When I hear the word “giveaway,” I am naturally suspicious. I question the hype and evaluate the odds. Each company works hard to build excitement around these offerings. It is usually loud and proud. A call to action offsets the company’s investment. Sign Up Now! Limited Time Only! Follow Us Today! Enter Here! It’s these type of giveaways that are becoming such common place that my senses have been dulled. At this point it would take a bull horn to the ear for me to listen.
GoHUNT’s INSIDER giveaway for June would be the equivalent of a bull horn to BOTH ears. A dream of mine would be to chase white monarch rams in the Northwest territory. GoHUNT INSIDER is giving away a $22,500 dall sheep hunt that would put you in Canada’s Northwest territory this August!
The question is, should you and I buy into the hype?
Are your chances just as good as the next person? Will goHUNT follow through and deliver? Who are the winners? How are they chosen? If a winner can’t accept or doesn’t accept the giveaway, will another winner be selected? Could it really be me? Could it really be you?
I contacted www.gohunt.com on a mission to find the answers to the above questions and more. I half expected them to tell me that the company does not share confidential information about their winners or their giveaways. I was pleasantly surprised when goHUNT opened their doors and business with zero hesitation. Company President Lorenzo Sartini was an open book. With a little research I have identified everything you need to know about June’s INSIDER giveaway.
GoHUNT.com INSIDER June Giveaway Detail:
- TOTAL VALUE: $22,500
- Where: Mackenzie Mountain (Northwest Territory), Canada
- Outfitter: Nahanni Butte Outfitters
- Dates: August 3-15, 2015
- All Inclusive: Food, Lodging, Guide Fees, and $2,500 Travel Voucher
- Success Rate: Nearing 100%
- Potential: Trophy sheep area with the possibility of taking a 40″+ ram. (Ave. Horn Length 36″-37″)
How do we know the winners are real people and not your personal contacts or family and friends? What is the process of randomly selecting a winner?
Sartini: “We perform a random drawing at the end of each month and announce the winners the first business day of that month. Each INSIDER member will receive one entry per month. You can check out all of our previous INSIDER giveaways and winners online.”
Here is the process for drawing the winner
- Export active members
- Add accounts created for members (from spreadsheet)
- Import into text utility (each user gets a unique row)
- Permute the lines by “shuffle” 3 times.
How do you qualify to be a winner of an INSIDER giveaway?
In order to be eligible for goHUNT’s monthly giveaway you will have to sign up for INSIDER by midnight the day before the drawing. An INSIDER membership is $149 per year. Your membership in INSIDER gives you full access to all the research tools you need to have your best hunting season yet. It puts everything you need to know in one spot conveniently located online. All INSIDERS are automatically entered into our monthly giveaways.
Sartini: “You will notice right away that we value our members. Simply put we are the most aggressive in regards to industry giveaways. We reinvest into our members.”
What happens to the prizes left unclaimed or in the case a winner cannot accept?
Sartini: “Winners will be contacted by email and will have three days to claim their prize. If a winner does not respond within three days, goHUNT will offer the prize to an alternate until we have a winner. But for the record, we have not had any unclaimed giveaways so far.”
This month’s INSIDER dall sheep hunt giveaway is slightly different than normal:
- On July 1st we will draw one winner and five alternates.
- The winner will be called at 9am PST.
- The winner has three chances to answer and will be called every 10 minutes.
- If goHUNT does not hear from the winner, they will move on to alternate number 1 and so on.
- Once they have connected with a winner by phone, the winner will have 60 minutes to tell goHUNT they accept or deny the hunt. The hunt is NON-transferable. The winner must be the one to actually hunt.
What has been the most rewarding giveaway to date?
Sartini: “In February, we gave away three P2PX Extreme Range Magnum Red Rock Precision custom rifles, each with a Huskemaw 5x20x50 Blue Diamond scope. We gave away $22,800 in rifles. Three INSIDER members now have top of the line rifles for this hunting season. They could not be happier.”
Sartini: “We think our up-and-coming dall sheep hunt is going to end up being the most rewarding giveaway that we have ever done. We are going to make someone’s dream hunt come true. The added excitement of making this happen in such a short amount of time for someone is going to be fun to watch and be a part of. It is very rare to get a chance to hunt sheep and we feel this is the opportunity of a lifetime!”
My Conclusion: This giveaway is a true level playing field for any goHUNT member. The reality is you or I could be hunting dall sheep in approximately 8 weeks! These guys are honest in their approach and unmatched in their giveaways.
Winning this hunt would be an absolute dream; however, the ever expanding resource that is INSIDER is worth every bit of $149. I paid it. I utilized this and other tools as I applied to various states in 2015. I drew a Utah limited entry Wasatch elk tag. To say I am excited to chase bulls on the Wasatch would be an understatement. Although I didn’t need INSIDER as much for Utah, it was key to my first time attempt in other states. Worth it at $149? In my opinion yes. Worth it at $149 and a dall sheep hunt? Ahhhhhh….