As a rule where capitalism rules supply and demand are usually the two forces that most affect prices.but you are talking about "quality breeding stock" in SA............what has that got to do with anywhere else? ok on govnt areas as simon @TMS says the govnt/game dept will increase the fee they make the operator pay but thats not down to him, and other countries where we own the animals its up to us what we charge, but as i said we havent upped our sable trophy price in 4 years or have plans to...........if we were pricing in any other business i have a sneaking suspicion the price wouldnt be the same as 4 years ago...................................
Here in the US we first saw similar price inflation beginning with the high fenced operations about 25 years ago where the costs of hunting free ranging deer, elk, pronghorn etc had been relatively stable for decades. There was a lag of about 5 years or so but sure enough the costs of hunting free ranging big game started an upward climb that has yet to slow down.
In the seventies when Pronghorn hunting reopened in New Mexico we could get in on just about any private ranch that had landowner tags with a few phone calls, handshakes etc and if they charged us at all it was a paltry sum.
Just a decade later it was getting tough to pick those landowner tags up for less than 500.00 and I was seeing them going for as much as 2-3x that sum on really prime areas.
White tailed deer hunting has gone completely nuts here over the last 25 years as well. When I was young there was never a thought of charging anyone in our area to shoot a deer, either you allowed hunters or you didn't. Today you can easily spend 2,500.00/gun annually for a DIY lease. I've seen deer leases in my area go for as much as 25.00/ac per year and that's for "deer only".
Trust me I'd love to be wrong but I'd really be surprised not to see this spur inflation in the price of Sable hunting and I do mean it I'd love to be wrong. There are few animals in Africa I'd love to take before I'm done as to find a wall mate to go along with the Sable I was fortunate enough to take this year.