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Well, first of all, in South Africa and Namibia, one doesn't buy a hunting license, per se. You get a hunting permit that lists the animals a hunter may take. Then you pay a trophy fee for each animal killed or wounded. If you draw blood, you pay the trophy fee, even if it's just a flesh wound, because a wounded animal will be tracked down and killed by predators if it's not recovered by the hunter and his crew, so the trophy animal is no longer available. The Cape Buffalo hunt, since it's one of the "big five", was my most expensive by far. On that hunt, I took the buffalo, and a zebra. The hunt cost was +- $13,500.00 U.S. That included the hunt, Professional Hunter (guide), trackers, skinners, vehicles, camp, meals, daily laundry service, airport pickup and return. On other hunts that just included various antelope species, They were all under $10,000.00 and included 5 or 6 animals. You're treated like royalty: heck, they won't even let you get a beer for yourself. I really think plains game hunting in southern Africa is the best value in hunting today. How many people do you know that have gone on a guided Elk hunt, several times, and haven't even pulled the trigger. How much money did they spend for "the experience". That's why I don't do much hunting in North America any more. I'd rather save my money for a few years and go to Africa.

Now, if your heart is set on an elephant trophy, or an old, dark maned lion. sure you can drop 50 thousand, or more. I can't afford that, and even if I could, I can find much better things to spend it on.

Another thing: I don't get my animals mounted any more. I have the digital photos, and have them professionally done up in a studio and framed. A lot cheaper than taxidermy, and I put the money I save toward the next hunt.
 

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I've been searching all over the internet, looking for a time machine to take me back a few years. Just in case I'm successful and have to leave in a hurry, here's a picture of me back in October 1969. I had a lot more hair then, and a lot fewer pounds. :lol: So, if I make it back to 1969 and any of you guys see me, this is what I'll look like. :lol:
 

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Great pictures. Must be well worth it to save for a few years and hunt out there. Thanks for sharing
 

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Very beautiful pictures.The third one looks like a long history.
 

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If I could only hunt one animal in Africa, for the rest of my life, it would be the Kudu. They refer to it as the Grey Ghost. Hunting for them is similar to hunting a cross between a Whitetail Buck, and a Bull Elk. Lots of great fun! :cool: :D :)
 

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Mike, those are great animals. I have a buddy thinking of going to Africa. When his plan starts to gel I will be in touch for some info.
 

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I often have wondered what the general public's view of African Safaris is. The general impression I think is that people pay big bucks and go and blast away, lots of pictures of dead animals, etc. What I recently learned myself is that game management and trophy hunting there has a huge positive impact on the local economies. There is the influx of funds that provides much local employment plus nothing is wasted from those animals. Meat is distributed locally and is a much needed and appreciated source of protein. And everything I have seen points to very smart game management.
 

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tracye said:
Very beautiful pictures.The third one looks like a long history.
That third picture was taken from my tent. We were camped in Namibia's Caprivi Strip, the river is the Zambizi, and the huge herd of Impala on the other side of the river are in Botswana. At night we would hear the lions roaring over there, and at sunset, elephants and cape buffalo would come down to the river for water.
 

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Mike, those are great animals. I have a buddy thinking of going to Africa. When his plan starts to gel I will be in touch for some info.
The first thing is to decide what animals he wants to hunt. Then you decide on the country, and finallly, the outfitter/ph. I'd be more than happy to help him out.
 

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mikeh416Rigby said:
I've been searching all over the internet, looking for a time machine to take me back a few years. Just in case I'm successful and have to leave in a hurry, here's a picture of me back in October 1969. I had a lot more hair then, and a lot fewer pounds. :lol: So, if I make it back to 1969 and any of you guys see me, this is what I'll look like. :lol:

Cool picture. Looks like a C-47.
 

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KevinS said:
mikeh416Rigby said:
I've been searching all over the internet, looking for a time machine to take me back a few years. Just in case I'm successful and have to leave in a hurry, here's a picture of me back in October 1969. I had a lot more hair then, and a lot fewer pounds. :lol: So, if I make it back to 1969 and any of you guys see me, this is what I'll look like. :lol:

Cool picture. Looks like a C-47.
Good eyes! Specifically, an EC-47. Here's a link to my unit website that gives some information about our unit, and our mission.
 
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