PWD and we will provide you with appropriate directions as to how your trophies should be handled.
Shipping tags are personalized and complimentary from The Pepi Family Jonas Brothers Studios and we would highly recommend that you take advantage of that service. This helps keep your outfitter more organized, especially when it comes down to bulk shipments. Having your contact information on your possessions as many times as possible is always best. Attach one on your skin and one on your horns/antlers. Organization is key and this is a little thing that goes a long way, no matter where in the world you hunt; it’s simple and effective.
When traveling abroad, having a knowledgeable Clearing Agent makes all the difference. He or she understands the laws and the correct processing execution for different animals and locations, like knowing what paperwork needs to be filed where and with whom, and in what timeframe it needs to be completed. Certain animals that are labeled under CITES, Appendix 1, or Appendix 2 need to be handled differently. Pepi Wild Devotion solely works with Genus Logistics to ensure everything is imported smoothly. Contact us before your trip and we will make sure you have everything you need before you leave for your trip of a lifetime.
Terrain is something that can be an obstacle for a lot of outdoorsmen and women, or more specifically, not being prepared for the elements that they are going to be faced with. Know where you are going and be ready for what you will encounter, or do so to the best of your ability. It’s also important to know your limits, and strive to push them. This is probably the most apparent when hunting in the mountains. People think they are ready, but many times are taken aback when they arrive. We understand as flatlanders that it might be difficult to prepare for the mountains. You can contact PWD as well as your outfitter to understand what you are about to encounter. It’s crucial to start preparing for the trip as far out in advance as you think you need to. As I’ve said before, there is no such thing as being over prepared.
Another destination that often times can catch clients off guard is Africa. Africa has a lot of different topography that clients might not realize, but what gets clients in the long run is the long drawn out stalks on the different types of ground. You never know when you might be on a five-mile stalk trying to get ahead of a herd of cape buffalo. It’s a lot of work being away from your surrounding and moving a brisk pace.
Pepi Wild Devotion can help you prepare for your hunt and inform you what you might encounter. Be aware of your terrain and set you expectations high, so that you will have the ability to cross that next mountain or be on long drawn-out stalks.
Trophy Size, or the Quality, hold different connotations for different people. Harvesting a record book animal or landing an IGFA quality fish might not be the end goal of your adventure. Given it is great when things work out (and that happens) - that’s not what makes a trophy.
Different regions around the world evaluate trophies differently; certain locations are known to hold the largest of animals and whereas others naturally have smaller specimen. Understand the region you are hunting, and the size of the game that occupies it. If you are looking to pursue world records, know the region that will give you the best opportunity at them; likewise, if you are looking for a representative of a species, then find a location that will help you locate your goal.
For example, there are certain bodies of water that hold an extreme amount of fish per mile and others that are known for low fish counts. If you are looking for a river loaded with fish, don’t book a trip to certain trophy trout waters of New Zealand, look to fish the Blue Ribbon trout rivers of Montana that are loaded with beautiful trout, many of which are very large. But if you are in search to sight-fish a monster fish in crystal clear water, New Zealand will be your destination.
Think about what you would like to pursue and the location that will be right for you. Many times, notorious large trophy areas will be more expensive and harder to pin down prime dates due to supply and demand. Trophy areas normally have a lower quota with a lot of outdoorsmen and women trying to occupy the limited spots. If you are looking for a representative, often you can find regions that are more plentiful in availability, and it won’t hurt your wallet as much.
Film your Hunt:
A great way for you to remember your adventure is to film it. You can do this yourself with a Point of View Camera, or we at PWD can help supply a professional videographer to capture you adventure. If this is your choice, we will have someone on your trip from the beginning to end. Then we will work up a video for you to show all your friends and family. You will have the vivid memories at your fingertips to show everyone the extent of you adventure.
What You Expect from Yourself:
Understand your limits. You know what to expect from yourself. Don’t expect you can overcome obstacles as easily as your guide or keep up with him, call as well as him, or see game as easily as him right off that bat. They do this for a living and are professionals in their distinct region. That’s why we hire them. Learn from them, and after time you will be right with them. Keep an open mind and learn.
What you expect from yourself often crosses with knowing your terrain. Set realistic goals and push yourself to be better, but at the same time don’t set goals that are unattainable. This will lead to an adventure that will reflect a negative memory for the wrong reasons.
This takes some inner perspective and reflection. It’s different for every one of us. Don’t compare it to your hunting partner or people you see on TV. Take some time and figure it out for yourself.
Personal Abilities, Goals and Expectations:
Every outdoorsman and woman has something different that they would like to achieve with every adventure. We at Pepi Wild Devotion believe it is important to acknowledge what that goal might be. After all, a successful hunt is not validated only with the harvest of an animal or the landing of a fish. Ask yourself honestly what you are searching for; it could be being able to climb the next mountain when you are exhausted, harvesting a unique species of bird, learning a new way to read water to find fish or enjoying a long overdue trip with Family and friends. There are many more aspects to the experience than just your trophy – whatever it is that’s bringing you outdoors, embrace all that it is.
There is a lot that goes in to booking a trip of a lifetime. It is literally an Odyssey on which you are traveling, and Pepi Wild Devotion will be here the entire time to make sure you are ready in all aspects of the trip. Contact us for any and all questions in booking and preparing for your adventure. Good luck and enjoy all that goes into your next trip.