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Old 08-26-2019, 02:33 PM   #1
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Having recently gotten back from Hunting South Africa I've been following all the SA threads that I can. Seems like every now and then it is mentioned that, "why go all the way there when you can hunt those here? I don't have to buy that expense plane ticket neither". Well, for one, you simply can't recreate the experience and atmosphere. Second, I did a quick google search for African Exotic hunting in Texas to find a few places that offer African species to hunt here in Texas. This is what I found. I have rounded up on the Africa fees because I can't remember exactly what the show package was for Limcroma safaris at TTHA shows. I remember it was under $4K, but I used 4 because it still makes my point. I tried to include all fees incurred when hunting overseas, but as you can see, even if I missed a few fees it still doesn't change the story. I also couldn't find every animal to compare, but again, doesn't change the story. Warthogs don't seem to be offered here in Texas, at least not at the first 3 ranches I came across. I know if you really did your research and shop you may be able to do better on pricing, but I think this highlights the reality.
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I'm not saying you shouldn't hunt these here, simply that Africa, even including the flight, is NOT more expensive than Texas. To each his/her own. I just wanted to provide real info on both. For those that say you could never afford it, maybe you actually can.

I'll be interested to here other people's thoughts on this. Where did I make mistakes? What else did I miss?
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Old 08-26-2019, 02:45 PM   #2
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For $8,000, Im eating the meat. My only thought on it.
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For $8,000, Im eating the meat. My only thought on it.
Not in africa your not


You can spend $8,000, but you can bring it back.
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For $8,000, Im eating the meat. My only thought on it.
Then you better eat a bunch if youíre gonna get $8K worth.

My only reason not to go to SA is the damm plane ride. Itís a bargain for what you get, both in numbers of game, the experience, and especially the memories that you would have. That said, I hate airplanes, airports, and TSA, so I wonít be going until teleporting becomes reality.
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For $8,000, Im eating the meat. My only thought on it.
You do eat it..........while you are there .
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Then you better eat a bunch if youíre gonna get $8K worth.

My only reason not to go to SA is the damm plane ride. Itís a bargain for what you get, both in numbers of game, the experience, and especially the memories that you would have. That said, I hate airplanes, airports, and TSA, so I wonít be going until teleporting becomes reality.
This. Plus I could never support those Countries.. Although I'd love to kill a few things just to tick off liberal animal lovers LOL.


OP - Good chart. May help a few guys.
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Then you better eat a bunch if youíre gonna get $8K worth.

My only reason not to go to SA is the damm plane ride. Itís a bargain for what you get, both in numbers of game, the experience, and especially the memories that you would have. That said, I hate airplanes, airports, and TSA, so I wonít be going until teleporting becomes reality.
same here, and the plane trip to argentina is the reason I ain't goin on a dove shoot even tho I want to bad
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I will be making this trip one day! Start adding in Kudu, sable, or animals like that and it blows it even further out of whack.
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I get it with the cost being better all in all but there is just something to be said about the eating part as well.

SA is purely a trophy hunt, you get to eat some meat (the rest I'm sure is donated locally) while there but thats it.

Maybe my opinion on meatless trophy hunts would be different if I could afford them in my discretionary funds

I'm sure the experience is the real joy people get out of it.
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For me I am past wanting trophies to mount so I want the meat. Can't bring it back from Africa. That meat has a good dollar value too. Plus shooting females is way cheaper than the trophies.
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Well I leave Friday for my first safari in SA so I will have to report back!
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same here, and the plane trip to argentina is the reason I ain't goin on a dove shoot even tho I want to bad
Yes the plane trip to Argentina was the reason I did not go stag hunting. I had everything lined up with an outfitter just to find out that his rough quote on a flight was 3000.00 off.
Iím under the assumption that San Antonio airport is not set up for international flights, to get to Argentina was 6500.00 and that was the cheapest I could find. Plus I had 13 hour layover in Argentina because they only had one flight a day where I was going.
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Iíve been over there 4 times. It would have cost me a whole lot more to kill those critters here, and I never would have gotten to experience Africa!!!! And, some of the critters Iíve taken are not available here.

