Get Involved As a Guide

Each hunter is assigned two guides: Lead Guide and Secondary/Video Guide. The Lead Guide has ultimate responsibility for the equipment, its use, and the hunt. The Secondary/Video Guide is primarily responsible for capturing the experience of the hunt while also supporting the Lead Guide. Both work as a team to ensure safety and overall success for the hunter.

The following are some items we need from each guide and volunteer as well as items to help them get the most out of the weekend.

If you are interested in volunteering please complete our volunteer form and we will follow up with you.

Below is the checklist and links for volunteers.

 

  • Expectations of a Guide

  • Online Guide Registration

  • Photo Release Form

  • Release Form (Waiver/Medical Release)

SYC Iowa- Guide Expectations

Thank you for volunteering to guide a SYC hunter. This is a very exciting and rewarding opportunity.

To best be prepare for the hunt we have put together a list of expectations for all Hunters and their families of what you can expect during your time with us:

Your Role:  Each hunter is assigned two guides: Lead Guide and Secondary/Video Guide. The Lead Guide has ultimate responsibility for the equipment, its use, and the hunt. The Secondary/Video Guide is primarily responsible for capturing the experience of the hunt while also supporting the Lead Guide. Both work as a team to ensure safety and overall success for the hunter.

Safety:

  • Safety is our top priority, and we take it very seriously.  We all will be observing the hunters to make sure they aren’t getting over tired, too cold, too hungry or dehydrated. Please talk to us throughout the day and let us know if there is anything we can do to make you more comfortable. We have heaters, snacks, water etc. to make the hunt as comfortable for the hunter as possible.
  • Guides must adhere to all game laws including leaving evidence of sex on all carcasses and be sure to attach the carcass tag once the animal is in camp. You have overall responsibility for the team, the blind and what happens in the blind. You are representing SYC to the families, the land owners, the State Wildlife representatives and fellow guides. Please act professionally and dignified.
  • The Blind/Stands:  We will ensure your blind/stand has the needed chairs, stand, gun, ammo, snacks, drinks, heater, blankets, etc.
  • The Gun: All guns are provided by SYC Iowa and every gun must go through a safety check prior to going out to hunt to ensure your hunter’s gun is sighted in properly. We will take care of mounting and un-mounting of gun, loading and unloading of gun, and transportation of gun, unless prior approval and clearance has been given by the Board. Make sure your assigned gun is sited in to your level of satisfaction at the sight-in on Friday. Walk down and personally confirm where the target was hit, don’t assume it is accurate. Adjust the sites if necessary. You are responsible for mounting and un-mounting of gun, loading and unloading of gun, and safe transportation of gun. The gun and ammo is your responsibility from the start of sighting in, until lunch on Sunday. Each time you get in the blind, check the gun trigger to confirm it is set properly and perform a dry fire to practice the scenario with your hunter. Keep the gun camera (e.g. ipod) charged at all times.
  • Ammo: The guides will keep the ammo in a safe location when in-between hunts.
  • Pictures: All participants, parents, guardians, family, hunters, and guides will need to sign a photo release waiver( add link) prior to hunting. SYC Iowa will use photos for any legal use, including but not limited to: publicity, copyright purposes, illustration, advertising, marketing, social media and web content.  SYC Iowa will capture as many important moments as possible for the hunt both in the field and at fellowship times and share with hunter and family. We encourage all to take pictures in the field, blind, casual conversation, in fellowship and share to the SYC Iowa Facebook page.
  • Interaction and encouragement with others: SYC Iowa strongly encourages your hunter and family to connect with others and get involved with different activities during their free time. The commons area will have a games area of things to choose from e.g., playing cards, board games, campfire pit  etc. Please take the time to get to know your fellow hunters and guides. Please join us in congratulating others on their hunt who did harvest an animal and encouraging those who might not have that opportunity yet.
  • Coaching of the hunt: The guides and volunteers will coach the hunter about different expectations that can happen during the hunt.
    • How far you will take a shot, who is going to call the animal, when it comes near to set up the shot, what are you going to say/do when you want them to take the shot.
    • Any risk/danger situations need to be covered as well. E.g.:  if you get a lethal shot on your animal stay in your blind until all other live animals have left (turkeys)

Licensing Fee: (remind hunter to get reimbursed)

  • In-State hunters:
    • Buy your license for the season and SYC Iowa will reimburse your fees at the hunt.
  • Out of State Hunters:
    • SYC Iowa will purchase you license on your behalf.

Schedule: (click here)

  • Schedule: Hunters, Guides and Volunteers, please follow the schedule and be ready. It is important to stay on track with the schedule.  We want to be in the blinds and ready to hunt on time or we could miss the window of opportunity.

Thanks to all of you and your families for sharing the weekend with SYC Iowa. We know your time is valuable to both you and your families, and we thank you for choosing to spend it with us. Please let us know if you have any questions, suggestions or if you need any help. Let’s have a great hunt.

Thank you!

SYC Iowa Board