Trip Policy Guide
1. GetDucks.com requires a fifty percent (50%) non-refundable deposit to secure a reservation 90 days or longer before the scheduled trip date. The 50% deposit is non-refundable, but in some instances may be applied to a new trip date no later than the end of the following season or up to 1 year later, but in many instances this is not the case. The 50% balance due for “payment in full” is required no later than 60 days prior to schedule trip arrival date. GetDucks.com requires a deposit of “payment in full” to secure a reservation less than 60 days before the scheduled trip. The payment in full is also non-refundable, but in some instances may be applied to a new trip date no later than the end of the following season or up to 1 year later, but in most instances this is not the case. In the rare instance that hunt fees either in part or in whole may be applied to another hunt package, or towards the balance of another Client, an administrative rebooking fee equal to 15% the total land package rate shall be assessed. Failure to comply with deposit and balance deadlines may result in forfeiture of hunt proceeds. A full refund, less the 15% rebooking fee, is available only if a paid replacement is provided for the person canceling. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment by GetDucks.com is acknowledgement that registrant has read and accepts this cancellation/refund policy, terms and conditions, and all responsibility clauses.
Credit card services exist merely for Client convenience. All credit card sales are final: charges for deposits or balances shall be neither disputed nor refunded for any hunt or service rendered or for any reason whatsoever.
2. Travel Insurance: Hunting or fishing expeditions will certainly offer you an exciting and rewarding experience. Unfortunately, however, one undertaking such an adventure must face the possibility that you or your companion(s) might be forced to cancel your trip at the last moment due to illness, injury or other emergency or sustain an unfortunate injury and require medical services or worse, medical evacuation during your trip. Trip cancellation and travel insurance can help protect you and your travel companions from these unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances. We will send you the application forms from a major, reliable insurer of traveling hunters and anglers. It is wise to always consult with your personal health insurance provider before undertaking any type of travel to determine what is covered in the event of injury or illness during your travels.
3. Client name, contact information, passport number and expiration date, and travel arrangements, if arranged separately , as well as gun information and serial numbers MUST BE provided within 60 days prior to scheduled trip arrival date, must be legible and accurate. This information must be returned promptly; is necessary for gun permits, hunting licenses, and seamless travel arrangements. Failure to return these materials may result in forfeiture of hunt proceeds.
4. It is important that group leaders provide pre-trip information with all members of your party so that everyone is adequately prepared, understands the cancellation/refund policy pertaining to their trip, and has the opportunity to purchase travel insurance (especially anyone with a pre-existing health condition).
5. We suggest that you consult with your physician for medical advice on travel. If your physician is not familiar with travel-related medicine, the CDC offers excellent, up-to-date information on health precautions for travelers by fax; call toll-free 888-232-3299 and follow the recorded instructions. You may also visit the CDC’s Web site at www.cdc.gov.
6. For some reason, more shooters, dogs and pick-up boys take stray pellets when dove shooting than in any other shotgunning activity. There is no reason for this. There’s plenty of room, so guns are placed well apart with an eye to safety. Nevertheless, in fields being harvested, there often are workers or farm animals in proximity – people on horseback or workers will edge into a shooting area, assuming that guns are prudent and will never shoot low. The point is, you have to be aware of this activity and aware at all times as to the position of fellow shooters and pick-up boys. The bottom line is: There is never any excuse for taking a low-angle shot (below 45 degrees). Get that rule in your head; it requires virtually no concentration and will certainly in no way inhibit your shoot. Don’t take chances on shot angles – ever!
7. Check guns to make sure they’re unloaded before leaving the ranch – recheck in the field and again on departure. Don’t be offended if outfitters check them again. Everyone wants to be as safe as possible. Magazine shotguns should be carried with the receiver open; uncased doubles always broken when walking in the field, in a vehicle, or any time when not in shooting position. Don’t hand loaded shotguns to pick-up boys or others. Also, don’t let guides or pick-up boys shoot. Some know how and are competent shots, but this simply introduces another element of risk.
8. If your assigned location is a little off the flight line, or not productive, make sure you let your outfitter know; they will move you to a better place. Someone will always be close by. If you are taking a break from shooting, be aware of others around you. If you are in the open, you may be flaring birds away from others who are shooting. If you have any cause for complaint while traveling, you must immediately bring it to the attention of the GetDucks.com’s representative or agent who will attempt to resolve the situation.
9. It is a good idea to always wear safety shooting glasses to protect your eyes. And protect your ears with plugs or a quality headset type of ear protector. At no time during the hunt or while handling firearms should alcohol, drugs or medications be consumed while hunting.
10. Many times during the hunt there will be birds in the air, including songbirds or non-game species. Some of these are protected and should not be shot under any circumstance. Check with the outfitter for any other game birds. All game laws pertaining to take, possession and transport or migratory gamebirds shall be strictly followed without exception. US Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations are provided in Sporting Travel Resources. It is solely the responsibility of client hunters to be knowledgeable of, to understand, to accept and to strictly adhere to pertaining statutes of locations they are hunting or risk termination of hunt without refund. Furthermore, the client accepts full responsibility for all citations, fines or prosecutions derived of their actions.
The importation of waterfowl and game birds into the U.S. is the hunter’s sole responsibility because and requires knowledge and compliance of current regulations. We recommend you visit the web site of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to obtain import information and to print form 3-177 which you will have to complete and present to U.S. Authorities at your arrival, along with all other relevant paperwork. Regulations concerning the importation of wildlife may be found in 50 CFR Part 14. It is essential that the 3-177 form that you will fill out contain the name and full information of the USDA Approved Taxidermist to whom you will send your bird(s) for mounting, if applicable. When you return to the U.S., be advised that when importing game birds through Atlanta or Miami, their protocols can be more complicated. If coming through either of these ports, CPB/USDA requires consigning trophies to air cargo, which usually requires that clients use a broker to handle the shipment. It is essential that hunters have all necessary paperwork. To the best of our knowledge, the importation of waterfowl or other indigenous wildlife from Argentina (and Uruguay) is legally impermissible.
11. Hunting safety precautions (always worth repeating):
- Always treat guns as loaded.
- Never load the gun except when hunting. Keep breeches open when not hunting.
- Always make sure that the barrel and action are clear of obstructions.
- Always carry your gun such that you can control the direction of the muzzle, even if you stumble.
- Always keep the safety on until the gun is brought to shoulder.
- Always make sure your target is a gamebird and that your backstop is not a hunter, building or retriever.
- Never point a gun at anything you do not intend to shoot.
- Never leave guns or ammunition within reach of children or careless adults.
- Never climb trees or fences with a loaded gun.
- Never shoot at a flat, hard surface or water.
- Never drink alcohol or take other mood-altering drugs before or during a hunt.
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