Iím scheming on how to get back over there for a fifth time as I type!!!!!

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I'm ready to commit. I don't want a bunch of trophies. Maybe one or two and a few management animals. No room for many at the house. But just to have done it. Hell I work hard to have an extra income. May as well enjoy it.

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You can't beat the experience Africa offers you.
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I get it with the cost being better all in all but there is just something to be said about the eating part as well.



I'm sure the experience is the real joy people get out of it.
That would be it for me. Iíve always been fascinated by Africa. Iíve seen every Africa themed movie ever made, (even the comedies), and the only outdoor shows I watch anymore are African hunts. Iíve been able to afford to go for years, my wife has encouraged me to go, and she wants to go as a non-hunter, but I just canít stomach that trip. So......Iíll just read about hunts on here and Bowsite and wish I werenít such a hard-head about it.
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Having recently gotten back from Hunting South Africa I've been following all the SA threads that I can. Seems like every now and then it is mentioned that, "why go all the way there when you can hunt those here? I don't have to buy that expense plane ticket neither". Well, for one, you simply can't recreate the experience and atmosphere. Second, I did a quick google search for African Exotic hunting in Texas to find a few places that offer African species to hunt here in Texas. This is what I found. I have rounded up on the Africa fees because I can't remember exactly what the show package was for Limcroma safaris at TTHA shows. I remember it was under $4K, but I used 4 because it still makes my point. I tried to include all fees incurred when hunting overseas, but as you can see, even if I missed a few fees it still doesn't change the story. I also couldn't find every animal to compare, but again, doesn't change the story. Warthogs don't seem to be offered here in Texas, at least not at the first 3 ranches I came across. I know if you really did your research and shop you may be able to do better on pricing, but I think this highlights the reality.
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I'm not saying you shouldn't hunt these here, simply that Africa, even including the flight, is NOT more expensive than Texas. To each his/her own. I just wanted to provide real info on both. For those that say you could never afford it, maybe you actually can.

I'll be interested to here other people's thoughts on this. Where did I make mistakes? What else did I miss?


Wouldn't they be about par with each other by the tine the taxidermy is done with the USA getting the advantage because you can eat them?
I'm sure the experience is worthwhile for most but personally I've never desired to go
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Old 08-26-2019, 03:28 PM   #19
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Not being eaten by a lion. $Priceless.
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Africa is a great value.
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Old 08-26-2019, 03:30 PM   #21
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I don't like not being able to keep the meat either. That being said, is killing a Kudu, Wildebeest, or Zebra on a high fenced ranch outside of Dallas really a trophy?
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I don't like not being able to keep the meat either. That being said, is killing a Kudu, Wildebeest, or Zebra on a high fenced ranch outside of Dallas really a trophy?
Probably the same as killing it on a HF in Africa.....maybe
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Looks like in the Texas examples you are paying @ $10,000 to keep the meat ?
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I have done lots of DIY elk, mule, and WT hunts in the states with plenty of success for very little money. That being said, now in my 40's I prefer to hunt out of a nice lodge with a good staff that takes care of things. To hunt this way in the states is ridiculously high priced compared to hunting SA. I still do both but prefer to hunt SA, Zim, ect.
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Maybe, but a 400 acre ranch here vs a 20,000 acre ranch there
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Old 08-26-2019, 03:38 PM   #26
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Africa animals has never intrigued me either here or there. I would like to go to Africa one of these days, if I'm working in that part of the world.
I do have a question on the dipping and crating is that per animal or for all 4?
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rladner, great comparison. ever since I went on my first safari in 2008, I always said you could hunt Africa cheaper for trophy quality animals way cheaper than any trophy hunt in the states or Canada.

