Reading the "Problem Clients" threat gave me this idea, and rather than hijacking Michael's thread, I thought I'd start a new one: A lot of you have mentioned which clients get the most out of hunts, and the question is: what is it that each of us wants to get from a hunt in Africa? This is about personal opinion and perception, without "right" or "wrong". Me, I'm probably the oddball. I have never hunted for a trophy in my life, and I have passed big stags for spikers (nicer meat, and easier to carry out). I just love to be out there, pitting my skills and wits against an animal with far superior senses in it's own environment. Sometimes I can even just watch, without needing to shoot. A friend of mine once came across a big, sleeping red stag on the open tops of Central Otago. He spent an hour stalking closer and closer, until he was only 25 meters away. He watched the stag for a while - and then he turned around and crept away silently, never disturbing the animal. Don't get me wrong, I'm no bunny-hugger. I go out there to hunt. I love venison, and the kick of my rifle butt against my shoulder. But, as a wise man said: "We don't hunt to kill. We kill to know we have hunted". So, when I finally make it to Africa, SCI or R&W scores are not going to mean squat to me. What I want is the whole experience: the sounds, the smells, tracking animals on foot, finding the tough, old, elusive one, and (hopefully) a clean kill. My absolute dream is hunting an old buff, a real, ornery dagga-boy, the old-fashioned way: on foot, in thick country, with open sights, if possible. The joy of victory mingled with the sadness of a life ended, and sharing both without words with the ones I hunt with. Yep, I'm a hopeless romantic, but isn't a safari about chasing the dream?