I've been shooting for a little while now but had never hunted. After doing some research and calling a few different guides I decided to book a shoot in with Daniel Grixti at Ultimate Hunting Australia. We spoke at length on the phone, being a newbi to hunting I had loads of questions, he was not dismissive at all, he was clear and explained things in a clear an straight forward way - this is what I was looking for in a guide and educator and this approach transferred to the field.
He runs a good business, communications, email, meeting points, lists etc. all first class - and followed up with a phone call to check in.
This is probably what you want to hear about the most, it was amazing, the property, the deer and of course Daniel's guiding and for me as new hunter his training. He explained each step, his through process, and his approach - I learned so much in 4 days. We drove, we walked, we tracked, we hid, we waited and we ambushed - it was non stop. His approach is considered and methodical - unrelenting when it needs to be but also no when to move on. The results speak for themselves -
Day 1 - located some large Red Deer in the morning, watched their moves - then after a full day of scoping other areas we returned to wait in ambush - after a first dodgy shot - my heart was pumping I succeed to down the deer with the follow-up shot - (41 inch 13pt) - and a load of venison for the year ahead!
Day 2 - was more stalking and checking areas - for me this was a great time to look, learn and practice 'seeing' trying to develop those 'deer eyes'
Day3 - I'd decided I'd really like to try for a fallow. This was the day I (we) worked the hardest, it was hot and after the quality of the Red deer I really wanted to succeed with the fallow. After several sessions stalking, getting close etc. we then found a great looking animal - but it he was not going to make it easy for the newbi hunter. We tracked and followed, had him in my scope 2 twice, had a one total mis shot (rushed it, nerves, heat etc.) finally had him in my crosshairs, breathed, dropped my heart rate, and squeezed the trigger - he dropped.
Even though we were moving fast, the pressure was on Daniel was great, could not ask for a better coach, trainer, educator and guide. I should also say that he is a great bloke too, you're spending 4 days with someone its good to have some you get along with.
So all I can really say is : it's great do it.