How much "hunting" do you do on a "typical" hunt?
First, I will apologize for my title - I already know there's no such thing as a typical hunt, not even in one particular area of one country, much less on an entire continent! What I'm more interested in is the style of hunting. Take this description, for example: Kowas Hunting Safaris | A Typical Hunting Day
I am very interested in this company - it seems like they have great prices and are a good operation. But when I read this, even though it was nothing new to me, I lost some excitement. I have hunted Montana and Alaska for Whitetail deer, Moose, Pronghorn, and Elk, well as birds and small game, but have never hunted with a guide before. I am fascinated with African life and culture, history, and of course the wildlife, and I love the beauty of the landscape (I've spent a few months in RSA without hunting).
I guess I'm just worried that, rather than hunting, I will be following a hunter around and shooting what he tells me, where he tells me, when he tells me. I will be shooting an animal rather than hunting it. In some ways that's good - I'll be in a new country with it's own laws and a terrain and animals that are unfamiliar to me. But i feels strange about going and killing an animal that I haven't really hunted myself.
How do others feel about this? How has your experience been and what is the client/PH relationship while out in the bush? (I know that varies!). Any thoughts or recommendations?
I'd love to try a chasse libre hunt someday for just this reason, but I assume that would be unwise before I first take a guided hunt in that nation and familiarize myself with the place I would hunt on my own.