Hello from Oregon! The short story of this introduction is that I once looked at hunting in Africa as an expensive, wasteful and pompous experience. The longer story is more complicated. I was never really raised in a hunting family. We had firearms, but it was rarely that I went out hunting. That was usually relegated to birds, specifically chukar, hence the name. I grew up, spent some time in school, and finally got a job. After talking with some friends, I became a bit more interested in hunting in Africa. After talking with these friends, my mind was opened. I saw an economical hunt offered with plains game. I was able to see that the animal was not being wasted, that it went to the community. An entire buffalo was pictured from whole animal to meat for the local populace. That relieved my worry of waste. As far a cost goes, it is hard to find hunts in the US for a single animal that compare to what I could find in Africa. The pompous part I guess depends on the hunter. I'm booked for the SCI show in Reno, and for a hunting trip to Africa (2019-2020 Namibia) soon.