So for guys on the fence what stops you from going to africa? I was unsure about going my first time but after that trip I was hooked. I have heard so many reason for guys not going and some are just so off base.
I hear you loud and clear but there is places to go that are fenced and not stocked or places in some countries that are just not fenced.It’s been a few reasons for me:
1) a lot of high fenced operations. When I finally found one that wasn’t when I called back his wife answered and revealed something I didn’t know. She told me her husband would have to call me back because they had just bought some XX animal and were unloading them. In two previous talks he never mentioned that. He was a referral from a friend who went with him and is constantly preaching fair chase
2) Desire to hunt those animals. It’s just not there. It’s increased lately but still not something I’ve dreamed about. I’ve even read a lot of the popular books about hunting Africa. Didn’t do it for me, great books though.
3) Finding someone to go with. All my friends are kinda like me, we like our beer cold and the sound of elk bugling in the fall. We don’t give two Bidens about anything outside the good old USA.
I know cost would be on a lot of peoples list but I’ve found in my limited research Africa to be affordable compared to Yukon or AK hunts. Heck we have drop off DIY moose hunts going for 12,500 these days.
yup I agree plenty of stuff right here to hunt. We all know it is getting harder to draw tags though and cost of some places in the states have just gotten stupid.Plenty of great stuff to hunt in the US. Would like to hunt Alaska before I call it quits. Always wanted to do a DIY float hunt for moose. Have all the rafts and gear, but my friend and I could never make it work the last 10 years or so. Maybe after retirement.
Go to Namibia. It’s the perfect first, or 10th Safari destination. The requirements to become a PH in Namibia, and Zimbabwe are the most stringent in existence. You literally cannot go wrong by going with any well established outfit in Namibia.I want to go to Africa to shoot a kudu warthog and zebra. Who do you guys recommend and what time of year?
I would say namibia for sure. I hunt with Pieter delport and that is were I take guys or send them there. He has both zebra but the burchel will be behind fence as the mtn zebra is native. Mtn zebra does take some extra paperwork to get back to the states.. I would tell you to add a red hartebeest and oryx for a really fun hunt. He has some cull add on that are cheap to. You want to chat more you can Pm me or ask any question you may have right here.I want to go to Africa to shoot a kudu warthog and zebra. Who do you guys recommend and what time of year
PM is fine
There are some areas in Zimbabwe that you might look at, if you want to have good Plains game numbers, and hunt amongst buffalo, Leopards, etc.i couldn’t imagine going to Africa and there isn’t dangerous game nearby!
I’ll send some PMs soon, gotta get that Sunday work done!
no way to bring mat home. It does suck because they do all taste good. We have been eating more each trip when over but you are mainly hunting to huntI'm on the fence about it. More of a hunt for food type, and not to just the kill.
The trophy would be amazing, I can't justify the killing and just leaving the meat behind for other's
Maybe you are able to get it all home and that's the education id need to make the trip.
Vanilla, you have 3 options for a Gemsbok. Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. Gemsbok do not occur in Zambia or Zimbabwe.Cost has always been the preventative factor for me. I hear about how great of a deal Africa can be, but I don't know anyone that has gone over recently that when the entire trip was all said and done, (flights, hunts, tips, taxidermy work, etc.) they did it for less than $15-20K. I realize that one moose costs that in Alaska, so killing 6-10 animals for that same cost is very much a "good deal." But $20K is still $20k. I wish I had that to spend on a big hunt every few years, but I do not.
I have been putting money aside for a trip to Zimbabwe and Zambia for personal reasons. My trip is connected to other things that will dictate when it happens, so I'm hoping there are hunts available for me to book while there. The hunts don't necessarily have to be in Zimbabwe and/or Zambia. I'd be open to anywhere in the vicinity that meets the need. I really want to kill a gemsbok and my brother will have a kudu as his top animal. Other plains game added in, of course. I want to bring the gemsbok back for a full shoulder mount, I'm thinking euro mounts for anything else. I'm greatly looking forward to it, and hope it all works out the way I envision it in my brain.
