Who am I? What I stand for? What I don’t.

Craig Steele, founder of CEi Outdoors

For many years now I have been building this business (CEi Outdoors).  It’s not always easy and it’s not always fun. I find myself reevaluating my goals and constantly analyzing my own moral compass.

Just a little history…

I was born and raised in Arizona and this is still where I call home. My passion for hunting, a supporting family and faith in the almighty has lead me down this path.  At the age of 10, I shot my very first bull elk.  Since that time, I have been blessed to harvest, film and guide many hunters to some great animals. 

Although I do some guiding, I truly respect guys that like to strap it up and take on the challenge on their own.  There is something to be said for the guy or gal, who does their own homework and succeeds.  I truly respect folks that do this because they don’t make any excuses.  The competition is fierce, but you have to pull yourself through those hurdles and mental road blocks, in order to be successful.

I started guiding for myself and an outfitter back in 2004 (off and on).  Despite the rumors I had heard, almost all of the people I have guided have been great people.  I have always struggled with the aspects of guiding someone for pay, because hunting is a real intimate experience for me.  I want people that I hunt with to care and respect the process.  I want people I hunt with, or guide, to feel what I feel.  I want them to know how hard it is and how blessed they are to see a giant animal roaming freely, let alone wrap a tag around the animal.  If they understand these facts, than I am ready to go. I just want to hunt with passionate people. 

I am now in the middle of almost every aspect of hunting.  I see it from a 365 degree view.  I see it from all aspects, and I don’t like some of the things I see.  I see a lot of integrity being taken out of my passion.  I see it eroding.  I see it happening from 365 degrees.  

Too my points…

I hunt on my own, because it’s my choice.  I don’t ever see myself going on a true guided hunt.  I just don’t. If you are going on a DIY hunt don’t make excuses.  If you start making excuses, you will never succeed to your utmost potential.  I have a few friends that do this and it really hinders their ability to be more successful.  You should be proud of hunting on your own, but do it with integrity.

Looking for an outfitter…

Outfitters need to instill some integrity in the process.  Don’t book a hunter if you can’t accommodate them.  Make sure your hunters expectations are being met.  Hunting is not a guarantee, I think everyone is aware of this.  If you treat everyone as if they are your own family or friends, you won’t have any issues as an outfitter or guide.

If you drew a tag and you are calling outfitters on your own, make sure you ask about your guide. Who is your damn guide? If you can’t get an answer, then don’t book! Some outfitters have a core group of sub-guides that guide for them, so make sure you get all of their names.  Make sure you are going with one of their core guides.  Don’t just book because an outfitter has a big name!  You are potentially going to be subbed out or prioritized (given to a new guide). This is your tag, your money, and time!  So, make sure you ask the right questions.  If the answers sound fishy or to good to be true, than keep asking questions.

 


When you go in for the stalk, it really matters what steps you take and how you pursue the animal (happiness). If you fudge one bit, it’s over; it’s a blown stalk. Success is not always in your future. Success is not guaranteed. Let’s not forget that this is what makes hunting so intriguing and somewhat of a mystery.
 
-Best
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Craig Steele

About Craig Steele

Craig Steele is the founder and publisher at ORGhunt.com. Craig is an obsessed hunter and professional hunting guide. He owns and operates Predator Exclusives. Craig also guides for Exclusive Pursuit Outfitters. Besides hunting and guiding, he operates CS Creativity, which is his marketing and graphic design business.

One thought on “Who am I? What I stand for? What I don’t.

  1. Bobby

    Mr. Steele,
    A friend from work and hunting buddy told me I needed to look you up on YouTube over a year ago. And since then I’ve been hooked watching your videos you put on there! Not only are they heart pounding but are a great way to learn from a hunter that is successful in gods country. I have a lot of respect for they way you hunt without the use of a guide, and the dedication you put into all the time you are out putting the effort into scouting.
    This fall I decided I’d like to try filming hunts just for sheer memories of time I got to be out hunting with friends and family. I found out real fast that is more difficult than it sounds or how you make it look, and I wasn’t even the one hunting. My little sister had her first juniors antler less deer tag in kaibab, and my wife’s first rifle tag in unit 8. Although they were both successful hunts, with first time hunters I found my attention being focused on them rather than the camera. So far in December, and coming up in January me and my friend have been on a lot of very respectable white tail and mule deer, and I am going to keep on filming and trying to get better at it, but wanted to ask you if you have any advice on how you are so good at doing it? Especially when you hunt by yourself. Also do you use any kind of stalker boots or pads you strap to your boots?
    I know it’s archery season here in Arizona, and your probably out chasing bucks but I’d like to send you a few pictures of something I made and had a patent sent in on for us outdoorsmen and woman to make it easier when nature calls to see what you think about it.
    Keep posting more videos, god bless, and no excuses
    Bobby

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