I'm pretty sure you don't need any type of license here. I may be wrong though so you may want to go to the hunting laws forum and ask Boehr.
I'll agree with you to an extent. The reason I don't think it is necesary is because of the local guys up here that own land and want the elk shot off of it. They don't want to open it up to some "paper" guide from down state. Nor should they have to. They want to be able to guide them selves. It is not that hard to guide for elk up here. If you own land with hayfields nine out of ten nights you will have a herd in the fields. All fall I watched about 40 elk in my father-in-laws fields at night. If I keep my window open in the evening I hear them bugle.Originally posted by stevebrandle
I think ANY guides in Michigan should have a certificate from the State even if it costs a dollar. There are too many scams and unregulated people calling themselves "guides" for hunting in Michigan. The charter boat captain's have to tow the line and the hunting guides should be willing to do the same. Just my opinion.
Just because you are listed as an official guide doesn't mean you are not a scammer. Back in 2000 during my elk hunt, I had set out trailing a herd. I had just left my truck and turned to head in the woods when a "guide" who is listed on the states list pulled up and introduced himself to me. He asked if I had seen any elk and I showed him the tracks. He then had the nerve to ask me if I would take his hunter in there with me so he could shoot one. Well to make a long story short the hunter managed to stay behind me about 50 yrds. I just ended up pushing the herd in some thick stuff and then picked them up in the morning and eventually shot one. Now the story on the hunter was that he only had a few days to hunt. Was I greedy by not being cordial enough to take his hunter in? Were they just my elk seeing how I was on state land? I don't think so, but they were no more his than mine. I guess it just really surprised me to see this official guide wanted his hunter to get one so bad that he had him follow me.Originally posted by Elk Guide
hi steve.......there are currently i beleave 42 registered elk guides in michigan but all this means is we are registered with the state no license or any thing and the state doesnt want to get involved with registering us.....there are also another 40 who guide from time to time that are not registered and the state does suggest you go only with a registered guide but does nothing to stop the other guys from guideing......i am trying to get all the guides together that are registered so we can come up with some form of certification but most of them still say if the state doesnt push it we arent going to do it......i have about 8 who are interested but this has been a very slow road to go down......i dont know what the state is up to with the elk herd lately i can't get the info i was geting.....i hope the bear guides get better results than i am from the state
If you spend some time up here around the elk you will find that they roam from area to area, depending on food, females, cover and pressure. I'll tell you what. Those elk that spent all fall in my father-in-laws field would spend the afternoon feeding. We watched them many nights and got to recognize the antlers of a few of the bulls. I talked to a logger logging some state land a few miles away and he described the number of the herd along with the antlers of the bulls. According to him the herd hung out in the mornings around the tree tops and then moved onto our property as the day got later.Originally posted by stevebrandle
A "paper" guide wouldn't be worth much if he didn't have some ground to hunt on. Are most of the elk on private or State land?