Which meals are included if we stay at your cottage?
ALL meals are provided. You can cook for yourself or we'll come cook for you, whichever you prefer. You're also welcome to have pizza delivered or eat at any of the local restaurants if you prefer. "Hopper's Family Restaurant" offers a 10% discount to all persons using our services.
Are meals and lodging included?
Only if you purchase a package that specifically states they are included. If you purchase a package that does NOT specifically mention meals and lodging, you will be responsible for those during your visit.
Can I bring my own dog on waterfowl hunting trips?
Yes. Both experienced retrievers and 'pups-in-training' are welcome if they're well-behaved. However, if you have a dog that won't lay still and quiet in the blind, we'd prefer you leave him at home.
If you bring a pup for some training, we'll bring our dog to act as backup on any retrieves that give your pup trouble. And if you ask, we'll be happy to offer training tips or advice.
Will you clean our fish or game for us?
It's not included as part of any package, but if requested, and if we have the time, we're usually willing to help. There's no extra charge for this, but we would hope you remember your guide helped when it comes time for his gratuity.
If we come up for a multiple-day trip, where will we store our daily take?
If you're here on a package including a stay at our cottage, a chest freezer will be provided at the cottage for your use. Otherwise you'll have to store the meat yourself unless your guide has room in his home freezer and is willing to store it for you. This would be entirely between you and your guide.
Will we get a refund if we have to cancel?
No refunds are given but if you have to cancel, you will be given the opportunity to reschedule. If you have to cancel your trip less than 14 days prior to your scheduled date, a 'rescheduling fee' may apply.
Are your hunting and fishing trips 'guaranteed'?
No. We're going after wild game here. No planted birds or fish. We are entirely at the mercy of the weather and the whim of the animals themselves. That being said, if you have a particulary bad trip, you can expect us to offer you a return trip at little or no cost (depending on just how bad the day actually was). No refunds will be given.
Should we tip our guide?
If you think your guide earned a little something extra, then by all means offer a tip - especially if you're back on a reduced-rate or free 'make-up' trip. Most of the price charged for your trip is used to pay for leases, equipment, fuel, and so forth. Your guide is paid only a small percentage of the total rate, so any gratuity you feel he has earned will be cheerfully accepted and greatly appreciated.
What do I need to bring?
Appropriate clothing, waders, gun & ammo or bow (if hunting), snacks, coffee, camera, and a tolerance for all manner of lies and other hunting and fishing stories from your guide.
Do we have to use a guide?
No. If you stay in our cottage, you're welcome to go hunting or fishing on your own or even use another guide service or charter. If you don't need to use the cottage, we have specific fields we can let you use for goose, deer, and turkey hunting.
What is the best time to come for ducks or geese?
We kill birds throughout all of our seasons, but November and December have to be good months for both geese and ducks, especially if you want divers. January and February are also excellent for geese.
When are the best fish runs?
Don't engrave this in stone because weather and river conditions can change any of this, but there are usually good steelhead runs in Jan, Feb, and Mar; good coho and chinook fishing from late-Mar to early-Jun; skamania get hot in late-Jun into late-Jul; chinook and perch are good from late-Jul into early-Sep; and then it's steelhead again from Oct to the end of the year. Walleye and smallmouth can be had just about any time you go out on the river, if you know what you're doing and where to fish.