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  1. steve ahrenberg

    Trophy room started

    Hi Dave, What part of the valley are you in? Steve
  2. steve ahrenberg

    Taking Trophies...or only pictures?

    "Take my toys and go home" Idaram, As things devolved, some personal shots were taken and not by me. I was even chastised for not paying to help the site out. Is that a requirement to join the debate? I simply chose to "abandon thread" because it will devolve further. I am unapologetic in my...
  3. steve ahrenberg

    Taking Trophies...or only pictures?

    As I stated earlier, I've been around these forums some and know how it goes. The direction I see this thread going wasn't my goal. So...Abandon thread. :D Have a great weekend fellas'
  4. steve ahrenberg

    Taking Trophies...or only pictures?

    Non-exportable, PAC and "own use" are all solid reason to not even consider shipping stuff home. As to my original post being condescending, It wasn't really meant to be? I think if you were to look at my "body of work" here, that would show no trace of arrogance and only a desire to engage...
  5. steve ahrenberg

    Taking Trophies...or only pictures?

    SO, you think killing an animal to simply take its picture is OK? It's not OK FOR me, the difference is, I wont judge if it's not OK for you do it. Conversely, It's nor OK for me to hold this opinion? Hunters like me...
  6. steve ahrenberg

    Taking Trophies...or only pictures?

    “Already I was beginning to fall into the African way of thinking; That if you properly respect what you are after, and shoot it cleanly and on the animal’s terrain, if you imprison in your mind all the wonder of the day from the sky to smell to breeze to flowers – then you have not merely...
  7. steve ahrenberg

    Taking Trophies...or only pictures?

    I've read through my post you "disapprove of" and cant find any part of it that could be defined as arrogant. It's obvious, or should be, that me stating "not bringing stuff home" equates leaving a rotting carcass out there. As far as trophy rooms go, a total of perhaps 4-5 people have been...
  8. Zambia Hunting 49" Inch Cape Buffalo

    Zambia Hunting 49" Inch Cape Buffalo

  9. steve ahrenberg

    Taking Trophies...or only pictures?

    As I stated, Philosophical discussion. I can see the subject doesn't sit well with some. My apologies if it offends you.
  10. steve ahrenberg

    Taking Trophies...or only pictures?

    OK, since we are being completely honest here. :D The local peoples getting the protein is not the reason any of us hunt...right? Its a nice benefit but has no bearing on me going. The conservation reason? Same, great talking point but its an excuse, not a reason (for me) I honestly don't even...
  11. steve ahrenberg

    Taking Trophies...or only pictures?

    Have all of em. I feel a sense of responsibility to do so. There are 11 mounted in my trophy room and two in my cabin in the Arizona mountains. I have 2 at the Taxidermist, including my 49". I'm trying to come up with a way to display the 49" as to make it the first and most obtuse thing you see...
  12. steve ahrenberg

    Taking Trophies...or only pictures?

    But wouldn't the experience be identical by stalking and taking a photo?
  13. steve ahrenberg

    Taking Trophies...or only pictures?

    As I continue to hunt internationally, I am more selective and tend to hunt for less animals per trip. My trophy room is nearly full and I wont over-crowd it. They begin to look like a warehouse at some point. My wife has impeccable decorating taste councils me on spacing and placement. I shot...
  14. steve ahrenberg

    Taking Trophies...or only pictures?

    I won't shoot an animal (overseas) that I don't "want forever." Frankly, I don't really see the point of killing something...anything just to take its picture. Why not just go stalk them up close, take their picture and let them walk? The only difference would be the kill. We as a demographic...
  15. steve ahrenberg

    Taking Trophies...or only pictures?

    Rather than hijack someone else's thread, I figured I'd ask in a new thread. Why would you (anyone) go to all the trouble to go to Africa, shoot a bunch of stuff, take its picture and simply leave the stuff there? Isn't that by definition, reducing the value of an animals life to simply a few...
  16. steve ahrenberg

    Mountain Reedbuck question

    That is actually a very accurate comparison.
  17. steve ahrenberg

    Mountain Reedbuck question

    Just my experience, Mountain Reedbuck is no different than any other PG species to hunt. Its simply an animal that lives in the mountains. Comparing it to Sheep hunting, in the west is a poor comparison. The only PG hunt that I found the least bit physically demanding is a LDE tracking hunt...
  18. steve ahrenberg

