Crawford Guide Service Testimonials
Here's what a few of our customers have had to say about us.
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February 2024 - San Diego, CA
I hunted in early February, which is typically a tougher hunt with birds that have been shot at all season. But it didn’t matter- the pros at Crawford Guide Service went out of their way to make sure I had a really fun and productive hunt. I wanted to chase some scalies and mearn’s in the same day. My guide, Jonathan was a pro and I really appreciated him driving all over nearly half the state to chase some birds in some out-of-the-way places that were not heavily pressured. His GSP, Brody was also amazing… he worked hard and held his points. It made the shooting easy and I left the day with scaled and mearns in the bag, along with a memorable hunt!
Jan 24 - New Carlisle IN
I hunted gambels and scaled quail with John and “brody” for 2 days this Jan. Public ground, good bird numbers, probably 15-20 points a day between coveys and singles. Plenty of shooting opportunities. John was a great guy to spend the day with. He was very informative about the local wildlife and area. Dog work was stellar, brody ran 24 and 27 miles during the 2 days and never missed a beat. I will hunt with these guys again. Well run outfit. Obtw, Mearns count was way down so we didn’t target them at all.
December 2023 - Ohio
Quail/predator combo hunt is a great idea! What a productive, exciting and super fun hunt. The combo aspect allows you to rest your weary legs a bit and have a completely different experience without any additional road time. If you have never hunted predators ( like me) it’s a great way to learn a lot. I would highly recommend giving the combo hunt a try.
December 2023 - Zanesville Ohio
I did a 4 day combination quail/predator hunt with Simon. While the mearns quail numbers were down due to lack of “monsoon” summer rains Simon put me on great numbers of scaled and gamble's quail daily. The predator hunting was action packed and exciting and Simon’s gear is absolutely first rate. I can honestly say that Simon is a very hard working and honest guide. A+
Stephen Veneski/Connor Veneski
Fall 2023 Fall Cow Elk - Payson AZ
My son and I just finished a very successful elk hunt and couldn’t ask for a better guide service. From Simon and Eric guiding us to Jim cooking great meals it was worth every penny. There is no way we could have done this hunt without them. They went up and beyond for us. On our last day before packing up Simon took my wife out to hear the bulls bugling in the early morning. Something she will never forget. Simon called in a bull elk the one morning and was my first time seeing one in all its glory. Thank you Simon for giving us a lifelong memory. Stephen Veneski
Archery Bull Elk
I finally drew an elk archery tag in Az. Researching outfitters was extensive after talking to a few Simon had the best overall attitude and set me up with a superb guide , Ty Sterling.
We harvested a great bull in a busy unit and l would ask for any changes to the experience.
Oct 2023 - Tucson az
Mr. Simon was an absolute professional in every sense of the word. He took great care of my son and i on a predictor hunt in southern Az. He did everything right and went above and beyond for my son in both getting after the hunt but also coaching my 7 year old. I have already re-booked.
Winter 2023 - Patagonia AZ
I was impressed with Simon’s knowledge and services he provided for us. The hunts were great and I was amazed how his dogs worked for us. Great experience all the way around.
2023 - Santa Maria, CA
Crawford Guide Service was my first experience with Arizona quail hunting. Simon Crawford was the perfect choice for my first out of state hunt. He has years of experience and performed above and beyond my expectations. I would highly recommend his guide service to anyone.
Mearns Quail 2023 - Santa Maria, CA
Had a great hunt with Simon and his dogs. He really knows his stuff and worked really hard to make sure we had a great hunt. Can’t wait to come back. Great guy and great dogs.
December 2022 - Patagonia
Had a great Mearns hunt out of Patagonia with Simon Crawford. While Simon couldn’t do anything to help my shooting he did everything he could to make it a great experience- two thumbs up!
December 2023 - Mimmesota
I've hunted quail with Simon twice now. Great guide, great dogs. Lots of territory to hunt and he is fun to hunt with.
Predator Hunt witb Crawford Guide Service
Had an amazing predator hunt! Looking forward to doing it again! Thank you!
Fall 2022 - Alpine, Alabama
This was my second hunt with CGS and I hope that there will be many more. We hunted hard, and after a couple of tough days, moved into a new area on day three and immediately got onto good bucks. I took an excellent buck at sunset that day. My guide, Eric Walker, was outstanding and is just a quality guy to spend time with. I heartily endorse CGS.
Coues Deer - Fall 2021 - Tucson, AZ
In the Fall of 2021 I went on a back pack Coues Deer hunt in southern Arizona with Simon and Drew of Crawford Guide Service, as well as my girlfriend. Simon took care of everything and had it all setup prior to the hunt. I quickly found out that Simon and Drew are expert glassers as they picked out a few deer for me to take a shot at. Though I unfortunately didn’t fill my tag, Simon and Drew set me up for success throughout the hunt. Plus my girlfriend got a killer buck! I cannot recommend Simon and Crawford Guide Service enough!
Fall 2021 - Tucson, AZ
We had an excellent hunt, and every detail was seen to. The guides were skilled, knowledgeable, and good company as well. Simon knows the area we hunted like the back of his hand. The camp was comfortable, the food was good, and we can't wait to hunt again next season.
Spring 2022 - Wyoming
Simon did a great job helping me on my OTC Coues hunt. He was able to give me real time and historical info of the area that put me in a great position to be in bow range. Would and plan to use his services again.
Spring 2022 - Nipomo CA
I have had the pleasure of hunting with Crawford Guide Service through the years and proud to say they run a first rate guide service. Simon and his guides do their homework pre scouting prior to your arrival to hunting camp which saves valuable time during your hunt. Very Professional! Great Guides! Great Experience! Having repeat customers year after year speaks for itself. Highly Recommend this outfitter.
2021 - Tucson Az
The first time I met Simon Crawford was a few years ago. I pulled up to camp & he was sitting there looking into his spotting scope & I introduced myself & he said take a look in the scope, he had a big Coues buck glassed up and that was my first time ever seeing a Coues deer & it wasn’t the last after hanging out with simon a few days . We made a few stocks and hung around in a tree stand but we couldn’t make anything happen during archery season that year . Simon helped me apply for some good units the next year I got lucky and drew a good late season rifle tag,but I wasn’t so lucky because during a Archery season in California I broke my arm and wasn’t able to use my tag . I applied the following year and drew the same tag. This time I showed up a day early tagged along with Simon and some of his Guides for some glassing. He put me to work with a one of the guides Name Drew who is a freak of Nature. We glassed up the following morning a really good buck & he was on the move after a few minutes we lost him for about 2 hours then I spotted him in his bed right when we were about to pack up and head back to camp . We called up Simon for back up so he can keep an eye on the buck while me and Drew closed the gap up to 240 yards we got all set up and I made a great shot. I can’t wait to get back out this year .
First time ever hunting in the desert, being from Alaska this was a complete new experience and new country to deal with. Simon helped us with recommendations regarding the Arizona draw process and target dates for Couesies. He had great knowledge of the lay of the land, put together a SOLID team of guides that shared his enthusiasm for hunting. One of the things that stood out most was he was friends with local hunters, they came by at night to BS and share experiences from the day over the fire which showed to me that he’s a class act to be guiding and fully accepted by the locals from the area, that’s typically not the case up here in AK. I learned a lot from Simon and his crew throughout the entire hunt on all aspects of hunting from animal patterns and behaviors to ballistics. I will absolutely be back with him the next time we visit the desert.
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