Hunting Websites - Trophy Fees Listed vs Enquire for Prices
This is a discussion on Hunting Websites - Trophy Fees Listed vs Enquire for Prices within the Hunting Africa forums, part of the Hunting Forums - Hunting in Africa category; Originally Posted by Baobab It is a pity as most guys who do not post prices are honest. That simply ...
10-05-2011, 06:07 AM #21
10-05-2011, 05:59 PM #22
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- Hunted Australia, New Zealand, Namibia
If a hunter books a special size egKudu eg 59inch then I do think it is fair to charge an extra price as it take a great deal of time looking for the animal.
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It may suit some, but paying by the inch/cm isn't something I'd do. If I was fortunate enough to come across a particularly large trophy, to me, that is the luck of hunting and I'd be pretty p%ssed off if the PH said that animal is X number of dollars more expensive.
It's certainly goes the other way plenty of times.Member of the Australian Knifemakers Guild
10-05-2011, 06:18 PM #23
10-05-2011, 06:53 PM #24
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on my last safari i spent about $100,000. i to shopped around for the best deals. my point was not to find the lowest price but to find the largest animals with reputable outfitters. if prices werent listed i scratched them from consideration. as of now my safari for next year is almost complete. i have narrowed my list down for my leopard to one outfit in namibia and one in zambia. when considering who to use i did look at omanjeve or however u pronounce his name and i quickly noticed prices werent listed so he was instantly dropped from consideration. as a self employed businessman in america i have found that when my competitors list their prices and are open about everything that everything goes smoother. they will help u in the field and go out of their way to support their competitors. the guys i compete with in the oilfield who hide their prices are usually very crooked and shady people and they are never ones to be trusted. for this very reason i never consider outfitters who dont list their rates. being an american i think i can speak for all of us when i say we are sick of politics and hiding ones prices and asking prospects to contact you is a sure sign your about to play politics.
10-06-2011, 06:12 PM #26
While I disagree with your approach to finding an outfitter I respect your method to choose your outfitter.
However you do not speak for all Americans, or at least not for one. I do not care if prices are posted on a website. It is my preference to hunt with people I know or to hunt with people that are recommended by people I trust. It is a narrow group and most are in Zimbabwe, and a couple in Tanzania and Zambia. Although I have only been four times I have had zero issues and have hunted with and without contracts. My hunts with Martin Pieters were done basically on a handshake, but I trust him.
While this may limit my prospects I feel it is a better method than excluding an operator because they do not post their prices.
I am not sure what part of the oilfield you work in, but I have been in the fab business for 30 years on the Gulf Coast. My company, my competitors, vendors, and similar businesses never post or share pricing.
my argument wasnt that prices being post or not determined a good or bad outfitter but that noone wants to deal with politics of any dort while hunting. to me if an outfitter doesnt list his prices its a flag to me that i MAY be dealing with politics. my main argument was that americans dont want politics.
as for my pricing none of my competitors list prices. as far as that goes i dont kbow anyone who publicly lists prices. however if i ask a competitor what his prices are they gladly tell me and work with me whereas the cut throats never disclose anything and are a pain to deal with. as for my business i have oil rigs. i contract with oil companies to drill wells for them. yes its different than the safari industry but on a different scale its all the same.
i guess in my ideal world politics would be gone. wouldnt that be nice huh? lol
10-07-2011, 12:14 PM #28
- Member of No. Amer. Moose Foundation, Mule Deer Found; RMEF (life Member), SCI, NRA, RGS, NWTF, PF, DU, Izaac Walton League, Nat'l. Trappers Assoc.
- Hunted US / Canada/Namibia
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Some outfitters have suggested that price changes or other updates on their websites are difficult to keep up with from the bush...I'm sure this is true, but even though I'm a low-tech guy I think that having a solid website is a 21st century business reality; Maybe using an urban computer geek as a sub-contracted webmaster is in order? If an outfitter can't maintain a website I wonder about the maintenance of the rest of the operation...just saying...
11-03-2011, 03:48 AM #29
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The main reason why we do not publish the prices on our website (although the PACKAGES are available on the website), is to encourage communication with the potential client.
Potential clients could then determine how quick we respond to their enquire.
In the feedback, I then provide A LOT OF INFORMATION to the client, more than just the price list that they might request.
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