How involved do you want to be in your safari?
I saw this link in an old thread about what people want in a hunt. It got me thinking, what do people really want? I am sure some people want to be catered to to this degree but how much assistance do you guys really want from your PH?
Personally I would be offended if my PH kept treating me like had no idea what I was doing every time we spotted, stalked and set up on an animal. the first time or 2 sure, I mean he has to get a feel for his client but after that he should know how much assistance his client wants or needs and how involved in the hunt he wants to be. I like to be part of the action from spotting, planning a stalk, setting up and picking my shot. I appreciate the knowledge and assistance the PH can provide but do not want to be coddled to anywhere near the degree described here below in a "A Typical Hunting Day".
What do you guys think?
A Typical Hunting Day
Our hunting objectives for the following hunting day will be discussed around the campfire each night. Your wake-up knock on the door will be between 05:30 to 06:00 every morning. A full breakfast will then be served in the breakfast room.
The hunting vehicle with your PH will wait for you. Your PH will again then have a discussion with you on the plans for the day. The hunting vehicle will take you to the area where you are going to hunt for the day. This trip could take usually about half hour to an hour.
Game will either be spotted from the vehicle or you might just walk through a designated area where we know the game species that you are interested in hunting, occur in abundance. You will be informed if a trophy has been spotted. The stalk then will commence. The stalk can take up to three to four hours, depending on the terrain or the density of wildlife you have to pass before getting in a shooting position for your trophy.
The PH will inform you when you are in a shooting position, after which he will then erect the shooting sticks, move in behind you in order to give clear directions of where exactly your trophy is. After confirmation from the hunter that the indicated animal is in sight, your PH will then request you to take the shot.
If you have been successful (90% success rate) with the shot, you will move to the trophy, ensuring it is dead. After all the excitement and congratulations to one another, the trophy will then be set up for trophy pictures.
The trophy will then be taken to the camp/lodge. The staff will congratulate you on the hunt. Slaughtering instructions will then be given to the slaughtering team after consultation with you. Your trophy will be slaughtered according to your instruction and immediately be tagged with your name and trophy hunting permit number reflected on the tags.