Hi all. I'm thoroughly enjoying this site and truly appreciate the diversity of the members and their different ideas. I value that members may not always share the same opinions, but (for the most part) seem to respect each other's thoughts and ideas. I appreciate all productive input and would like to give a quick "Thank you!". I've read some posts recently where members have either bid on hunts at fundraising auctions, won a hunt in a draw or raffle, and/or have been discussing the same. I've noticed a lot of negative feedback with regards to these situations. I'm wondering how many people would share their first hand experiences with these "winnings". When I learn about any type of bait and switch tactics it certainly turns me off. I don't like the idea of something being overvalued just so people will bid higher or buy more tickets either. I've also heard of some ridiculously high trophy prices on animals that are not included in the winners package. And even some undisclosed or hidden costs. All of these upset me. I believe that there are several members on here that don't feel near the financial burdens that some others (myself included) feel, but I think for the majority, the bottom line as far as overall costs plays a very significant role. I hunt because it's my passion! I scrounge and save and put myself in debt because nature and hunting are a part of me and who I am. Now I've been bitten by the African hunting bug, and by gawd every dollar counts! So my question is this.... Are ALL these so called winners being duped? Could they simply contact one of the many reputable outfits available here and get just as good of a deal or better? Or are there some really good opportunities to be had at tremendous value at these auctions, draws, and raffles?