NOPE I have taken more then one animal in africa just because of the cape they had. some times the look of a cape makes it a trophy toI won't lie, the quality of the cape may be more of a determining factor for me on what I were to shoot than the length of the horns. Is that sacrilegious?
The contrast of the black, white, and grey on those things is just mesmerizing to me! There is no cooler animal on the planet, in my opinion.
it does but it cost more on avg then just a regular plains game hunt which is so funGrowing up I spent a lot of time reading about hunting in Africa, but mostly the early works like TR, and those around 1900 and even Capstick into the 60's and 70's. I have to admit there is a certain attraction, not necessarily the killing of the animals (I can't even pronounce a lot of their names), but just the adventure and dangers encountered. Being around the true native people and seeing how they live would be eye opening and extremely interesting. I wonder what they would think of me. Does that Africa still exist? I have no desire to bring the trophies home to hang on the wall, just photos and the memories would be fine. Any of the big 5 would be thrilling, no doubt, and something I would never forget.
Glad you're finally making it over that is all that counts. Maybe we will get over to Pieter at the same time to hunt always great doing hunts with new friends. Plus the kudu hunting is only getting better in namibia with the drought over now for 2 years and the kudu rabies 5 years behind them now. I saw so many good bulls this year that will be great bulls by 2024The only thing that was stopping me was doing it alone. Finally found a friend to go with me and booked for Apr of 23'.
I would have loved to go with you Bill, June- Aug are hard month for me to leave work.
Next stop will be Namibia with Petr for monster Kudu, zebra, Gemsbok and Red.
I really really want to do some archery hunts with Petr.Glad you're finally making it over that is all that counts. Maybe we will get over to Pieter at the same time to hunt always great doing hunts with new friends. Plus the kudu hunting is only getting better in namibia with the drought over now for 2 years and the kudu rabies 5 years behind them now. I saw so many good bulls this year that will be great bulls by 2024
50 buffalo is a heck of a number. Most sport hunters will never shoot 10 buffalo, let alone 50. But…. I know a very avid hunter who’s shot over 350 buffalo! He’s more than a bit obsessed with hunting Cape Buffalo. He shot 11 on his Tanzania safari last year.I've happily gone four times and finally got my cape buffalo. Now it's about $$$ for me. Just retired and have some north American hunting goals to try to achieve. Trust me, if I had the $$$ I would hunt cape buffalo every year. I used to hate Tony Makris for bragging about how he's killed something like 50+ buffalo, but it's only wishing I could too.
I here you about hunting SA it is what it is. there is plenty more of africa that is harder hunting without having to wait to see if you draw a tag. The number of animals is just so much more there the hunting does seem alot easier but if you get picky enough it can be a more challenging huntI’ve been to South Africa 3 times. It was fun, for the most part. I’ve shot about every plains game in South Africa including 2 kudu and a croc.
I absolutely hated dealing with dip and pack. It’s a big rip off and there are people with their hand out through the whole process.
Of course Africa is fun but it is hardly hunting compared to North America. To each their own and I have nothing against anyone who wants to hunt it. For me, I’d take a elk or mule deer hunt over any African plains game.
Now, if you want to give me a bongo or lord derby eland hunt, I’m glad to oblige!
Woodruff, there is so much more to Africa than South Africa. Hunting in just about every other country can be much more challenging. Namibia in the mountains as you describe can be challenging for sure; but there is so much to experience across Africa.I do not disagree, when I suggested this forum to Brian several years back, I was all in on Africa. I still might have another trip in me but if I do it will likely be a mountain hunt in Namibia for mountain zebra and kudu. I’ll donate my animals and be happy with pics. I have enough taxidermy.
My dream hunt over there would be a “tracking” hunt for lord derby eland but I might have a tough time convincing myself to fork out $30k.
I certainly do not want to give the impression I’m anti Africa, all should experience it once and I have some life long friends there. South Africans are some of the finest people one could ever meet.
I will say this (a bit of a hijack on the post), do not go for a “starter” hunt and end up with an impala, blesbok, and spring buck. Spend a little extra and get a gemsbuck, zebra, and especially a kudu!