When deer season closes, it’s time to go to Africa

Union Co. Boy

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Don't cost as much as you think
I have had opportunities to go for well under $2000, but flights, tips, and taxidermy/shipping always seem to blow my budget. I should have gone as a younger man! I'm 49 with a very active 6 year old and a wife with an antique habit. 😁. I do love to safari vicariously though. 😉
 

CBU93

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I have had opportunities to go for well under $2000, but flights, tips, and taxidermy/shipping always seem to blow my budget. I should have gone as a younger man! I'm 49 with a very active 6 year old and a wife with an antique habit. 😁. I do love to safari vicariously though. 😉
I had money in hand fixing to call to book a safari on Thursday…met my wife the Tuesday before…still trying to get there.
 

Travis G.

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Just curious how far in advance do these hunts typically fill up? It's always something I have wanted to do but not sure I can commit years in advance with my schedule at the moment.
 

Billboy

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I went in 2011 and my entire trip including taxidermy was about the same $$ as a Yukon moose trip. Much more affordable than most people would imagine. Zebra, bushbuck, water buck, impala, red Hartebeest, Kudu, and 2 wildebeest. I used my 270 WSM with 150 partitions for most of the game but brought out the 338 RUM for some fun also.
 

DeerOps

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I absolutely feel your pain man! I regret that I've never gone, but admittedly, I don't regret the reasons. 👍
No time like the present. Don't waste all
The money on mounts and shipping, take a thousand pics, that what you are going to show 99% of the people, a flight is an easy $1500 round trip, tips a couple thousands if it's a donated hunt, less if full purchase price. You can easily go for $7500 which is less than an elk hunt.
 

garnermtn

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I agree everyone hunts different species for their own reasons. Definitely not knocking anyone's choice but shooting a giraffe wouldn't be at top of my list if I could shoot anything in Africa
 

Speedwell-Hunter

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We feed a lotta local farmers and workers during our last trip to Africa. Nothing hunted in Africa goes to waste. When an animal is taken in Africa everything from the animal is used. This includes the stomach which is cleaned and cut up for soups, the large intestines is cleaned, stuffed with meats and tossed on the braai using the fat to help tenderize the lean meats within. They even use the stomach contents as fertilizer. Come to the Vous with all your questions about Africa, we will be set up front and center, pull up a stump and let's talk.
This used to be exotic and neat; nowadays it an unnecessary flex to us "peasants ". Hope u enjoyed
 
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