I asked a friend of mine if he would be interested in going to hunt Africa with me. After a few days of no answer I finally got a response from him on the subject - he thinks it would be better join SCI and bid on a hunt at their annual auction. I went thru this year's offerings and didn't see a whole lot that was necessarily better than what I've been seeing on various outfitter's websites. This would be a first time hunt for both of us. Does this seem like a valid thought process? I'm not exactly sure how the SCI auction works - is there time enough to research the outfitters that donate hunts to conclude that it's what we'd want? I understand that most will allow the addition of animals at regular trophy fee prices but most of what I saw didn't include many of the animals I'm interested in. In the end I'd be tacking on a list animals that would almost negate the 'value' of the auction won. Seems to me that doing the research, getting in touch with multiple outfitters, and getting exactly what I want is a better way to go about it. Can I get some opinions/help on this, please? What do you think would be the smart way to go about a first trip to Africa? Has anyone gone on an SCI auction hunt and was it worth it in the end?