Your Host
                                                                                                                                   Chris Guikema

Note from Chris:

Greetings from the Land of Enchantment, (New Mexico) where my family and I call home.   My wife, runs the office of our outfitting business as well as many of the logistics on my destination travel trips.  My son Gus loves to hunt and fish as much as I do; he is working on his super 10 and harvested his first big game animal at 8 years old - an 80” antelope and an almost 300” 6X bull that same year! Our newest addition, Meredith, drags Huntin’ Fool magazines or hunting travel catalogs around the house already and wants to look at all the trophy shots. I’d say she’s a natural as well!  I've been blessed, I really am living the dream: Spending hours in the field scouting new destinations, guiding, shed hunting, trapping, setting trail cameras and working on the ranches we lease to improve habitat for big game, for a living!

I've had my boots on the ground hunting extensively from Alaska to Mexico and my waders in the water on nearly every renowned trout stream in the western United States, Alaska and saltwater flats and beyond.  I have done my due diligence over the last 22 years in order to make sure that my clients were hunting or fishing in the very best destinations available.  I've lead a charmed life my wife loves to remind me that I don't live in the real world, My "job" has allowed to become the quintessential outdoorsman, having guided elk, mule deer, big horn sheep, antelope, oryx, aoudad and ibex hunts  across the west and Mexico as well as guiding fly fishing throughout the Continental US.

Throughout my years in the industry I have been a fly fishing lodge owner on the famous San Juan River, and currently operate Compass West Outfitters where I've been turning client’s big game and fishing dreams into reality since 1997.  I specializes in the finest big game hunting New Mexico has to offer, as well as private land ranch management to maximize trophy potential and client success.  I bring an incredibly well-rounded background with over 24 years field experience and nearly two decades of destination planning experience across the globe to the table for you with every trip.  I also travel to fishing and hunting locations across the globe for business and pleasure.   Over the years I've seen lots of examples of what NOT to do and learned many great ideas TO do with my guests.  If you are looking considering booking a hunt with us or looking at destination travel, I'm here to help you get the best out of your hard earned dollar! 

In addition to my worldwide big game travel knowledge, I also specialize in western Big Game Applications. I have experience with the Big game draws in every state. Alaska to Iowa and everything in-between.  I have a huge network of connections with the very best outfitters throughout the US.  Allow me to help you make the very best of your very special dream tag as well!   

Your dream hunt starts with a phone call; let my decades in the industry GUIDE YOU to the trip you’ve always envisioned!  

 I look forward to exceeding your expectations!