About fences, those animals over there are hunted 24/7 by humans or carnivores and if they want out of a fence they will get out period! Besides there are a lot of places that are free range. They are as jittery and wary in a fence as they are outside a fence.

If you have never hunted Africa, it is hard to explain what it is like! Even if you are just over there for a cull hunt or a trophy hunt, there is no where in the world that you can see the sheer numbers of animals or the number of different species.
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Wouldn't they be about par with each other by the tine the taxidermy is done with the USA getting the advantage because you can eat them?
I'm sure the experience is worthwhile for most but personally I've never desired to go
This. Taxidermy is expensive.
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At one time, I wanted to go, paid money for a deposit, had my animals picked out. What it came down to for me, is I’d rather spend 12-15k on something else. I think it’s a fair value for what you get bit it’s not cheap or affordable by any stretch of the imagination. And on it being a hard hunt, guys going over there shooting 8-12 animals in 7 days it can’t be too tough hunting.

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This. Taxidermy is expensive.
What does the taxidermy have to do with it? Thatís gonna cost the same no matter where itís killed.
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Wouldn't they be about par with each other by the tine the taxidermy is done with the USA getting the advantage because you can eat them?
I'm sure the experience is worthwhile for most but personally I've never desired to go

You have to pay taxi if you shoot in Texas or SA, difference is you can do taxi in SA much cheaper if you choose. I had my Cape done in SA, they did a great job and at prices much less than US.
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What does the taxidermy have to do with it? Thatís gonna cost the same no matter where itís killed.
I was wondering the same thing. Seems to me the taxidermy isn't a factor
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You have to pay taxi if you shoot in Texas or SA, difference is you can do taxi in SA much cheaper if you choose. I had my Cape done in SA, they did a great job and at prices much less than US.


So you think based on the OP's chart that you would save $10,000 by having a taxidermist in Africa mount them and ship them to you?
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You have to pay taxi if you shoot in Texas or SA, difference is you can do taxi in SA much cheaper if you choose. I had my Cape done in SA, they did a great job and at prices much less than US.
My bad, seems I saw in the past the taxi was typically part of the package in the US.
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I will be making this trip one day! Start adding in Kudu, sable, or animals like that and it blows it even further out of whack.
Yup.

Sable and Kudu here are $15k each plus

$5k in Africa.
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Maybe, but a 400 acre ranch here vs a 20,000 acre ranch there
Or 60,000 acres
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same here, and the plane trip to argentina is the reason I ain't goin on a dove shoot even tho I want to bad


I did that hunt a few years ago. Iíd love to go back! Thankfully half of my trip was covered. All I had to do is lay for my shells at 55 cents a shot. Needed up killing 4700 dove in 3 days. Our group of 15 killed 62,007 birds over that 3 day period. Lol


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At one time, I wanted to go, paid money for a deposit, had my animals picked out. What it came down to for me, is Iíd rather spend 12-15k on something else. I think itís a fair value for what you get bit itís not cheap or affordable by any stretch of the imagination. And on it being a hard hunt, guys going over there shooting 8-12 animals in 7 days it canít be too tough hunting.
That's due to the sheer number of animals, but that being said, you may not come back with the animals you intended to hunt. I shot 7 animals on my 10 day safari this last trip. 2 of them were not on my list. 2 of the ones on my list are still wandering around Africa somewhere, free from me. I never got an opportunity on them. Imagine hunting whitetail here, but 10 other species walked by. That doesn't make whitetail hunting any easier. Just means you have plenty of other choices. That's what is great about Africa and makes it so addicting. You never know what will show up. May be on your list, maybe not, but the affordability of it and all the options means you will likely be successful on something. But, you will also likely be disappointed on something as well. I've been 4 times and never have I completed my list. There has always been something on that list that has avoided me and that animal becomes the #1 animal on my list when I go back.
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Hunting African Species in Texas and African Species in Africa isn't close to being comparable.

