Around Christmas time five or six years ago, I received a letter from an old client, Tom Heller, from Midland, TX. His letter was just a paragraph or so but with it was a check for $500. He thanked me and apologized for not giving me a proper tip. He said his tip more than likely was $50. He was correct. He told me it was one of his first guided big game hunts. It was August 1985, when I guided Tom, the flatlander, as he called himself, up a steep 1500’ mountain face and on to a knife ridge to get above a group of rams. We dropped down on the backside of them where Tom harvested the largest of the group, a 36 ½ incher. He was amazed that he was able to accomplish that feat. I think it’s funny that after all these years, he felt he hadn’t properly tipped me. I never gave it a second thought as back then many clients only tipped $50 to $100 dollars. In the early to mid-80’s, a $250 tip was rare. Hunt prices back then were $3k to $10k. Prices now go up to $30K so I assume the tips have followed suit.