    This forum is great

    Great post. I largely agree with most of it. What I have seen is that many rank and file “deer and elk hunters” feel the way that writer does. We need to stick together as a demographic or we will be picked apart piece by piece until there are no killing fields left for us, all of us. I...
  19. Kafue Lechwe Hunting Zambia

    Kafue Lechwe Hunting Zambia

  20. Hunt Cookson's Wildebeest in Zambia

    Hunt Cookson's Wildebeest in Zambia

  21. steve ahrenberg

    Best Practical Safari Tips

    Now that right there is all you need to know!!
  22. steve ahrenberg

    Best Practical Safari Tips

    Nope. I've done far more Safaris the "other way." It took me over 20 trips to figure out I was being a bit of a patsy. There are for sure lots of good guys out there PHing, but there are also plenty more who use clients and feign friendships, which are superficial at best. This, all in the hopes...
  23. steve ahrenberg

    Ever wonder why we dont hear much about Zambia here???

    This picture of my Kafue Lechwe was taken by Abie. Look at the horizon...flat. Its almost as though you can see the curvature of the earth it's so flat.
  24. steve ahrenberg

    Best Practical Safari Tips

    OK fella's it may be harsh but here goes... The heck with bringing anything for anyone but yourself. The Safari staff really don't give a shit about trinkets and beads we may bring. The appreciate money and your clothes you may leave, specially shoes. Anyone who may have read my post a few...
  25. steve ahrenberg

    Ever wonder why we dont hear much about Zambia here???

    Found a picture of my Cooksons. This was 2007?
  26. Gravesite of Peter Hankins

    Gravesite of Peter Hankins

    Here's the photo of Peter Hankins Gravesite. It's in the Chanjuzi GMA. For those that aren't familiar, Peter Hankin was the PH that was killed and consumed within morbid earshot of the horrified clients on a photo-Safari he was guiding. This iconic event was chapter one (IIRC) in "Death in the...
  27. steve ahrenberg

    Ever wonder why we dont hear much about Zambia here???

    Here's the photo of Peter Hankins Gravesite. It's in the Chanjuzi GMA. For those that aren't familiar, Peter Hankin was the PH that was killed and consumed within morbid earshot of the horrified clients on a photo-Safari he was guiding. This iconic event was chapter one (IIRC) in "Death in the...
  28. steve ahrenberg

    Ever wonder why we dont hear much about Zambia here???

    Great post, Thank you. Who could forget a visit to Peter Hankin's grave-site. To me, that is the most iconic "visitation" spot every Safari hunter needs to visit. I have a picture someplace.
  29. steve ahrenberg

    Ever wonder why we dont hear much about Zambia here???

    Perhaps. I need to finish up in Tanzania next year with the Maasai species. After that, I'd love to come back to Zambia. I owe Alister a trip to go catch Vundu and see his fish farming project. Met many good folks there and consider my time in Zambia my "formative years"
  30. steve ahrenberg

    Ever wonder why we dont hear much about Zambia here???

    I did my first trip there in 2005. Drove in, chartered out, directly to Nyaminga for Lion, Leopard, Buffalo...etc. Returned in 2009 IIRC for Sable, Livingstone Eland and Hartebeest. Killed a 44.5 inch sable (which was a boomer for there) and a nice Eland. Never saw a Hartebeest. Hunted with...
  31. steve ahrenberg

    Ever wonder why we dont hear much about Zambia here???

    Ha! I made the trip to the Kafue flats with Abie. We drove into the flats in the dark. Threw a mattress down and slept. Woke up with a thin line of pink on the horizon. Able got up and started coffee. He told me to sit on my bed, get ready to shoot. Had a long bipod on my rifle. As the sky...
  32. steve ahrenberg

    Ever wonder why we dont hear much about Zambia here???

    That's a great story. I drove to Tondwa once from Lusaka with a young maniac PH named Terry Von Rooyen. We were in the duPlooy's old Rover. I was severely overloaded. We hit the 250 mile Mporakosa road and took all day. we broke a rear coil spring and had to rig it up by turning it over. It got...
  33. steve ahrenberg

    Ever wonder why we dont hear much about Zambia here???

