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Old 08-05-2004, 03:04 PM
 
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Re: A Question for all Hunters

A lot of great expectations listed. The main expectation I have of a package hunt is that there are no hidden costs! Everything should be completely understood and agreed upon up front. I have not had any bad experiences, but know some folks; who have.
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Old 08-05-2004, 03:44 PM
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Re: A Question for all Hunters

Good one Nighthunter.

It is nice to know what a hunt will cost, soup to nuts, before jumping into a deal. Hidded costs or things that your outfitter forgot to mention (and you didn't think to ask) are sure to sour the deal.

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Old 08-05-2004, 05:09 PM
 
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Re: A Question for all Hunters

Apart from the obvious that I would expect to be within an area reasonably well inhabited by the target species there are a couple of other items as well I will mention.
1. Equipment in good condition and well maintained especially vehicles [eg plenty of spare tyres in Africa]
2.Cold beer and hot shower in that order and again these requirements are for Africa specifically.
I have hunted in Africa 6 times over a period of 20 years with PH and unguided with friends. Apart from the politics which have driven most of my friends from their homes I have been fortunate not to have had a bad experience there. My regret is that for me it is most likely not to be repeated due to the politics and cost now.

Umzingali - what part of RSA are you from?
I am guessing you are either in the guiding business there or starting?

[ 08-05-2004: Message edited by: aussie powder burner ]
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Old 08-05-2004, 08:57 PM
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Re: A Question for all Hunters

I have never been on a guided hunt but Dave in Idaho recently told me a story of a hunter that was on a guided hunt for Alaskan brown. Well to make a long story short the guide shot a rushing bear before the client did and then told the client to tag the bear. The client didn't even fire his gun. This caused all manner of problems from the chient feeling very cheated to everyone accusing each other of breaking this and that law.

I would expect that a guide service have either a firm policy regarding protection of the clients life or to reach a VERY clear understanding based on the hunters knoledge, skill and comfort level AND the guides skill, experience and liability. Based of course on the ferocity of the intended game.

Guys, is this way off? Like I said I haven't been on a guided hunt.(Yet)
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Old 08-06-2004, 12:46 AM
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Re: A Question for all Hunters

Thanks all--
This input is just what I need.

Please don't stop now. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] If you have any thoughts on this topic jump in and add them.
All comments seriously considered.

Aussie--
I'm from Johannesburg, but I'm not personally into the guiding business. I'm working for a guy who was a PH, and is truly passionate about the sport. He is looking at setting up an association and facilities which will not only allow the hunter to be able to select exactly what he wants in terms of all aspects of a hunting experience, but will also provide them with recourse, should anything not be as advertised etc.

All of your contributions will help make sure that he thinks of every aspect of the hunters expectations, to ensure that there is as little chance as possible for things to go wrong, or be misunderstood.

So for all our sakes, mention anything you can think of.

Thanks again,
and Be Safe
--Umzingeli
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Old 08-10-2004, 12:46 AM
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Re: A Question for all Hunters

Morning all.

Just wanted to say thanks again, and *bump* this thread. All comments are really helpful, and I'd like as many as possible.

Many thanks
--Umzingeli
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Old 08-11-2004, 09:38 PM
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Re: A Question for all Hunters

I also have not been on a guided hunt, but here are a few things (in addidtion to the other items listed by everyone else).

1. Access to a firing range that is at least 100 yards. After flying several thousand miles, I would want to make sure my firearm is still on target.

2. To meet with the guide before heading out into the field so he/she could explain the plan of attack, the lay of the land, and any other thing that may be pertinent to the hunt and the safety of everyone involved.

3. The guide should also explain the size or age of animal that we are seeking, ie number of points, length of antlers/horns, etc - so both of us are on the same page.

4. Definately no hidden costs!

5. The guides should be well versed in back county first aid and survival - to be prepared to use it and have the supplies available to do so (not saying that I'm accident prone or anything! [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] ).
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