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The story of the Rainsford Hunting, the hunting trip portal

Interview with Carsten Haagensen, the founder of Rainsford Hunting.

Why not arrange my own hunting trips directly with the outfitter?“ That was the thought that struck Carsten Haagensen, the originator of Rainsford Hunting, when, during a quiet breather on a North American polar bear hunt, he found time for contemplation.

Hunting trips coordinated directly with the outfitter means planning and booking without an intermediary

By organising things myself I can get my hunting trip to match my expectations from the outset. I will get the most honest answers to questions about who, what, where, when, how and why… something a salesperson or promoter at an office in Europe cannot do better.

I was immediately aware of the fact that this way of organising hunting trips potentially meant, in some cases, saving a lot of money. But for me the main issue wasn’t the money. It was more the idea that, by organising everything from the start by myself, I would be in direct contact and discussion with the person who is most knowledgeable about the particular hunt I’m about to book,” begins the innovative entrepreneur and big game hunter.

He continues: “By organising things myself I can get my hunting trip to match my expectations from the outset. I will get the most honest answers to questions about who, what, where, when, how and why… something a salesperson or promoter at an office in Europe cannot do better.

The advantage of direct contact with the outfitter prior to the hunting trip

Carsten Haagensen knows what he is talking about. He has been hunting since the age of 16 and in his time has visited many European countries. For example, in 2001 on a Hungarian reserve he bagged what was at the time the seventh largest fallow buck in the world.

In 2005 he booked his first “big trip”, which took him to Zimbabwe in search of buffalo. Since then there have been brown bears and snow sheep in Kamchatka and, on his first trip to the mountainous central Asian country of Tajikistan, he bagged a wonderful Marco Polo ram.

My adventures came to a head in 2011, when I bagged a polar bear in North America! That was a hunt that took four trips before I achieved success. Four trips that gave me time to think. Polar bear hunting is an extreme form of hunting, and I realised on the trips that I would have benefited from direct contact with the outfitter in advance,” he says.

Carsten continues: “In spite of the advice back home, I knew nothing in advance of the people who would be safeguarding my life in the Arctic cold. I wasn’t sure that I had bought the right equipment [something that is vital on a hunt of this nature, Ed.], and I didn’t know whether the equipment, which for this type of hunting can be very expensive, could be borrowed or hired at the destination. The idea of Rainsford Hunting was logical.

User reviews would guarantee high quality for the hunting trips

He then gave further thought to the idea. This led to the development of the ‘Rated by Rainsford’ rating system. The rating system is sort of the hunting trip equivalent of gastronomy’s Michelin stars. With the help of other members’ evaluations of hunts and outfitters, it helps members to organise their own financially viable hunting trips, which match their expectations and are ultimately successful.

While developing the concept, we decided to make the widest possible range of hunting trip tips available for the portal’s members. So already you can find short articles with information about countless relevant issues, and there will be more in the near future. These hunting trip tips are invaluable when you are arranging your own hunting trip. We will describe and provide links to everything from visa application rules, health conditions and exchange rates to advice on field processing of trophies and shipping trophies back home,” he explains.

He talks about the portal’s other advantages: “In the future, Rainsford Hunting will promote hunting trips all over the world, and we will provide details of special offers from the outfitters, last-minute deals and cancellation trips. We will devote a lot of our energy to ensuring that the outfitters get happy hunting guests and, most importantly, that our members get the best deals from the selected outfitters on the portal,” says the originator, welcoming all hunters with even just a little spirit of adventure.

Rainsford Hunting is not a travel agency and makes no profit on travel bookings

To conclude, he stresses that Rainsford Hunting is not a travel agency. The portal is not part of the deal when members purchase hunting trips, and Rainsford Hunting receives no commission or other profits from the sale of individual hunting trips.

Contact the originator, Carsten Haagensen