    For anyone whom hasn't had the pleasure of hunting Zambia, do it. I've hunted Zambia 8-9 times over the years. I also hunted Tanzania the last three trips. I honestly cannot compare the two. IN MY OPINION, Zambia is; wilder, friendlier, better control of poaching (not even close). The...
  34. steve ahrenberg

    Perfect Client

    Awesome, where and who with
  35. steve ahrenberg

    Top African animal to shoot

    The thing about a Leopard hunting trophy that I appreciate is, NOTHING feels like a Leopard. You cannot hold one without at least thinking that with this creature, God has created the most perfect animal.
  36. steve ahrenberg

    Perfect Client

    Ha! Lots of truths there. Hell, how many of us haven't done shit similar to that at one time or another? The evolution of an experienced and seasoned Safari veteran includes those behaviors. After our first couple Safaris, we think we want to be booking agents. Heck, why not, we have all this...
  37. steve ahrenberg

    What makes a good safari client?

    Hi Charles. I would agree with your assessment of a PH or guide liking those qualities. Nice post.
  38. steve ahrenberg

    What makes a good safari client?

    I'm quoting my own post to correct a mistake. The rebuttal article in"African Hunter" magazine, was Not written by Kevin Robinson, it was written by Kevin Thomas. I found it in; African Hunter magazine, Volume 20, number 3. I'll try to copy it and post it.
  39. steve ahrenberg

    What makes a good safari client?

    Hah Ha!! :D
  40. steve ahrenberg

    What makes a good safari client?

    Not sure if it's available anywhere. I'll dig up that issue and post a copy of it.
  41. steve ahrenberg

    What makes a good safari client?

    I believe that some true friendships do in fact develop. Some of the individuals I write about are in fact friends, just not to the level of friendship that may be surmised. Keep in mind the business transactional nature of the relationship to keep yourself insulated from being taken advantage...
  42. steve ahrenberg

    What makes a good safari client?

    Hi Spike. I hunted Bangweulu with Andrew for Lechwe, Sitatunga in 2004. Andrews a good guy, sharp wit and fun. He's also never asked or expected a single thing from me post hunt. I still keep in contact with him occasionally. I'll post a funny story about a fly camp for Sitatunga deep into the...
  43. steve ahrenberg

    What makes a good safari client?

    Try going with this mentality. I wrote this a few years ago. It appeared in "The African Hunter" and drew many comments from both sides of the transaction. Actually, I remember I wrote in in 2006 & 07 after the Botswana Elephant hunt. The Client I may be young, I may be old. Perhaps I am...
  44. steve ahrenberg

    Why is Tanzania so expensive to hunt and is it worth it?

    I hunted in a "non-perminant" camp last year in far north-western TZ. The definition of non-perminat is pretty vague. We had concrete pads under the tents and the dining room.
  45. steve ahrenberg

    Why is Tanzania so expensive to hunt and is it worth it?

    Hank, I'll say it again. Call a REPUTABLE booking agent. There are plenty. Credible outfitters use credible booking agents. A credible booking agent will not steer you wrong. They are vested in your success and enjoyment. They want you back. I personally have never and will never use an...
  46. steve ahrenberg

    Cape Buffalo where to go?

    If you're sharing any GMA on a cat hunt, I would recommend trying to one of you hunt Nyaminga, the other hunt Chanjuzi. You could still stay in one camp as they are close to one another. I would NEVER share a GMA on a cat hunt. I had Federico Gellini screw me on a 21 day license in Tanzania...
  47. steve ahrenberg

    Cape Buffalo where to go?

    Not sure how big it is? I can honestly say the size isn't an issue, due to the game density. The Leopard hunting is as good as anywhere in Africa. I've killed two Leopards and one Lion in Nyaminga. All three cats were a total of 7 sittings. Buffalo was typically what you'd expect. Drive the...
  48. steve ahrenberg

    Why is Tanzania so expensive to hunt and is it worth it?

    I was thinking the very same thing when I was posting. The Luangwa Valley is as wild, raw and pure as are comparable GMA's in Tanzania. Zambia offers quite a few "Zambia Only" species that tend to be localized, The Lechwes, Puku, Cookson wildebeest and good availability of Sitatunga in quite a...
  49. steve ahrenberg

    Why is Tanzania so expensive to hunt and is it worth it?

    I don't think many put prices on their sites. Also, keep in mind, these guys are likely busy getting ready for hunting and don't live on their computers as many other seem to do. I personally don't want to hunt with a guy that is on the internet all the time. I have always puts my faith in a...
  50. steve ahrenberg

    Lion Tracking Hunt and Elephant

    I use John Barth, Adventures Unlimited, exclusively. He doesn't want your money, he wants to pick the right experience for you, as you explain it. You'll have no problem getting sent to hunt someplace by any booking agent, plenty of them here. Be absolutely SURE you are getting the experience...
 
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