The plane ride sucks, no two ways about that....but its just a day of travel. Business class makes it like sitting in recliner for 22 hours....not the end of the world


Africa is amazing. Due to my career field I get to see the best of the best of Texas ranches and hunting African game here isn't anywhere close to hunting them in Africa.

The meat aspect is of little consequence to me....its getting eaten and me going on a hunting expedition doesent hinge on being able to bring back the meat.

No question its a better value....you can shoot 5 animals for the price of a decent texas whitetail.

Its not an easy hunt....it took me 4 days to get a gemsbok and my wife 6 days to get a zebra. We had two days where we didn't kill anything.

if you want a hard hunt there is always mountain goat or dall sheep.



in the end, either you want to do it or you don't. if not that's ok...more for those of us that want to

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Yup.

Sable and Kudu here are $15k each plus

$5k in Africa.
Kudu can be quite a bit cheaper than that....ours were $3250.

The sable lists anywhere between $6500-$8500.

Finding a place in Texas to kill both you are gonna spend Beaucoup dollars
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My son and I just got back from our second trip, and we will go again. Africa is awesome, everything from the country, the food, the people not to mention the hunting. As for value, I have not come across anything that compares, but it all boils down to what you like, I have friends that hunt elk in Arizona and spend way more than I will in Africa, they shoot one elk, I shoot 5-7 plains game animals. We have shot 9 different animals each and 20 animals total combined on the two trips, all with a bow and I am still short a southern greater kudu, which has been on the list since my first trip. The plane ride is tough, you have to make a plan for it and fight through it. In no way is the trip not worth the plane ride, its 16 hrs from Atlanta to Joberg. I just got home and I am already planning my trip for 2021.
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Old 08-26-2019, 06:07 PM   #42
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Kudu can be quite a bit cheaper than that....ours were $3250.

The sable lists anywhere between $6500-$8500.

Finding a place in Texas to kill both you are gonna spend Beaucoup dollars
Prices are falling on a lot of animals, where we hunted, Sable were 4k, good 44-45" Sable, and Cape Kudu were 1200.
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I had this same conversation with a buddy when I got back. Wife and I hunted for six days, treated like royalty, and shot 11 animals. Total for everything was right at 15k(that’s not taxidermy). Anyway we did a price comparison on different ranches in Texas and it would be around 75k for what I shot. Plus the experience of Africa is something I will never forget. Can’t wait to go back!!
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Prices are falling on a lot of animals, where we hunted, Sable were 4k, good 44-45" Sable, and Cape Kudu were 1200.
What outfit did you hunt with?

we hunted in Limpopo....I will say the Sable prices are coming down.


And i'm not familiar with the Cape Kudu.....We hunted the Southern Greater Kudu.


But yes, a Sable certainly is more within reach than a few years ago
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:30 PM   #45
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Africa hands down, I’ve been twice in four year and will go back many more time god willing.
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:38 PM   #46
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Heading to Namibia in 11 days. I can't wait!
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:42 PM   #47
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Great analysis!
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:53 PM   #48
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The experience of hunting Africa is exactly that. And while me you may be able to target the same species stateside I think most that have been will tell you it is an experience unique to itself. Personally it seems kinda silly to me to be like ďhere is my Wildebeest, I shot it in Leakey TexasĒ.... but thatís just me.


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Old 08-26-2019, 07:56 PM   #49
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Personally it seems kinda silly to me to be like ďhere is my Wildebeest, I shot it in Leakey TexasĒ.... but thatís just me.


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This ^^^^ was exactly how I feel. Your buddies come over and see these African mounts on your wall. "Oh, you went to Africa?"

"No I killed all these in a weekend an hour from here."
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Old 08-26-2019, 08:36 PM   #50
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I am an old man who has hunted all over the world for most everything walking. That said, there is no place like Africa.
It has been 30 years since my first trip over there but I can still remember what the air smelled like that first morning standing on the porch with my recurve in my hand waiting on the sun to come up.
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