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#5662846 - 03/21/15 11:04 PM Life long dream coming to fruition!!
rbw1 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/20/14
Posts: 253
What started at the tender age of five, and watching such as Doc Tari, Cowboy in Africa and movies like Hatari, and Trader Horn. Which tells my age lol . And my mother putting up with a little son running around saying ungawa, calling every stray cat Simba, and packing a double made of two lead pipes clamped to a peace of scrap lumber for a stock. A twenty three year career guiding hunters from around the world . Raising two of my own children. Saving nickels and dimes for more years than I want to admit. A poor wife driven crazy by a husband that wouldn't shut up about it! ! This East Texas boy is headed to Africa baby!!!! Woohoo

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#5662924 - 03/22/15 03:13 AM Re: Life long dream coming to fruition!! [Re: rbw1]
the lab Offline
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Registered: 05/10/13
Posts: 525
Congratulations my friend. I hope it is everything you have dreamed of and so much more.

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#5662959 - 03/22/15 06:30 AM Re: Life long dream coming to fruition!! [Re: rbw1]
BMD Offline
Silver Spoon

Registered: 06/21/07
Posts: 40539
Loc: Rockwall, Texas
Congrats you will love every minute of it. Where you going and hunting?
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#5663077 - 03/22/15 08:38 AM Re: Life long dream coming to fruition!! [Re: rbw1]
TonyinVA Offline
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Registered: 03/24/14
Posts: 1856
Loc: Virginia, USA
Enjoy and make memories.....happy for you.

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#5663210 - 03/22/15 09:49 AM Re: Life long dream coming to fruition!! [Re: rbw1]
coach20 Offline
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Registered: 02/16/15
Posts: 288
Congrats good luck and safe travel.... smile

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#5663320 - 03/22/15 10:59 AM Re: Life long dream coming to fruition!! [Re: rbw1]
EddieWalker Offline
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Registered: 08/06/14
Posts: 1175
Loc: Tyler, TX
Congratulations!!!! Where are you going and what are you going for? Do you have a taxidermist lined up who has experience with African animals? There is a lot that goes into getting them shipped back here. The more prepared you are the better.

I've been twice. First time was to Namibia with Okosongoro Hunting Ranch, the second time was to South Africa with Lategan Safaris this past August.

Let me know if I can offer any insight or advice. It's going to be an amazing adventure!!!

Eddie

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#5663389 - 03/22/15 11:36 AM Re: Life long dream coming to fruition!! [Re: rbw1]
BMD Offline
Silver Spoon

Registered: 06/21/07
Posts: 40539
Loc: Rockwall, Texas
If going to Namibia or South Africa and have questions I may have insight as well as just over last June and experience like no other.
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#5663396 - 03/22/15 11:40 AM Re: Life long dream coming to fruition!! [Re: rbw1]
BMD Offline
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Registered: 06/21/07
Posts: 40539
Loc: Rockwall, Texas
On your trophies you are shoulder mounting have them cap the skull saves you around 90 per head as your taxi will saw em off anyway, if shout warthog for shoulder mount tell them you just want teeth and cape no reason to pay for bleached skull. If possible pay taxi over there while you are there makes it all easier then just get bill for shipping, pick up yourself if you have half a day to run to DFW rather than spending another 500 or so for coppersmith, I am here if any questions, those are just some of the helpful hunts to save $$$
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#5663487 - 03/22/15 01:19 PM Re: Life long dream coming to fruition!! [Re: rbw1]
SheepHunter Offline
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Registered: 12/28/12
Posts: 1708
Loc: East Texas
The good news is you're going to Africa. The bad news is an addiction will be forthcoming. Congratulation up

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#5663497 - 03/22/15 01:25 PM Re: Life long dream coming to fruition!! [Re: rbw1]
Erny Offline
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Registered: 02/26/11
Posts: 1582
Loc: Smith County
Well first off congratulations. Hunting in Africa is surreal experience. I have been twice and I am heading back this May. Please post some details on you hunt. What country will you be hunting and with which outfitter. Just be forewarned once you hunt Africa you will be hooked. The is a lot of information out there some good some not so good. Listen to you PH, he will help you with most of the questions you have.

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#5663502 - 03/22/15 01:31 PM Re: Life long dream coming to fruition!! [Re: BMD]
rbw1 Offline
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Registered: 10/20/14
Posts: 253
Well will be leaving July 10th shv, Atlanta to Joberg Delta nonstop coach comfort window bulkhead seat. Overnight Afton house . Hunting with Cruiser Safaris, in Limpopo . Ten full days hunting . Think I will go with flat rugs , European mount skulls and pictures to save money for a couple more trophies. Don't have a taxidermist as of yet. If you fellows know of one that does good Euros let me know. Having been a guide for a while , have taken most species that I will see already with clients. It has turned into a trip more of sites sounds and the adventure of hunting those animals in native country than anything else. Also the first time I'll be the paying client.

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#5663524 - 03/22/15 01:39 PM Re: Life long dream coming to fruition!! [Re: BMD]
rbw1 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/20/14
Posts: 253
Any advice from folks that have been there done that , is welcomed with enthusiasm. Thanks in advance. .

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#5663588 - 03/22/15 02:14 PM Re: Life long dream coming to fruition!! [Re: rbw1]
Sevens Offline
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Registered: 07/14/12
Posts: 86
My advice, stay as long as you can and shoot as many animals as you can. Average your costs out over more animals as a lot of things you will have to pay regardless of if you shoot one or ten animals (flights, dip and pack, freight, etc.) and many of the costs will have a minimum charge, but not much of increase for extra animals (dip & pack was like that when I hunted Mozambique). Plan to pay about another safari (or two) worth of fees to get everything home and up on the wall.

With that said, have an awesome time! Africa is a great place to hunt, the country is a little quirky, but it will infect you and make you want to go back as often as you can. Take a good camera and shoot tons of photos of everything; people, plants, bugs, birds, reptiles, rocks, your camp, everything. If you have a long range lense for your camera, that is something I wish I had as just because it's Africa doesn't mean the animals particularly like to hang around like they do at a zoo. Eat lots of biltong too.

Congrats again and have a great time. It's one heck of an adventure!
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#5663632 - 03/22/15 02:45 PM Re: Life long dream coming to fruition!! [Re: rbw1]
TonyinVA Offline
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Registered: 03/24/14
Posts: 1856
Loc: Virginia, USA
Would recommend to you to line up a taxidermist now and get instruction on how he wants to trophies prepared for shipping. I have heard a few stories about capes that have come back and were almost useless or had numerous cuts on the face due to poor capping. I'd make sure you discuss this aspect of the trip with your outfitter and get a good comfort level on how the trophies will be cared for and shipped.

Again, hope you have a great trip and make great memories.

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#5664054 - 03/22/15 06:27 PM Re: Life long dream coming to fruition!! [Re: rbw1]
Erny Offline
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Registered: 02/26/11
Posts: 1582
Loc: Smith County
I saw that you were going with flat skins and skulls. This is a very good choice and I did the same with most of my trophies. I had the taxidermy done in South Africa. It was cheap enough and were very well done. My trophies were handeled through bullseye taxidermy in The Limpopo province. You may want to budget of at least a couple of shoulder mounts. Some of the animals are so strikingly beautiful that a shoulder mount really does them justice. So what animals are your main targets?

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