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A Professional Guides Values

Professional Guides ValuesA Professional Guides Values are as follows:

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Loyalty
  • Commitment
  • Respect
  • Morality
  • Self-Discipline

As an Alaska Guide Trainee, part of the “hands-on” training puts the trainee in the field with real life Professional Guides and clients. Not the trainee’s clients. Not the Professional Guide’s clients. They are Pioneer Outfitters clients. Master Guide Terry Overly’s clients.

Professional Guides ValuesThe “hands-on” training serves many purposes and a few of these are:

  • Putting a Guide Trainee into the heart of the job, under direct supervision and with step-by-step instruction and direction from licensed Guides and Trainers.
  • Observing a Guide Trainee’s interactions and reactions to and with clients.
  • Observing a Guide Trainee’s interactions and reactions to and with the Licensed Guide in charge of that camp.
  • Observing a Guide Trainee’s interactions and reactions to and with other trainees.
  • Observing the Guide Trainee for the Professional Guide Values.
  • Observing skills and responsibilities that the Guide Trainee is accountable for.
  • Observing Guide Trainee with responsibilities in real situations.

Professional Guides ValuesThe Pioneer Outfitters Survival & Guide Training program focuses, instructs and sets a lifetime example of all that is included in the newly opened, Professional Guide Ethics Class.

Observing these Professional Guide’s Values in our Guide Trainees as well as the actions, interactions and reactions are outstanding indicators of outstanding Alaska Guides. Likewise, observing a lack of the Professional Guide’s Values or a noticeable lack of effort to attain and adopt these values are a reliable indicator of a future ethical failure.

The Pioneer Outfitters Survival & Guide Training program is a big part of our Fall Hunting Season. It has been a huge part of my own experiences this fall as well.

Talking the talk and walking the walk, are two entirely different things, when it comes down to the nitty-gritty. And it comes way down into the gritty of all the nitty during our Fall Hunting Season for the Guide Trainees in the field.

Professional Guides Values

Professional Guides ValuesWhen the “hands-on” training of a Guide Trainee takes place it is a highly stressful period for the trainee. The highs and lows of the reality of a Professional Alaska Big Game Guide are very quick and clearly illuminate the future of all Professional Guides and Outfitters of Alaska.

For myself, personally, as a Professional Guide and as a Trainer, it is a deep time of self-reflection and precise time of understanding. I consider it to be one of my most important positions.

Do you have the desire and values to make a great Alaska Professional Guide?

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Signs of Grizzly Bears

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Every single day spent out in Alaska’s grand wilderness is an Adventure of a lifetime, to be sure. Add to the incredible reality of being part of this vast and untouched wilderness, hunting Alaska’s most dangerous predator and the adrenalin begins to flow. Today, come along with us as we look for signs of Grizzly Continue Reading

Waiting on a Grizzly Bear

Waiting on a Grizzly Bear

Unlike Dall Sheep, where you glass and move for a different view point and have knowledge of certain times of the day when they move around feeding and unlike Alaska-Yukon Moose that can be alerted and called in to where you can get a better look at them, Grizzly Bear hunting is a waiting game. Continue Reading

Hunt Alaska, Dream Alaska

The 4th Hunt in Alaska

It is the dream so many people have, to hunt Alaska. From the time I was a child, I dreamed of Alaska. Whether you hope to one day hunt Alaska or dream of Alaska, sharing with you (here on-line or in person riding by my side) the sights, smells, feelings and experiences that I have Continue Reading

Monkey-See, Monkey-Do, Alaska Guide Trainees

Alaska Guide Trainees, Monkey-See, Monkey-Do

“Monkey-See, Monkey-Do” is the child’s silly saying that was running through my mind today. This post is especially for our Alaska Guide Trainees, during their “Hands-On” field training. The Pioneer Outfitters Guide Training program has undergone a change in the way that I, as Manager for Pioneer Outfitters, perceive it. Maybe it hasn’t really changed Continue Reading

C’est La Vie, the Alaska Wilderness


Pioneer Outfitters Horseback Adventures. Pioneer Outfitters Fall Photo Safaris. Pioneer Outfitters Winter Excursions. Pioneer Outfitters Winter Predator Hunts & Trap Lines. Pioneer Outfitters Spring Grizzly & Black Bear Hunts. Pioneer Outfitters Fall Big Game Hunts. We, here at Pioneer Outfitters, operate year-round in the remote interior of the Alaska wilderness. We offer you, our guests Continue Reading

On the Trail Again, In Alaska

On the Trail in Alaska

I am sitting here, by the very bright, very hot (my Muck boots are burning!) campfire, back in my camp (of course!) and I am not only tickled, I am content on the trail again, in Alaska. I can hear my people (crew and guests) in the cook-cabin at dinner, hootin’, laughing and telling stories Continue Reading

Alaska Hunting Horse, Gone Crazy

Alaska Hunting Horse, Tiny

Tiny, Alaska range horse, Pioneer Outfitters herd mare, was bought and brought home to Chisana in 1999 at four years old. At 17 hands, was initiated into Pioneer Outfitters range horse herd as a pack horse, as strange as that sounds. A big boned mare with an attitude, she also immediately took over the entire Continue Reading